Whiplash is typically the byproduct of many rear-end car collisions, where one car strikes the back of another. The force of this collision causes the body to move forward and then stop suddenly when the chest encounters the seat belt. However, the neck’s momentum continues, which can put severe strain on the muscles in the neck, causing soreness. Whiplash is the name for this type of injury, but it is also called neck strain or a neck sprain.
Most of the time, whiplash symptoms go away within a few days to a few months. People who have the injury might experience some of the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Neck pain/ stiffness
While doctors can’t do anything for you in particular, they might recommend you ice your neck for the first 24 hours and follow that treatment with gentle, active movement.
If symptoms last any longer than 6 months, the injury is then regarded as chronic whiplash. This is a particularly rare condition, but people who experience this injury might never recover. Those with chronic whiplash might be prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy to try and manage the symptoms.
If you think you’ve suffered chronic whiplash after you were injured by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our skilled Kansas City personal injury attorneys about your case as soon as possible. Our lawyers are not afraid of complicated cases, and we have an excellent track record of winning millions of dollars for our past clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
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