13 Sep HOW LONG DOES WHIPLASH LAST?
Posted By Gruenberg Kelly Della || 13-Sep-2017
Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries suffered by those involved in motor vehicle accidents as is often considered to be a minor injury, despite its potential to develop into a serious and chronic problem. This injury occurs when a person’s head suddenly snaps forward and back, or sideways, damaging the delicate tendons and ligaments in the neck. As such, one of the most common symptoms individuals experience when sustaining this injury is a sore neck.
Although most people with this injury are able to achieve a full recovery within 6 months, it is not uncommon for some symptoms to linger. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Painful neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches that begin at the base of the skull
- Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Numbness in the arms
More severe symptoms whiplash include:
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory issues
- Problems with concentration
Serious cases of whiplash can cause symptoms that go on for months and, in some cases, never completely disappear. It is important to understand that even a severe whiplash injury might not present symptoms immediately, and sometimes take a day or two before the pain and discomfort become apparent. If you believe you suffered a whiplash injury, it is critical to see a doctor for a full evaluation as soon as possible even if you are not experiencing any symptoms yet. Not only will this protect your health, but if you decide to move forward with a personal injury claim, having a record of your injury will help strengthen your case. Otherwise, the at-fault party’s insurance company might argue that you were not really injured in the accident.
If whiplash lasts longer than 6 months, it is generally considered a chronic condition and is often treated with prescription painkillers and physiotherapy. Your doctor might also advise you to keep your head and neck mobile to assist the healing process.
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Over 2 million individuals in the country are injured in car accidents every day, sustaining a wide range of injuries, from minor to life-altering. At Gruenberg Kelly Della, we are committed to fighting for the rights of injured victims and have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our clients. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative to seek the experienced and skilled legal assistance of a personal injury attorney. We will work tirelessly for the compensation you deserve and need to move forward.
Contact our office today at (888) 305-6372 to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable member of our firm. You should not have to go through this difficult time alone.