How to cope with Whiplash

by allan46 on October 24, 2011

Whiplash is not easy to diagnose, as it will not show up on a CT scan or X-ray. Symptoms usually include neck pain, limited movement and headaches, but you could also be suffering from lower back pain, irritability and insomnia. A doctor will examine you to ascertain how much pain you are in, and will probably prescribe oral painkillers.
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Whiplash symptoms may be obvious straight after the accident, or they may take longer to develop. In some rare cases, it can take a week or two for symptoms to show, and it is vital you seek medical help as soon as possible after the accident. Any type of accident which causes your head to jolt violently backwards and forwards can cause whiplash, and there are many  other causes apart from rear-end shunts on the road.

Minor whiplash may develop into more serious injury weeks or months later if it is left untreated. When you visit a doctor after the accident, you may be recommended to wear a soft  collar to help support your neck, or gentle exercise could help, to strengthen the neck muscles.

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If you have suffered serious neck, back or head injury, you may be referred to a specialist or be prescribed different treatments. Pain from minor whiplash is treated with painkillers, and if your GP suspects a spine injury or a more serious head injury, a specialist may carry out more intense physical tests to see if surgery is necessary.

Whiplash can cause shoulder and arm damage, and a doctor may perform further tests which show nerve damage. Most whiplash injuries heal within a couple of weeks, and surgery is not always necessary.Most symptoms of whiplash will clear up with oral painkillers, or with the help of a soft surgical collar, while other cases could require physiotherapy and/or heat treatment. Physiotherapy may be combined with pain relief medication to speed up the recover process, and you could be fit to return to work just a few weeks after. Damage to the neck can be treated, and treatment of damaged or ripped tissue will restore normal function to the neck.

Whiplash treatments relax the body and reduce pain. Gentle exercise helps strengthen the neck and back, and a deep tissue massage will help relieve muscle tension. A trained therapist may also apply direct hot or cold pressure to the affected area of the neck, which will allow the blood to flow more freely around the affected area.It is worth remembering, that before you buy your next car, check the size, weight and restraint systems in the vehicle, including air bags, head restrains and crash avoidance features. Consider how the car would protect you in case of an accident.

Always keep head restraints in the proper positions, and in case of a crash, put your head and neck as far back as possible so they are in contact with the back of the seat and the head restraint, get a good grip of the steering wheel with arms straight, put your foot on the brake if your vehicle is stationery and look straight ahead.If you think you have suffered whiplash injury, seek medical help and then contact a personal injury solicitor, if the accident was not your fault, who will help you to make a claim for compensation.
Adrian vultur writes for whiplash injury solicitors
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