Posture helps prevent whiplash injury

by allan46 on December 17, 2010

It´s not often that we think about our posture when we are sitting in the car, but the fact is that good posture while driving can help prevent whiplash injury if an accident occurs.
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer whiplash during a car accident, an accident at work or an accident on the sports field, the first thing you should do is seek urgent medical advice. Then contact a regulated personal injury solicitor who works on a no win, no fee basis. Most solicitors will offer a free claim assessment, and your claim will be dealt with on a one-to-one basis, instead of being passed to a third party. This will speed up the whole whiplash claims compensation process.

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To help prevent whiplash injury, drivers and passengers should always adjust their headrests when entering the vehicle, to ensure the head restraints are properly supporting the neck and head. The top of the head rest should be level with the top of your head, and if you share your car, make sure you re-adjust it every time you set out. A badly-positioned head rest can do more harm than good.
A small cushion, placed at the small of the back while driving will support the spine and encourage good posture while driving. If your posture is not good, you are much more likely to sustain a serious whiplash injury if an accident occurs, particularly a rear-end shunt, and you are also more likely to recover quickly if your posture is good.

It is also important to try and keep the spine correctly aligned when driving, as this can also help prevent other injuries if a road accident occurs. It is normal to feel some pain after a whiplash injury, but if you suffer severe pain, seek medical help as soon as possible, as your whiplash injuries could be masking more serious damage to your head, spine or neck.

Whiplash is not always easy for doctors to diagnose, as it will not show up on an X-ray. Minor whiplash can normally be treated with oral painkillers, but severe whiplash injury could require surgery. A doctor will be able to advise you about this and prescribe the correct medication.
Whiplash often occurs after a rear-end shunt or car collision, and although over 75% of victims recover within a week or two, more serious cases can take longer to recover. Late whiplash syndrome can also cause pain, irritability and depression, and could also lead to insomnia.

Mild whiplash injury results in victims suffering from neck pain, but it will probably not result in long-term damage to the ligaments or muscles. Whiplash can also cause tenderness or numbness in the shoulders and some pain in the lower back, which could indicate muscle or disc damage. Ongoing pain in the shoulders and arms could also indicate some neurological damage.

Doctors are guided by patients when they are examining a sufferer for whiplash injury, and you will be asked to explain how much pain you are suffering.  You can claim up to £16,000 for whiplash injury compensation if the accident which caused the injury was not your fault. After seeking treatment from a doctor for your injuries, contact a personal injury solicitor who will assess your whiplash compensation claim for free and advise you about making a claim.

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