Reducing The Impact of A Whiplash Injury

by allan46 on January 7, 2011

If you have suffered whiplash injury, or luckily have avoided one so far, here is some advice to help you minimise any pain experienced.

You normally suffer a whiplash injury when your vehicle is stationary or in slow moving traffic. A vehicle from behind will collide with your vehicle and this causes your body to move backwards and forwards. During the accident your neck muscles are stretched beyond their normal comfort zone. It is the fact that your neck stretches both forwards and backwards beyond its normal comfort zone that causes the muscles to stretch and tear leading to the whiplash injury. Whilst many people believe that there must be a significant speed for an injury to be sustained, the truth is that a whiplash injury can be caused even in relatively low speed accidents of a few miles per hour.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

The first step you can take to reduce a whiplash injury takes place even before you are involved in a car accident. The correct positioning of the car head can make a substantial difference to the extent of any injury sustained. It is as simple as a quick two or three minute adjustment so please do take the time to fix your car headrest in the correct position. The basic guide rule is that the top of your head rest should be no higher than the top of your head but at least as high as your eye level.

If you take the action to adjust your headrest correctly, it will do its best job in the event of an accident.

After An Accident

If you are subsequently involved in a car accident and suffer a whiplash injury, the symptoms you are likely to experience include pain and stiffness in the neck, back and shoulder, often along with dizziness and headaches. The first step is to attend Accident & Emergency or your General Practitioner for a full assessment to ensure that you have not sustained a more serious injury than a whiplash injury.

If you have seen a doctor once but are still experiencing severe pain a few days later you should return for a second assessment.

Movement Whereas it used to be the case that resting the neck was advised, usually you are not told to keep moving it so that it can return to normal as quickly as possible.

If you are pain after the accident some painkillers may be prescribed by your doctor.


If you have suffered a severe injury you may be advised to attend for physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment which can help to speed along the recovery process and to minimise the impact of the whiplash injury. You should go for treatment for as long as you possibly can. Early treatment can be the difference between a quick and complete recovery or a longterm whiplash injury, so if you are recommended a course of 12 sessions you should not stop receiving the treatment because you think you are better. Taking the medical advice could prevent a relapse.

Claiming Whiplash Compensation

If you have suffered a whiplash injury, the final stage to aid recovery is to consider claiming compensation. Some people do not seem to make a full recovery until a whiplash compensation is successfully concluded, allowing them to put the matter to bed.

For a Free Guide explaining the whiplash process in detail click Whiplash.
To find out more about the injury, visit Whiplash Injury.
Nicholas Jervis is a personal injury solicitor (non-practising).
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