Whiplash Injuries Can Be a Source of Serious Harm
Whiplash causes damage to the muscles, nerves, and soft tissues of the neck when a rapid head movement pushes them beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries can occur in car accidents, amusement park ride accidents, or any other situation in which the head snaps forward and back quickly.
If you suspect you have whiplash, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime, resting from your usual activities can help reduce pain and stiffness and prevent additional injury. Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and pain if taken according to the directions on the package or your doctor’s instructions. Heat or ice packs may also help ease pain and swelling, but take care to avoid further injury from frostbite or burns. A physical therapist can help you learn stretching and strengthening exercises to heal after a whiplash injury.
Unlike some other kinds of injuries, like broken bones or crush injuries, damage from whiplash isn’t always obvious. Many times, symptoms like headache, neck pain, and stiffness take several days to appear, or appear, fade away, and return several days later. Your first step after an accident should be to see a qualified doctor. You may also wish to contact a tenacious whiplash injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
At Page Law, our dedicated legal team has the skills and resources necessary to get you the compensation you need to recover after another person has caused you harm. To discuss your injury case with us at no-cost and see how we can help you as you recover, call (314) 322-8515.