Whiplash symptoms: How to recognise the symptoms of whiplash and what to do? Tips from “it happens”


Whiplash (cervical spine injury) is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck caused by a sudden bending of the neck followed by a sudden extension or vice versa. This injury often occurs in road traffic accidents. The victim does not even notice that it has happened, and with the onset of pain attributes it to anything but the accident. It is therefore important to be able to recognise the symptoms of whiplash and know what to do if it occurs. "it happens" has prepared useful tips for you.

The main symptoms of whiplash

  1. Neck and shoulder pain: This is the most common symptom and can occur immediately or a few hours after the injury. The pain can be sharp or aching.
  2. Headache: It often starts in the back of the head and spreads to the temples. Headaches may be constant or appear intermittently.
  3. Tension and stiffness in the neck muscles: After an injury, you may feel a heaviness and stiffness in your neck that makes it difficult to lift your arms.
  4. Limited neck mobility: Difficulty turning your head and bending over with sharp pain can signal whiplash.
  5. Back pain: Sometimes the injury can cause pain in the upper and even lower back and limit mobility throughout the body.
  6. Numbness or tingling in the arms: This can be a sign of traumatic impact on nerve endings, because of a damaged intervertebral disc.
  7. Dizziness and fatigue: These symptoms often accompany whiplash and may occur for several days after the incident.

What to do in the event of whiplash?

  1. Seek medical attention immediately: If any of the above symptoms occur, it is important to see a medical professional immediately for diagnosis and treatment. Do not self-medicate!
  2. Rest and Pain Relief: Your doctor will recommend the right pain relievers for your case to reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Physiotherapy: The specialist may prescribe physiotherapy treatments to restore neck mobility and strengthen the muscles.
  4. Apply heat and cold compresses: Cold compresses can help reduce inflammation in the first few days after the injury, while heat compresses can relieve pain and muscle tension in the later stages.
  5. Avoid sudden movements: Try to avoid sudden movements of the head and neck to avoid aggravating the injury.

How can "it happens" help?

"it happens" provides support in obtaining compensation for injuries including whiplash to the cervical spine. We offer the following services:

  • Free consultations: Our experts will answer all your questions and help you understand the steps to take.
  • Assistance with document collection: We will help you gather all the medical and legal documents you need to obtain compensation.
  • Support at every step of the process: From filing a claim to receiving payment, we'll be there for you every step of the way.

If you, your family or friends have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us now - 01212 868686. We will give you a free consultation and answer any questions you may have.

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