Whiplash: Symptoms, Treatment and Help with Compensation

26.06.2024

Whiplash to the cervical spine is a common injury from accidents. The term "whiplash neck injury" aptly describes the injury mechanism: severe neck bending followed by extension, or vice versa, damaging the soft tissues around the cervical vertebrae. Often, the injured person may not notice immediately, but discomfort and severe neck pain can develop over time.

Causes of whiplash

Whiplash is usually the result of car accidents, various falls, or extreme sports.

Symptoms of whiplash

The main symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain: This pain might appear right after the incident or a few hours later.
  • Headache: Commonly starts in the occipital region and can extend to the temples.
  • Tension and Stiffness: Marked stiffness and difficulty in turning the head.
  • Severe Pain on Turning the Head: Turning the body instead of the neck may become necessary due to the pain.

Treatment and recovery

Treatment for whiplash includes:

  • Rest and pain medication: Doctors recommend rest and taking over-the-counter painkillers.
  • Physiotherapy: Specialised exercises help restore mobility and strengthen the neck muscles.
  • Heat and cold compresses: Can help reduce inflammation and pain.

The recovery period depends on the severity of the injury and the patient's individual characteristics. In some cases, full recovery may take several months.

Assistance in obtaining compensation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Our company offers expert support in claiming compensation for injuries including whiplash to the cervical spine. We not only help with road traffic accidents, but also with cases where you have been injured at work, in public places and as a result of medical negligence

Call us now - 01212 868686. We will provide you with a free consultation and answer any questions you may have.

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    Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck, resulting from a rapid forward and backward motion of the neck. This type of injury commonly occurs in car accidents, including both frontal and side impacts.

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    The main symptoms include neck and shoulder pain, headaches, neck muscle tension and stiffness, and severe pain when you turn your head.

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    Recovery from whiplash can vary widely based on the injury’s severity and the individual’s health. It may take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

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    ‘it happens’ assists victims of road traffic accidents, injuries at work, public places and medical negligence to obtain compensation. We offer free advice and support at all stages of the compensation process.

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    Call us on 01212 868686. Our experts will provide you with free advice and answer all your questions.

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