What Every Car Accident Victim Needs To Know… About Their Possible Hidden Injuries.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a term we hear about all the time, but what does it actually mean?
According to medical dictionaries, whiplash is a “hyperextension-hyperflexion” injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt movement of the head, either in a backward or forward direction.”
That’s all very well, but to those of us who aren’t doctors, that definition really isn’t going to make too much sense.
In lay term, when the spine is strained and stretched as a result of the body being thrown forwards in a sudden and forceful motion, that’s what we call Whiplash.
Using a car crash as an example, being hit from behind would send the body forward while the head is thrown backwards. This whole process usually takes place within less than a second, yet can cause weeks, months, or, in severe cases, even years of agonizing pain and unnecessary hassle.
The symptoms of Whiplash & the importance of medical advice after a whiplash incident
It is estimated that the majority of people involved in rear-end collisions will suffer whiplash as a result. Some will be unaware that they are actually suffering from whiplash and so will fail to seek expert medical advice. Although the majority of people recover from the condition fairly quickly, an unlucky few do develop chronic conditions that may stay with them for the rest of their life.
Therefore, It is imperative that anybody suffering any of the following symptoms in the days after a car crash seeks medical advice immediately. And remember, even accidents at speeds as low as 8 mph can result in whiplash, so it’s best to get yourself checked out if you’re experiencing…
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Numbness or pain in the arm or hand
- Concentration difficulties
- Ringing in the ears
What can you expect from us?
After a careful examination and diagnosis, the first stage of care consists of pain and symptom control. The primary problems are structural misalignments on the area of the injury. Chiropractic will be the right approach to fix the biomechanical dysfunctions. In some cases, medical pain management may be suggested for pain/symptom control.
The second stage of the treatment is a combination of Chiropractic and functional rehabilitation to reeducate the suffered neuromuscular structures, increase patient’s functionality and get him/her closer to the pre-injury status.
An untreated complaint after the car accident will likely cause further symptoms/pain in the future and make the patient be more susceptible towards similar injuries.
What to do immediately after an accident occurred?
- Call the police. Call the ambulance if necessary.
- Make sure in case of not contacting the police- you and the other vehicle’s driver exchange insurance information.
- Notify your Automobile insurance.
- Consider seeing a physician/Chiropractor or a clinic specialized in car accidents even if serious injuries are not apparent. Pain and other symptoms usually can occur days after the accident.
- Take photographs of the damaged car and form any bruises, cuts or other visible injuries as a result of this accident.
- Seek an attorney to get your rights explained to you.
- Never settle before you realize your rights or before you have fully recovered from your injuries.