Whiplash is arguably the most common injury suffered in motor vehicle accidents. It occurs after rapid movement of the head and neck and most commonly follows motor vehicle accidents involving a rear end collision.
What causes whiplash?
Specifically sudden force or rapid movement stretches and tears the muscles in the neck to cause whiplash. Typically the sufferer of whiplash will notice tenderness around the neck, headaches and tightness in the neck. There may also be a decreased range of motion and pain.
The symptoms can occur immediately or may take some time to become apparent but it is extremely important to realise the condition is real and that untreated whiplash may lead to even greater problems including depression and anxiety.
How do you treat it?
Since 1928 when the term whiplash was first used medical professionals have considered the condition and are in a position to provide sound advice to assist recovery. While this article should not be considered in place of proper medical opinion the current treatments appear to be as follows:
- Applying ice to the neck for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first two to three days post injury.
- If your Doctor recommends it you may use a neck brace support.
- Pain killers if recommended by your Doctor.
- Application of heat to the affected area after two to three days of icing that area.
- Treatment such as Ultrasound, massage or physiotherapy.
Under the Motor Accident Insurance Act insurers are obliged to pay for treatment upfront, that is before the claim is settled. Physiotherapists and other health professionals can submit treatment plans so that a victim’s treatment is funded directly by the Insurer. Law firms such as Sinnamon Lawyers can also assist in obtaining funding for that treatment which could well lessen the impact of the Whiplash injury in the future.
How to avoid it?
Finally, while it is not possible to prevent motor vehicle accidents, there are many safety measures we can take to minimize the risk of whiplash in an accident. The proper use of devices such as seatbelts and car seats for children, in hand with safe defensive driving techniques will greatly help to minimize the chance of whiplash.
What do you think? Have you suffered from whiplash? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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