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What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is the term used for a soft tissue injury to the neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine) and lower back (lumbar spine.) Typically if you suffer from whiplash you will have pain to all these areas or a combination of them.

The Symptoms of whiplash are:

Pain and stiffness in the neck. It may take several hours after the accident for symptoms to appear. The pain and stiffness often become worse on the day after the accident. In about half of cases, the pain first develops the day after the accident.

Turning or bending the neck may be difficult.

You may also feel pain or stiffness in the shoulders or down the arms.

There may be pain and stiffness in the upper and lower part of the back.

Headache is a common symptom.

Dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the jaw or pain on swallowing, unusual sensations of the facial skin may occur for a short while, but soon go. Consult your doctor if these persist.

Some people feel tired and irritable for a few days and find it difficult to concentrate.

Your doctor will usually be able to diagnose a whiplash neck sprain from the description of the way the accident occurred, the typical symptoms, and by examining you. An examination of your neck and arms can check that there are no signs of damage to the vertebrae or spinal nerves or spinal cord. If these are suspected then further tests may be recommended.

If you feel you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and you have the above symptoms, consult your doctor and contact Accident Injury Solicitors today to receive free advice on your individual case.

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