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What is whiplash?

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2018 | Auto Accident Injuries

One of the most common injuries you hear about that occurs in auto accidents in West Virginia is whiplash. This condition is often used in television shows and movies, as well. If you have never suffered from the condition, then you may wonder exactly what it is. Most people know it has to do with the neck but beyond that are unclear what it entails.

According to WebMD, whiplash is just another name for neck strain. It is often associated with car accidents due to the way the body is whipped around during an impact. The head is heavy and when it is pushed forward and snaps back, this causes stress to the muscles and supporting structures in the neck.

Symptoms of whiplash may take time to set in. They usually include pain when moving the neck or head and stiffness in the neck. It may also cause headaches and make the neck feel tender to the touch. Often this condition is diagnosed through X-rays or other imaging. While the damage is not usually visible, these tests can rule out more significant issues.

Once diagnosed, you may be given a brace to help limit movement and rest your neck muscles. You may take painkillers and be told to use ice or heat on the area. It can take weeks for the healing process. That depends on how severe the whiplash was. Sometimes, you will feel better in only a few days.

Whiplash is usually not a severe condition, but it can often occur alongside a concussion, which can be a severe condition. This information is for education only and is not intended as legal advice.