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Whiplash: Symptoms might be delayed, treatment is vital

The sudden and unexpected impact of a car accident, especially a rear-end accident, can cause your head to be flung backward and forward. That sudden motion can cause your neck to become injured. A common neck injury after a car accident is whiplash.

Whiplash might be referred to a neck strain or a neck sprain. Generally, people who suffer from whiplash will recover within a few months if they have proper medical care.

You might not notice the symptoms of whiplash right when the car accident occurs. In most cases, you will begin to feel the effects of whiplash within 24 hours of the accident.

The symptoms of whiplash include a stiff neck, pain when moving your head, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. You might also notice that you have a reduced range of motion of your neck. Numbness, tingling or pain in your arms might also occur.

Seeking medical care if you have the symptoms of whiplash is vital. Your doctor will likely do some imaging tests to confirm that diagnosis of whiplash. From there, a treatment plan is established.

The treatment for whiplash involves specific exercises, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, ice or heat and other options depending on your case. These treatments, along with the diagnostic testing, can lead to considerable expenses. Those expenses, however, are necessary to prevent prolonged suffering.

In some cases, people with whiplash might choose to seek compensation for their injuries. Any compensation awarded might help to cover the costs of those necessary medical expenses. Understanding how to seek compensation in North Carolina can help you as you go through the process.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Whiplash," accessed July 19, 2015

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