Neck sprain or strain is commonly known as “whiplash,” particularly when it occurs during an auto accident. Whiplash is caused by forces that cause the head to move quickly back and forth, or “whip,” against the muscles of the neck. Damage to the muscles, nerves, tendons, or other soft tissues of the neck or back can result, causing lingering problems with pain, movement, and other problems.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Common signs and symptoms of whiplash, according to the Mayo Clinic, may include:
- Neck stiffness or loss of range of motion in the neck
- Neck pain that becomes worse with movement
- Headaches, often beginning at the base of the skull
- Pain, tingling, or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, or arms
- Fatigue or sleep problems
- Problems with concentration, memory, or mood
Whiplash can be particularly dangerous after an accident because its symptoms may take hours or even days to appear. You may not fully feel their effects until well after you have left the accident scene. It is important to see a doctor as soon as you can once symptoms appear in order to receive proper care.
Why Do I Need Prompt Treatment for my Whiplash Injuries?
Receiving proper care promptly after an auto accident can help minimize the acute symptoms of a whiplash injury. It can also help you ensure you receive the treatment you need to minimize the risk of long-term complications resulting from the whiplash injury. Long-term problems can include chronic pain, dizziness, or nausea, as well as loss of mobility in the neck, shoulders, or upper arms.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and experiencing symptoms of whiplash, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Pennsylvania injury lawyer. Your attorney can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the best option for your needs. Contact Goodrich & Geist today to schedule a consultation.
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