Whiplash often occurs when the head is thrust past it’s normal range of motion in a car accident.
Unfortunately, whiplash is a common injury among those involved in St. Louis automobile accidents. Even a crash occurring at a relative low speed can cause whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Some individuals who suffer from whiplash feel a little discomfort, while others may be in constant pain and experience many other symptoms including:
Neck pain – This is often a result of swelling. When ligaments, tendons, and muscles are over extended, swelling often results. In the case of some, neck pain may only be obvious when they try to move their head or neck.
Headache – A mild headache after a car accident may be expected, however a persistent headache may be a result of damage to an upper cervical disc. Medically this is referred to as a cervicogenic headache and it’s symptoms are similar to that of a migraine.
Should pain – Recent estimates claim that 26% of those suffering from whiplash also suffer pain in their shoulder or between their shoulder blades. Of these, 5% suffer from impingement syndrome. This painful condition affects muscles in the rotator cuff of a persons shoulder.
Dizziness – This symptom could range from a feeling of lightheadedness to vertigo, where you feel like the room is spinning. This may be a result of an interruption of normal blood flow through the neck.
Fatigue – This may be caused by chronic pain disturbing your sleep.
Arm pain – The pain or weakness in a whiplash patients arm may be caused by a nerve compression resulting from a herniated disc or a muscle spasm that occurred in the neck after the impact may cause referred pain and tingling to the arms.
Visual and Hearing Problems – Some car accident victims suffering from whiplash report having sensitivity to light or seeing spots of light. Ringing in the ears is also commonly reported.
Lower Back pain – If a disc or the facet joint is injured it can radiate down to the lower back.
What to do if you think you are suffering from whiplash
Speak with a doctor as soon as possible. A prompt diagnosis is a vital step towards recovery. Treatment varies depending on the severity of your injury and the symptoms you are experiencing. However, it is common for treatment to be costly and long term. If the accident that caused your whiplash was not your fault you should also speak with an experienced attorney to help you recover the costs associated with you accident, including the costs of on-going treatment.