Whiplash is considered by many people to be a minor injury, but that usually isn’t the case. As compensation lawyers, we see firsthand the great impact that a whiplash injury can have on a person. While you may have heard of whiplash and may even know someone who has suffered from it, do you really know what it is or the treatments that can help to ease the often severe symptoms?
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden, dramatic force that causes the neck to move beyond its usual range, causing damage to tissue, tendons, muscles or ligaments. While car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, there are a variety of other whiplash triggers, including sport-related collisions and general assaults to the head. A big slip and fall can also cause whiplash.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms generally include pain, discomfort and stiffness in the neck, along with headaches, eyesight issues such as blurred vision, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty concentrating. This means it’s vitally important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you’re suffering any of the symptoms associated with whiplash, even if those symptoms seem minor at the time.
While whiplash could be the cause of the symptoms you’re experiencing, other injuries, such as spinal damage or concussion, could be to blame. Only a doctor can properly assess your injury to make the correct diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, making it imperative that you seek medical advice as soon as you can after being involved in an accident.
What treatment can help with whiplash?
When you see a doctor or physiotherapist in relation to your whiplash injury, they will likely recommend treatment such as:
Exercises that encourage good posture, strength and flexibility.
For some people, treatment reduces the symptoms of whiplash and they make a good recovery. However, it’s important to note that as whiplash can weaken ligaments, muscles and tendons in the neck, it exposes people to the risk of aggravation or reinjury further down the track. Some people who have been injured in an accident experience the symptoms of whiplash for life.
If you have suffered a neck injury such as whiplash, you may be able to make a compensation claim to help pay for medical treatment and cover your losses. What’s more, you may also be able to claim insurance benefits through your superannuation fund if your injury prevents you from working.
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