Whiplash occurs when an impact causes the head and neck to jerk forward and backward rapidly. The sudden movement from the force can stretch and tear the muscles. This includes the ligaments, tendon, and soft tissue in your neck.
Whiplash can result from a variety of circumstances such as sports injuries and physical abuse. However, the most common circumstance is in auto accidents. Most injuries such as broken bones appear instantly, however, it’s not uncommon for whiplash to take a couple of days to appear. Even low-speed accidents can cause whiplash. If you are injured from whiplash, it’s important to understand how to treat whiplash correctly.
Treatment for Whiplash
Firstly, symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, dizziness, headaches, and more. While the symptoms appear short-term for mild cases, more severe instances can take up to three months. Regardless, mild or severe whiplash can affect day-to-day life and have the potential to grow into chronic issues. Whiplash can often be treated with home remedies such as pain management or stretching. It may also require physical therapy and immobilization.
Lastly, to help avoid whiplash always wear your seatbelt and make sure your headrest is at the proper level. If you are interested in learning more check out the accompanying infographic for more information on what causes whiplash as well as tips on how to treat whiplash.
Infographic created by Capital Auto Auction, a vehicle auction company