The term whiplash is used to refer to the portion of neck injuries that involve soft tissue damage to the neck. Soft tissue injury is the more modern term, but most everyone knows the older term whiplash. The most common type of whiplash injury is from a rear-end car accident. When your car is struck from behind your body will be thrust forward while your head stays in the same place until it is pulled forward. This sudden thrust to the neck can result in the extreme jerking commonly known as a whiplash injury. A neck injury can also be referred to as a hyper extension/hyperflexion injury, myofascial injury, neck sprain or strain, and cervical strain or sprain.
Common Causes of Whiplash Injuries
The most common causes are as follows:
- Rear-end car accidents
- Contact sports: football, hockey, and soccer
- Car or truck accidents that aren’t rear-end collisions
- Repetitive stress at work
- Skiing and snowboarding accidents
Whiplash Symptoms and What to do?
Not all whiplash injuries will happen because of a car accident. Signs of a whiplash injury include neck pain, headache, decreased range of motion, dizziness and blurred vision. If you think you have a chance of having a whiplash injury, the first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. Neck injuries can be severe and leave you with possibly long-term health problems if untreated. You will need to pay close attention to your injury in the next couple of days because additional symptoms could arise.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer is very important when you are involved in a traumatic experience such as a neck injury. After you are injured you will need to keep a detailed record of the accident, your symptoms and medical treatment and expenses as a result of the injury.