How to Manage a Whiplash Injury After a Texas Car Accident
Did you know that whiplash is one of the most common injuries following a car accident? Many Texas drivers involved in car accidents suffer from whiplash and don’t even know it.
What Should Texas Drivers Know About Whiplash?
- Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people suffer from whiplash.
- According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the annual costs associated with whiplash injuries are around $8 billion.
- Many auto drivers suffer from whiplash injuries without even knowing it, while others can immediately identify the signs of the injury following an accident.
- If you have been involved in a Texas car accident, you may have sustained a whiplash injury.
What is a Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash is an injury, particularly common following car accidents. Whiplash occurs under two different situations: hyperextension of the neck and hyperflexion of the neck. Hyperextension refers to sudden movement of the head and neck in a forward or backward motion. The hyperextension can cause injury to the soft tissue in the neck. Hyperflexion refers to the express propulsion of the head in a forward/downward movement that injures soft neck tissue. Hyperextension whiplash injuries can also result in vertebrae fractures or spinal nerve irritation.
Watch for Common Symptoms of Whiplash:
- Sleep Disturbance
- Stiffness in the Neck
- Neck Pain
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Tingling, Burning, or Prickling in the Limbs
- Blurred Vision
- Decreased Range of Motion
Whiplash injuries are usually caused by rear-end collisions. Tall people and women are more likely to sustain acceleration/deceleration whiplash injuries, and whiplash injuries can occur due to any car accident, regardless of speed.
When Do Whiplash Symptoms Become Evident?
Many people do not immediately notice the signs and symptoms of whiplash after a car accident. Since whiplash injuries are in the soft tissue, it may be a while before there is any evidence of an injury. If you are in a car accident and your head or neck was abruptly thrown out of line, it is advisable to seek medical treatment as soon as possible because, in some cases, serious injury may go unnoticed for a significant time.
How to Manage a Whiplash Injury:
If you have been in a car accident, please see a doctor for instructions on how to treat any possible whiplash injury. Some common short-term treatments your doctor may recommend:
1. Icing your neck may reduce pain and swelling after a whiplash injury.
2. Medical professionals, in some instances, may prescribe painkillers. Ibuprofen or Aleve (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may help with pain and swelling, but can also have side effects and should not be used regularly or excessively unless under the guidance of a physician.
3. Wearing a neck brace or collar for support may be beneficial, but not for long-term use. Long-term use of a neck brace or other supporting device could eventually weaken the neck muscles.
If you were in an accident and you sustained a whiplash injury, don’t hesitate to call the experienced Texas car accident attorneys at Carrollton’s Hudson Law Firm. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.