Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What Are The Symptoms Of Whiplash Or Even Worse? by Tricia Mills

Whiplash is an injury commonly reported after a car accident, and it can be a painful and debilitating condition that affects many areas of your life. If you have been in a car accident, you should see your medical provider for tests, to determine what injuries you have if any. However, in some cases the symptoms of whiplash may not show up until later, even many months or years later. As such, it is smart to know what the symptoms of whiplash are, and what you can do about it if you find that you are now experiencing such symptoms after the car accident has already occurred. If you have been injured in an auto accident contacta doctor first and a car accident attorney next.

Let's first discuss that pain that can follow a whiplash injury. You may experience pain in your back and neck, which may present directly after the accident occurred or it may take a few days to show up. This pain can range from mild discomfort to excruciating pain that happens when you turn your head and may need to be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxers and narcotic pain medication. How long the pain will last is difficult to ascertain, but your medical provider should be able to give you a basic time line. Anywhere from seventy to more than ninety percent of whiplash sufferers report pain.

Many people that experience a car accident and suffer from whiplash complain of headache pain. This pain might only be present on one side of the head, or it could be on both and in fact, there are as many different types of headaches associated with whiplash as there are headaches themselves. More than half of whiplash sufferers report headaches, caused by the same phenomenon that causes the neck pain, where muscles tighten up in the neck to splint and support the weight of the head, trying to heal which limits head movement and causes pain and headaches.

Headaches may be present behind the eyes, such as is reported with tension headaches, and may be accompanied by back or shoulder pain. This pain is commonly reported as burning, prickling or tingling pain which could result from muscle tears or pain radiating down the back and shoulder blade area. Also, if you have sustained serious damage to your discs you may experience sharp pain upon moving parts of your body in areas such as the arms, and fingers. You can test if this is case sometimes by seeing if the pain goes away when you hold your hand over your head.

These are just a few of the symptoms associated with whiplash. Others may include dizziness, blurry vision, difficulty in swallowing, stiffness in the neck, nausea and difficulty concentrating. If you are experiencing these symptoms after an accident, after you contact your medical care provider and get treatment you should contact an attorney that can help you collect compensation for your pain. Personal injury attorney Emery Ledger has been helping those in California with car accident cases for more than ten years. Contact Ledger & Associates for a legal consultation today at 800.300.0001.