California drivers and passengers may be interested in learning more about whiplash with regard to car accidents. Whiplash can occur during a motor vehicle accident when a collision causes a person's neck to be suddenly jerked back and forth. Whiplash injuries often result in ligament damage in the neck. Muscles and tendons can also sustain damage during a whiplash injury.
Whiplash often causes individuals to have trouble moving their neck without feeling pain or discomfort. Many people with this condition also experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, extreme tiredness or vision problems. Whiplash can also lead to other major injuries, such as disc herniation or fractured or dislocated vertebrae. Symptoms may not develop for up to two days after the injury, and they can linger for weeks or years if left untreated.
People with mild forms of whiplash may be able to handle their pain and discomfort with heat and ice therapy, but some patients require further care from a chiropractor, physical therapist or general care doctor. Their physician or physical therapist may put them on an exercise routine or electrical stimulation therapy. Some patients need to be immobilized or undergo spinal manipulation procedures to address more severe whiplash issues.
After car accidents, victims may wish to work with attorneys, physical therapists and doctors. This may make it easier for a victim to gather evidence, such as X-rays or CT scans of their injuries, as well as proof of damages, such as lost wages and medical bills. In cases involving personal injury, an attorney can help a victim file a claim to recover compensation for accident-related damages, often including pain and suffering. Being able to provide evidence that another driver was at fault can help a plaintiff build a more solid case.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, "Whiplash," Accessed Jan. 20, 2015