After an accident, you may feel a tightening in your neck and shoulders. You may chalk it up to adrenaline and shock, but the sensation could be the first indication of a neck sprain, also known as whiplash. So how do you know if you have whiplash? And if you do, how long does it last?
A few common whiplash symptoms, other than neck pain and stiffness, include:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ear ringing
- Blurred vision
- Back and shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
As soon as an accident occurs, you should seek medical assistance. While you may not feel the injury during the first few hours, a doctor can examine and check for any further injuries. Once you are diagnosed with whiplash, the next step is treatment. It is recommended you rest during the first 24 hours and apply ice or heat to your neck for about 15 minutes up to 6 times a day for several days. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatories and/or muscle relaxers. Exercise, physical therapy, massages, chiropractic care and acupuncture are other possible treatments.
How Long Does Whiplash Last?
Recovery time will depend on the severity of your whiplash injury. While most symptoms go away in a few days or weeks, neck pain can last up to 3 months for moderate injuries or up to a year for more severe cases. If you have a history of neck pain, you may have a longer recovery time. Whiplash can also lead to chronic pain and injuries that may last up to 10 years or even a lifetime. Luckily, very few people have long-term complications from whiplash.
Contact a Daytona Beach Personal Injury Attorney Immediately!
If you were recently involved in an accident, our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers at Politis & Matovina, P.A. can help! You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Whether you need a simple explanation of your case or want an assertive attorney at your side, we can offer the legal counsel you require. We are available nationwide, 24/7, to talk.
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