You probably never expected that another driver would slam into the back of your vehicle while you are stopped at a stop sign or red light. When this happens, you might assume that you are fine because you don’t feel anything right away. Unfortunately, whiplash is one injury that might take days or even weeks to appear.
Whiplash is a medical condition that occurs when the head is flung about. During the crash, your head probably went flopping about. This can lead to damage in the neck’s structures. This condition is associated with headaches and a stiffness of the neck.
If you have pain or stiffness of your neck that starts shortly after the wreck, you might have whiplash. Other symptoms include dizziness fatigue, loss of range of motion, tingling in the arms, pain in the shoulder area. These are all a sign that you need to go see your doctor or visit an urgent care facility.
In the past, people with whiplash would be given a neck brace and told to rest. There is a chance that you might be told to rest more, but you will also be given exercises to do to help your neck. It is imperative that you work on these so that you aren’t allowing the neck to stiffen up and become accustomed to the current condition of the neck.
Another thing that is important is that the treatment that you address should be aimed at improving the range of motion and controlling the pain. Together, this might provide you with the relief that you need to move forward with life after the crash. Ultimately, you might opt to seek compensation to help cover the costs of the injury.