Treatment for whiplash
Hyperflexion, or over-extension of the neck is particularly common following a car accident. Forcible impact can cause the head to be thrown forward and back in a whip-like motion, thus putting considerable stress upon the muscles and supporting ligaments. Whiplash sprain is considered a minor, non-complex injury due to the relative ease and speed by which many patients recover. Despite its prevalence, there is no single treatment for whiplash deemed effective enough to offer immediate relief from the pain or stiffness that so often accompanies it.
If you believe you may have suffered a whiplash injury, your first priority should be to have the affected area assessed by a hospital doctor or GP. They will quickly ascertain the degree of injury and appropriate course of action required to reduce the likelihood of longterm damage.
Whiplash is classed as a soft tissue injury, therefore the accompanying pain and symptoms are usually quite similar to those experienced for an ankle or wrist sprain. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Dull aching, accompanied by swelling of the affected area.
- Restriction of movement.
- Inability to sit or stand upright without experiencing pain.
- Searing, hot or stabbing pains.
- Headaches, dizziness and in severe cases, migraines.
- Lumbar pain – pain of the lower back.
Treatment For Whiplash
Neck sprain is similar to most soft tissue injuries and as such, the treatment for whiplash necessitates maintaining movement of the affected area. You may have noticed television adverts where individuals suffering from whiplash are portrayed using a neck brace. This form of treatment is in fact very rare, unless there is a risk of the upper spine being damaged. Pain is generally treated with over the counter pain killers, or in severe cases, prescription medication from a GP. You will likely be required to attend your doctor’s practice on a weekly basis for monitoring of the injury, or for physiotherapy to increase the strength of damaged ligaments/ muscle.
Helping You Recover From A Whiplash Injury
Our acclaimed whiplash injury solicitors understand that some accident victims will require specialist attention for their injuries. We know that getting the right medical treatment can make all the difference to those suffering extreme pain or serious injury, and possibly reduce the likelihood of developing further health problems. As part of our no win no fee policy, we may be able to arrange private medical assistance to provide immediate therapy.
Our treatment partners include:
- Orthopedic specialists
We cannot guarantee that every claimant will be entitled to private medical treatment, however we will do our best to connect you with appropriate services that could improve your chances of a speedy recovery.
If you would like to know more about our unique whiplash injury claims service, contact a qualified member of our legal team today by calling on the free-phone number, or by submitting a provisional enquiry using the short online form provided. We can even arrange a call-back at a time to suit you.