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More than just a neck sprain: Whiplash can be a serious car crash injury

Many Houston residents have had the experience of being rear ended on the highway. Rear-end car accidents are a daily occurrence in the Houston area. The prevalence of cellphones and other in-car distractions only increase the likelihood of being involved in a rear-end crash.

Whiplash is a commonly underestimated car accident injury. The term "whiplash" is often used to describe mild discomfort in the neck that can be caused by a car accident. Although not as obvious as a broken bone or cut, whiplash can be a serious injury that involves long-term medical attention.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a whiplash injury happens to the neck when "forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement" occurs. A rear-end car accident is a common cause of whiplash, although other situations such as sports injuries can also cause whiplash.

Whiplash symptoms

The symptoms of whiplash may vary, but commonly include neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. A whiplash injury can make it difficult to complete daily tasks such as work and self-care.

In addition to neck pain and stiffness, other symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Worsening of pain when your neck is moved
  • Losing your full range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches that start at the base of your skull
  • Tenderness in your upper body
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation in your arms
  • General fatigue
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Blurry vision
  • Ear ringing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Concentration or memory issues
  • Depression

Recovering from whiplash

It can take months to recover from a whiplash injury. Treatments may include pain medication, exercise, and rehabilitation. Some individuals never overcome their whiplash injuries and may experience chronic neck pain and other complications.

Recovery from whiplash may be expensive, which is why it is important to consult with an experienced medical provider to discuss your treatment plans and options.

Legal options

When your whiplash injury is due to the result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain. An experienced car accident attorney can advise you of your legal rights and discuss the best way to handle your case. Compensation for a whiplash injury may vary depending on the facts of a particular case, which is why it is important to meet with a lawyer about your options.

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