Whiplash is an increasingly common injury that can cause the sufferer high levels of discomfort for weeks or sometimes months after the initial injury has occurred. Whiplash can be a complex condition, and can be caused by a number of other incidences than a car shunt.

Read on to find out what you need to know about the condition, how it is caused, and what to do if you think you have it.

How is whiplashed caused?

In the most common incidence, whiplash is caused by a sudden and unexpected jolt forward, most often in a car accident. The sudden movement caused by a rear collision causes your car to spring forward. Subsequently your body follows, but often after a very brief delay, causing the head to tilt downwards slightly, towards the steering wheel. This in turn causes the neck to extend forwards. As a result, the soft tissue (ligaments, tendons and muscles) at the back of the neck can stretch and tear. Nerves in the area may also be damaged by the sudden movement.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms will usually occur within hours of the incident occurring, but they can vary greatly. They can include:

How is Whiplash diagnosed? What do I do if I think I have it?

If you think you may be suffering from Whiplash, your doctor is your first port of call. He/she will normally be able to diagnose the condition by simply listening to your detailed description of the causing incident.

Your doctor will also perform a simple examination of your neck and arms to confirm your symptoms are indeed Whiplash. This way he/she will be able to quickly diagnose signs of damage to the spinal nerves, vertebrae or spinal cord. At this stage further treatment may be recommended.

If you think you are suffering from whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn't your fault, contact us immediately and we can quickly assess whether you have a claim. If you do we can begin working on your case, and help you claim back compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

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