What is whiplash?

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Whiplash is an injury of the neck and skull that most often occurs in rear-end car accidents.

Here’s how it happens: When your car is struck from behind, your car is forced forward. While most of your body, including your mid-section and shoulders, moves forward with your car, your head and neck remain stationary. As such, your neck is hyper-extended. Then, the head snaps violently forward. At the time that your head stops moving forward, it moves back almost as quickly.

Because the hyperextension of the head and neck is so quick, many people only recall that their heads moved forward.

Generally, whiplash injuries are not the result of the head movement, but the sudden acceleration, and then stopping, of the head. Unfortunately, pain from whiplash can be delayed for several hours, or even several days. This is why it is very important for car wreck victims to seek immediate treatment, and divulge every single symptom, to their medical care providers.

Symptoms of whiplash include radiating pain in the neck and back, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Sometimes there can be radiating pain, or a ‘pins and needle’ affect, that travels through the arms and legs.

Treatment for whiplash includes chiropractic adjustments, physical or massage therapy, pain medication, or trigger point and epidural injections.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car or truck accident, and you think you may have suffered whiplash or other soft tissue injury, then please, act now, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers today.