Whiplash is a common injury typically brought on by a car accident or rear-end collision that causes a person’s neck and back to jolt rapidly due to a large amount of force. Whiplash injuries can be caused by automobile, truck, motorcycle or any other type of vehicle collision. In most cases, whiplash may not initially seem too severe, but the amount of pain can increase after several hours or days after an accident. Depending on the injury, physical therapy or surgery can be required as a last resort.
Signs of Whiplash after a car accident
Whiplash injuries can range in severity depending on the impact of the crash. Some victims may not notice much more than slight discomfort. In other cases, you may experience:
- Neck, jaw, back and shoulder pain or stiffness
- Feelings of fatigue
- Blurred or fuzzy vision
- Severe headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Muscle spasms/numbness
At any of these signs of pain, you should seek medical treatment from your primary care physician who can properly diagnose and treat your injuries and provide medication to dull the pain. In more serious cases of whiplash, your doctor can recommend physical therapy as well or provide next steps based on your specific case.
How Physical Therapy Can Help Whiplash Injuries
Physical therapy is a popular and effective option for anyone experiencing pain after a car accident. Your physical therapist can recommend exercises and stretches that can lessen the pain and increase motion of your neck and back to their original level. Certain exercises can increase blood flow and contribute to faster healing. Physical therapists can provide exercises to regain strength and mobility that you can work on in the privacy of your own home. Your therapist may recommend hot or cold compresses for minor pain. Other types of therapy including massage therapy can help reduce pain in your muscles and tissues. This is an effective way to heal from whiplash pain. Be sure to listen to the advice of your physical therapist for best outcomes and to let your therapist know if you are experiencing more pain or discomfort during physical therapy.
After Your Car Accident
After your car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention right away to determine the severity of your injuries and properly diagnose whiplash. If you were involved in a car accident due to no fault of your own that caused serious injuries and required physical therapy, it’s not a bad idea to consider speaking to an experienced car accident lawyer. An attorney can likely help you recover compensation to aid in your recovery.