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How severe is whiplash?

One of the more common injuries that you can wind up with after a car accident in Missouri is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when your head is suddenly jerked due to an impact at a high velocity. While often whiplash will heal over time, it can be severe, and almost always will require medical attention.

Symptoms of whiplash

 Whiplash is different from a traumatic brain injury, but it can be associated with one. Mayoclinic provides a list of the whiplash symptoms for you to watch out for:

  • Unusual sensations such as dizziness or fatigue
  • Loss of sensation, including tingling or numbness in certain areas
  • Pain or loss of range of motion in the neck, shoulders or arms
  • Moving the neck worsens pain
  • Stiffness of the neck

The above symptoms can be debilitating, especially for people who are physically active. As with any traumatic injury, rest is the most important way to expedite healing.

Is your whiplash part of a traumatic brain injury?

 While the most common result of whiplash is injury to the neck, the brain can sometimes hit the inside of the skull, causing a form of concussion. If you or someone you know was in a violent accident, be aware of sudden depression, memory problems, or difficulty concentrating.

Other symptoms of a concussion include irritability, problems with sleeping, sudden onset tinnitus and blurred or distorted vision. Visiting a doctor as soon as possible after any of the above symptoms appear can help to diagnose the extent of the injury and protect you from complications.

This article is meant to inform you about whiplash and is not a form of legal advice.