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Symptoms and treatment of whiplash

Individuals who have been involved in a car accident in Colorado may have suffered from a condition known as whiplash, which is a generic term for injury caused by a sudden jot that affects a person’s neck. The injury is also commonly associated with sports, work and fall injuries.

Symptoms of whiplash vary widely but can include general elements, such as pain and stiffness in the victim’s neck. A person who has sustained the injury may also suffer from different types of headaches, and in some cases, pain and stiffness may move past the neck and into the shoulders and arms of the victim. In some more serious cases, a whiplash injury may result in difficulty swallowing, nausea, blurred vision and dizziness. Vertigo, fatigue and difficulty concentrating also present in some cases.

There are a number of different treatments for whiplash injuries. In some serious cases, the affected area might require immobilization, but most cases may be treated by an active lifestyle. Engaging in a reasonable amount of motion, exercise or stretching may help a patient pursue long-term benefits. Other treatment options might include physical therapy. Chiropractic manipulation may be beneficial in some cases, and some treatments include use of heat and cold in attempts to reduce pain and muscle spasms.

Some treatment options for whiplash may present a serious financial burden on the victim, and the limited mobility that might accompany the injury may reduce the affected person’s quality of life. These types of damages may be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit filed in civil court. An attorney could help a client review the accident that caused the injury in an effort to determine another party’s negligence and liability.

Source: American Chiropractic Association , “Whiplash”, January 04, 2015

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