How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained by car accident victims. It occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward and back and, depending on the force of this abrupt movement, the damage done to the delicate tendons and ligaments can be incredibly painful, producing a wide range of symptoms. Despite the potential severity of this injury, many often perceive whiplash as a minor injury that does not warrant much attention. However, while most cases of whiplash tend to achieve a full recovery after 6 months, it is not uncommon for it to develop into a long-term injury.

The Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash can last for a few days after a car collision, resulting in neck pain and upper back pain, accompanied with headaches. Moderate cases of whiplash can last for several months and injured victims might experience pain and stiffness in the neck as well as upper or lower back pain, and intense headaches. Severe cases can develop into what is known as chronic whiplash, which in addition to the aforementioned symptoms, can also affect one’s sleeping patterns and lead to vision issues.

Generally, if the effects of whiplash last longer than 6 months, it is characterized as chronic whiplash and requires treatment with prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy. In mild cases of chronic whiplash, a doctor might treat its effects with paracetamol or anti-inflammatory pills. Patients are also often advised to keep their head and neck mobile rather than keeping it in a brace, which would stall the healing process.

If you were involved in a car accident, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Whiplash should be treated immediately to avoid the possibility of it becoming a chronic issue. There is no way for a doctor to confirm whiplash, even through the use of x-rays or scans, but your doctor can still make a record of your symptoms. This can help you in the future if you decide to move forward with a claim or personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, your doctor can refer you to a physiotherapist if necessary.

Erie Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, we understand that this is likely an overwhelming time for you. You might be facing expensive medical bills, missed time from work, and pain from your injuries. At McNair Law Offices, PLLC, our firm is committed to serving injured victims and helping them achieve maximum compensation.

Contact us today at (814) 250-3662 for the effective representation you deserve.