Whiplash Information from Greene County and Springfield Missouri Car Accident Lawyers
The Springfield Missouri car accident lawyers at Aaron Sachs & Associates know that whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in an auto accident. Therefore they offer Greene County Missouri and surrounding area residents some helpful information about this type of injury.
The term whiplash has been around since the 1920's. It is the non-medical term used to describe an injury to the neck, specifically a soft-tissue injury. Whiplash happens anytime your neck is abnormally or suddenly pushed beyond its normal range of motion and is one of the most common types of auto injury resulting from an auto accident. Whiplash can also occur from sporting injuries, a fall, or from an assault.
The most common medical terms are cervical or neck sprain or strain and hyper-extension injury. What this all means is injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles in your neck.
Whiplash is often missed at the initial time of the accident. Sometimes the pain is minor and is masked by the adrenalin rush that results from a motor vehicle collision. Often it takes a few hours to notice the pain or other symptoms.
With this in mind look for the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Swelling in the neck
- Tenderness along the sides or back of the neck
- Stiffness or difficulty turning your head or bending your neck
- Pain shooting from your neck or radiating into either shoulder or arm
- Weakness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs
- Dizziness can also occur