Whiplash is an injury that occurs following damage to the neck. This condition is common as a result of injuries sustained in automobile accidents. The neck pain associated with whiplash may be obvious immediately after the injury or it may not show up for several days. Other symptoms of whiplash include:
• Back and/or shoulder pain
• Neck stiffness
• Poor sleep patterns
• Lack of concentration
Treatment for whiplash may involve medications such as:
• Pain medications
• Muscle relaxers
• Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Additionally, physical therapy, chiropractors, and massage have all been shown to help relieve the pain of whiplash.
In most cases, the prognosis for whiplash victims is positive with pain symptom relief ending in days or weeks, with most patients recovering fully after three months. Some patients do require longer for recovery and continue to experience headaches, neck pain, and other negative symptoms.
If you or a loved one is experiencing neck pain and symptoms that may be a result of an accident, a Portland car accident attorney can assist you in determining your legal rights and guide you in seeking compensation for your injury, including medical expenses.