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Neck strain or neck sprain often occurs as a result of a motor vehicle collision and is caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward or sideways together with the subsequent consecutive reflex reaction before the head eventually comes to rest. Road traffic accidents are not the only source of this injury which can also occur as a result of playing sports or from an accident at work. Falls often cause a variation on this injury. Most whiplash injuryb symptoms develop within a few hours of the initial trauma however these problems can take days or weeks to fully develop and some unfortunate people may continue to deteriorate for years after suffering the initial injury. Many of these people do not seek adequate treatment at an early stage which allows more serious problems to develop.

Whiplash Diagnosis

The structural strength of the neck depends on a complex arrangement of bones, muscles, tendons and discs that can easily become damaged or disrupted and except in cases of extremely severe and rare injury the damage caused in an acceleration/deceleration incident will not show up on an X-ray. In the past actual diagnosis of this problem by a doctor depended on basic examination and review of whiplash symptoms outlined by the victim however much stronger diagnostic techniques are now available and there may be examination by way of imaging devises including CAT Scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Ultra Sound which now show soft tissue damage.

Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms may manifest them selves in a variety of ways however most people suffer from headache which may be severe and last for a long period of time. These headaches are usually associated with neck pain both of which are usually the result of tightened, tensed, damaged and swollen muscles trying to keep the head stable whilst inflicting pressure on the adjacent nerves which causes pain and discomfort. There is often shoulder pain associated with muscle tears which cause a burning or tingling sensation and in more severe injuries there can be stabbing pains resulting from certain movements. There can be a whole range of other more minor but nevertheless disturbing symptoms including :-

  • neck pain and/or stiffness
  • pain between the shoulder blades
  • headache
  • ringing in the ears
  • difficulty swallowing
  • blurred vision
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • pain in the arms or legs, feet and hands
  • dizziness
  • shoulder pain
  • low back pain and/or stiffness
  • nausea
  • vertigo
  • numbness and tingling
  • pain in the jaw or face

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982