Posted 12:31 PM April 24, 2013
Whiplash is a very common injury caused by a car accident, trucking accident, or any vehicle crash.. When the head and neck are jolted violently to the front and back, the result can be a case of severe whiplash.
The ligaments, tendons, and discs in the neck become strained, causing pain shooting through your shoulders and down your arms. These shooting, or "radicular" pains can be evidence of a serious disc injury in your cervical spine. It is important to seeek medical attention immediately if you suspect you have whiplash from an accident.
Insurance claims adjusters usually do not take whiplash injuries seriously, at least not until an experienced neck injury attorney files a claim on your behalf. Adjusters just seem to feel that whiplash is a minor injury that will always resolve itself with time.
That just isn't reality. You can suffer a bad whiplash injury in a very low-speed car accident. Doctors agree that even in low-speed, minor impact collisions, whiplash results. Pain can become so intense that it causes numbness and tingling in your arms and hands(radiculopothy and parastesia). This sensation is particularly disturbing for almost anyone.
Whiplash must be properly diagnoses by xrays and MRI at the hospital. These imaging studies will identify the extent of the damage done to your spine and neck area. It will also give your orthopedist or neurologist and idea on the next course of treatment.
Conservative treatment for whiplash includes pain medications, physical therapy, and localized epidural steroid shots. If these treatments do not fix the problem, your doctor may recommend a neck surgery. Surgery for whiplash after a crash may likely require disc removal (discectomy) and spine fusion. This is a serious surgery with real risks.