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How to identify symptoms of whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common complications people experience following an auto accident. Recently, a bus traveling in Machesney Park got into an accident with another vehicle with no one reporting severe injuries. However, one passenger did report feeling whiplash after the collision. 

Following a car accident, you need to see a doctor right away. It is typical to feel okay, but the rush of adrenaline could prevent you from experiencing all the symptoms present. While some people feel better from whiplash after a couple weeks, other individuals may require more extensive treatments to find relief. Here is what you need to know about whiplash, so you can do what is best for your health.

The symptoms

Whiplash is most likely to occur from a rear-end collision and generally leads to pain and stiffness within the neck. Some of the other symptoms you need to watch out for include:

  • Dizziness
  • Constant fatigue
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation in limbs
  • Tenderness around the shoulders
  • Chronic headaches
  • Loss of motion around the neck
  • Pain worsening when the neck moves

People who have suffered whiplash before or are older are more likely than other demographics to experience severe symptoms. Without prompt treatment, whiplash can also lead to behavioral issues, difficulty sleeping and tinnitus. 

Symptoms not always prevalent from the start

You will know immediately if you broke a bone or sustained a fracture, but whiplash will not always be readily apparent. It could take days or weeks for the symptoms to come around, and if you have not seen a doctor already, then your claim could be in jeopardy. Make sure to continue to communicate with your doctor throughout the claims process and bring up whether new complications have come up. A doctor will be able to conduct various tests to determine if you sustained tissue or muscle damage before you feel any symptoms. 

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