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Whiplash: What Is It & How Long Can It Last?

Whiplash: What Is It & How Long Can It Last?

Whiplash is a serious injury that affects many people. Car accidents, slip and falls, or head trauma during sports can all cause whiplash, along with a host of other activities. If you are injured and suffering from whiplash, you may be wondering what to do and how long it usually lasts. Understanding what whiplash is can help you recognize it and get the medical assistance you need.

So what is whiplash and how long does it last?

  1. It is an injury of the neck. Whiplash is an injury of the ligaments and muscles of the neck, and it is caused by sudden forward, backward, or sideways movement of the neck. Symptoms can take a while, even 24 hours, to appear. Once they do, however, they can be quite uncomfortable, and include pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, dizziness or blurred vision, headaches, and trouble concentrating or sleeping.
  2. It can last from a few days to several months. For mild or moderate whiplash, symptoms will typically last a few days to three months. For chronic whiplash, however, symptoms may last six months or more.
  3. It has no single effective treatment. Whiplash can be treated in a variety of ways, from painkillers to physical therapy, but there is no single effective treatment. Mild whiplash can even be treated at home with ice and over-the-counter drugs.

Whiplash is a painful and common injury that can hinder your quality of life. Whether you fell off a horse, hit your head playing sports, or were injured in a car accident, our Albuquerque personal injury lawyers at Michal J. Doyle, Attorney at Law can help. We have more than 10 years of trial-tested experience and can provide representation as you seek compensation for your injuries.

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