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Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorders

Of all the medical problems that could occur as the result of a car accident, whiplash is one of the most common.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that results from a sudden, forceful back-and-forth movement of the head. The most common symptoms of whiplash include pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

Whiplash can continue to cause problems long after the accident has occurred. In fact, recent data show that up to 50% of people who suffer whiplash injuries will never fully recover, and up to 30% will be moderately to severely disabled.

In addition to the most common symptoms, whiplash injuries can also lead to a number of other problems and complications. These other problems and complications are known as Whiplash Associated Disorders (WADs).

Types of Whiplash Associated Disorders

These disorders typically include things like:

  • Lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Poor memory
  • Poor concentration
  • Weakness
  • Tinnitus
  • Secondary psychological changes like depression

Causes of Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorders

While whiplash is most often caused by the impact of a rear-end automobile accident, it can also stem from any action that results in a rapid back-and-forth movement of the head.

Other actions that can cause whiplash include physical abuse, assault, sports-related collisions, and other types of physical trauma. Whiplash from sports-related collisions most often occurs as the result of a football hit. However, it can occur anytime there is a collision in any sport.

Recovering from Whiplash

For many people, it takes only days or weeks to fully recover from whiplash. For some, the process takes much longer. Others, still, may never fully recover. The best way to maximize your recovery potential is to seek treatment for possible whiplash injuries as soon as possible.

When going for treatment, it is important that you communicate the exact location and severity of your pain with the doctor, to the best of your abilities. This is because whiplash injuries are not apparent on imaging tests, and are usually diagnosed based on the patient’s report of pain and discomfort.

Even if you have little to no pain following an accident, it is imperative that you still seek treatment. Whiplash, like many other injuries, sometimes does not present immediate symptoms. When presented with the facts of the accident, your treating physician will know to check for signs of whiplash that you might not have noticed.

Trust a Qualified Whiplash Injury Attorney at Dismuke Law

If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury as the result of an accident, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries. Dismuke Law is home to a team of highly qualified personal injury attorneys who will fight to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.

If you have any more questions, or if you have been involved in an accident in Central Florida, contact us at 1-800-ASK-DAVE. We’re here to help!


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