Patients who have suffered any degree of whiplash will typically start experiencing symptoms within the first twenty-four hours after the incident. Often times, patients can have difficulty identifying the nature of their discomfort, since these symptoms can vary depending upon the exact nature of the injury.
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If someone waits a few days before seeing a doctor they usually suggest the person couldn’t be “that hurt” since they didn’t need medical attention right away.
It really bothers me when an adjuster says a client “only” sustained soft tissue injuries. Although these types of injuries usually heal, they still can require months of physical therapy to recover from.
Our client had pre-existing degenerative disc disease in his cervical spine but prior to the accident he had no real complaints of neck or back pain. It was readily apparent our client sustained a significant neck sprain/strain in the wreck and that facet syndrome was responsible for the shooting pain he was experiencing.
The following week, as your back and neck get increasingly worse, you have X-rays taken; nothing broken. Chiropractors address soft tissue injuries like these.
The defendant admitted that he had been going approximately 30-35 mph, and the property damage was significant.
Chiropractic spine manipulation is one of these treatments and insurance companies usually cover this type of treatment.
Soon after though, you begin to experience headaches and/or neck & shoulder pain and/or back pain. X-rays may be taken, showing no broken bones. Chiropractic care is often the treatment of choice for these injuries.
Pretty much any type of injury, from a sprain or a strain, a traumatic brain injury, a concussive injuries, you can get herniated disks, you can get bulging disks. Even a sprain or strain, what they call a whiplash injury, may not sound that serious to most people, but what that really is is a tearing of all of your muscle fibers.
I cannot tell you how many times a client was in a minor impact accident and “felt a little sore” only to find out they have significant injuries that would require surgery for them to fully recover. So when you are in a car accident and there might be minimal property damage and you feel pain, it’s best to seek medical attention so they can take a look and determine if you have injuries that need attention.
Whiplash is one of the most common types of injuries suffered in these collisions, and has been the focus of ongoing debate and research over the last few decades. Despite the rate at which these injuries occur, however, whiplash continues to be a misunderstood condition that can have both short-term and ongoing negative effects on the lives of those who experience it.