How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Whiplash often occurs when an individual is rear-ended in a motor vehicle. The sudden backward and forward movement can result in injury to the joints of the neck and upper back due to overstretching. The neck is particularly vulnerable to this type of injury due to its ability to move in various directions.

Symptoms of whiplash include the following:

  1. Tightness or spasms of the neck and upper back muscles
  2. Pain when moving neck
  3. Burning or tingling sensations
  4. Headaches and dizziness
  5. Shoulder pain

Short Term Effects of Whiplash

Following a car collision, whiplash symptoms can develop within 12 hours. While these symptoms may become worse for a few days after the accident, the average recovery time is approximately 32 days. Mild cases of whiplash are often treated with anti-inflammatory medicine and paracetamol.

Long Term Effects of Whiplash

While the majority of whiplash victims eventually get better without lasting damage, there are others who suffer symptoms that last a long time. 12% of those diagnosed with whiplash suffer from chronic whiplash, which lasts for six months or more. Chronic whiplash sufferers experience prolonged neck pain which hinders their ability to perform daily activities, as well as cause anxiety and depression.

Due to the serious potential life-changing consequences of whiplash, it is imperative to see a medical professional immediately after a car crash. Contact our Pasadena personal injury attorney at Tedford & Associates and request a free consultation today.


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