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What is “Whiplash”?

One of the most common injuries that is sustained because of a Los Angeles car accident, is whiplash. Whip-lash injuries typically occur in rear-end traffic collisions. The force of impact to the rear of a vehicle causes the victim driver and victim passengers necks’ to “whip” back and forth. Whiplash can occur at both high speed and low speed impacts. Although the term whiplash is commonly known, the more formal diagnosis for a whip-lash injury is a “cervical sprain or strain.”

Symptoms associated with whiplash may not present themselves right away. Nonetheless, if you have been involved in a car accident it is very important to seek a medical evaluation. Typical symptoms associated with whiplash are:

- Pain in one’s shoulders and/or arms

- Tenderness or stiffness to the neck

- Trouble turning the neck in different directions.

- Headaches

- Dizziness

- Nausea

- Back pain

Treatment for whiplash may include, the use of a soft cervical collar which may need to be worn for 2 to 3 weeks, taking muscle relaxants, neck exercises, administration of pain medication and heat therapy. Typically, whiplash can be healed in 2 to 4 weeks. However, severe cases of whiplash can take up to a year to fully heal. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms after being involved in a car accident, you should seek medical attention. The following are experienced medical professionals that can treat your whiplash injuries:

• General Practitioner

• Internist

• Chiropractor

• Physical Therapist

• Occupational Therapist

• Orthopedist

• Neurologist

If you have been involved in a car accident, and are suffering from whiplash, the experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group can help you. We work on car accident matters every single day. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys to ensure that you receive the most favorable settlement you may be entitled to. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your car accident case do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly car accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-337-8547 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-337-8547 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.