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What are the long and short term effects of whiplash?

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California residents who get into car accidents will likely be facing the possibility of whiplash injury, as it's one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents. Most people involved in crashes, no matter the degree of severity, will likely suffer from whiplash to some degree.

According to WebMD, the long and short terms effects of whiplash sometimes are just separated by severity. As a whiplash sufferer, you'll likely face a number of painful side effects. This can include:

  • Stiffness in the shoulder or neck area
  • Pain when moving the head side to side
  • Tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Headaches

Sometimes, these effects will heal on their own without much interference. Other times, they may require aid in the form of painkillers, rest, and ice or heat packs. Adding these to your self-care plan will help the wound heal faster.

Unfortunately, there can be longer term effects for whiplash that are harder to deal with. It's possible to pinch nerves in the process of a whiplash injury, which can result in pain or soreness indefinitely. You may feel discomfort when rotating your head to your fullest degrees of motion, or your range of motion may even be permanently limited because of the pain or muscular stiffness.

Whiplash injuries should be treated seriously and swiftly. Despite their commonality, that doesn't mean it should be assumed that the damage will be repaired on its own. Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident to confirm the extent of your injuries is always a good first step to take.

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