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Whiplash is a description of injuries that affect the neck and back.

A whiplash injury may result from sudden stretching of the spine which causes ligament tissue to stretch or tear as the head “snaps” back and forth during an accident. In severe cases, whiplash can be related to more serious and permanent brain injuries.

The time it takes to recover depends on how serious the impact was and the extent of the damage to the ligaments within the neck.  Recommended treatment can include keeping the neck mobile and performing specific neck exercises.

Whiplash is often caused by road traffic accidents but can be caused by any kind of accident which results in an impulsive stretching of the spine such as sporting accidents, falls or collisions of any type.

Common Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of motor function
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Disruption of speech
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of concentration
  • Balance problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Numbness



Common causes

• Motor Claims                       • Accidents at work                          • Falling from height
• Sports / recreational injury

Suggested action to take

• Seek medical advice
• If the injury has happened as a result of an accident that was not your fault you should seek specialist legal advice

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