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What happens in a whiplash injury?

Most people in Missouri have heard references to whiplash but they may not fully understand this injury. That may be in part due to the fact that sometimes whiplash is treated almost as a joke or not taken seriously. However, this type of injury can actually result in a chronic condition for some people according to The Mayo Clinic. It is important for people who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident to know the signs of whiplash.

The rapid jerking forward and back of the neck and head that occurs in a rear-end collision is the primary cause of a whiplash injury. When this occurs, damage may be to soft tissue such as the nerves, muscles or ligaments in the neck. Damage may also be done to the discs between the bones in the spine as well as to the spinal bones themselves.

People with whiplash might not be able to move their neck fully and may experience stiffness in the neck that actually gets worse if they try to move their neck. In addition to pain in the shoulder, arm or neck they may be slightly numb in the arm. Sleep and visual disturbances as well as ringing in the ears may occur. Some people find it difficult to concentrate or remember things.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Missouri some information about what actually happens in a whiplash injury and what symptoms they should be aware of so they can seek proper treatment.


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