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How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle accident, afflicting the upper back and neck region. Depending on the severity of this seemingly innocuous injury, recovery can take anywhere from a matter of days to weeks, months, or even longer. If whiplash lasts beyond six months, it is generally considered a chronic condition and will require special treatment to help minimize the discomfort of its symptoms.

What is Whiplash?

While motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of whiplash, this injury can occur any time the head suddenly jolts forward and snaps back. This sudden movement causes damage in the tendons and ligaments in the neck, which are quite delicate and can be very painful.

Its symptoms include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Painful neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches originating at the base of the skull
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

Less common symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in ears
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory problems

Serious whiplash injuries can leave lingering symptoms that might never entirely disappear. If whiplash lasts longer than 6 months, it is referred to as chronic whiplash and treated with prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy.

If you believe you sustained a whiplash injury, it is crucial to see a medical professional as soon as possible. This will not only help with a possible personal injury claim, but it could also minimize any damage caused by the injury, and provide a speedier recovery.

Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you should not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get started on your path toward obtaining compensation. At Rafi Law Group, PLLC, our dedicated personal injury legal team will investigate your case and stand up for you against insurance companies. Let our firm focus on securing your compensation while you focus on healing from your injuries.

Contact our office today at (623) 300-1151 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.

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