If you were injured in a front-end collision, the biomechanical procedure is reversed, and you would first suffer a hyperflexion injury and then a hyperextension injury.
All of the most common symptoms of whiplash can be traced either directly or indirectly to the trauma your neck experienced.
There are three major types of injury that whiplash can cause: muscle and ligamentous injury, nerve injury, and facet joint injury.
Most whiplash pain involves muscle and ligamentous tissue, since they are the most easy to damage in a collision. During the impact, the muscles and ligaments in your neck are stretched beyond what they normally experience. Muscle and ligamentous damage is accompanied by swelling and tenderness of the muscles in the neck and shoulders. Fortunately, most muscle and ligamentous injuries heal quickly and usually don’t require extensive or lengthy treatment.
Just as muscles are stretched during the rapid motion of whiplash, so are nerves. Most nerves are able to handle such motion. But if your head is turned or if your head restraint is not adjusted properly, a nerve can be stretched too far or pinched. Nerve injuries can be more difficult to treat than muscle damage. In some cases, nerves that are trapped by bones or muscles may require more extensive therapy or even surgery.
Facet joint injury can show itself in a variety of ways. Pain in the area of the joint is the most common symptom. Facet damage, though, can also result in pain that is felt elsewhere in the body – shoulder and arm pain are common whiplash complaints that may be related to facet joint injury.
Treatment of joint damage can be more difficult for many reasons. First, the joint itself does not have a good supply of blood, which makes it hard for the tissues to heal. Secondly, constant motion of the joint and swelling can irritate the injury.
Your doctor can determine the cause of your pain, and help you decide the best treatment. The goal of treatment is to help the damaged tissues heal from the injury. This may take time, depending upon the diagnosis.
We believe that aggressive treatment during the first few weeks after an injury provides the best chance of complete recovery.
At Easton & Easton, LLP, our years of experience allow us to seamlessly assess and coordinate medical care to make certain the full extent of our clients’ injuries are identified, treated, and provable. So, if you need assistance finding an experienced doctor who will treat your symptoms aggressively, our lawyers can help.
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