Whiplash causes, pain, stiffness and loss of movement in the neck, chronic whiplash take months to heal. Adjust your seat restraint properly for maximum protection.
Whiplash and car accidents
Whiplash is a common occurrence in road accidents and generally happens when one vehicle is struck from behind by another. In a crash, the seatbelt will restrain your body but not your head, and the “whiplash” effect is the sudden and unexpected movement of the neck.
Whiplash and the symptoms
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury which occurs in the neck after the head has been jolted forwards, backwards or sideways causing a sudden extension of the neck muscles.
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, you may experience whiplash straight after the collision, or the pain could take several days to materialise. The symptoms include:
- Neck pain.
- Pain in shoulders and arms.
In extreme cases memory loss, problems concentrating, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and depression can occur.
See your doctor
If you do suffer a whiplash injury, you should visit your GP, and they will recommend the best treatment for you.
If you subsequently make an insurance claim against the driver who caused the accident, your medical records from the GP will be proof that you have whiplash.
Adjust your head restraint properly
Whatever car you are in always check that your head restraint is adjusted correctly.
For the heads best protection the restraint should be:
- Touching the back of your head – or as close as possible to it.
- At least as high as the top of your ears – and ideally as high as the top of your head.