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 an accident, whilst your body is restrained by your seatbelt, your head isn’t 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:

  • Headaches.
  • Neck pain.
  • Pain in shoulders and arms.
  • Dizziness.

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 decide to make an insurance claim against the driver who caused the accident, the GP’s medical records will be used during the process as proof that you were diagnosed with whiplash.

Adjust your head restraint properly

Always check that your head restraint is adjusted properly – whose ever car you’re in.

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.
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