Q: I was hit from behind and now my neck hurts. Is it possible that I have whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs as a result of being rear ended in a car wreck. Whiplash, in a general sense, often refers to a soft tissue injury to the part of the spine in the neck, or cervical region. Sometimes it involves lower levels of the spine in the thoracic and lumbar region.
It causes temporary discomfort, stiffness, sharp or dull pain and sensory abnormalities that can be quite disabling. Treatments include chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage, ultrasound, and heat or ice pack treatments. Whiplash normally resolves over weeks to months, and it can be relieved medicinally with muscle relaxers, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs. It is not easily diagnosed with imaging techniques, but is usually confirmed by physical examination alone.
If you were hit from behind in a car wreck and suffered injuries, you should contact an experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer to discuss your situation.