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What should you know about whiplash?

California drivers who get into an accident have a high chance of also getting whiplash. While whiplash injuries are common, they also tend to be under-diagnosed and suffer from a lack of proper or immediate care.

Spine Health states that car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. Not only that, but many car accidents - particularly rear end accidents - will result in one or more passenger getting a whiplash injury. The first thing to understand about whiplash is that while it isn't life-threatening as some car accident injuries can be, it's also more serious than people tend to give it credit for. For example, whiplash injuries can:

  • Cause extreme pain from nerve damage
  • Create numbness or weakness in your arms
  • Last indefinitely without treatment
  • Cause or worsen depression and social isolation

Chronic pain in any form has a radiating effect on the rest of your health. People who experience chronic pain are more likely to have poor eating or sleeping habits. They can develop anxious or depressed behaviors due to these issues. Emotional discomfort goes hand-in-hand with physical pain in the case of many whiplash victims.

In addition to pain in the neck or shoulder area itself, you may also deal with neck instability and headaches that occur frequently. Both of these can contribute to a reduced quality of life.

The best way that you can treat your whiplash injury is by seeing a doctor as close to the time of accident as possible. This way, any potential long-lasting damages can be caught and addressed early, preventing them from worsening over time.

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