A whiplash neck injury happens when there is a sudden backward and forward movement of the neck. This movement stretches the ligaments and muscles, which hold the spinal segments of your neck.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 84% of all neck injuries are classified as soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury simply means there is no broken bone or fracture.
The effects of whiplash are not usually felt immediately following an accident. It usually takes a few days before the pain will become noticeable. You will begin to notice stiffness in your neck and difficulty moving. You might also feel pain in your shoulders and arms.
The symptoms of whiplash usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks, but many victims experience pain for weeks, months or even years.
If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury, call Cellino & Barnes now at (800) 888-8888 or contact us online.