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How Long Does Whiplash Last?

When it comes to car accident injuries, whiplash is perhaps the most common. Whiplash is the name for the condition that is caused by rapid expansion and contraction of your neck muscles causing damage to muscle fibers, leading to soreness for quite some time while they heal. There are varying degrees of whiplash, and the level you sustain will depend heavily on the circumstances of your accident, so no two cases are exactly alike.

When people sustain whiplash injuries, they often wonder how long they can expect to experience symptoms for. While each case is unique, there are a few factors you can use to determine whether you’re experiencing a somewhat typical case of this condition, or if you might actually be having a much more serious problem.

Short-Term Whiplash

You may not actually realize you have whiplash from the moment of a car accident. In fact, the adrenaline pumping through your body and the shock of the accident occurring can completely block out this pain entirely for quite some time. However, most people can usually feel the effects of this condition the morning after, with the second morning being the worst.

Most cases of whiplash from minor, low-speed accidents will dissipate after a few days to a couple of weeks. However, your health condition and other factors could cause your injuries to last for as much as several months. Some studies have shown that minor to moderate cases of whiplash will show symptoms for as long as 24 months. In rare cases, these symptoms could extend for as long as five years.

Long-Term Whiplash

Whiplash cases that still continue to show symptoms for longer than six months are typically referred to as “chronic whiplash,” which require more serious attention. You’ll probably need to undergo physical therapy and need specialized treatments (including possibly needing to wear a neck brace). Talking to your doctor can help you get a clearer picture of your condition and what you can expect on your road to recovery.

In some cases, long-term whiplash may never fully disappear, and pain and stiffness can impact you for the rest of your life. If you’ve sustained this or any other kind of injury, it’s important to consider the financial impact this can have on you and your loved ones, and speak with a Midland car accident attorney who can fight for your right to have your treatments covered by those who are responsible.

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