A common question many patients ask is how long whiplash injuries will take to heal? First, it is important to understand the nature of a whiplash injury. This occurs when the head is forcibly moved forward or sideways after being struck suddenly, such as in a car wreck. A whiplash injury is damaging to the very sensitive and delicate neck muscles, and the pain can extend beyond a slightly sore neck.
When the Pain Will Not Go Away
Minor neck pain is undoubtedly bothersome; however, the clearest sign of a major problem is when the neck pain is persistent and long-lasting. Initially, the feelings of upper back and neck pain may be present, along with headaches and will only last for two days, at most. However, if these symptoms continue for several months, it may be time to see a doctor.
These are some of the most common symptoms of whiplash:
- Upper back pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Inability to move the neck freely
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle weakness
- Weakness in the legs
- Numb or weakness in the arms
Whiplash must be treated as quickly as possible immediately following an accident. You should note that whiplash symptoms can take a while to appear—anywhere from a few hours to several days—and so many injury victims are unaware of the problem. Mild whiplash may entail a recovery time of a few weeks although it may be longer—anywhere from several months and even years— for more serious cases. This is why it is so important to see your doctor first and obtain a proper diagnosis.
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