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A neck injury is common following a rear-end collision

Whether in Arizona or elsewhere, when involved in an automobile crash -- even one that seems relatively minor -- injuries may be sustained that can take a toll on one's life. This is particularly true following a rear-end collision. When struck from behind, it is common for a victim to suffer neck and spine injuries. Both injuries are often the results of whiplash.

Whiplash is the most common injury following a rear-end collision. When a vehicle is struck from behind, its passengers are generally forced backward then forward in a swift motion. This sudden extension and flexion causes the neck muscles to over-stretch, which can result in quite a bit of pain.

This pain associated with whiplash is rarely short-lived. A whiplash injury may be felt immediately, or it may take days or weeks to become fully apparent. The typical symptoms of this type of injury include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Tightness or muscle spasms
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness

Whiplash can be easily diagnosed through medical testing, such as X-rays, CT or MRI scans. The sooner one is checked out the better, so that any necessary treatments can be ordered. Whiplash is often treated with the use of a cervical collar, which will reduce one's ability to move his or her neck, allowing it time to heal. Medications and physical therapy are also often utilized.

Sadly, even with medical care, it is not uncommon for a whiplash injury to be felt for a lifetime. Some individuals live with daily pain which can be debilitating. An Arizona resident who has been injured in a rear-end collision and has suffered this, or any other type of injury, may be entitled to compensation. By taking legal action, monetary relief may be achieved, which could certainly help victims in their recoveries.

Source: spineuniverse.com, "Whiplash: 5 Things You Should Know", Gerard Malanga M.D., Accessed on Feb. 28, 2016

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