The symptoms of a serious injury aren’t always immediately apparent. When you suffer whiplash, for example, it could take several hours for the pain and stiffness to develop and become noticeable. This is one reason why many people with whiplash choose to forego medical evaluation. Unfortunately, failing to visit a doctor could not only put your health at risk but also jeopardize your personal injury claim.
Insurance companies may argue that you didn’t take reasonable steps to mitigate your healthcare expenses. This is one reason why it’s important to see a doctor after a whiplash injury or serious accident.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whiplash include:
If left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic pain that could leave you sitting on the sidelines. Fortunately, seeking a prompt diagnosis and treatment may shorten your recovery time.
If you notice one or more of these symptoms after a car accident or sports injury, it’s a good idea to undergo a medical evaluation right away. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may perform diagnostic imaging tests such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, which will allow your doctor to rule out other potential injuries that could be causing your neck pain and stiffness.
If it turns out that you have whiplash, there are many ways to speed up your body’s natural healing process and alleviate the worst of your symptoms. The most effective treatment will depend on the severity and location of the injury. Possible approaches include:
Depending on the circumstances, your provider may also encourage you to try nontraditional treatments like massage therapy, chiropractic care, or acupuncture. Although there is limited clinical research regarding the success of these approaches, some people have found them to provide relief. Additionally, they offer an alternative to more invasive treatments like numbing injections, and nontraditional treatments are especially appealing to people who are wary of taking powerful prescription pain relievers.
If you’re recovering from whiplash or another injury that someone else caused, you may be entitled to compensation for any costs associated with treatment. To determine if you have grounds for a claim, turn to Ball Eggleston.
Our Indiana personal injury attorneys are proud to provide the attentive, one-on-one counsel of a small firm, yet we have the resources of a large practice. Call (765) 742-9046 or use our online contact form to set up a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Lafayette.
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