Car accidents are extremely stressful events regardless of their severity. They’re also unfortunately very common. Each year in the US, there are approximately 37,000 fatal crashes. These numbers are already chilling, but there are also an additional 2.35 million citizens who are injured annually due to car accidents.
Among the most common of these injuries is whiplash. This is a painful condition that can lead to spine, nerve, or even brain injuries. To make matters worse, the symptoms can also have delayed appearances. It’s always important to seek immediate medical treatment following any car accident, but knowing how to recognize whiplash can be useful in preventing it from worsening over time.
Causes and symptoms
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a rapid and forceful back and forth movement of the head (a movement compared to the cracking of a whip). The most common cause is a rear-end car …