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Long-term effects of whiplash injuries

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2024 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Motor Vehicle Accidents

Getting involved in a car accident is a traumatizing experience. However, this gets worse when you sustain injuries in the process.

Whiplash is one of the common injuries associated with car accidents. While it may not be as gory as some other injuries, whiplash can have long-term effects that significantly impact daily life if left untreated. These effects can include the following.

Facet joint arthritis

One of the long-term effects of whiplash injuries is cervical facet joint arthritis. The cervical facet joints, located in the neck region of the spine, can become inflamed and painful due to the sudden and forceful movements associated with whiplash. Over time, this inflammation can lead to degenerative changes in the joints, contributing to chronic neck pain, stiffness and reduced mobility.

Chronic headaches

If left untreated, whiplash can cause chronic headaches that stay on long after the initial injury. These headaches often stem from muscle tension, nerve irritation or structural damage caused by the sudden jerking motion of the head during the accident. They can vary in intensity and frequency, significantly affecting a person’s ability to concentrate, work and enjoy daily activities.

Limited range of motion

As a result of the damage and inflammation caused by whiplash, individuals may experience a limited motion in their neck and upper back. This restriction can make it difficult to turn the head fully from side to side or tilt it up and down without pain or stiffness. Over time, untreated whiplash injuries can lead to chronic stiffness and a feeling of tightness in the neck muscles, further impairing mobility and comfort.

Vision problems

Whiplash injuries can also lead to vision problems, such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light and difficulty focusing. These issues may arise due to strain on the muscles and nerves around the neck and head, which can affect the proper alignment of the eyes and their ability to function together smoothly. 

Seeking legal guidance promptly can help ensure you understand your options for pursuing compensation after a whiplash injury.