In Florida, it is common to see car accidents on the roads, highways, expressways, and interstates. It is also common to hear the term "whiplash". It is often a misunderstood term. In fact, many people do not know the origin or meaning of the term. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Website, whiplash refers to an injury to the neck when the neck is forced forward and then backward OR backward and then forward. It is common to have a whiplash type of injury as a result or in the aftermath of a rear end crash. The whiplash motion can cause injuries to the nerves, discs, tendons, and muscles in the neck. When there is a sudden deceleration or acceleration in a motor vehicle accident, the neck can be seriously injured. As such, when a person describes an injury as only a whiplash injury. This description underplays the wide range of injuries that can result from a whiplash type of event. For instance, some injury victims from a whiplash incident only have limited treatment while others undergo surgery. The extent of the injuries will depend on the force of the body, the victim's ability to withstand such force, the prior medical history and condition of the victim, diagnostic testing, medical testing, pain tolerance, and the need / recommendation for medical treatment. Whiplash is a broad term that is far from descriptive or diagnostic when evaluating the seriousness of the personal injuries.
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Following a car accident, an injury victim may experience symptoms right away. For others, it may take hours or days for the symptoms to appear. Symptoms following an accident with a whiplash type of force on the neck of the driver or passenger can include one or more of the following:
- Pain in the neck;
- Stiffness in the neck;
- Ringing in the ears; and
- Blurred vision.
The resulting personal injuries from a whiplash event from a car accident may take some time to diagnose and treat. Two diagnostic tests that are commonly used to determine the extent of the injuries are CT (Computed Tomography) Scan and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Medical providers tend to more commonly order, use, and rely upon MRI testing versus CT testing but it will depend on the medical provider and clinical evaluation as to the particular testing ordered and reviewed. MRI Scans are particular helpful in viewing the soft tissues or discs in the neck to determine if there is any injury or damage to the disc in the form of a bulge, protrusion, herniation, or tear. A positive MRI, meaning that there are abnormalities identified in the read of the MRI, can help document the injuries caused by a car accident .
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