Car crashes cause all types of injuries – one of the most common is known as a whiplash injury. Whiplash from a car crash, medically known as cervical strain, usually occurs when the car is struck from behind and the head and neck are thrown forward and whipped backwards. This sudden, violent movement causes strain on the muscles and tendons in the neck.
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, a strain and a sprain are two different things. A strain is an
overstretching of the muscle or tendon. On the other hand, a sprain is part overstretching, but it is also a tear of the ligament. These tears are scored in grades 1, 2 or 3, with 1 being the most minor, and 3 being severe.
Most people involved in a motor vehicle collision with a whiplash strain or sprain injury, take anywhere from six to 12 weeks to recover. For others the recovery can take much longer, especially the ones that have sustained a grade 2 or grade 3 tear. The best treatment is physical therapy, prescriptions, exercises and time. Both strains and sprains are known as “soft tissue injuries”as there are no broken bones. Strain and sprains are very real which cause pain and discomfort and can affect an individual’s ability to do their normal activities.
The personal injury attorneys at Vinkler Law are experienced and successful in obtaining the justice their clients deserve, through effective and aggressive litigation in car crash cases where whiplash occurred.