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Questions Regarding Whiplash in Light of Recent Injury to LPGA Star

By Alpert Schreyer on March 6, 2013

In the wake of the recent withdrawal of 2010 champion Ai Miyazato from the HSBC Women’s Champions LPGA tournament in Singapore, the topic of whiplash has come to the forefront. As reported by The Associated Press and published in The Washington Post, Miyazato said at a pre-tournament news conference that she had suffered bad whiplash from hitting her head on the headrest of one of the cars involved in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand just after the Honda LPGA event as golfers and caddies were on their way to the airport.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash, according to webmd.com, is a neck injury that is often the result of a car accident. The abrupt movement of the head, either forward or backward, may cause damage to the discs, the intervertebral joints (between vertebrae), cervical muscles, ligaments, or nerve roots.

Will I Experience Symptoms Immediately?

After the initial trauma suffered in a car crash, symptoms may be delayed in appearance. Those injured may not experience symptoms for as long as 24 hours after the incident, but symptoms usually appear within the first few days after the initial injury.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms you will likely experience during the first few days includes the following:

  • Headaches
  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Pain in the lower back region
  • Shoulder pain or pain in between the shoulder blades
  • Numbness of the hand or arm
  • Arm pain
  • Blurred vision or dizziness
  • Problems concentrating or recalling
  • Sleep disturbances

Is There a Test to Diagnose Whiplash?

Standard x-rays in most cases do not detect injuries to soft tissues such as ligaments, muscles, and discs. Specialized imaging tests are required such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in order to diagnose whiplash.

Contact a Calvert County Personal Injury Attorney

Have you suffered whiplash in a car accident caused by another’s negligence? The Calvert County whiplash injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer want you to know you have rights. Our experienced Maryland attorneys will work hard to see that you receive the compensation you deserve. Please call (844) 632-7274 to learn more.

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