Tennessee residents may be wondering how common it is to receive a whiplash injury after a car accident. The American Association of Chiropractors has listed rear-end vehicle collisions as one of the most common causes of whiplash, which is also referred to as a hyper-extension injury. Any time the neck is suddenly impacted, causing a rapid back and forth movement, it is probable that hyper-extension of the area has occurred.
It is possible for other types of injuries to cause hyper-extension, but it is more likely to be caused by car-related incidents. Receiving a hyper-extension injury may not be avoidable during a collision, even if the passengers are properly restrained by their seat belts. Avoiding further complications from whiplash is possible, however, if the injured party promptly receives medical treatment.
It may be difficult to know if a hyper-extension injury has occurred because symptoms may take a few days to fully develop. Shock often accompanies a traumatic event. Whenever a car accident happens, shock can delay the symptoms of pain in an individual. Since pain is typically a strong indicator of an underlying problem, people who have become injured in a car accident should consult with a specialist like a chiropractor to ensure that significant damage has not occurred to the neck, spine or back. Often, a medical specialist can identify how extensive the injuries are by ordering an MRI.
If a person is injured in a car accident, not addressing the possibility that whiplash has occurred can become problematic in the future. Since the costs of medical treatment can be substantial, a personal injury attorney may be able to work with the injured party to file a settlement claim and receive compensation.