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The importance of getting whiplash checked out by a doctor

You might think you are fine after a minor car accident, even if you feel a little sore for a few days. Whiplash is not a big deal compared to what you might have gone through, you think. While you may be correct that you could have suffered much worse, we at the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, A Professional Corporation, also understand the potential severity of whiplash injuries that Alaskans may suffer.

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues, ligaments and muscles that support your head and neck, explains Web MD. You get this injury when a sudden impact whips your head back and forth. Usually, you would feel little to no pain the day of the accident but might experience stiffness and pain in the days to follow. Many cases of whiplash resolve on their own, but you could be in considerable pain for weeks until you heal. In other cases, whiplash simply does not go away by itself and may require medical intervention.

It is important to call your doctor when the first signs of whiplash show up, especially since the pain may signal a more serious injury, such as a concussion, a ligament tear or a fracture. Your doctor may recommend massage, physical therapy or prescription painkillers to relieve trauma, strengthen the supportive muscles and manage your pain.

The confusion that follows a minor accident can make you feel like you need to delay seeing your doctor. However, this is one of the vital steps to take after you are in a collision, as our page explains.

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