Residents of Pennsylvania who get into a crash or other incident that results in whiplash may be wondering just how damaging this is. Though it is a common injury, it is also commonly misinterpreted as being less severe than it can sometimes be.

Mayo Clinic takes a look at what causes whiplash and how severe whiplash can be. Within 24 hours of the incident, someone with whiplash will experience some or all of the following:

  • Neck and shoulder stiffness or pain, especially if it worsens with movement
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating and/or problems with memories

In less severe cases, these symptoms will be annoying at best. You may feel like you don’t need to see a doctor, or be given well-meaning advice that it will heal on its own.

Despite that and regardless of how severe it seems to be, you will want to see a doctor. This is because whiplash can worsen if it isn’t treated properly. Victims of severe whiplash can suffer from excruciating nerve pain that makes it nearly impossible to move the affected area. Needless to say, this level of pain and immobility can easily affect anyone’s quality of life. In severe cases, it may even make it so you can’t work properly. Taking time off of work to heal can cost you in missed paychecks, leading to a vicious cycle of expenses and debt.

If you have suffered in an accident that led to whiplash injuries, you may want to consider seeking compensation for the damages and difficulties you face both now and in the future.