What to do if you have whiplash

What to do if you have whiplash

Don’t Suffer in Silence – there’s an easy fix

Whiplash is one of those things we’ve all heard of but no one really knows what it is. Even your GP is a little in the dark. If you have just had an accident and you’re feeling stiff or achy then you probably have whiplash – or a whiplash associated disorder (WAD) to give it it’s proper name.

I could bore you with the proper sciencey explanation as to how you get whiplash but if you’re reading this then you’ve probably come for the solution, not a lecture. But in brief whiplash happens when there is a sudden flexion/extension (moving in one direction and then opposite very quickly). This can happen in a car accident, trip or fall, or even just turning around too quickly.

When this happens the soft tissue (muscle, ligaments or tendons) is strained and then becomes tight as a protective measure. This is what causes the stiffness, aches and pain. The easiest way to think of this is the gym. Most people have been to the gym or tried some form of exercise or even just a day of heavy lifting when you move house. You feel okay at the time but the next day you wake up and you say to yourself “Wow! I’m getting old!”. This is because you have used muscles in a way that normally don’t and they are letting you know that they didn’t like that.

Whiplash is the same. The muscles have been moved in a way they are not used to and they are letting you know that they don’t like it. Now just like after the gym, you will get better on your own if you do nothing. Unfortunately it will probably last longer than a couple of days, but whiplash shouldn’t last any longer than 3 – 6 months although if you are in poor health to begin with this can last up to a year. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help speed that up.

Just like in the gym, stretching helps. When it comes to whiplash the best way to do this is with a course of physiotherapy. You can go to your own GP or self refer, unfortunately some health boards can make you wait over 3 months for this which is a pain – pun intended. You can go to to the NHS website for some stretches you can do yourself but it is best to see a physiotherapist to make sure that you get the best exercises to help your specific situation.

That’s were we come in. When you ask Rapid Claim to help you, we do that! You are at the center of everything we do and getting you back to how you were before the accident is our top priority. That’s why we don’t waste time waiting for insurers or other solicitors to give us authorisation. We contact a registered physiotherapist who can help you and we arrange your first appointment with them ASAP. That way you can start getting better sooner rather than later.

The best part is, when you come to Rapid Claim we don’t ask for any deposits you don’t have to pay any excess. We just do what we need to do to get you better and when that’s done, we send the bill to the other guy’s insurer to pay. No Win, No Fee, No Fuss.

We’ll also take care of your full claim, that way you don’t have to deal with umpteen different people to sort stuff after an accident. Because that is the last thing you want to be worrying about after an accident.

So contact Rapid Claim Today and book your free medical treatment

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