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What are risk factors for severe whiplash?

Shawn E. McDermott

Suffering injuries related to your car accident in Colorado may create ongoing and debilitating pain. Addressing your injuries right away may prevent them from worsening and allow you to control unwanted symptoms more effectively.

In situations where you notice an onset or increase in pain in the days or weeks following your accident, it is wise to seek medical treatment right away.

Seeking medical care

According to the Mayo Clinic, your risk of suffering chronic injuries is higher if the following applies:

  • You have preexisting health conditions including back or neck pain
  • You have suffered whiplash or similar injuries in the past
  • You are older
  • Your car accident was high-impact

In situations where you suspect that your health or circumstances will impact your body’s ability to recover or respond to treatment, you may practice more vigilance in getting adequate medical help. Disclose a thorough history of your health to assist medical professionals in determining the most effective course of treatment for your injuries.

Managing your symptoms

Paying close attention to the way you feel, proactively seeking help and working closely with your health care provider may enable you to manage your symptoms enough to continue living your life to its fullest. Over time and with consistent effort, you may notice a decrease in the frequency or intensity of your pain.

Chronic pain may require ongoing medical tests, treatments and therapies. If your accident was someone else’s fault, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for the financial strain and emotional trauma created because of your injuries. Throughout your accident and the months following, maintain a record of the events that transpire to use as evidence in case you need to seek legal assistance.

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