No matter where you may be in the world or what vehicle you’re driving, a road traffic accident is bound to cause a wide range of health risks if you aren’t careful.
A brief overview
Although it has established itself as one of the safest places to drive in the world, the UK still sees a significant number of road traffic accidents every year. From minor bumps and bruises to major conditions, such as the loss of a limb and total fatality, the cases that fill the country’s hospitals are far more diverse than one may expect.
According to the Department for Transport’s National Travel Survey, the amount of moderate-to-severe cases between 2015 for 2017 amounted to 40 per cent of total road accidents. As opposed to 29 per cent of these cases that required no medical attention, it’s clear that a problem in the form of any severity is still abundant.
Among all the different conditions that have arisen as a result of these road accidents, there’s one particular side effect that has shown up more often than most: whiplash.
What is whiplash?
Apart from burns, internal injuries, sprains, fractures, and broken bones, it is one of the most prevalent issues associated with road accidents in the United Kingdom today. This particular condition is best characterised by the following symptoms:
- Stiffness and pain of the neck
- Loss of range of motion in the neck area
- Tenderness in the upper back, arms, and shoulder areas
- Headaches that are moderate to severe which start at the base of the skull
The symptoms involved come about because of the rapid, and unrestrained nature of vehicular collisions and how they lead to an uncontrolled forward and backward movement in the head and neck areas. No matter how secure a seatbelt may be, whiplash is expected to occur in most, if not all, collisions.
Who is at risk?
Generally, anyone driving or riding in a vehicle is at risk of whiplash when they get into an accident.
Though the number of car drivers and passengers that are checked in with symptoms of whiplash continues to grow every year, the most vulnerable demographic to this condition are motorcyclists. The main reason such cases are greater for this sector of the British commuting public lies in the fact that they do not have the necessary seats needed to keep their bodies and heads in place when struck from behind, leading to more severe implications.
How is it treated?
As opposed to other health conditions, one noteworthy aspect it bears is that it has no immediate form of treatment. This is what makes the recovery an uncomfortable and fairly painful process.
When it comes to dealing with it, the National Health Service advises that one must keep their head mobile and maintain good posture in the moments leading up to treatment and after that. Should the symptoms continue for several weeks after the initial checkup, however, it is recommended that the individual undergo physiotherapy to remedy the conditions.
As the UK continues to experience a significant amount of road accidents every year, many are at risk of experiencing an episode of whiplash at varying degrees. By driving safe, being watchful, and getting immediate treatment should an accident occur, however, it will be much easier to remedy the effects of the condition itself right away or prevent them completely.
The Accident Management Company provides traffic collision aftercare in the United Kingdom. If you have been involved in a road accident, get in touch with us today to see how we can help!