If your whiplash injury is mild, you may be able to treat the pain with over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers. Other treatment options your doctor may recommend include:
- Avoiding sitting for long periods of time;
- Avoiding lifting heavy objects for a period of time;
- Avoiding sports activities for a period of time;
- Applying ice;
- Applying heat;
- Ultrasound treatments;
- Electrical stimulation treatments;
- Massage therapy;
- Chiropractic treatments; and/or
- Wearing a foam cervical brace around the neck for several hours at a time. Typically, braces are only used during the first few days after a whiplash accident.
The whiplash treatments listed above are only generalized treatment options for some whiplash injuries. You should never try to self-treat your whiplash injury and should always follow your doctor's treatment advice. This is especially important if you plan on filing a West Virginia personal injury claim. Not following your doctor's orders or trying a non-prescribed treatment routine that worsens your injury may damage your claim for compensation.
In some severe cases, surgery and/or physical therapy may be required as part of your whiplash treatment. These medical procedures can quickly add up, leaving you with overwhelming medical bills. Filing a West Virginia personal injury claim against the person or persons who caused your accident may help you recover the compensation you need and deserve for your medical costs plus other related accident expenses.