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Diminishing the risk of whiplash injuries and neck pain

Although driving sensibly or wearing safety equipment when playing sports may provide some protection against sustaining whiplash injuries, there are actually many more ways that you can avoid suffering whiplash symptoms such as neck and shoulder pain. Read more about signs and symptoms of whiplash injuries.

No matter what treatment process you opt for, whether conventional medicine or alternative therapy, prevention is always better than cure. Read more about alternative therapy treatments for whiplash injuries.

But it is hardly surprising that whiplash is so painful when you think of the strain that the muscles are put under in the average rear-end car crash. When the head is thrown forwards and backwards the body's natural instinct is to protect the head so the neck muscles contract to stop it being thrown about. However, the impact of the crash means that the neck muscles have a lot of work to do and they become stretched and strained as a result.

Whiplash injuries are particularly common, are sustained by around 80% of those involved in UK car accidents and account for millions of days taken off work each year.

We have put together some simple steps that you can follow to reduce your chances of becoming another whiplash injury patient and suffering the often agonising neck pain associated.

How to avoid whiplash and neck pain
Posture - make sure that you sit up straight when driving so that your spine is not strained. Starting off in a good position will reduce the severity of a whiplash injury in the event of a car accident. Maintaining good posture after sustaining a whiplash injury will also speed up your rate of recovery.

Headrest - make sure that you position your headrest so that it can actually support your head in the event of a car accident. The top of the headrest should lie between the top of your ears and the top of your head and there should be a gap of no more than two inches between the back of your head and the restraint. Read more about prevention of whiplash injury and head restraints.

Sitting distance - if you are sitting too close or too far away from the steering wheel you are increasing your chance of suffering a whiplash injury. When you sit in your car stretch your arms out in front of you, your wrists should touch the top of the steering wheel.

How you can make a whiplash compensation claim today
We are here to help those who have suffered whiplash injuries through no fault of their own to gain whiplash compensation from the party responsible.

With the help of our expert panel of personal injury solicitors you can claim compensation for medical expenses such as prescriptions, lost past and future earnings and any belongings that were damaged at the time of your accident.

We offer a no win, no fee service, which means that, if your claim is unsuccessful, you don't have to pay a penny. It means making a claim is a totally risk free process.

If you would like us to call you back without delay then request an urgent call back or if you are keen to start the ball rolling with your whiplash compensation claim right away then call 0800 197 32 32.