9 Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash is a non-life threatening injury, at least when its treated right away. The most common method of getting whiplash is in a motor vehicle accident when the driver or passenger is hit from behind the vehicle and the rapid back/forth motion of the body upon impact causes your muscles and spine to tense up and thus create whiplash. The effects of whiplash can be felt long after a vehicle accident and if it is not treated right away can lead to prolonged disability. Most individuals who find themselves in a vehicle accident and getting whiplash will recover quickly with minimal chronic symptoms, if any. As always, if you suspect you have it and/or have recently been involved in an auto accident that could have caused you to get it, its vitally important you seek the advice of a medical professional right away. The most common signs of it are neck pain, arm pain, back pain, shoulder pain, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty focusing, muscle spasms, and headache. Untreated whiplash will only get worse over time and can lead to other forms of chronic pain. The following information will provide you with the necessary details on identifying the symptoms.

1. Neck Pain

Neck pain is the most pervasive and most complained about symptom. When you get in an auto accident, your neck muscles tense up and the rapid back and forth motion of being hit from the rear of your vehicle causes your muscles to stay tight and tense. The feeling of neck pain from whiplash is akin to having a stiff neck. The signs of this are feeling like you’re unable to move your neck from stiffness, pain (mild or chronic) from attempting to move your neck in any direction and the general feeling of pain at the base of your neck or top of your spine. Over the counter medications may help ease the pain for a while, but you are likely to need further medical treatment to fully get rid of the pain.