A whiplash injury is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden, violent movement that causes the neck to hyperextend backwards. Whiplash is most commonly associated with vehicular accidents, especially when a vehicle is rear-ended by another.
Untreated whiplash can cause more severe injuries such as joint dysfunction and disc herniating which will lead to worse symptoms that will need focused attention and treatment.
Most patients suffering from whiplash symptoms may not realize they are suffering from whiplash until days after the injury. The most common whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Loss of range of motion in the neck area
- Headaches in the base of the skull
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Dizziness and fatigue
More severe whiplash symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues