Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to cracking a whip. Whiplash is on of the most common injuries that occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but they can also come about from a sports accident, other types of auto injuries or a variety of trauma.
Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. When a whiplash injury occurs, it is important to be evaluated by a medical professional as there maybe underlying injuries to the soft tissues, also known as a sprain or strain. Left untreated these may develop into chronic neck and back pain with possible other long-lasting complications.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash normally develop within 24-72 hours after the injury and may include:
Neck pain and stiffness
Worsening of pain with neck movement
Loss of range of motion in the neck
Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
Tingling or numbness in the arms
Some may also experience:
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)