5 Facts About Whiplash
- While car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, you don’t have to be in a car to get whiplash-You can get whiplash from a fall, or from high-impact sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, boxing, football, or gymnastics.
- Most whiplash injuries are not serious and heal fully with care
- Signs of serious neck injury, such as fracture, are usually evident in early assessments. Health care professionals trained to treat whiplash are alert for these signs.
- Pain, stiffness and other symptoms of Grades I or II whiplash typically start within the first two days of the accidents
- Pain from a whiplash injury can linger for days or weeks. While some patients get better quickly, symptoms can persist over a long period of time, but generally decrease with a return to activity.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
Symptoms can vary widely among individuals. Some may only suffer minor discomfort while others experience one or more of the following:
- Tightness or spasms of the muscles in the neck or upper back
- Pain with movement of the neck, headache, and dizziness
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing and chewing and hoarseness
- Abnormal sensations such as burning, tingling. or numbness
- Shoulder. arms, and/or upper back pain
Severe whiplash can also include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerves of the neck or upper back.