Is Whiplash a Pain in Your Neck?

whiplashA car accident may result in a number of injuries to both the driver and passengers. One common injury that occurs during car accidents is whiplash. Many times, however, people don’t realize they are dealing with the condition because the pain may take days or even weeks after the car accident to develop.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end accident but can result in any type of car accident. The sudden jerking of the neck backward and forward affects the normal curve and can cause injury to the ligaments in the spine. The ligaments, which are the soft tissue that connect the bones in the neck and back, are overstretched and sometimes torn. The stretching and tearing of the ligaments is often the main cause of pain for the driver or passenger.

Do you have whiplash?

Each person has varying degrees of pain when dealing with whiplash and some people may experience few symptoms while others may experience many. The following are common symptoms resulting from whiplash:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Difficulty sleeping and focusing
  • Headaches
  • Muscular aches
  • Pain in arms or back
  • Muscle spasms

Whiplash has the potential to cause serious damage to your spine. It is important to stay alert on the road in an attempt to avoid a car accident that may result in this injury. If you are in a car accident, however, and are jolted backward and forward, remember that pain from whiplash may take time to develop, so it is beneficial to get examined as soon as possible.

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