Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are whipped from back to front, usually as a result of a motor vehicle collision, and often rear-end collisions. Whiplash can also occur as a result of trauma, accidents, abuse as well as slips or falls.
Often people don't even realize they have a whiplash injury until weeks or months after the collision, usually when the pain becomes persistent and leads to other problems.
When whiplash occurs after a car accident, or while playing contact sports many things can happen to the spine and surrounding soft tissue.
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Injured bones in the neck or spine
- Irritated or damaged nerves
- Pulled ligaments and/or muscles in the neck
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands and fingers
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty sleeping
- Headaches or Migraines
- Blurred vision
- Pain when turning the head
- Inability to move or turn the head fully
If you have recently been injured or in a motor vehicle collision, it's important to get your spine checked as quickly as possible.