What is neck whiplash?
Neck whiplash is caused by the head being forcibly and quickly moved backwards and forwards like a whip cracking. Whiplash injuries may involve damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons in the neck. This includes sprains, strains, tears, ruptures and soft tissue injuries.
The types of accidents which can cause neck whiplash are trips and falls, sports injuries and car accidents, especially when the rear of the car has been hit.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Symptoms include neck pain and difficulty moving the head. Whiplash can also cause headaches and pain in the arms and shoulders. It can be a few days before symptoms appear. Symptoms vary from person to person, depending upon the nature of the injury.
A person usually recovers from a whiplash injury within a few weeks, but it can have long-term effects, especially when there has been a serious accident.
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Long-term back, neck or jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Severe headaches
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs.
Whiplash can impact your health, finances and general quality of life for a long time. You may have to take time off work or receive ongoing medical treatment.