Cervical Strain or "Whiplash" After a Rear Impact Car Accident
Cervical strain or "Whiplash" is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash normally develop within 24 hours of the injury. However, it is not unusual for symptoms to be hidden immediately and for even hours after a collision. Cervical Strain symptoms 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 shoulder, upper back or arms
• Tingling or numbness in the arms
Some people also experience:
• Blurred vision
• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• Sleep disturbances
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory problems
You should see your doctor if you experience any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms following a car accident, sports injury or other traumatic injury. It is important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis and to rule out fractures or other tissue damage that may be contributing to symptoms.