Whiplash is usually caused by a sudden and severe jerk to the head, typically in a car accident. A rear-end car accident can result in your whole body moving forward with your head standing in place. The sudden and extreme extension of your neck can produce a whip like motion causing Whiplash symptoms. Whiplash symptoms may cause certain discs and ligaments in the neck and shoulder area to become displaced or ruptured.
Symptoms of whiplash
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck pain that worsens with movement
- Shoulder pain
There are a lot of different ways whiplash can manifest, but all of them will be very uncomfortable. Any significant discomfort radiating around your spine, shoulders, or head after an auto accident is likely related to whiplash.
How Long does Whiplash Last?
A person suffering from this condition might decide to try to wait it out, but that’s not the best choice, because they can last for a long time. Whiplash symptoms can persist for weeks or months, occasionally causing permanent injury.
If you’ve recently been involved in an accident you should get to a doctor as soon as possibly. Getting your condition documented early is vital to getting the care compensation that you need.