Signs and symptoms of a serious whiplash injury can happen instantly or may develop within days of the injury, common symptoms include:
• Neck pain and stiffness
• Headaches, specifically at the base of the skull
• Blurred vision
• Constant weariness
Less common symptoms can include:
• Problems with concentration and memory
• Ringing in the ears
• Inability to sleep well
• Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, or head.
It’s important to note that the symptoms of serious whiplash can last for a long time after an accident, especially if you don’t receive the right medical treatment.
Whiplash can occur due to many different circumstances and reasons. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head is forcibly pushed backwards and then forwards suddenly. The sudden motion causes the neck to strain, stretch and tear ligaments and tendons.
Some people will have instant pain after suffering a whiplash injury or the pain may develop over time. Some people will also experience chronic pain or headaches for years after sustaining a whiplash injury.
The most common accidents that can cause whiplash include:
• Motor vehicle accident, in particular rear-end car accident
• Neck sprain or strain at work
• Sports accident
• Slip, trip or fall incidents.
No matter how you sustain a whiplash injury, it is important to get yourself checked out by a doctor, even if you think you have suffered a minor injury, and follow all medical advice you are given.
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