If you think you're had a whiplash injury, then you might have a range of symptoms. For example, you might feel dizzy and have headaches. Your shoulders, back and arms might be sore.
You're also likely to have problems with your neck. These problems can have various symptoms. What are they?
1. Neck Pain
A whiplash injury often leaves you with neck pain. Your accident or injury might have strained the tendons and muscles in this area.
While your neck might not hurt that much if you keep it completely still, it will still feel tender. Your pain might creep up on you suddenly whenever you try to move your head or neck. Even small motions can hurt a lot. The pain can then take a while to subside.
Typically, you'll notice that your pain increases most when you try to move your head from side to side or from front to back. It might be particularly painful if you try to look back over one of your shoulders.
2. Loss of Mobility
As well as causing you pain, a whiplash injury can also affect mobility in the neck. For example, your neck might feel very stiff and hard to move. You might feel like your muscles are knotted and locked.
In some cases, you might temporarily lose some motion in this area. You might not be able to turn your head fully from side to side or backwards and forwards. You get to a certain point and then your neck feels like it has locked in place. It feels tight and stuck.
3. Headaches That Start in Your Neck
While whiplash can give you regular headaches, it can also cause other types of pain that starts at the back of your head. For example, you might feel pain in the bottom of your skull close to where it meets your neck.
This pain might feel like a regular headache except it isn't initially located at the front of your head. However, in some cases, the pain travels. It turns into a full-blown headache that moves up and on your forehead.
If you think that you have a whiplash injury, then you should get medical advice. Your doctor can help you assess the problem and work out a long-term treatment plan to deal with your neck pain. You might need painkillers, anti-inflammatories and physical therapy to help you get better.
Hello, my name is Peter and I live in Western Australia with my wife on our pet dogs. This is my blog which details how to deal with various medical emergencies and other conditions. Last year, several friends and members of my family suffered from various different kinds of medical problems. Some of them, such as my uncle had to be rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment that saved his life. Lots of my friends had minor problems which had a big impact on the quality of their lives. I take an active interest in first-aid and other medical matters so I decided to start this blog.