Whiplash injuries (aka hyperflexion-hyperextension disorder) need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are.
Auto injuries are very common. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.
Symptoms and signs of whiplash can develop within days of the injury, and may include:
Some people also have:
If you have any neck pain or other whiplash symptoms after a car accident, sports injury or other traumatic injury you should consult with a doctor. It’s important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis and to rule out broken bones or other damage that can cause or worsen symptoms.