Symptoms of Whiplash

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When you get whiplash, you'll know what caused it. But you may not feel the symptoms of it until sometime later. Symptoms can appear as soon as two hours after your car accident or other injury, but you may experience symptoms that start mildly and gradually become worse. Symptoms can sometimes develop days, weeks, or even months after the initial injury.

whiplash car accidentYou may experience symptoms that start mildly and gradually become worse.The main symptom of whiplash is neck or upper back pain. You may also experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Shoulder and/or arm pain
  • Tenderness and/or stiffness
  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
Updated on: 08/28/18
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Jason M. Highsmith, MD
Neurosurgeon
Charleston Brain and Spine
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Causes of Whiplash

Whiplash is a common neck injury caused by car accidents, such as being rear-ended by another vehicle. Other causes include football spearing, soccer, falling, roller coaster rides, and violence, such as being punched or shaken.
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