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What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Common symptoms related to whiplash may include:

  • neck pain and stiffness,
  • headache,
  • shoulder pain and stiffness,
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • jaw pain (temporomandibular joint symptoms),
  • arm pain,
  • arm weakness,
  • visual disturbances,
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and
  • back pain.

In a more severe and chronic case of "whiplash associated disorder" symptoms may include:

  • depression,
  • anger,
  • frustration,
  • anxiety,
  • stress,
  • drug dependency,
  • post-traumatic stress syndrome,
  • sleep disturbance (insomnia),

Patients with whiplash injuries may enter into litigation and social isolation may occur as a result of their symptoms.

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Comment from: Sorceror, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I was involved in a T bar collision after a driver failed to give way crossing a 3 lane main road. Initially I thought I was okay as I could move about without any pain. I was shaken and the body flooded with adrenaline that day and I later developed a bad headache. The following day my entire body was sore and stiff and I have had headaches ever since the accident. My neck is still sore and stiff. My back however has recovered faster than I initially thought it would. It has been 3 weeks since my accident, and I still get daily headaches. I am seeing a physiotherapist who says I suffered whiplash. I only thought whiplash occurred from rear-enders but that apparently is not so. Physiotherapy has helped my lower back recover quickly but has not been able to do much for my neck pain and headaches. The physiotherapist said that it is still a little too touchy for him to do a lot of work with the neck, but eventually he will be able to massages deeper into it. But it will take time.

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Comment from: MARTHA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I fell outside on the ice and fell back and banged the back of my head on the walkway/ice. I went to the emergency room by ambulance and they said I had whiplash but no broken bones. I had head pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and right side of jaw pain. It has been 5 days now and the pain is just about gone but I am still taking it easy until my doctor appointment in one week.

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