Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the neck is forced into a rapid back and forth motion, causing trauma to the neck tissues. Rear-end car accidents often cause whiplash, although this injury can also result from sports mishaps, falls, and other types of physical traumas.
The symptoms of whiplash can vary significantly from case to case. Sometimes, certain symptoms of whiplash may not set for days, weeks, or even months after the injury occurred. Delayed symptoms of whiplash can be uncomfortable and even disruptive to day-to-day activities, making it crucial for whiplash to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible after an accident or injury.
What Are the Delayed Symptoms of Whiplash?
Delayed symptoms of whiplash may be similar to those experienced soon after the injury occurred, such as:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and/or back
- Pain that becomes worse with neck movement
- Tenderness in the shoulder, arms, or upper back
- Lost range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often stemming from the base of the skull
- Arm tingling or numbness
That being said, some patients with delayed whiplash may experience other symptoms, including anxiety, depression, irritability, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), trouble sleeping, memory issues, trouble concentrating, and blurred vision.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment of whiplash can prevent further damage and delayed symptoms. In addition to at-home therapies to reduce pain and inflammation, such as icing and resting the affected area, anti-inflammatory medications and rehabilitation can help you heal from whiplash.
Dr. Higgins at Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery performs a range of treatments to treat spinal conditions, including whiplash. Non-invasive methods, such as osteopathic manipulation and laser therapy, can help you recover from neck pain and stiffness, among other symptoms. Schedule an appointment at our clinic today to learn more.