After a motor vehicle accident, you could suffer from a multitude of different injuries. One of the most common injuries to occur in a car accident is whiplash. You are likely to suffer from whiplash in rear-end collisions.

According to Mayo Clinic, the condition occurs due to a forceful movement of the neck, called whiplash due to the whip-like motion of the head.

Symptoms of whiplash

You may not experience any symptoms of whiplash the day of your injury. Usually, the signs of whiplash begin to appear in a day or a few days of the accident. You may find that you cannot move your neck as well, that it is stiff and more painful.

In addition to neck pain, you may have headaches that begin at the base of your skull accompanied by dizziness. Fatigue is also a symptom of whiplash. If you have any tenderness or pain in the shoulder, arms or upper back or any tingling and numbness in your arms, there is a strong chance whiplash is the cause.

Complications of whiplash

It can be difficult for physicians to predict which complications may occur. You may experience worse complications if your whiplash presented with severe pain, arm pain and a limited range of motion. You may be more prone to complications if you are an older person, have had whiplash prior or had any existing lower back pain.

Often, the complications include chronic neck pain that can last months to years following the incident. While many patients report whiplash improving in a few weeks, severe whiplash results in chronic problems.

If your accident involved high speeds, you may experience serious complications.