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Most Common Symptoms of Whiplash

Below is a list of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash.

  • Neck pain
    • The pain could range anywhere from mild to severe. It could be located in one spot or a general area. It might even radiate into the shoulder or further into the arm.
  • Neck stiffness and/or reduced range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
    • This can either be from direct injury to the shoulder or from referred pain from soft tissues in the neck.
  • Upper back pain
  • Low back pain
    • Although whiplash is often associated with neck injury, researchers have found low back pain in 57% of their CAD cases. The incidence climbs to 71% in broadside collisions.
  • Radiating pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities
    • Injury to the neck's spinal nerve roots is common and can lead to cervical radiculopathy symptoms in the upper extremities.

Other Whiplash Symptoms and Associated Disorders

As stated earlier, the list of symptoms attributable to whiplash is extensive. Below is a list of other frequently seen symptoms.

  • Dizziness
    • This can result from a neck injury or a concussion.
  • Memory and/or concentration problems
    • Cognitive problems could be due to a brain injury. 
  • TMJ related symptoms
    • Injury to the muscles around the jaw can result in pain with certain activities such as chewing or yawning.
    • Clicking and popping of the joint can occur, along with limited mouth opening.
  • Vision problems
    • Blurred vision
    • Sensitivity to light
  • Ringing in the ears - tinnitus
  • Emotional changes
    • Irritability, anxiety, mood swings, even depression might occur.
    • The symptoms could be associated with mild traumatic brain injury following a concussion, post-traumatic stress syndrome, pain, or stress.
  • Insomnia/sleep problems
  • Fatigue

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