Whiplash, also known as a neck sprain or strain, is a sometimes very painful injury to the soft tissues of the neck. A car accident can result in this type of traumatic neck injury, caused by a sudden and excessive snapping movement of your head both forward and backward.
Even a low-speed impact collision can cause a whiplash injury and you should seek immediate treatment from a chiropractor to avoid long term problems. Although whiplash injury symptoms commonly occur instantly, sometimes the symptoms take days, and even weeks, to appear.
The most common whiplash symptoms are neck pain, accompanied by headaches, and burning shoulder pain. Some other common symptoms may be dizziness, ringing in your ears, tingling and pain in your arm, and sometimes disorientation. These symptoms may not go away and can greatly affect your quality of life.