What are Whiplash Injury Symptoms?
Some of the symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain and stiffness, dizziness, fatigue, TMJ, arm pain and weakness, tinnitus and back pain. Whiplash itself is a sprain type of injury to the soft tissues such as the ligaments and tendons. Sometimes these injuries show immediate symptoms, but it can take some time to develop, even years, which is why any neck injury should be evaluated by a physiotherapist.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
Several symptoms can result depending on the extent of damage and severity of the injury. The most common reported symptoms are:
– Pain and stiffness of the neck
– Shoulder Pain
Other less common symptoms include numbness and tingling in the arms of hands, visual or auditory disturbances, jaw pain, anxiety, depression and even trouble speaking or swallowing.
Generally, those who have been in a motor vehicle accident or experienced significant trauma should be taken to the hospital or see their family doctor or a Sports Medicine doctor soon after for medical examination and possible an X-Ray to rule out any serious injury.
Our Ottawa Physiotherapists at Motion Matters are highly trained and experienced in the treatment of whiplash. It is well researched that early intervention leads to optimal outcomes. Interventions and treatment strategies can include education, individualized exercises, manual therapy, modalities and acupuncture or dry needling. It is important that you find a reputable clinic that offers these services working together to personalize your program and maximize your recovery.