Whiplash occurs when your neck is forcefully moved back and forth. The neck moves rapidly in both directions, which leads to a whiplash injury. Auto accidents, where one car rear-ends another car, are the most frequent cause of whiplash. The impact from one car bumping into another and then the sudden stop can lead to a passenger or driver’s head whipping forward and then backwards. While auto accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, you can experience a whiplash injury for other reasons. Some sports injuries, abuse, or other accidents can lead to whiplash. If you were recently in a car accident or suffered another injury, you may be wondering if you have whiplash. There are five different signs of whiplash you can look for to determine if you have it. You may experience some or all of these symptoms. Your symptoms may come and go and may feel different at different times of the day. If you believe you have a whiplash injury, it is important to see your doctor to have your injury treated.
Pain. You may very likely be experiencing pain if you have whiplash. The pain will most likely be located around your neck. When you try to move your neck, it will likely make the pain feel more intense. Your neck may also feel stiffer than usual when you try to move it. Depending on how severe your injury or accident was, more of your body may have whipped back and forth and may also be in pain. So, sometimes, with a whiplash injury, you may also feel pain near your shoulders, upper back, and arms. Typically, if you have whiplash, the pain will present itself within 24 hours of the accident or injury, though this is not always the case.