The Side Effects of Whiplash

Whether you are a victim of an accident or know someone who has, you may have heard the term whiplash. This is a common injury in car accidents, but there can be some misconceptions surrounding it. As a consequence, the effects of whiplash on your cognitive and physical wellbeing can be overlooked as a minor injury.

At Radius TBI, our specialists can identify the source of your physical pain or emotional and cognitive changes after an auto accident. Often, individuals who have undergone acute or serious whiplash can experience mental fog, anxiety, confusion, mood swings, depression, dizziness or balance problems, memory loss, difficulty sleeping, changes in their sense of smell or taste, hearing loss, and buzzing or ringing in the ears. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, it is critical that you reach out to our experts today. Even though there may be no direct head injury, you may have a concussion.


Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is commonly found in vehicle accidents because it is defined as a neck injury that comes from a sudden movement forwards and backward in the head and neck. Since car accidents tend to be cases in which a vehicle is traveling at speed and suddenly decelerating or stopping, this can cause a shock to your head and neck, which is unrestrained unlike the rest of your torso. This is also how a concussion may occur. Because it’s impractical that everyday drivers put on helmets and neck collars like racing drivers, whiplash is more likely to occur. 

One of the reasons why whiplash can be so difficult to identify early on is the fact that its symptoms can be delayed for 24 hours, or sometimes longer, after the initial trauma. Even if you aren’t immediately feeling the effects, your neck and head are experiencing damage that can get worse if left unexamined. It can be tempting to think you don’t need a doctor after an accident if you don’t feel anything, but sometimes the worst is yet to come. Symptoms of whiplash can include:

  •   Neck pain and stiffness
  •   Headaches
  •   Shoulder pain
  •   Arm weakness and pain
  •   Back pain
  •   Fatigue
  •   Dizziness
  •   Blurred vision
  •   Depression
  •   Difficulty concentrating

It is important to diagnose whiplash as early as possible – even if you may not be feeling any effects at all. Symptoms can progress into a loss of range of motion, lasting pain, and a decline in memory or focus. However, early diagnosis can prevent the worst from happening and may even fully alleviate whiplash injuries.

Have You Been In An Accident? Radius TBI Specializes in Traumatic Brain Injury.

If you’re feeling dizzy, have difficulty concentrating, or have noticed changes in your mood it may be the result of a traumatic brain injury. We specialize in diagnosing acute cases of concussions, whiplash, and other injuries to the head. For more information or to get started, contact our experts today.

Written by Radius TBI | Concussion / Mild TBI Care