Whiplash is the generic name for a neck and upper back injury following on, usually, from a road accident. Similar symptoms are seen though from trampolines.
It occurs when the soft tissues in the neck become stretched and damaged (sprained).
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness and pain moving your head
- Muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders and arms
- Occasionally pins and needles in your arms and hands
- If you suffer dizziness, tiredness, memory loss, poor concentration and irritability then you may have signs of concussion and you should see you GP urgently
It can take several hours for the symptoms to develop after you injure your neck. The symptoms are often worse 24-48 hours after the injury, and may continue to get worse for several days.
Physiotherapy can help in many ways to diagnose and treat the issues, as well as direct you in the right directions should you have more complicated signs and symptoms. It is never too late but the sooner you get treatment the better.