People hurt in car crashes, especially rear-enders or rear impact crashes, often complain of neck pain, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, unsteadiness, fatigue, and low back pain. Very often, the symptoms of whiplash injury do not appear immediately but are delayed 24 to 48 hour or more. Although this phenomenon is poorly understood on a physiological basis, it has been well documented in the clinical literature and is well understood by clinicians in private practice. Usually, the first symptoms are neck stiffness and a feeling of muscle spasm or tightness. This is often accompanied by a reduction in range of motion of the neck. In many cases, patients experience pain radiating into the shoulders or down the arms. In other cases, various neurological complaints such as numbness or tingling in the arms or hands may be present. While these symptoms may be brief and self-limiting, meaning that they will eventually resolve by themselves, they could also be signs of more serious injury, such as spinal cord injury, nerve root injury, or ligament injury requiring professional treatment. To be safe, it is best to err on the side of caution and always consult a professional chiropractor or medical practitioner skilled and experienced in diagnosing and managing this type of condition.

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Common Symptoms Following Whiplash

Neck Pain 92%
Headache 57%
Fatigue 56%
Shoulder Pain 49%
Anxiety 44%
Interscapular Pain 42%
Low back Pain 39%
Sleep disturbance 39%
Upper Limb paresthesia 30%
Sensitivity to noise 29%
Impaired concentration 26%
Blurred vision 21%
Irritability 21%
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) 16%
Dizziness 15%
Forgetfulness 15%
Upper limb pain 12%
Upper limb weakness 6%
Tinnitus (ringing in ears) 4%
Jaw/facial pain (TMJ) 4%+

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