Yes. There can be serious injuries from whiplash that can cause neurological problems. When whiplash occurs, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are usually not far behind. This is because when a car accident occurs with enough force to cause a whiplash injury, the head has likely been forced forward and backwards, or side to side, very violently. When this occurs, something else happens – the brain is rattled around in the head, sometimes smashing into the inside of the skull, which can cause serious brain injuries and as a result, lots of neurologial problems.
A car accident at higher speeds can cause herniated disc injuries and nerve damage, which can cause problems in other parts of the body, as well as neck and back pain that may be severe.
Some patients report they have tingling sensations in their hands and/or feet after a car accident. This can be caused by nerve damage in the neck from whiplash. This is referred to as radiculopathy, which is the medical term for irritation or compression of nerves in the spinal column. It is most commonly seen in car accidents causing injury to the lower back and neck.
Car accidents also can cause a pinched nerve in the neck or spine; this is often a side effect of whiplash and can cause serious pain.