The major pain symptoms of whiplash are neck and upper back pain. The pain may start immediately after the accident or take days or even weeks later. Symptoms of whiplash can vary dramatically from one person to another, but usually include one or more of the following:
- Neck and upper back tightness or spasms.
- Pain when you move your head and neck; can be accompanied by headache and dizziness, which are common signs of a concussion.
- Difficulty swallowing and chewing. You also may be hoarse, which points to an esophagus or larynx injury.
- Abnormal sensations in the extremities such as burning or tingling; these symptoms suggest a neck injury affecting nerves that radiate throughout the body.
- Shoulder and/or upper back pain
If you have suffered severe whiplash in a high-speed accident, you may also have injury to your intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerves of the upper back and neck.