A whiplash injury is a serious injury. The pain and limited motion of this serious neck injury can last weeks, months or years in the worst cases. It is common for car accident victims to have chronic, long term neck pain and headaches for years after a whiplash injury. The nagging, long term pain is usually caused by severe damage to discs, ligaments and neck joints.
If you have a whiplash injury after a car crash, you should get medical attention right away. Getting treatment to reduce pain and swelling immediately will probably reduce the odds of the injury bothering you for months or longer.
If your whiplash goes completely untreated, you could face serious chronic whiplash symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness in the shoulders and neck
- Lower and upper back pain
- Jaw pain
- Serious headaches
- Numbness and weakness in legs and arms
- Ears ringing
- Blurred vision
- Problems with memory and concentration
If you do not get prompt medical treatment, your whiplash symptoms could linger for months or longer. See a doctor right away if you have any neck pain from a car accident.