Symptoms can present straight away but often there is a delay and pain can manifest 24 hours after the accident where the muscles of the neck stiffen up.
Any kind of trauma to the neck can cause whiplash, it is not always a road traffic accident, for example, falling off a horse or falling down the stairs can also cause whiplash like symptoms. Dizziness, neck pain, arm pain, headaches, jaw ache (1 in 3 people with whiplash will experience jaw pain), shoulder pain, pins and needles into the arms.
It’s important that initially after the impact or injury you are checked over by a medical doctor or paramedic. This will help to rule out any serious trauma such as a fracture. Conservative management includes Chiropractic treatment and will usually include a management program of home exercises, mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue work techniques.