Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash and How it’s Treated

Whiplash is the most common injury, especially a rear-end accident. Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. 

Signs and symptoms 

The Symptoms of whiplash usually emerge within 24hours to a few days after the injury, and may include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms

Some people may also experience:

  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering

Long term effects of whiplash

People that have whiplash injures usually recover within a few weeks after the injury. However, some people continue to have pain for several months or years after the accident. The long-term effects of whiplash can include:

  • Chronic pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Back pain
  • Severe, chronic headaches
  • Numbness or weakness in hands, arms, or legs
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory problems

When to see a doctor

Whiplash and other injuries may not show symptoms right away. It is crucial to checked by a doctor after an accident to rule out damages that may have occurred. If left untreated, your injuries might get worse. A doctor can do a physical check and order an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI to diagnose the injury and rule out potential injuries.  


Treatment may differ based on the severity of your injuries. A doctor will evaluate your injuries and accordingly give you treatment options. Possible treatment a doctor could provide:

  • Prescribe pain relive medication
  • Refer you to a chiropractor
  • Refer you to a physical therapist
  • Give you simple exercises and stretches to perform
  • And other possible treatments if the injury is severe 

You might not feel any pain right away with the shock of the accident and adrenaline rushing through the body. Pain and injuries can get more severe days after the accident. It is important to get examined by a medical professional right away to get proper treatment for any unseen injuries that you may have. Your next step is to call a trusted attorney that has experience with car accidents.

In the unfortunate event of an accident or injury, you are going to need an attorney that has experience with work-related injury cases. We have 55 years of experience and an extremely long list of successful cases. If you have been involved in an accident or have a legal matter you would like to discuss with an attorney from our firm, please contact us by visiting or call 800-401-4530



DerSarkissian, Carol. “Whiplash – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment.” WebMD, WebMD, 25 Apr. 2019,
“Whiplash.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 5 Feb. 2020,