How do I know if I have whiplash or if I just have a sore neck?
Whiplash doesn't always cause pain right away. Often following an accident, there isn't any neck pain, but after a while, some stiffness sets in. The length of time can vary from a few hours to a few weeks. Symptoms of whiplash include pain and stiffness in the neck, but it may also radiate to the neck, shoulders, arms and back. You may also experience headaches, dizziness, difficulty chewing, a hoarse voice or pins and needles in your hands, arms, or shoulders.
Peter V. Giannoudis, MD, EEC (Ortho), et al. Incidence and Outcome of Whiplash Injury After Multiple Trauma. In Spine. April 2007. Vol. 32. No. 7. Pp. 776-781.
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