Neck or upper back pain and stiffness may occur immediately or days after an incident. Your pain may subside, but then come back after a few days. Whiplash can cause symptoms in muscles located on the head, neck, chest, shoulders, and arms.
Physical therapy, such as gentle motion or massage, and modalities, such as heat therapy, cold therapy, or a combination of treatments, may be used to ease tension and pain. Most cases of whiplash heal within several weeks with treatment.
Am I at Risk
A concussion can result from the sudden movements of a whiplash injury. Symptoms of a concussion include headache, confusion, difficulty remembering things, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. You should seek emergency medical care if you suspect that you have a concussion.
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