Whiplash is the most common auto injury and tends to occur in rear-end collisions. When the neck is snapped suddenly in one direction or moved beyond its normal range of motion, the muscles, nerves, and ligaments in the neck can be sprained or damaged. This can occur even in low-speed collisions. Sometimes, you won’t feel the symptoms until a day or two after the accident. If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, please call our office 801-553-9691 to discuss diagnosis and treatment.
Common Symptoms of Whiplash:
- Pain and stiffness in shoulders, chest, and neck
- Restricted motion in shoulders and neck
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
Symptoms of More Serious Whiplash:
- Severe neck pain
- Unable to move head
- Pain shooting down one or both arms
- Tingling or numbness in hands, arms or chest
- Pain that returns after being gone for a few days
Arm/Shoulder Pain After Car Accident
Although whiplash may be the most common injury sustained in average auto accident’s, arm pain after a car accident – along with shoulder pain – are also common symptoms.
There are three common ways that arm symptoms can develop after a car crash:
- First, shoulder symptoms may actually be due to neck injury. If the ligaments or discs in the neck are injured, they can cause problems with the nerves that travel from the arm. This type of injury can result in either immediate or delayed arm and shoulder symptoms.
- Second, the violent force of an auto collision can directly damage the shoulder, arm or wrist. This type of injury usually results in shoulder and arm pain soon after the collision.
- Third, the shoulder and arms can become painful from tension in the neck and back caused by whiplash injury. When any muscle in your body is damaged it recruits other muscles to try and compensate. This type of shoulder pain may take a few weeks or months to develop after the crash.
The thing is, even if you don’t think you have been seriously hurt in a car accident doesn’t mean you haven’t sustained injuries that can become worse over time and eventually cause irreversible damage. And remember, insurance adjusters’ can be tricky and try to scare you out of seeking care. Most auto insurance companies compensate for care following an auto collision to repair any serious injury or any potential health issues that are identified.