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Denver and Aurora Injury AttorneyWhiplash is one of the most common neck injuries. Whiplash occurs when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward — similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. These extreme motions can hyper-extend your neck muscles and ligaments causing increased pain and stiffness. Automobile accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, occurring most frequently when a car is hit from behind (rear end accident). In fact, whiplash is the most common injury in automobile accidents. Between 1988 and 1996, 805,581 whiplash injuries occurred annually in all crashes in passenger cars, light trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles and vans, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Many people who suffer from whiplash notice the following symptoms, usually within the first 24 hours after the automobile accident:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull
- Blurred vision
Some people also experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
Contact your doctor promptly if:
- The pain spreads to your shoulders or arms
- It becomes painful to move your head
- You experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms