Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck.
The muscles may feel hard or knotted.
Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward.
Pain or stiffness when moving your head to look over each shoulder.
How do you diagnose whiplash?
In most cases of whiplash, injuries are to soft tissues such as discs, muscles, and ligaments, and cannot be seen on X-rays. Specialized imaging tests, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be needed to accurately diagnose whiplash, but are not required for the diagnosis.
What is the best treatment for whiplash?
Either heat or cold applied to the neck for 15 minutes every three hours or so can help you feel better. Over-the-counter pain medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), often can control mild to moderate whiplash pain.
How long does it take to see symptoms of whiplash?
Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours after the incident that caused the whiplash. Sometimes, symptoms may develop after a few days. They can last for several weeks.
Can you give yourself whiplash?
A: People associate whiplash with a motor vehicle collision, and that often is the cause. But it can also happen with a sports injury, physical abuse (such as being violently shaken by the shoulders) or by being punched. These all can cause an intense flexing and extension of the neck.