What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash injuries can range from mild to severe. Injuries tend to be more significant when your headrest is positioned too low and you are rear ended, or even with a front end collision. If the impact was quite severe it is likely that muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue is damaged.  If these injuries are not treated properly and in a timely manner, as the injuries heal, scar tissue will form, resulting in chronic issues years later. This is why for example, after knee replacement surgery, they have you start moving your knee the same day to insure the tissues repair properly.  This is the same concept for healing and repairing the tissues of your neck and spine. In the past, the treatment was to wear a neck collar, which in a lot of cases resulted in scar tissue formation instead of proper healing. If you were involved in an auto accident, it is highly recommended that you see a chiropractor like Dr. Barrick who is highly trained in these injuries, and receive a thorough examination. 

A whiplash injury is a soft-tissue injury, and can now be proven with the DynaROM system.  To learn how, click here

Even if the impact seemed mild, you may have whiplash if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:


  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder, upper back, and arm pain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain when turning the head
  • Inability to move or turn the head fully
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

As you can see there are a wide range of symptoms and not all of them may be immediately traceable to whiplash. Even if you have been cleared by a medical doctor, your pain could still be related to whiplash and you may need treatment to correct the problem. If you have recently been injured it’s important to get your spine checked as soon as possible. The sooner that you start treating the issue the less chance you have of it developing into a long-term problem.  Call us at Barrick Family Chiropractic to discover how chiropractic care can help you recover from a whiplash injury.