What are the symptoms of a whiplash?

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck. In approximately 50% of cases the pain presents the day following the accident
  • Turning or bending the neck would normally be difficult
  • Pain and/or stiffness in the shoulders and/or in the arms
  • You may experience pain in the upper and lower back
  • Headache
  • Dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the jaw or pain on swallowing.
  • You may feel irritable and tired for a few days
  • You may find it difficult to concentrate

The best advice is to keep moving. You need to exercise your neck and keep active.

You should  try to keep your neck moving as much as possible. In the early days after whiplash this may feel painful so you may need to rest for a few days. It is best to begin with light movement and build this up in the following days and weeks. This will prevent your neck from stiffening up which will in-turn cause more pain and discomfort. Continue with normal activities as much as you can

What Medicines are used to treat whiplash?

Painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as Ibuprofen are often helpful and may be recommended by your doctor. There are other medicines that can be taken such as diclofenac or naproxen but these would be prescribed by a doctor where necessary. At times a muscle relaxant such as diazepam may be prescribed which can help the muscles in the neck and shoulders relax.

Other treatments for whiplash

Your Sitting position would need to be assessed. You need to ensure you have a good posture. Yoga, Pilates and the Alexanader Techniques are sometimes advised and have been reported to be helpful.

A supportive pillow that is not too high may also help


Techniques such as traction, heat, manipulation, massage may be recommended. Physiotherapists would assess each individual case and would usually provide you with exercises that can help to ease the pain and tension.

Treatment may vary and you should go back to see a doctor if the pain becomes worse, if you still have pain 4 to 6 weeks after the incident or if you experience numbness, loss of feeling, prolonged headaches, weakness or persistent pins and needles in your arm or hand.

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