How does whiplash affect the body?

The stiffness and pain from whiplash may affect your neck for days, months, or even years. The neck is connected to muscle groups in the head, chest, arms, and shoulders - those areas may also feel pain shortly after the neck injury. Some additional effects can take hours and weeks to notice. These can include dizziness, headaches, and overall body fatigue.

Pam Hays
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Whiplash injuries may also be accompanied by injuries to the brain.  The acceleration and deacceleration of the head and neck that causes a whiplash, may also cause the brain to "slosh" from side to side or front to back in the skull, which can lead to brain injury.  Any diagnoses of whiplash should include further testing for damage to the brain.

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