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Whiplash » Common Whiplash symptoms


There are a range of symptoms that can be experienced by people that have sustained a whiplash. Some symptoms are common to most whiplash patients, such as restricted neck movement, whilst others are shown by only a small percentage of those with a Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD).

Common symptoms?

The most common symptoms of Whiplash-Associated Disorders are neck pain and restricted neck movement. These symptoms are felt by up to 90% of people reporting a whiplash-related neck injury. A study by Australian researchers found that facet joints are the cause of neck pain in 60% of the patients they studied. Facet joints sit between the vertebrae in the neck, allowing them to rotate, but do not perform their job properly when damaged.

Headaches are also very common symptoms of a neck injury caused by whiplash and are reported by 76% of people with a Whiplash-Associated Disorder. These are known as cervicogenic headaches and occur as a result of damage to the neck. Damage to cervical discs, facet joint damage, and an irritation of nerve supply are all possible reasons for cervicogenic headaches.

Lower back pain can also occur after a whiplash-type injury has taken place. Experienced by between 40% and 60% of whiplash injury sufferers, lower back pain is normally caused by injury to discs, facet joints, and sacroiliac joints in the back.

Less common symptoms?

Tingling, pain and heaviness are all symptoms in the arm that can occur following a whiplash injury. However, these are less common symptoms than those already discussed and are experienced by around 15% of people with Whiplash-Associated Disorders. These symptoms can be caused by nerve disturbance as a result of a cervical disc hernia. Pain in the arms and shoulders can also be experienced by some patients even if there is no injury that can be identified in these regions. This can be the result of referred pain, where the starting point of a nerve is damaged but the pain is felt at the site the nerve serves.

Around 10% of people who have had a whiplash-type injury suffer from problems with memory, concentration, sleep loss, depression, irritability, tinnitus and/or blurry vision. These symptoms are generally considered to be caused by pain or medication, or rarely, a slight brain injury.

Do you have symptoms of a whiplash-type injury?

If you have sustained a whiplash injury and you have any of the above symptoms, you may be eligible for whiplash compensation. It will need to be proven that the accident was not your fault, but our personal injury solicitors specialise in whiplash-type injuries and are expert in handling claims.

If you wish to discover more about making a compensation claim for Whiplash-Associated Disorders, get in touch with HAPPY Claim. We're the accident claim experts and can help you win the compensation that you deserve.

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