After a collision, you may feel fine. You were recently involved in a crash in Florida, but you walked away from it without any serious injuries. You forego medical attention, exchange insurance information and tow the cars however necessary. If you are like most drivers, then you count yourself lucky for escaping an accident with minimal injuries. 24 hours later, you suffer from headaches, pain in your shoulders and neck and dizziness. You left the scene assuming that you were okay, but according to WebMD, whiplash symptoms do not always present right away. 

Just because a passenger or driver feels fine after an accident does not necessarily make it so. After an accident, you will probably have an adrenaline high. In addition, you may be in shock and unaware of any pain that you do have. With whiplash, there is a chance that you do not have symptoms at all. This does not make it any less serious. 

Whiplash occurs when your head jerks forward and backward at a high speed. Doctors can diagnose whiplash through special imaging tests. This is a soft tissue or disc injury and can range in severity. A few of the common whiplash symptoms include: 

  • Headaches 
  • Low back pain 
  • Numbness in arm or hand 
  • Concentration difficulties 
  • Irritability 
  • Neck and shoulder pain 

Generally, with whiplash, you will experience the first symptoms within the first few days after the injury. To treat whiplash, it depends heavily on your circumstance and the extent of your injuries. There is no single treatment for whiplash. However, many doctors prescribe pain medication and physical therapy. 

The above information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice.