What is "Whiplash"?

What is ‘Whiplash’ (and why does it hurt so badly)?

A woman who has neck pain due to whiplash from a recent car accident.Whiplash is an injury caused when the neck and head are thrown suddenly backward and then forward upon impact. The sudden impact forces the neck and head beyond their normal range of movement, typically causing tissue damage and pain. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets "rear-ended" is at the greatest risk of injury, including whiplash.

A victim of whiplash may experience any or all of these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain/stiffness/loss of motion
  • Pain in the shoulders
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Poor concentration or memory
  • Tight and/or sore muscles all over
  • Low back pain
  • Sleep disturbance


See a Doctor Soon! Even without symptoms, it’s a good idea to see a TBC Accident Care physician in the case of any car accident, as there can be damage without physical symptoms, or the symptoms can be delayed. Not only can your TBC doctor determine the precise location and extent of your injury, but the best treatment plan for your recovery, as well.

You can trust the TBC Accident Clinic’s physicians to provide same-day medical attention to your injury. And in most cases, you’ll have no out-of-pocket expense for your accident care, as TBC bills the liable insurance company and handles all the paperwork. Let the TBC Accident Clinic make the best of a bad situation for you!

If you've been in an accident, call now.

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