Whiplash is an injury caused by rapid acceleration and deceleration of the neck, most commonly after motor vehicle accidents. 

There is often a lot of soft tissue damage and the cervical spinal joints get distorted. In many cases the symptoms may take a few days to appear, and may affect the person months after the accident. Therefore it is very important to see a physiotherapist as soon as possible after the accident to assess your neck.

Some of the signs and symptoms of whiplash are:

  • painful and stiff neck
  • headaches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain and/or pins and needles in your arms
  • difficulty swallowing