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Experiencing Any Symptoms Following Being Rear-Ended In The Car?

Whiplash injuries often result from a quick, forceful impact from behind, such as from a rear-end accident.

Whiplash injuries can be debilitating, which may reduce your quality of life.

Usually, whiplash injuries occur as a result of a sudden impact from behind. This might be from being rear-ended in a car. Whiplash injuries can often result in damage to the neck, specifically, the muscles, ligaments and the cervical vertebrae.

Some people may not experience any symptoms. However, others who have symptomatic whiplash injuries may experience one ore more of the following symptoms:

  • pain in the head and neck
  • tightness of the neck muscles
  • reduced movement of the neck
  • whiplash associated headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea/vomiting
  • pain in shoulders or arms
  • numbness, tingling or pins and needles in arms or legs

You may experience immediately after the incident, or even years after the initial trauma.

How do you determine the extent of my injury?

Depending on your presentation, our physiotherapists will perform a thorough, careful assessment of your body. This may include performing range of motion tests, manual examination, muscle tests and neurological tests as appropriate.

Damage may be undetectable with medical imaging, such as getting a MRI or X-ray scan.

Consult a healthcare professional if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • worsening symptoms
  • numbness, pins and needles or tingling felt in your arms or legs
  • trouble going to the bathroom (bowel or bladder issues)


Healthdirect.gov.au. (2017). Whiplash symptoms. [online] Available at: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/whiplash-symptoms [Accessed 25 Nov. 2017].

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