Delayed neck pain after a car accident can be a sign of several underlying injuries. One of the most common one is whiplash. This occurs when the head quickly jerks back and forth during a collision. It causes strain and damage to the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Whiplash symptoms typically include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Limited range of motion
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders
- Tingling and numbness in the neck, shoulders, and arms
Other delayed neck injuries can include sprains, strains, and damage to cervical vertebrae. Symptoms may not immediately appear after a collision. They can take hours or even days to manifest.
That’s why it’s important to seek prompt medical attention and get a proper diagnosis to ensure appropriate treatment and prevent further complications.