The Lesser-known Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash is the most common injury suffered in road accidents. Some of the more well-known symptoms include pain and a loss of movement in the neck or upper back. However, numerous lesser-known symptoms can take just as heavy a toll on the sufferer. Below are a few of the more overlooked symptoms of this painful condition.


Although whiplash primarily affects the neck, sufferers often report headaches, which in some extreme cases, can be persistent. These headaches are often a problem in themselves, but what makes them even more worrying, is their likelihood to lead to further complications.

Symptoms of Whiplash


One such complication which often comes with headaches caused by whiplash is nausea. Those who complain of whiplash sometimes find that they experience spells of blurred vision and dizziness, not dissimilar to vertigo. This can cause problems in numerous areas of sufferers’ lives such as driving, working or even carrying out day-to-day tasks.


Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in a person’s ears. While not harmful as a condition, it can have a myriad of effects that can vary with each sufferer. Those who experience tinnitus as a result of whiplash may find that they are also oversensitive to everyday sounds.

Lack of sleep

Perhaps the most notable symptom on this list is the inability to sleep. A culmination of the symptoms above, this can lead to mental conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression. Lack of sleep is often further compounded by the widely reputed pain and discomfort that is synonymous with whiplash.

The symptoms of whiplash can be diverse and vary depending on both the patient and the way in which they were obtained. Should you suffer from any of the above and have recently been in a car accident, had a blow to the head, fallen suddenly or experienced a sports injury, it is advised you seek professional medical attention.

The above information was supplied by, a specialist service provided by National Accident Helpline, the nation’s largest personal claims company.