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Whiplash is a common car accident injury that many medical practitioners dismiss as “not serious.” However, whiplash can have long term effects on your health and wellness, and failure to treat whiplash symptoms quickly can lead to chronic pain later on in life. Here are whiplash symptoms that you should not ignore.


People frequently get headaches whether they’ve been involved in a car accident or not. However, whiplash can cause moderate to severe headaches that are difficult to treat. The most common type of headache related to a whiplash injury is a tension headache. Tension headaches start in the back of the head, at the base of the skull. They may feel like a tight ache, and can spread to the temples and around the forehead. Tension headaches may not respond to over the counter pain relief, and may require prescription muscle relaxants or other medicines in addition to chiropractic therapy.

Neck Pain

Most people who have experienced whiplash report neck pain. This pain may range from moderate discomfort to significant, long lasting pain. If the neck was just sprained or strained in the car accident, you may be able to recover quickly by resting your neck and applying ice to the affected area. However, if your neck was thrown out of alignment or a cervical vertebrae was fractured in the accident, you may need additional treatment.


Whiplash can cause mild to moderate dizziness when moving the head back and forth, especially directly after the injury. However, this symptom can continue for months, or may not show up until months later. Dizziness can interfere with your ability to complete day to day tasks and lead an active life. If you experience dizziness after a car accident, discuss additional testing and treatment with your doctor or chiropractor.

Ringing in the Ears & Other TMJ Symptoms

While TMJ, or tempromandibular joint disorder, can occur on its own, it can also be triggered by whiplash after a car accident. TMJ can cause ringing in the ears, jaw pain and stiffness, inability to open or close the jaw properly, nighttime teeth grinding and pain when chewing. TMJ can also cause tension headaches, leading to chronic pain and reduced quality of life.

If you were involved in a car accident in Boise, Idaho or the surrounding areas and have whiplash, you should never ignore your symptoms. Be persistent in getting treatment for whiplash pain from your doctor or chiropractor. If left untreated, whiplash can cause problems with breathing, low back pain, hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders.

Contact an Idaho Car Accident Attorney Today

Securing the medical treatment you need following a collision can be costly. You may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and other accident related damages. Contact a seasoned Idaho car accident lawyer today at the Rossman Law Group. We can help you bring forward a personal injury claim to obtain the funds you need to cover whiplash and other injuries sustained in a car accident. Call now at (208) 331-2030.