Following a car accident, you may feel shaken up, sore and unable to settle down. Or you may not feel any symptoms at all due to an adrenal rush. A delay in the symptoms is not uncommon. The first sign of a problem may not appear for several hours, days and occasionally weeks later. The longer delays are normally due to ligament damage. Because the ligaments have a minimal amount of nerve endings, injuries to these ligaments may be unrecognized. However after a period of time, the instability from the ligaments can lead to changes in the biomechanics of the spine leading to disc degeneration and nerve damage. The excessive movement causes shearing between the joints and can lead to a whole host of problems that can affect a person's quality of life.

The most common symptoms following a car accident are neck pain and headaches. The symptoms are typically worse with movement and better with rest. Another common symptom includes radiating pain into the head, shoulders, arms or mid back. Generalized hypersensitivity, TMJ pain, dizziness, vertigo, low back pain, eye strain, irritability, fatigue, anxiety and impaired cognitive function are all associated with a whiplash injury of the spine.

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