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Can you get a concussion from the same event that gives you whiplash?

September 20th, 2021
Can You Get a Concussion From Whiplash

Many people assume that a concussion comes from a direct impact to the head, such as banging helmets together when playing football or hockey. This is a common cause of concussions. 

However, you can also get a concussion from a car accident that gives you whiplash. This is true even if you don’t hit your head on anything during the accident. A physical therapist can help you learn why you can get a concussion from the same event that causes whiplash. These specialists can also give you an idea of the telltale symptoms that can appear with this combo of conditions. They can help you find effective treatment for whiplash and concussions, too. 

Why can you get a concussion from the same event that gives you whiplash?

Auto accidents cause a lot of force to be transmitted through your body. This force can lead to your head whipping violently backward and forward. Whiplash occurs when this violent movement leads to soft tissue damage and injuries in your neck, shoulders or upper back. The same violent movement can also slam your brain into the inside of your skull. This impact can leave your brain bruised and concussed. 

Whiplash and concussion symptoms to look out for

Now that you know that you can develop a concussion and whiplash at the same time, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for certain symptoms. The reason? Not getting these and other auto accident injuries treated immediately can lead to chronic pain. A few of the symptoms that may indicate you have whiplash and a concussion are: 

  • Unexplained headaches.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Memory and concentration issues.
  • Balance issues and dizziness.
  • Unexplained fatigue and trouble sleeping. 

Get in touch with Rehab Access if you have a concussion and whiplash

Have you been diagnosed with both a concussion and whiplash? Our Rehab Access Physical Therapy team is here to help you address these two debilitating conditions. We can do a free screening to confirm that you’re suffering from both of these issues. Even better, our physical therapists can craft a treatment plan for you that’s unique to your symptoms, needs and recovery goals. 

Contact our team today for more information about how we can treat your auto accident injuries or to schedule an initial appointment to begin addressing your injuries.