After a car accident, you might experience neck pain as a result of whiplash, which is when the head is whipped quickly from one side to the other after an impact. Since there’s damage to the soft tissue of the neck in this back and forth motion, is it possible that the brain is also injured in this motion since it is soft tissue as well?
To put it simply, the answer is yes. Some people who get whiplash from collisions report pain, whether immediate or delayed, in their heads as well as their necks, which could mean they have experienced a brain injury caused by the whipping motion. This makes sense, since the head rests atop the neck, which is the body part that gets moved violently when whiplash occurs.
Let’s take a look at some of the brain injuries that can happen from whiplash.