What happens to your spine and nerves after an accident?

A sudden forceful whipping movement of the neck serves to stretch or sprain the ligaments and muscles, which hold the spinal segments or vertebrae within a normal range. It can take up to 2 weeks for any symptoms to appear. Symptoms can include: headache, dizziness, nausea, neck pain, mid-back pain, low back pain, or numbness/tingling into the arms. It is important to receive an examination and to begin treatment as soon as possible to avoid any permanent damage to these bones, ligaments and muscles.