Whiplash is a term for an injury to the neck that occurs when the neck moves rapidly and forcefully back and forth. This forceful movement can damage the inner structures of the neck, causing pain and disability.
This is an extremely common injury following an auto accident where a passenger is rear-ended, but may also occur from a sports accident or other accident or trauma.
The symptoms of whiplash can vary in severity and generally include:
- Neck pain
- Stiff neck
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Pain in the shoulders or upper arms
- Tingling, numbness
- Pain that worsens with neck movement