If you have been involved in a car accident you may have suffered a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is a neck injury due to sudden and forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck that results in the damage to the muscles, ligaments and other tissues in the neck and upper back.
Whiplash most often occurs during a car accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident or other physical contact.
Often symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to occur and for that reason people suffering these injuries may not realise they have been injured at the time of the accident. It is often the case that people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt.
By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.
The common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash recover within a few months after a course of pain medication, exercise and other treatments. Some people experience chronic neck pain and other ongoing complications.
Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries.