Whiplash is a type of a neck injury which occurs when an incident forces one’s head back and forth rapidly and forcefully which is similar to the cracking of a whip. Some causes of whiplash are car accidents, physical assault, sports injuries, amusement park rides, etc. Some symptoms of whiplash are neck stiffness, neck pain that may get worse with movement, loss of range of motion in the neck, headaches that start at the base of the skull, tenderness or pain in the shoulders, upper back or arms, fatigue, dizziness, etc. The movement can injure the muscles, nerves, spine, joints and discs of the neck and it is among the most common and debilitating non fatal injuries. The sudden S shaped motion causes the neck’s ligaments as well as tendons to stretch and tear and the doctor will touch and move your head, neck and arms and ask you to move your body in some specific ways to determine the range of motion of your neck and shoulders, the motion that causes pain and the tenderness in your neck, shoulders or back. Treatment depends on the severity of the neck injury and it will likely include rest, heat application and over the counter or prescription painkillers.
Whiplash neck injury – Gary Ferone