Whiplash: Neck Sprain, Strain and Pain

October 18th, 2011

An accident that causes your neck to move violently could result in whiplash. Whiplash is thought to be the most common traumatic neck injury, affecting an estimated four out of every 1,000 people.

Whiplash is frequently the result of an automobile accident, especially rear-impact collisions, but may also occur from skiing and other sports injuries, falls, and even amusement park rides.

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the soft tissues in the neck. A sudden back and forth motion of your head could cause these soft tissues to stretch beyond their limits. With whiplash, neck joints, disks, ligaments, muscles, and nerves are damaged.