What is Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash is a common injury that occurs to a person’s neck when there is a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents. The term “whiplash injury” describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while “whiplash associated disorders” describes a more severe and chronic condition.

Causes of Whiplash Injury

It is when there is a sudden impact which causes your head and neck to hyperextend or hyper flexed, commonly in motor vehicle accidents.

Symptoms of Whiplash Injury

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Arm pain
  • Visual disturbances
  • Back pain

Treatment for Whiplash Injury

  • Neck massage
  • Neck rest
  • Bed rest
  • Ice therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Oral pain relievers
  • Immoblising of neck with a soft cervical collar