Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs when the head moves suddenly backward then forward.
As the Mayo Clinic notes, it is a common injury that is most often associated with rear-end car crashes. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that whiplash may include “injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.”
According to eMedicine Health, symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of your neck
- Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)
- Difficulty moving your neck around
- Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm
A motorist who suffers mild whiplash in a car crash may recover from the injury within four to six weeks. Unfortunately, for those who receive severe whiplash in an auto accident, the recovery can be much longer. In some cases, whiplash can lead to severe, disabling chronic pain.
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