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What is Whiplash?

What is a Whiplash?

Whiplas Stock Photo Skull Whip

A whiplash is an injury to the neck and/or lower back which may include damage to muscles, ligaments, discs, blood vessels, bone and nerves. Whiplash can be caused by any sudden, violent, backward and forward jerk of the head, neck and/or lower back movement.* Incidents that increase your chance of whiplash include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sporting events that include full contact
  • Falls

*Whiplash, because of the sudden and violent nature of movement may also result in a concussion and traumatic brain injury.

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Whiplash symptoms can often be experienced immediately and may also develop hours, days and even weeks after the injury.

Symptoms may include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headache
  • Feeling mentally foggy
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Upper, middle and/or lower back pain and stiffness
  • Decreased range of neck and back motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling extending down arms and/or legs

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