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Whiplash Neck Sprain/Strain


This is a common neck injury. It happens when your neck jerks back and forth quickly and violently. Your spine bends past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae of your cervical spine. It can damage the supporting ligaments and muscles in your neck.

Whiplash Neck Sprain/Strain

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or strain, is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. It is usually caused by sudden extension (backward movement of the neck) and flexion (forward movement of the neck). This type of injury is often the result of rear-end car crashes. Severe whiplash can also include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. 


Anyone who has suffered whiplash should be x-rayed, to rule out possible fractures or breaks to the cervical (neck) region.
Once whiplash, neck strain, has been diagnosed, then the following treatment can be applied.
Rest, in the acute (immediate) phase, the first 48-72 hours.  After this time joint mobility exercises can be introduced.  It is important to keep the neck mobile.  It is important these exercises are initially gentle and increased gradually to avoid further damage.  If you our someone you know believes you have suffered whiplash, Please call to schedule an appointment so that one of our spine specialists can diagnose your injury.