Whiplash – Whiplash is a sudden, moderate-to-severe strain affecting the bones, discs, muscles, nerves, or tendons of the neck. Most cases of whiplash are the result of car accidents or collisions during contact sports. When an unexpected force jerks the head back and then forward, the bones of the neck snap out of position and irritated nerves can interfere with flow of blood and transmission of nerve impulses. Whiplash can also irritate the muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the neck. The forces involved in whiplash injuries can be great enough to result in a loss of the normal curve of the cervical spine, or even reversing the curve, and can cause a number of symptoms including:

  • Pain or stiffness in the neck, jaw, shoulders, or arms
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Numbness or tingling in an arm or hand
  • Nausea and vomiting