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Whiplash Injury

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by the neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in the neck.

What causes whiplash?

Most whiplash injuries are the result of a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many whiplash injuries occur when a person is involved in a rear-end automobile collision, or as a result of a sports injury, particularly during contact sports.

Treatment for whiplash:

Specific treatment for whiplash will be determined by your physician based on:

•    your age, overall health, and medical history

•    extent of the injury

•    your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

•    expectations for the course of the injury

•    your opinion or preference