Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is also called neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage and distortion to the neck, usually because of a sudden extension and flexion of the neck. The disorder commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.
A whiplash injury from an automobile accident is called a cervical acceleration-deceleration injury. It stands out as one of the main injuries covered by car insurance.
Symptoms of Whiplash / Neck Injury
Symptoms such as neck pain may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days. In addition to neck pain, other symptoms may include neck stiffness, injuries to the muscles and ligaments, headache, dizziness, abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling, or shoulder or back pain.
In addition, some people experience cognitive, somatic, or psychological conditions such as memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or depression.