Whiplash occurs when the head moves suddenly from severe impact, such as during a car crash. Whiplash can cause neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, tight muscles, and burning or tingling sensations in your neck or upper back. Most cases of whiplash can be treated with non-surgical methods that help relieve pain and restore mobility. If you have ever been in a car accident or been involved with contact sports, you may have at one point experienced whiplash or whiplash-like symptoms. Whiplash is an injury of the cervical spine that causes neck pain.
Whiplash occurs as a result of the cervical spine being hyperextended, or pushed beyond its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae, tissues and muscles of the neck, which in turn can cause symptoms to appear either right after the accident occurs, or within several days of the incident. If you are ever involved in an accident and you feel neck pain, we highly recommended seeking a Neck Pain Doctor immediately to avoid further injury.