Although people may joke about this condition in response to a mild injury, whiplash is a real condition. It occurs when soft tissues of the neck are strained or sprained, usually as a result of sudden forward or backward motion. Find out how whiplash is treated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Motor vehicle accidents (especially rear-end collision)
  • Acute injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain

Tips & Treatments

  • Whiplash involves a sudden extension or backward movement of the neck in combination with a flexion or forward movement of the neck.
  • In severe instances, intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots may also be injured.
  • This condition responds well to non-surgical treatment, including ice, a soft collar, physical therapy, and/or physician-directed pain medication.