Neck and Back Injury

January 25, 2011

Cervical Whiplash Injury

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What Is a Cervical Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash injury (also known as neck sprain or neck strain) is a popular nonmedical term for neck injury/cervical injury. Many people use the term to refer to all neck injuries/cervical injuries caused by car accidents in which the neck is forced to rapidly move backward (extension) and then forward (flexion). During that process, the upper cervical vertebrae act as the lash of a whip and the lower cervical vertebrae act as the handle.

Most cervical whiplash injuries involve only the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) in the neck. Severe whiplash injuries may also involve the vertebrae, discs, intervertebral joints, or the spinal cord in the cervical region. (more…)