Causes and Symptoms of Whiplash – Rockville Chiropractors

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What is Whiplash?

In many injuries acquired from car accidents, whiplash is the most common. Whiplash is the result of rear end or side impact collisions. Soft tissues of the bone and spinal cord in the neck and back are injured during whiplash. Other words for whiplash include acceleration flexion-extension neck injury and soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury. Other medical terms for whiplash include cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension injury.

It occurs when a traumatic event causes the head to “whip” suddenly in one direction and then recoil in the other direction. Commonly, it happens when a car is hit or struck behind by another car. However, it can also take place when a car stops abruptly after striking a pole, a wall, or another car, and can also occur after a side impact.

In some cases, damage to the spine or spinal cord sometimes occurs from a…

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