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The most frequent cause of whiplash is a car accident.

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These signs and symptoms may occur immediately or minutes to hours after the initial injury; the sooner after the injury that symptoms develop, the greater the chance of serious damage.

Neck pain

Neck swelling

Tenderness along the back of your neck

Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)

Headache

Difficulty moving your neck around

Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm

When you look at the number of car accidents that happen every year — more than five million — and in Missouri over 500 – it is mind-blowing and overwhelming. If you have been in a recent accident or some other type of trauma you must have tons of questions and very little answers.Trust me I have seen many immediately run to the drug store for tylenol or some other pain retardant only to continue to suffer. The problem with using these remedies and not getting proper health attention is that your body and its nerves have been whacked out of alignment and no remedy will provide the cure to your immediate issue, which may include headaches, neck pain, shoulder issues, and back pain.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.Whiplash happens in motor vehicle accidents, sporting activities, accidental falls, and assault.

The term whiplash was first used in 1928, and despite its replacement by synonyms (such as acceleration flexion-extension neck injury and soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury), it continues to be used to describe this common soft tissue neck injury. Your doctor may use the more specific terms of cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension injury. 

The most frequent cause of whiplash is a car accident. The speed of the cars involved in the accident or the amount of physical damage to the car may not relate to the intensity of neck injury; speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can produce enough energy to cause whiplash in occupants, whether or not they wear seat belts.