Whiplash Disorders Overview:
Whiplash disorders describe a painful neck injury that commonly results from an automobile accident. Whiplash is caused by an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head that forces the neck beyond its normal range of motion, potentially causing the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots to become damaged. Whiplash injury may also be sustained by falling, a contact sports injury or other trauma. Whiplash disorders may cause long-term pain and discomfort, especially if not diagnosed and treated by a physician.