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Whiplash

Whiplash injuries happen when the body is suddenly jolted or thrust forward at a high speed wherein the neck is "whipped" forward and back at high force. As the neck is such a delicate structure with minimal support surrounding it, it’s easily injured and actions like the one just described can cause tearing of ligaments and muscles of the neck as well as misalignment of the spine and damage of the discs.

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Signs and Symptoms

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Stiffness in the joints of the neck

  • Muscular pain

  • Headaches that can radiate form the base of your skull to your forehead and behind your eyes

  • Nerve pain (pain that radiates from your neck down your arms)