Definition of Whiplash
Whiplash is a term that describes a pain in the neck after an event that causes the head to move too much forwards, backwards or sideways. Whiplash often leads to pain, stiffness and other symptoms.
Causes of Whiplash
Car and Motorcycle Accidents
Car and motorcycle accidents are the main reported cause of whiplash injuries.
Rapid Head Movement
During whiplash the head and neck move quickly and abruptly and this may cause some of the tendons, ligaments and muscles to strain and hurt.
Joint and Disc Damage
If more force is applied, then some of the joints and discs can get damaged or irritated.
Sudden Hits, Falls, Sports, and Rollercoasters
Whiplash can also be caused by a sudden hit on the head, a fall, during sports and even from rollercoasters.