Whiplash Syndrome is an injury to the cervical or neck region of the spine that is caused by a rapid forward and backward motion to the neck. These rapid motions cause the neck to move well beyond its normal range of motion and may affect ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, facet joints, discs, and nerves. Typically, this condition occurs after a car accident, but can also occur from contact sports or other physical trauma.
Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.