This is a soft tissue injury to the muscles and ligaments in the back of your neck, frequently associated with low-velocity rear-end motor vehicle collisions. The diagnosis is made by the history, symptoms and X-rays.


  • Pain in the back of your neck
  • Muscle spasm
  • Neck stiffness

The normal Cervical spine has a curve (called lordosis) in the shape of the letter "C."


  • Most commonly from being subjected to a rear-end motor vehicle collision
  • Any sudden hyperextension movement of the neck, followed by hyperflexion

A Cervical Spine subjected to a Whiplash Injury frequently loses the normal "C" curve.

Possible treatment options

Non operative treatment

This condition is always treated non-surgically.

Intermittent use of a soft foam cervical collar, medication for pain and inflammation, and physical therapy exercises are all useful in diminishing pain and stiffness and regaining function.

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