- What is Whiplash injury
- Statistics on Whiplash injury
- Risk Factors for Whiplash injury
- Progression of Whiplash injury
- Symptoms of Whiplash injury
- Clinical Examination of Whiplash injury
- How is Whiplash injury Diagnosed?
- Prognosis of Whiplash injury
- How is Whiplash injury Treated?
- Whiplash injury References
What is Whiplash injuryWhiplash injury is a soft tissue injury to the neck, or a neck strain/sprain. The neck is made up by the cervical spine, the first seven vertebrae of the back. Areas of the vertebrae commonly affected are the intervertebral joints (the joints between each vertebrae), the intervertebral discs (the soft material that cushions one vertebrae from another), and the ligaments, muscles and nerve roots that hold the vertebrae together.
Statistics on Whiplash injury
Risk Factors for Whiplash injury
Progression of Whiplash injury
Generally, whiplash injury causes acute neck pain and stiffness within hours of the accident, however these symptoms may in some cases be delayed for several days.
Pain should resolve with treatment after several weeks, and most patients are fully recovered within three months of the injury. Some individuals may continue to suffer pain and headaches after this.
How is Whiplash injury Diagnosed?
X-rays of the neck should be performed to make sure a fracture or other major injury is not present. Chronic cases should be fully investigated for damage that may be correctable with surgery.
Prognosis of Whiplash injury
How is Whiplash injury Treated?
Whiplash injury References The National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2001), Whiplash, [Online], Available from: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/whiplash.htm
 Klippel, J.H., Dieppe, P.A. & Ferri, F.F. 1999, Primary Care Rheumatology, Mosby International, London.