Whiplash describes an injury occurring as a result of sudden acceleration or deceleration. For example, in a rear end collision, the torso and head accelerate at different rates (usually the seat back is the first part of the car to strike the driver or passenger while the head momentarily remains motionless due to inertia).
Whiplash sometimes causes a misalignment of the cervical spine, thoracic spine and injury to the extremities. Whiplash can also occur from striking your head.
Most people have pain for a few days; however, whiplash can also cause severe disability such as restricted head movement and persistent pain. Treatment may include manipulation, mobilization, range of motion exercise, analgesics, pain medication, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Some vehicles like Mercedes, Saab, Volvo and Jaguar have whiplash protection/prevention systems build into the seats to try to minimize whiplash injuries.
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