1. Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward.
  2. Whiplash does not always resolve within days or weeks.
  3. There are up to 3 million whiplash cases per year in the United States.
  4. Whiplash symptoms may take hours, days, weeks or even months before feeling the symptoms of whiplash.
  5. Whiplash symptoms may include: vertigo or dizziness, arm pain, muscle pain, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, muscle spasms, nerve injury, tenderness, sleep disturbance and other symptoms.
  6. After whiplash occurs, a physical therapist can help restore muscle strength and muscle function through exercise.
  7. An Emergency medical doctor is often helpful for diagnosing and treating patients with whiplash.
  8. Tests have shown the soft tissues in your cervical spine have an injury threshold of only 5 mph.
  9. Most rear-end accidents have been shown to happen at speeds between 6 – 12 mph.
  10. Whiplash can occur from sports injuries (from gymnastics, football, boxing, snowboarding, etc.) as well as car accidents, accidental falls and physical abuse.
  11. Whiplash is commonly ignored due to lack of understanding of the condition.
  12. Improper treatment for whiplash can result in chronic psychosocial conditions such as depression and anxiety.
  13. Whiplash can injure bones in the spine, nerves, ligaments, muscles and other tissues in the neck.
  14. Whiplash injuries do not always show up in MRI’s and X-rays.
  15. Whiplash is also called a neck strain or neck sprain.
  16. Whiplash treatment may include: cervical collar, pain medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  17. Whiplash not only occurs from rear-end crashes, but also from frontal and frontal-oblique crashes.
  18. Roller coasters can cause whiplash.
  19. Shaking a baby or child can cause whiplash, among other serious injuries.
  20. Any out-of-pocket expenditure can potentially be a reimbursable cost.

We hope these 20 facts about whiplash help answer some of your questions about whiplash. Some instances of whiplash heal on their own. However, other cases of whiplash can cause pain for years. Do not ignore your symptoms. It is important to keep all receipts and document all medical visits.

This article is not intended as medical advice. If you believe you may have whiplash, contact a medical doctor. Then, contact a trusted whiplash attorney to discuss your symptoms and your options.

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