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Whiplash is medically defined as an injury caused when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the head jolts abruptly in a quick, back-and-forth movement in any direction. This sudden jerk of the head often leads to the damage of the ligaments and tendons in the neck, causing the recognizable symptoms associated with this type of injury.  

Symptoms of Whiplash

A whiplash injury is most frequently known to occur during an automobile accident, although high intensity sports and activities, such as football, can also cause injury. The hyperextension and/or hyperflexion of the muscles in the neck at the time of the accident is often the cause leading to strain in the neck. For most cases, symptoms will progress within a few hours of the accident.

The most frequent symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck that can cause limited mobility in the individual or may cause headaches as a result. Also, swelling and inflammation of the local muscles surrounding the cervical spine is known to be another frequent symptom. Whiplash injuries can also have dispersed effects where an individual may experience lower back pain and symptoms similar to sciatica.

During physical activities, this type of injury can be prevented to avoid further complications. Contact sports such as karate and football can also cause damage to the ligaments and tendons in the neck as well as other areas of the spine.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez 

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*