Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. Whiplash
injury strains the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their
normal range of motion. There is often pain and stiffness in the
neck for the first few days following a whiplash injury. The pain
can also be felt in the surrounding muscle groups in the head,
chest, shoulders, and arms.
Review Date: 07/10/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of
Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of
Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief Sports
Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M.,
A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)