Whiplash is sometimes referred to as neck strain or sprain. It occurs after soft tissue in the neck and shoulder area are suddenly and forcefully moved back and forth rapidly. This type of injury most commonly occurs during an automobile accident. Whiplash may also occur during other injuries involving the upper body or other types of athletic or physical activity.

Whiplash symptoms do not always present at the time of injury. Many times whiplash effects worsen over the weeks following injury before a person is prompted to seek appropriate medical care. For that reason, it is important to seek the help of a qualified medical professional as soon as you suspect whiplash, to avoid causing additional and sometimes irreversible damage to the neck and spine. Symptoms of whiplash will vary depending on your specific injury and may include some of the following:

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Stiff or Tender Muscles
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling
  • Vision Disturbances
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Memory Issues
  • Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ears


While whiplash is a treatable condition the duration and level of treatment will vary case by case. Depending on your specific injury some common treatment options for people that suffer from whiplash might include one or a variety of the following:

  • Pharmacological Intervention
  • Manual or Mechanical Manipulation
  • Mechanical Support
  • Acupuncture
  • Pain Management Strategies
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Steroid Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Strengthening and Stretching Exercises
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Cold and Hot Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prescription of Narcotic Pain Medication

It is important to begin whiplash treatment as soon as possible. Many times patients with a whiplash injury are tempted to limit or restrict movement; this usually results in further damage and can drastically increase recovery time. If you suspect that you are experiencing whiplash, seek medical attention immediately.


Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.