Basic Summary for Whiplash


Main name of condition: Whiplash

What is Whiplash?
  Brief description of Whiplash: Neck injury often from a car accident.
  Parent types of Whiplash: Neck conditions, Neck injury, Neck sprain, Physical conditions, Accidental injury
  Organs Affected by Whiplash: neck
How many people get Whiplash?
  Incidence (annual) of Whiplash: 120,000 annually
  Incidence Rate of Whiplash: approx 1 in 2,266 or 0.04% or 120,000 people in USA [about data]
How serious is Whiplash?
  Prognosis of Whiplash: Good in most cases. Pain often dissipates within days, recovery usually within 3 months.
  Prognosis of Whiplash: Generally, prognosis for individuals with whiplash is good. The neck and head pain clears within a few days or weeks. Most patients recover within 3 months after the injury, however, some may continue to have residual neck pain and headaches. 1
  Complications of Whiplash: see complications of Whiplash
What causes Whiplash?
  Cause of Whiplash: Neck damage from the neck being pushed forward then "whipped" backward quickly (or vice-versa).
  Causes of Whiplash: The disorder commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. 1
  Class of Condition for Whiplash: physical
  Causes of Whiplash: see causes of Whiplash
What are the symptoms of Whiplash?
  Symptoms of Whiplash: see symptoms of Whiplash
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Whiplash: see treatments for Whiplash

1. excerpt from NINDS Whiplash Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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