Whiplash is a severe sprain of the neck muscles. Whiplash is most commonly diagnosed after an automobile accident, but it can occur with any kind of trauma, such as during sports and exercise. The typical whiplash is when the head is thrust backwards and then forwards. Lateral whiplash can also occur, where the head is thrust from one side to the other.
The damage that was done to the muscle during whiplash can heal on its own, however, it can be extremely painful and debilitating. When whiplash occurs, the cervical spine (neck) is also affected. It is very likely that the spine will become misaligned and injured with whiplash. While muscles can heal, the spine cannot re-align itself on its own. It is important to get checked by a chiropractor after experiencing whiplash.
Once the spine is in proper alignment, the muscles will be able to heal faster.
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