Neck injuries can occur in many different contexts—while playing contact sports, during a fall from a high place, or in a car accident. When the head is forced into an extreme, sudden jerk backward and forward, muscles and tendons in the neck can overstretch and tear. This occasionally results in an injury called whiplash.
In certain cases of whiplash, the patient may feel immediate pain or discomfort. In most cases, however, the patient does not know they are injured until hours (and sometimes up to a day) later.
Symptoms of whiplash …