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Whiplash Disease

Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma. Common signs and symptoms of Whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with Whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications. Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries.

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