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If you have ever been in a car crash and experienced pain in your neck, you have most likely had whiplash. Whiplash, also called neck sprain/strain, is an injury to the structures of the neck. This type of injury is often the result of rear-end car crashes. Whiplash can include injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. The most common structure injured in whiplash is the cervical facet joint.It is called whiplash because your neck really can whip back and forth—first backward (hyperextension) and then forward (hyperflexion).
If you have whiplash you might feel: