What is a ‘whiplash’ injury?

When you’re involved in a collision you may face a range of injuries to your neck. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck. It can also be called a neck sprain or neck strain. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually because of sudden extension (bending the neck backwards) and flexion (the bending of a joint so that the bones forming the joint are brought closer together).

Paying close attention to your injury, and giving yourself ample time to heal, are critical components before proceeding with any legal action in a vehicle collision.

The disorder often occurs as the result of an car accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days. In addition to neck pain, other symptoms may include neck stiffness from injuries to the muscles and ligaments (also known as myofascial injuries).

For a more comprehensive list of the different types of WAD injuries visit Conway Injury Law Calgary and their post on WAD 1, 2, 3.