This type of injury can occur, for example, during rear-end automobile collisions.
Injuries range from mild to severe. The main symptom is pain in the neck and shoulders.
Treatment typically begins with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice. If the pain persists, treatment can include physical therapy and prescription medications. In rare cases, injections into the neck may help.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 200,000 cases per year in US
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
More common in females
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Urgent medical attention recommended
Common for ages 40 and older
Diagnosis involves history of neck injury and physical examinations.