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.

A neck injury that can occur when the head suddenly moves backward and then forward.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.


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Cases per year

More than 200,000 cases per year in US

Usually self-treatable

Usually self-diagnosable

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.

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