The term whiplash refers to a strain of the neck or cervical muscles usually from a sudden acceleration or deceleration forward or backward. This is commonly seen in car accidents but can also be seen after a fall or athletic injury. The injury can affect the soft tissues of the neck as well as the discs and nerves. The pain can start in the neck but eventually radiate into the shoulders, scapula, or arms. A careful history and physical examination will determine the course of treatment.
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