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Acceleration-Deceleration Injury of Neck

Last updated June 3, 2017

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD MPH

Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs during a sudden, unexpected movement of the neck in a back and forth or sideways manner. This injury is common and occurs especially in a car accident.


The topic Acceleration-Deceleration Injury of Neck you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Whiplash.

Quick Summary:

  • Whiplash is a neck injury that occurs during a sudden, unexpected movement of the neck in a back and forth or sideways manner. This injury is common and occurs especially in a car accident
  • Statistics indicate that car accidents seem to be extremely high among youngsters, and hence, they are more at risk for Whiplash Injuries. The other possible causes include physical abuse and participation in contact sports
  • The treatment of Whiplash includes rest, use of ice packs, over-the-counter painkillers, and physical therapy. Most individuals recover completely, but a few continue to experience pain and discomfort for months or years after injury occurrence 

Please find comprehensive information on Whiplash regarding definition, distribution, risk factors, causes, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, complications, treatment, prevention, prognosis, and additional useful information HERE.

What are some Useful Resources for Additional Information onAcceleration-Deceleration Injury of Neck?

American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
1701 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 200 -
Arlington, VA  22209
Phone: (703) 276-8800
Fax: (703) 243-2593
Website: https://www.acatoday.org

References and Information Sources used forAcceleration-Deceleration Injury of Neck:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000025.htm (accessed on 05/27/2017)

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090 (accessed on 05/27/2017) 

Helpful Peer-Reviewed Medical Articles forAcceleration-Deceleration Injury of Neck:

Hincapié, C. A., Cassidy, J. D., Côté, P., Carroll, L. J., & Guzmán, J. (2010). Whiplash injury is more than neck pain: a population-based study of pain localization after traffic injury. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine52(4), 434-440.

Cantu, R. C., & Gean, A. D. (2010). Second-impact syndrome and a small subdural hematoma: an uncommon catastrophic result of repetitive head injury with a characteristic imaging appearance. Journal of neurotrauma27(9), 1557-1564.

Bismil, Q. M. K., & Bismil, M. S. K. (2012). Myofascial-entheseal dysfunction in chronic whiplash injury: an observational study. JRSM short reports3(8), 57.

Blennow, K., Hardy, J., & Zetterberg, H. (2012). The neuropathology and neurobiology of traumatic brain injury. Neuron76(5), 886-899.

Ghajar, J. (2010). U.S. Patent No. 7,849,525. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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First uploaded: June 3, 2017
Last updated: June 3, 2017