A whiplash injury may result from any sort of car accident. No matter how severe the impact may have been, the sudden shock that comes with an automobile wreck can cause the head and neck to jolt around. This can be very harmful to the neck, spine and head.
The specific damage from whiplash injuries manifests in many different areas. For example, ligament strain tends to occur along the facet joints of the back of the spine. Discs between the vertebrae are subjected to undue levels of stress, compressing them and sometimes causing them to herniate. The tissues that hold the spine in shape and allow freedom of motion in the neck may be sprained, pulled or even torn.