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Whiplash Causes & Risks


Whiplash can occur with any sudden, violent, backward jerk of the head or neck that can often occur during:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Athletic injuries
  • Falls
  • Assaults

Risk Factors

Risk factors for whiplash include:

Risk factors for poor outcome or longer recovery include being:

  • An older woman
  • In a truck
  • A passenger
  • Hit by a moving object
  • Hit head-on or perpendicular
  • Involved in litigation
  • Affected with severe pain or radicular symptoms

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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