Whiplash Injury: Watch How It Happens.
Whiplash Injury Demonstrated
The term whiplash has been used to describe the type of motion that causes neck injury during an auto accident. In past years it was believed that the head and neck was forcibly whipped forwards and back.
However, more modern research has demonstrated a different motion that causes the injury. When struck from behind, the vertebra of the neck undergo and abnormal S shaped motion: the lower part of the neck is thrust forward as the head and upper part of the neck begin to move backwards. This motion produces a shearing affect on the disc, joints, and ligaments of the middle of the neck: ALL IN LESS THAN 1/10 of a second! This causes damage to many structures including: facet joints, disc, ligaments, nerves and muscles.
Click on the link below to watch how this injury happens.