The most common form of injury from a car accident rear end collision is the injury to the neck commonly referred to as “whiplash”.
The term “whiplash” is used to describe the movement of the neck in certain types of vehicle collisions commonly those involving rear end collisions or vehicles coming to a sudden halt as a result of a collision or emergency braking.
The neck and spine will commonly be jolted forward and backwards in a whipping and lashing type motion which can commonly cause damage to the soft tissue structures of the spine such as muscles, ligaments and in some cases intervertebral discs.
The term whiplash is a term commonly used by people involved in these types of collisions and in many cases a whiplash injury is thought to comprise a very minor injury.
Unfortunately many people who have been involved in these types of collisions and suffered a personal injury as a result of the whiplash (flexion/extension) type movement caused by such a collision, will tell you that the symptoms suffered as a result of these injuries are anything but minor.
Whiplash symptoms can include pain and stiffness of the neck and spine, headaches and in some instances referred pain through the arms and legs or even nerve pain in more serious cases of spinal whiplash injuries. The symptoms can be severe, debilitating and protracted.