A whiplash injury usually occurs during car accidents and describes an injury of the cervical spine associated with symptoms such as head or neck pain, dizziness and other neurological problems. Mostly, no clear injuries, for example fractures, are detectable via MRI or CT.
Whiplash injuries can become permanent, although the term “chronic whiplash syndrome” is a highly controversial discussed topic in medicine. Some doctors argue that it does not exist, and classify it as psychological disorder. Scientific literature, however, refuted a psychological origin of symptoms related to whiplash injuries.
Whiplash injuries are probably the most common cause of cervical spine instabilities.