Whiplash is a non-medical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension, although the exact injury mechanisms remain unknown.

The neck is the part of the body, on many vertebrates, that separates the head from the torso or trunk.

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The term "whiplash" is a colloquialism.

A colloquialism is a word, phrase, or other form used in informal language.

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"Cervical acceleration–deceleration" describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term "whiplash associated disorders" describes the injury sequelae and symptoms.


Whiplash is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear; however, the injury can be sustained in many other ways, including headbanging, bungee jumping and falls.

A motor vehicle is a self-propelled road vehicle and off-road vehicle, commonly wheeled, that does not operate on rails, such as trains or trams and used for commercial purposes on the highways in the transportation of passengers, or passengers and property.

Headbanging is violently shaking one's head in time with music, most commonly in the rock, punk, heavy metal music, and dubstep genres.


It is one of the main injuries covered by insurance.


In the United Kingdom, 430,000 people made an insurance claim for whiplash in 2007, accounting for 14% of every driver's premium.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign state in western Europe.


Before the invention of the car, whiplash injuries were called "railway spine" as they were noted mostly in connection with train collisions.

Railway spine was a nineteenth-century diagnosis for the post-traumatic symptoms of passengers involved in railroad accidents.


The first case of severe neck pain arising from a train collision was documented around 1919.

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli, such as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting alcohol on a cut, or bumping the "funny bone".


The number of whiplash injuries has since risen sharply due to rear-end motor vehicle collisions.


Given the wide variety of symptoms associated with whiplash injuries, the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash-Associated Disorders coined the phrase 'Whiplash-Associated Disorders'.

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