Neck and upper back pain may occur immediately or in a somewhat delayed fashion after an auto crash. If you have neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, tight muscles, and burning or tingling sensations in your neck or upper back, you may have whiplash. Most cases of whiplash can be treated with non-surgical chiropractic methods that help to relieve pain and restore mobility.
Whiplash most frequently occurs during car crashes when a car is rear-ended. It may also result from sports, work, or violence related injuries. The injury occurs when the head moves forward, backwards, or sideways suddenly, often in extreme degrees of flexion and extension. The muscles, ligaments, joints, or spine structures may be damaged.