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What is Whiplash Injury?

A whiplash neck sprain occurs when your head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in a whip-like movement. This can cause some neck muscles and ligaments to stretch more than normal (a sprain). The common cause is when you are in a car that is hit from behind by another car. Being in a car hit from the side or front can also cause whiplash sprains.

Head movement backwards and forwards during a whiplash injury accident

As Frances discovered, in a significant number of cases this leads to a longer-term and distressing set of symptoms that seem to persist and appear immune to treatment.

Frances' project aimed to discover what the experience of having such persistent and distressing injury was.


Links to information about whiplash injury.

The BBC Health webpage on whiplash on whiplash

Patient UK on whiplash






A short YouTube video on the mechanics of whiplash injury.

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