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Whiplash is a neck injury caused by forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.

The most common cause of whiplash is motor vehicle accidents, especially rear-end car accidents. But whiplash can also be caused by sports accidents, physical abuse and other types of traumas, such as a fall. Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries.

Most people with whiplash injury usually get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.

Visit urgent care near you if you are experiencing whiplash injury.