Whiplash syndrome. Fact or fiction?

Orthop Clin North Am. 1988 Oct;19(4):791-5.


A sprain/strain syndrome or "whiplash injury" is the most common cervical injury associated with rear-end impact motor vehicle accidents. This results in a complex injury, often associated with extensive soft tissue injury in the cervical spine. There is additional potential for long term alteration in neurologic, muscular, and skeletal function. Evaluation and treatment should follow standard orthopedic principles.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Whiplash Injuries / diagnosis
  • Whiplash Injuries / etiology
  • Whiplash Injuries / therapy*