Whiplash is a term that describes when the muscles and ligaments are stretched too hard or too far. Your neck is susceptible to whiplash because it is relatively flexible so it relies on the muscles and ligaments for support. Auto accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. Symptoms of whiplash may come on right away or take weeks to fully develop and include dull pain in the back of the neck, sharp pain in the neck when you move your head, tension headaches, dizziness, or TMJ. Pain and symptoms may increase over time. If left untreated, sprain strain injuries, like whiplash, can cause your healthy tissue to be replaced with scar tissue and can lead to long term pain and arthritis. Whiplash can be treated by chiropractic through joint manipulation, therapy modalities, myofascial release, and exercises to strengthen your neck. Research shows that chiropractic care was more effective than muscle relaxants or typical medical care for neck pain and headaches.