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Whiplash (CAD Syndrome)

Whiplash, also called cervical acceleration/deceleration (or CAD) syndrome, is a neck injury commonly caused by car accidents, falls, and contact sports. It results from a quick, jerking motion that forces the neck beyond its normal range of motion.

How It Occurs

When the head is suddenly and violently whipped back and forth, the cervical spine can be hyperextended, or forced past its normal range of motion. This can injure the vertebrae, supporting ligaments, joints and muscles in the neck.


Symptoms may occur immediately after an injury or several days later. Whiplash sufferers may experience neck pain and stiffness, headache, dizziness, difficulty chewing or swallowing, burning or prickling sensations, or shoulder and back pain.

What Condition is the Source of my
Back or Neck Pain?

Do you experience chronic pain, and wonder what condition may be its source? Gulf Coast Spine Center offers it's free online Pain Mapping Tool to help you better understand the underlying cause of your back pain.

Our tool will give you access to a definitive diagnosis from a world renowned spine surgeon with over 20 years experience. You will also be able to explore your various treatment options.

What treatment does GCSC recommend for my
Back or Neck Pain?

Conditions of the spine can be attributed to a variety of factors. Their symptoms can also present in many, sometimes common ways. It is essential that our medical experts review your history and pain in order to accurately provide you with an honest evaluation of your treatment options. In order to get this information GCSC offers a completely free online tool to securely provide the information our surgeons need.

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