Whiplash is caused by a rapid and forceful back and forth movement of the neck, much like the crack of a whip. Rear-end collisions are the leading cause of whiplash, however, any activity that leads to the back and forth motion of the neck can result in this injury. Contact sports are another common cause of whiplash. For most people, symptoms of whiplash will disappear after a few weeks. However, one of the potential complications of whiplash is the development of chronic pain. This condition may lead to prolonged feelings of severe neck pain, pain that spreads to your arms, and headaches. To mitigate the chances of chronic pain, be sure to seek treatment with our chiropractor in Oceanside right away.