a painful trauma to the soft tissues of the neck, that can continue for months, stemming from an abrupt change of motion of the body. This most generally stems from vehicle accidents wherein the car is rear-ended, making the head snap backward abruptly. Commonly referred to as cervical sprain syndrome.

WHIPLASH EFFECT: "Penny suffered whiplash effect for a few months after getting into a car accident. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "WHIPLASH EFFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/whiplash-effect/ (accessed September 19, 2020).