Whiplash pain is in your brain.

In Brain Injury, Brain Science by Brainy Days Ahead

Drivers or passengers who experience whiplash effects in a car accident, especially one that occurs at low speed, usually do not see a doctor because they do not think anything is wrong. Later they may notice persistent pain in their head, neck, or jaw associated with a medical condition known as chronic whiplash-associated disorder (cWAD). In this study, researchers from from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Offenburg University in Germany use PET scans of a group of participants who suffer from the disorder and discover changes in the blood flow in areas of the brain involved in pain perception and processing sensory information. The research will help in diagnosing the disorder and helping to relieve people’s pain.