Whiplash injuries are not seen as life threatening, range from mild to severe, onset no necessarily immediately after the event, and hopefully disappear over time. Many activities can cause whiplash including motor vehicle accidents. A person's vulnerability to this type of personal injury varies with age, physical fitness, and any number of other health related factors.
Many traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents, falls, sports injuries and assaults. A brain injury usually causes loss of consciousness for anywhere from a few minutes to days, weeks or months. If the loss of consciousness is short, return to full or nearly full function is likely.
Spinal Cord Injury
“Spinal cord injury” (SCI) refers to any injury of the neural elements within the spinal cord. SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. Also, these injuries can affect the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.