Any sudden, jarring motion that forces the head too far forward (hyperflexion) or backward (hyperextension) can dislodge bones, compress discs, tear ligaments and arteries, and severely strain muscles that support the neck and upper back. While most people associate the disorder with car accidents, it can happen in any situation where the neck is suddenly or severely jarred. Whiplash can result in severe neck and upper back pain, misalignment of the upper spine, immobility and other painful symptoms. Left untreated, whiplash can lead to permanent injury, including disc degeneration, arthritis, chronic muscle stiffness, upper extremity pain and recurrent headaches and dizziness. An appropriate course of Chiropractic treatment can help heal whiplash by restoring range of motion to the neck and diminishing muscle tension, spasm and inflammation.