Your neck is a very flexible part of your body. Think of how many different ways you can move your head. All of that movement is made possible by your neck. When you are involved in a car accident, the flexibility of your neck can lead to an injury known as whiplash. This is because the extreme movements of your neck during the accident might injure the structures, such as the discs, ligaments and muscles, that are part of your neck.
In the past, whiplash injuries were treated in a very conservative manner. The treatment consisted of wearing a cervical collar, or neck brace, for a prolonged period of time. It is now known that this type of conservative treatment can considerably lengthen the recovery time associated with a whiplash injury.