Even small, low impact accidents can cause significant whiplash. Whether playing a contact sport or being involved in an auto accident, the abrupt change of direction to the neck and back upon impact can cause serious damage to the spine. Muscles, ligaments, discs and nerves are all damaged in a whiplash injury which is why symptoms can persist for weeks and months. Whiplash also has permanent negative effects on the disc and bone tissue in the spine, which, if not corrected, will lead to arthritic and degenerative conditions in the future.