New Jersey Neurosurgeon, Dr. John Lipani,discusses Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) Syndrome

Dr. Lipani discusses CAD Syndrome, a spinal injury better known as "whiplash"

Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration (CAD) Syndrome is a common injury of the neck, primarily associated with car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. It is more commonly known as "whiplash." The condition can also occur as a result of falling, or sports injury.

Dr. John Lipani, the founding director of Princeton Neurological Surgery, P.C. in New Jersey, explains that whiplash is often caused by an abrupt, jerking motion of the head. Whiplash, he adds, most often affects the soft tissues of the neck, including the cervical muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Whiplash can also cause damage to nerve roots, discs, and joints within the spine.

According to Dr. Lipani, whiplash is usually sustained when someone is rear-ended in a car accident. Being hit from behind causes the head to jerk, or snap backwards, too suddenly. Whiplash can also be sustained in sports such as football or boxing, as well as during a traumatic injury, such as a sudden blow to the head or assault.

Some common symptoms of whiplash include headaches, stiffness or pain within the neck, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms of whiplash, according to Dr. Lipani, may include dizziness, and vertigo. Dr. Lipani adds that symptoms of whiplash may not be felt immediately, and may take a full 24 to manifest to become apparent. Symptoms of whiplash will usually clear up on their own, within about 2 to 3 weeks, although some symptoms may persist for a few months after the initial injury.

Dr. Lipani says that no single treatment works for every patient who experiences whiplash. However, some common treatments for whiplash include over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or Aleve, physical therapy, massage therapy, or spinal injections, all of which will help alleviate pain associated with the condition.

Dr. Lipani is a renowned neurosurgeon, practicing at Princeton Neurological Surgery in Hamilton, New Jersey. He can be reached by telephone at 609-890-3400 or online at

About Dr. Lipani

Dr. Lipani is the founding Director of Princeton Neurological Surgery, P.C. and Brain and Spine Radiosurgery Institute. He previously served as the founding Director of the Institute for Neurosciences at Capital Health in Trenton, NJ.

Dr. Lipani also headed the first Neurosurgical Oncology program at Capital Health and founded Capital's CyberKnife Radiosurgery program of the Penn Cancer Network. Dr. Lipani served as a Clinical Instructor in Neurosurgery at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and is currently an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Medical College.

Dr. Lipani is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Having treated over 3,500 brain and spine radiosurgery cases, Dr. Lipani is known as one of the nation's top brain and spine surgeons and serves as a leading expert in brain and spine radiosurgery on three internationally recognized advisory review boards.

Princeton Neurological Surgery is located in Hamilton, NJ, and can be reached by telephone at 609-890-3400 or online at