Whiplash injuries are more serious than once thought.
Whiplash is a progressive Injury. Once injured, recovery is a life long journey in most cases.
Whiplash Injury Whiplash injuries can become a life long disabling disease process.
Initial Trauma Can Causes Ligament Instability
Why you get hurt!
Progressive Disease associated with Instability.
This requires IMMEDIATE AND SPECIFIC TREATMENT!
Without the correct treatment in a timely manner, connective tissue and ligaments will NOT heal correctly in most cases, and muscle can change into fat, leading to continued progressive spinal instability!
Fatty infiltration of para-spinal muscles diagram
Microscopic view of loss of ligament structure
This Can Lead to A Chronic Pain Cycle due to Changes in Spinal Biomechanics over time!
Diagram Design by Dr. Ming Kao, Stanford Medicine @DrMingKao
As well as Progressive Neurological Disorders!
Reverse S curve = injury
It’s not just a sprain/straight
Ask the neurosurgeon if a loss or lordosis in the cervical spine can cause Myelopathy or CN injury. They will most likely say no.
loss of horizontal gaze
Expected injuries with every whiplash trauma!
Facet joint injury
Disc injury(rim lesion and annual tears)
ALL and PLL Ligament Tear
Brainstem injury (CN)
“ Without whiplash specific training, physicians can have up to 82% error rate in the treatment of pain. “
Research from the University of Pennsylvania
Understanding Whiplash Injuries
After a Whiplash Injury you have up to 3 weeks to get the correct treatment. Otherwise you risk developing long term chronic pain.
Choosing the right Doctor can determine your recovery.
Your Doctors Training, Education and Experience Matters. No whiplash injury is the same. Every whiplash injury is unique.
Whiplash research shows the following percentage of people that experience chronic pain post collision:
7 YEARS POST COLLISION
15 YEARS POST COLLISION