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Whiplash Information

Whiplash injuries are more serious than once thought.

Headache

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.

What Happens?

Initial Trauma Can Causes Ligament Instability

Why you get hurt!

Progressive Disease associated with Instability.

Why you get hurt graphic

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

Fatty infiltration of para-spinal muscles diagram

Microscopic view of loss of ligament structure diagram

Microscopic view of loss of ligament structure

This Can Lead to A Chronic Pain Cycle due to Changes in Spinal Biomechanics over time!

Biomechanics Pain Cycle diagram DESIGNED by Dr. Ming Kao

Diagram Design by Dr. Ming Kao, Stanford Medicine  @DrMingKao

As well as Progressive Neurological Disorders!

J. Neurosurgeon Spine 2013 screenshot

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.
     

Incapacitating symptoms: 

  • Myelopthy 

  • loss of horizontal gaze 

  • Dysphagia
     

Expected injuries with every whiplash trauma! 

  • Facet joint injury

  • Disc injury(rim lesion and annual tears)

  • ALL and PLL Ligament Tear 

  • Brainstem injury (CN)

  • Vestibular injury

  • Concussion

“ 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:

88%

7 YEARS POST COLLISION

70%

15 YEARS POST COLLISION

86%

19 YEARS POST COLLISION

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