Common Whiplash Myths – Part 2

Last month, we began discussing common myths about whiplash injuries, and this month, we will continue on that course. Remember, the amount of injury that occurs in an acceleration/deceleration injury is dependant on many factors, some of which include gender (females>males), body type (tall slender = worse), the amount of vehicular damage (less is sometimes…

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Common Whiplash Myths

Whiplash is most commonly associated with the rapid, uncontrolled movement of the head as it whips back and forth during a motor vehicle collision. Though different types of injuries are associated with rear vs. front vs. side collisions, the net result is similar: the neck hurts! This month, we will look at several “myths” or…

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Whiplash and Muscle Weakness

Whiplash, as previously discussed, occurs quicker than the speed at which we can voluntarily contract our muscles in attempt to guard ourselves against injury. Hence, it is nearly impossible to properly brace in anticipation of an impending collision. When muscles, ligament, and joint capsules become injured, there is pain, and as a result, reflex muscle…

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Whiplash: Where’s the Pain Coming From?

Whiplash commonly occurs as a result of a motor vehicle collision when, typically, there is hyper-motion in one direction followed by motion in the opposite direction in a “crack the whip” like manner. The direction of the strike typically dictates the direction of movement of the head so in a rear end collision, the strike…

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The Whiplash Syndrome

The term “whiplash” was coined by Dr. Harold Crowe in 1928 during an interview on car collision related neck injuries but he reportedly “…regretted it later.” The term “whiplash” quickly became a household word and relates to a sudden movement of the head producing a neck sprain. It is now accepted that not only forward/backward…

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MORE Whiplash Facts

Last month, we discussed 10 facts about whiplash in attempt to dispel the myths about this topic. Due to the amount of information available, we couldn’t cover them all. So, here are 10 more interesting facts about whiplash: Much has been published on the association between ongoing whiplash symptoms and litigation. There is now plenty…

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Whiplash Facts

In whiplash research, many articles have been published that conflict or contradict each other. The goal of this Health Update is to report the “facts” about whiplash. It is more common to have a delay in the onset of whiplash symptoms. Symptoms may start about two hours after the initial injury or it may take…

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Whiplash and Vision – What’s The Connection?

In whiplash, “post concussive syndrome” (PCS) can affect up to 20-30% of patients who have had a mild head injury with resulting left over, long-term problems. Interestingly, eye movements have a close relationship to the function of the brain and can be an accurate measure for determining the presence of PCS as well as a…

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Car Accidents and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

When you woke up today, you thought this was like any other Friday. You’re on your way to work, and traffic is flowing smoother than normal.  Suddenly, someone crashes into the back end of your car and you feel your head extend back over the headrest and then rebound forwards, almost hitting the steering with…

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Whiplash Facts

Whiplash is a fairly common condition that occurs when the neck is suddenly forced forwards and backwards, usually from motor vehicle collisions. Before 1928, whiplash was sometimes called “railway spine” as it was used to describe injuries that occurred to people involved in train accidents. Since 1928, much has been studied and reported about this…

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