Archive for the 'Whiplash' Category

Whiplash and Concussion – Important Nutritional Considerations

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is one of the many conditions that can accompany a whiplash injury. The term is often used interchangeably with concussion, while “post-concussion syndrome” and TBI (without the word “mild”) refer to long-term residual symptoms. Symptoms associated with mTBI initially include dizziness, nausea, and headaches followed by slow cognition—difficulty processing thought, [..]

Whiplash: Can We Predict Long-Term Problems?

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are most often associated with motor vehicle collisions (MVC) but can occur from any form of trauma arising from slips and falls, sports injuries, and more. A question patients suffering from WAD commonly ask is, “How long will this take to get better?” There are many factors in play with regards [..]

Whiplash – What Will X-Ray Tell Me?

Although whiplash injuries arising from motor vehicle collisions (MVC) are very common, there doesn’t seem to be consistency in the evaluation one receives at an emergency room (ER) or later in an outpatient setting when it comes to the utilization of x-ray and other imaging. So, what are the pros and cons of imaging a [..]

Whiplash – Who Will Get Better?

Though most patients with a whiplash injury improve within a few months, about 25% have long-term pain and disability that may persist for many months or years. Now, a team of scientists from Northwestern Medicine Feinberg school of Medicine reports that it may be possible to determine which whiplash patients will develop chronic pain, disability, [..]

What You NEED to Know About Whiplash

Whiplash injuries are very common and are primarily associated with car and rear-end collisions in particular. This is what happens when you’re rear ended… 1) At 0-50 milliseconds (ms): As the car is initially propelled forward, the seatback pushes the torso forward while the head remains in its original position, which straightens or flattens out [..]

Whiplash Injury Prevention – Part II

Last month, we discussed whiplash injury prevention by focusing on the physical characteristics of crashes. This included information about head restraints, collision speed, seat back position, body size differences, air bags, and more. This month, we'll focus on the MOST important aspect of whiplash prevention: driver distraction! According to a survey of 6,000 drivers conducted [..]

Whiplash Injury Prevention

Some studies have suggested that 85% of all whiplash injuries occur from rear-end collisions. So, what are some different ways that we might be able to avoid injury if such an event occurs? HEADREST: It's important that your headrest is high enough so that your head and neck doesn't roll over it in a collision, [..]

Whiplash Injuries and Missed Diagnoses of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also becoming a “hot topic” as it relates to motor vehicle collisions (MVC). The question is: how often is TBI missed? The simple answer is: FREQUENTLY! This is due to the fact that attention is often drawn toward other injuries such as a neck injury or a limb injury. One [..]

Whiplash Injuries and Neck Strain

The terms “whiplash” and “neck strain” are often used interchangeably, though there's debate about whether this is appropriate. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two common descriptions of neck pain... The term “strain” technically means a stretch injury to a muscle and/or the tendon that attaches muscle to bone. The terms [..]

Chronic Whiplash Injuries and Pain Thresholds

Researchers have observed a phenomenon called “central sensitization” (CS) that is common in patients who have long-term, chronic pain following trauma such as whiplash. With CS, the patient's ability to feel pain is abnormally high or hypersensitive, so when pain from pressure, temperature, electrical, or other sources is applied to the skin, they feel it [..]