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The Spinal Cord and Whiplash Injuries

When a whiplash event occurs—such as a motor vehicle collision—the rapid back and forth motion of the head can injure the bones, muscles, ligaments, joints, and nerves (including the spinal cord) in the neck leading to the collection of symptoms known as whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While about 50% of those injured can expect a […]

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The Whiplash and Concussion Relationship

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) share symptoms such as neck pain, headache, dizziness, concentration deficits (mental fog), noise/light sensitivity, and fatigue. Given these common symptoms and the proximity of the head and neck, these conditions may be related. However, the current state of the literature and educational process continues to separate […]

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Whiplash Challenges & Chiropractic Care

The term whiplash refers to a sudden forward (acceleration) and backward (deceleration) movement that results in hyperextension of the cervical spine. This process can injure the various soft tissues in proximity of the neck, which can lead to a wide collection of symptoms that fall under the umbrella term whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While this […]

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The Challenge of Whiplash-Associated Vertigo

In addition to more common symptoms like neck pain and stiffness, the whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) patient may also experience vertigo or dizziness. However, the link between vertigo and WAD is somewhat controversial. In 2021, a team of international researchers published a meta-analysis (a review of previously published studies) entitled “The Enduring Controversy of Cervicogenic Vertigo, […]

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Whiplash Prevention Strategies that Benefit Everyone

Not only do whiplash associated disorders affect an individual’s health and wellbeing but they can also impact their family and society overall. With that in mind, let’s discuss strategies to reduce the prevalence of automobile collisions and the severity of injury when a car crash does occur. On a community and government level, ways to […]

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Are X-Rays Always Necessary for Whiplash?

X-ray has been a very important diagnostic tool since its discovery by W.C. Röntgen in 1895. It provided a non-invasive means to peer inside the body, which opened the doors to better diagnostic and treatment decisions by clinicians. Over 100 years later, x-rays are still in common use in healthcare settings, including chiropractic offices, to […]

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Whiplash and Soft Cervical Collar Usage

When paramedics suspect a neck injury following a motor vehicle collision, they will utilize a cervical collar to immobilize the neck for transport to the emergency room so a more comprehensive examination can take place. While a cervical collar is essential in these situations for achieving the best possible outcome, there is another type of […]

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Factors Linked to Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is a term that describes the cluster of symptoms that can arise from an injury caused by the sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck, most often seen in a motor vehicle collision. Whiplash injuries are classified in four levels: WAD I (no/minimal complaints/injury); WAD II (soft-tissue injury—muscle/tendon and/or […]

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Four Whiplash Myths

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) describes a constellation of symptoms that can arise from the sudden jerk or snap of the head/neck that results in the overstretching of joint capsules, ligaments, muscle tendons, disks, and nerves of the neck and upper back. While it’s estimated that about two million Americans experience a whiplash injury each year, […]

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