vehicle collisions are one of the leading
preventable causes of injury in the United
States. In 2006 there were a total of 2,575,000
motor vehicle injuries in the United States.
The ability to deliver prompt medical attention
has improved through improvements in ambulance
and rescue equipment.
In the recovery process following a vehicle
injury, it is often necessary that chiropractic
services are needed.
Common symptoms following whiplash
92% Neck pain
49% Shoulder pain
42% Interscapular pain
39% Lower back pain
39% Sleep disturbance
30% Upper limb paresthesia
29% Sensitivity to noise
26% Impaired concentration
21% Blurred vision
16% Dysphasia (difficult swallowing)
12% Upper limb pain
6% Upper limb weakness
4% Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
4%+ Jaw/facial pain (TMJ)
• Low speed rear impact crashes (LOSRIC) don't
• Injuries heal in 6-12 weeks
• Litigation has an effect on the patient's
• The patient's pre-injury psychological makeup
• Greater vehicle damage = greater occupancy
• Accident reconstructionists can predict injury
• Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12
• Most cars withstand 8-12 mph impact without
• More than half of all LOSRIC injuries occur
without vehicle damage.
• There is no correlation between vehicle
damage and outcome.
• The peak acceleration of a head is much
greater than the peak acceleration of the
• A 5mph crash typically produces about
10-12 g of acceleration of the occupant's head