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Motor 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
57% Headache
56% Fatigue
49% Shoulder pain
44% Anxiety
42% Interscapular pain
39% Lower back pain
39% Sleep disturbance
30% Upper limb paresthesia
29% Sensitivity to noise
26% Impaired concentration
21% Blurred vision
21% Irritability
16% Dysphasia (difficult swallowing)
15% Dizziness
15% Forgetfulness
12% Upper limb pain
  6% Upper limb weakness
  4% Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
4%+ Jaw/facial pain (TMJ)

Common myths about whiplash
• Low speed rear impact crashes (LOSRIC) don't cause injury
• Injuries heal in 6-12 weeks
• Litigation has an effect on the patient's recovery
• The patient's pre-injury psychological makeup affects recovery
• Greater vehicle damage = greater occupancy injury
• Accident reconstructionists can predict injury potential

Crash facts:
• Most injuries occur at crash speeds below 12 mph.
• Most cars withstand 8-12 mph impact without structural damage.
• 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 vehicle.
• A 5mph crash typically produces about 10-12 g of acceleration of the occupant's head