For the last 25 years, Dr. Arthur Croft, the founding director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, has been conducting whiplash research. The number of books, awards, titles, and accolades that attributed to Dr. Croft for his life work is extensive, and his knowledge is even more extensive.
Because of his research, there are many things now known about the effects of whiplash that were not known 25 years ago. We’ll list a few of those things that you should know also, so you can better understand that pain in your neck and/or back.
Dr. Croft’s Whiplash and Spine Research
- People of a smaller stature with experience two to four times the head linear acceleration as that of a person of a larger stature in the same crash. However, the person of larger stature will experience more rearward bending.
- Injuries from motor vehicle accidents most like account for 45% of all chronic cervical spinal pain
- 3,000,000 people in the U.S. experience spinal injury due to motor vehicle accidents. Half of those experience permanent residua and ½ million become completely are partially disabled.
- The overall annual medical and legal costs, as well as lost wages and more is $43 billion.
Your Cervical Pain
Now, consider that there is a 45% chance that your cervical pain (pain in your neck or upper spine) may be the result of a vehicle accident. Consider also that that cervical pain that may be the physical manifestation of any whiplash you suffered may not have occurred because of an accident in a vehicle. Whiplash can occur at only 5 MPH, and that’s a low enough speed that a person might suffer from it because of a fall or sports related injury.
So, assuming that whiplash may be the cause of well over 50% of all cervical pain, it’s probably a good idea that a common source of that pain (the upper cervical spine) be the main focus of correcting any conditions that resulted from that accident.
All of that means, the best thing you can do is call an upper cervical chiropractor. They can examine thoroughly evaluate your neck and spine for any misalignments that may be leading to your neck pain, back pain, numbness and tingling and any other conditions that may arise as a result of your whiplash.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com