New Whiplash Research
Motor vehicle crashes cause 50 million injuries worldwide and nearly four million emergency department consultations annually in the US. (1,2) I thought you might be interested in reviewing three new studies concerning the most common non-hospitalized injury resulting from a motor vehicle crash – whiplash associated disorder (WAD).
1. The first study concluded approximately 50% of individuals with WAD experience on-going pain and disability. (3) This finding concurs with existing research that found only around 50% of those with WAD will fully recover, with 30% remaining moderately to severely disabled; creating significant personal, economic, and social distress. (4)
2. Elsewhere, researchers discovered “Motor impairment was observed (to) a higher degree in patients with chronic WAD. These impairments were linked to self-reported disability and were in most cases associated with pain, fear-avoidance, and symptoms of central sensitization.” (5)
3. The final study found that following a whiplash injury, healthy muscle is replaced by fat: “Development of muscle fat infiltration in the neck muscles is associated with poor functional recovery following whiplash injury. Statistically significant differences in regional fatty infiltration were particularly notable between the severe WAD group and healthy controls.” (6)
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