Whiplash injury results from rear impact collisions
People hurt in car crashes, especially rear-enders or rear impact crashes, often complain of neck pain, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, unsteadiness, fatigue, and low back pain. Very often, the symptoms of whiplash injury do not appear immediately but are delayed 24 to 48 hour or more. Although this phenomenon is poorly understood on a physiological basis, it has been well documented in the clinical literature and is well understood by clinicians in private practice. Usually, the first symptoms are neck stiffness and a feeling of muscle spasm or tightness. This is often accompanied by a reduction in range of motion of the neck. In many cases, patients experience pain radiating into the shoulders or down the arms. In other cases, various neurological complaints such as numbness or tingling in the arms or hands may be present. While these symptoms may be brief and self-limiting, meaning that they will eventually resolve by themselves, they could also be signs of more serious injury, such as spinal cord injury, nerve root injury, or ligament injury requiring professional treatment. To be safe, it is best to err on the side of caution and always consult a professional chiropractor or medical practitioner skilled and experienced in diagnosing and managing this type of condition.
These auto accidents are a modern day epidemic and result in billions of dollars of medical care and other expenses. Dr. Arthur C. Croft is one of the world's leading authorities in whiplash injury. Treatment, and prevention and has been actively engaged in this area for more than 20 years. He has co-authored the definitive textbook on the subject, Whiplash Injuries: the Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, which is currently in its third edition. Dr. Croft is also a leading crash test researcher, and has conducted over 80 fully instrumented human subject and test dummy car crashes in the past decade. Information gleaned from this research has been disseminated to the scientific and clinical communities and is used to design more effective seats and head restraints for automobiles and to better understand the complex nature of the interface between vehicle occupants and their vehicle in collisions.