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Post-Whiplash Headache Risk Factors and Treatment

The International Headache Society lists “headache attributed to whiplash” as a headache that appears or existing headaches that worsen within seven days after a whiplash event (i.e., automobile collision, sports collision, slip and fall, etc.). It’s estimated that up to 60% of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) patients experience such headaches and nearly 40% will continue [..]

Does Arthritis Worsen Whiplash Outcomes?

Cervical spondylosis—also known as cervical osteoarthritis (OA)—is the most common age-related disorder of the cervical spine, which is characterized by degeneration of the intervertebral disks and facet joints as well as spur formation off the vertebral body endplates. Studies have shown that X-rays of 95% of adults over the age of 65 will show signs [..]

Can Whiplash Cause Persistent Dizziness?

It is estimated that up to 50% of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) patients will continue to experience persistent symptoms for a year or longer after their motor vehicle collision, sports collision, or slip and fall. One of the most frequent complaints—affecting nearly seven-in-ten chronic WAD patients—is dysregulation of balance or dizziness. Balance is complex and [..]

Exercise Can Hasten Whiplash Recovery

Whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) can be a challenging condition to manage, and the current data suggests that up to half of WAD patients may continue to experience pain and disability for up to a year following their car accident, slip and fall, or sports collision. Exercise therapy has long been considered a meaningful treatment option for [..]

Picturing Chronic Whiplash

Whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) is a condition characterized by a collection of symptoms that can arise after the sudden back-and-forth movement of the head and neck—most commonly from motor vehicle collisions. It’s estimated that 2-3 million Americans experience whiplash each year and the current data suggests as many as half may continue to experience ongoing, chronic [..]

Nerve Injury Often Missed in Whiplash Patients

While the literature published on the topic of whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) is voluminous, it’s still somewhat of a mystery why some individuals can walk away from a motor vehicle collision without injury and others can experience chronic, persistent, and disabling symptoms. One area in which researchers have focused their efforts in recent years is on [..]

A Different Perspective on Chronic Whiplash

It’s estimated that up to 50% of whiplash associated disorders (WAD) patients will continue to experience long-term symptoms that interfere with their ability to carry out activities of daily living. According to experts, the economic burden associated with chronic WAD may exceed $42 billion each year. As such, many studies have sought to better understand [..]

The Best & Worst Treatment Choices for Whiplash

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) encompass a cluster of symptoms—dizziness, mental fog, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and/or comprehending, light/noise sensitivity, memory loss, nervousness/irritability, sleep disturbance, anxiety/depression, and more—that result from a sudden acceleration and deceleration that injures the soft tissues of the head and neck. While each case is unique and can require a tailored treatment plan [..]

Whiplash-Related Dysphagia

The rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head and neck that occurs during a whiplash event can injure the various soft tissues of the head and neck, leading to a cluster of symptoms referred to as whiplash associated disorders (WAD). While features of WAD like neck pain and headache are well known, there are other symptoms that [..]

Eye Exercises for the Whiplash Patient

Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) has been known to affect nerve function, which can manifest as several symptoms, including visual problems. If the initial chiropractic examination reveals altered ocular function, the patient’s chiropractor may recommend a variety of eye-specific exercises to aid in the healing process. Blinking: When using a screened device, blinking essentially rests the [..]