As I begin my 18th year in practice and having dealt with hundreds of people over the years who have been injured in car accidents and at work, I would like to take this opportunity to share some of what I have learned to help accident victims become more informed about their injury. Specifically, I will be discussing low speed rear impact collisions (LOSRIC) and the resultant whiplash (or more appropriately named cervical acceleration/deceleration injury [CAD]), as I believe there is a great deal of misinformation, misunderstanding and falsehoods that exist surrounding the treatment and frequent litigation of these cases.
For instance, most people (including many attorneys and all insurance company claims adjusters I’ve encountered) believe that there can be no injury if no damage occurs to your vehicle. There hasÂ never been a single research article published that supports this belief. In fact, there is both research and my many years of practice to show me that people are often injured when there is no damage to their vehicle.
Research does show that of people who are involved in LOSRIC have a 60% chance of being injured and that symptoms may take up to 6 months to manifest. It is very common that someone may have no symptoms for the first few days or weeks and then begin to develop stiffness, pain, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, pain in their mid-back and difficulty turning their head to name a few.
What I recommend if you have been in a car crash, is to get checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic, especially one who has received advanced training in CAD. If you are not in the Madison, WI area, one excellent resource to find a doctor close to you is the Spine Research Institute of San Diego,Â www.srisd.com.
I hope you will find this information helpful and I look forward to sharing much more with you.