I recently had two people come into my Madison office for care who had been in the same car that had been hit from behind. While both had symptoms, the passenger was definitely more injured and while the driver only needed a few weeks of care, the passenger is still in care over 6 months later. How can it be that 2 people in the same car could have such different outcomes?
While there can be many factors that come into play, the most significant in this and in most other cases are risk factors for injury. In this case, the risk factors the passenger had that the driver did not were as follows: she was out of position, she was not aware of the impending crash, she had a prior history of headaches and neck pain andÂ obviously, she is female. Unfortunately, these are not only risk factors for being injured but also, in this case, Â risk factors for those injuries becoming chronic.
There has never been any research that has determined that there is a minimum speed of impactÂ underÂ which you canÂ be injured, as much as others would like you to believe there is. What is important and will determine how likely you are to be injured is how many risk factors apply to you.