What do the people in lab coats say about it?
On these two pages I have put together a variety of research articles related to the subject of whiplash - I have tried to keep to the latest available information and lots of links should lead you to sites with lots more info' - happy hunting.
Online issues of recovery magazine. Several interesting articles on WAD, including:
Rajesh Munglani in The Roots of Chronicity attempts to explain some the unusual symptoms experienced by WAD sufferers: why do limbs feel cool? Why does the pain alter with the weather? Why can the pain be triggered by seemingly harmless actions?
Hillel Sommer in Patients in Peril writes on the problems, medical and legal, faced by patients because of the difficulty in objectively identifying WAD. Also, on the use of medical labels given to patients that do nothing to enhance understanding or treatment.
Nikolai Bogduk in Fact vs. Fiction outlines the "Compression Loading" theory of whiplash. Looks at the common symptoms of whiplash, and treatment studies (most notably diagnostic blocks and neurotomies of cervical z-joints for chronic pain). Argues against the no claim no pain" assertion.
Looks briefly at the history of whiplash medicine, explains how collisions can hurt your body and the possible injuries. Looks at whiplash resulting from low speed impact. Does no vehicle damage mean no injury? Can accidents be accurately reconstructed? Detailed analysis of movement of spine in an accident. 14 assorted articles on WAD.
A well laid out poster that you can order or just view on-line illustrating facet joint damage from a collision.
Examines common symptoms and possible reasons for WAD: facet injury; blood hammering; brain injury.
Robert W Teassell in The Denial of Chronic Pain, refutes the long held assumption that soft tissue injuries heal after six weeks. Joins in the support for the facet blocks/neurotomies treatment. Argues for studies showing that psychological problems are secondary to, and not causative of, WAD. Points to flaws in the "no claim no pain" argument.
Nikolai Bogduk in Who Let the Cat out of the Bag? Looks at how the Quebec Task Force highlighted the previous impotence of the medical community towards whiplash diagnosis treatment. How medicine routinely subjected patients to inappropriate treatment, and then took their failure to respond to this treatment as evidence of malingering.
Canadian law firm site that gives a very basic outline on causes, symptoms, treatments of WAD largely based on the findings of the Quebec Task Force.
Global Referral Network. Some writing on WAD. Mainly though for finding local attorney (says global but only seems to be applicable to U.S.)
This is a page found by searching on the (US) National Library of Medicine website for articles on whiplash injury/ facet injury/ whiplash litigation. You should find over 100 research articles with outlines of worldwide studies into all aspects of WAD. Bit of a long haul going through them but a good place to direct your lawyer so they can earn their keep.
WAD - Whiplash Associated Disorders, the term more correctly used for whiplash injuries.
Neurotomy - - (Percutaneous Radiofrequency Neurotomy/Rhizotomy; Facet neurotomy; Zygapophysial/z-joint neurotomy). A procedure recommended by leading WAD authorities for relief of pain from the facet joints (injured it is believed in approximately 60% of whiplash cases). A needle is inserted next to the two nerves coming off the joint and a radiofrequency is used to burn a tiny hole which disconnects the joints from the brain, eliminating the pain for an average of 12-14 months. Diagnostic blocks are first used to test the potential results of the procedure. In this, an anesthetic is injected to numb the two nerves near the suspected damaged facet joint - pain relief indicates that a neurotomy will be successful. A second diagnostic block is done at a later date for confirmation. This process is one that should only be considered for chronic pain following an injury - generally speaking it is only applicable in cases where there has been no improvement in symptoms for a period of three months or more. Go to this site to find out more.
"No claim no pain" - Common whiplash myth that pain is only present in whiplash sufferers who pursue an insurance claim. Modern studies consistently deny this myth.