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Q: What is fact and what is fiction about whiplash?

Posted March 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: More than 3 million people in America suffer from whiplash injury every year. Approximately 50 percent (more than 1,500,000) of these victims will suffer from chronic pain. Approximately 10 percent (more than 300,000) of those people become permanently disabled as a result of their injuries.

Whiplash is an injury resulting from a sudden sharp movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear). Several of the myths associated with whiplash injuries are:
• If you’re hit from behind at low speed, you won’t be injured.
• The more damage to your vehicle, the more severe your injuries.
• If you’re injured, the injuries will completely heal within 1.5 to three months.

In a human crash test study where the vehicle sustained an impact of approximately 8 mph, the researchers found some interesting facts:
• The vehicle that was hit experienced acceleration of approximately 2g (two times the force of gravity).
• The occupant’s body experienced acceleration of more than 1.5 times that of the vehicle (approximately 3g).
• The occupant’s head experienced acceleration of more than 2.5 times that of the vehicle (approximately 5g).

Occupants experience much higher forces than the vehicle that they are riding in, and are therefore at much higher risk of injury/damage than their vehicle. At Norwalk Chiropractic we have helped patients overcome the injuries sustained in whiplash accidents, not just by relieving pain, but by restoring function. If you are suffering from whiplash injuries, a complete chiropractic evaluation may be the first step to freedom from pain.

Information provided by Norwalk Chiropractic, 1228 Sunset, Suite B, 981-9208,

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