Orange County Ca Car Accident Update: Prognostic Indicators of Whiplash Injuries
Dr Barry Marks, DC
Orange CA Car Accident Expert
A worsened prognosis for those suffering soft tissue neck inquires after a motor vehicle collision can be expected when the patient presents with:
- Restriction of neck movement after the collision
- Radiographically proven degenerative disc disease and/or degenerative joint disease (spondylosis)
- Neurologic signs (radiating or referred pain, numbness/paresthesias, motor weakness, diminished reflexes, altered sensation)
- Female patient (twice as prone to chronic pain than males)
Doctors treating whiplash victims need to be aware of these prognostic indicators in order to properly care for their injured patients and to provide realistic advice on expected outcomes.
From their previous studies, Gargan and Bannister showed that only about 12% of whiplash induced neck injuries will completely recover and a significant percentage of patients will suffer chronic disabling pain.
Bannister GC, Amirfeyz R, Kelley S, Gargan MF, Whiplash Injury. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British); July 2009, Vol. 91B, No. 7, pp. 845-850.