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Whiplash Injury Severity Factors In Minneapolis

Whiplash injury can be minor with full recovery OR it can be a serious injury causing lifetime pain, suffering and disability.

The term "whiplash" or WAD describes' both an injury, and the symptoms caused by that injury.

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Whiplash is an injury to the neck, mid-back, and low back with symptoms radiating into the head (causing cervicogenic headaches), into the shoulders, arms and hands, and into the legs and feet.

Neck pain is clearly the most common symptom of whiplash.

The North American Spine Society (NASS) recognizes that other symptoms include the following:

  • 1. Whiplash injury can cause permanent disability. According to the NASS, about one out of three patients does not totally recover and 10% of people who get neck pain after an MVA wind up with constant severe pain, and those are the patients who need the most medical care.
  • 2. Whiplash Associated Disorder can cause injury to the entire structure of the spine which includes the entire "long chain of bones, discs, muscles and ligaments that extends from the base of the skull to the tip of the tailbone." That includes the following:
    • A. The major structural support, the vertebrae (bone);
    • B. The intervertebral discs which are between two adjacent vertebrae is a disc.
    • C. The facet joints which are in the back of each vertebra, one on each side. The facet joints are designed to allow smooth motion for bending forward. backward and rotating, but also limit excess motion.
    • D. The muscles and ligaments surround and support the spinal column.
    • E. The nerves that supply all of these structures, injury to anyone of which can cause pain.
  • 3. The symptoms of WAD can progressively develop over a period of weeks and months after the collision. The immediate cause of the pain cannot be immediately diagnosed. The existence of facet joint injury and/or injury to the intervertebral discs often cannot be diagnosed until later.
  • 4. Facet Joint Injury is the most common cause of chronic neck pain after a car accident. It may occur alone or along with disc pain. Facet joint pain is usually located to the right or left of the center back of the neck. The area might be tender to the touch, and facet pain may be mistaken for muscle pain.

    The cause of facet joint pain can only be determined using an injection called "medial branch block" (MBB). It cannot be diagnosed with an X-ray or MR scan.
  • 5. Injury to the Intervertebral Discs can also cause chronic neck pain. The disc allows motion of the neck, but at the same time keeps the neck from moving too much. The outer wall of the disc (called the annulus) can be torn by a whiplash injury. This usually does not heal. In that case, it might get weaker and hurts when stressed during normal activities. The pain comes from nerve endings in the annulus.

    Disc injury is the major cause of chronic neck pain in about 25% of patients, and there can be both disc pain and facet pain in the same person. A disc can herniate and push up on a nerve. This usually causes more arm pain than neck pain.
  • 6. Muscle Strain Injuries of the neck and upper back also can cause acute pain. However, there is no evidence that neck muscles are a primary cause of chronic neck pain, although muscles can hurt if they are working too hard to protect injured discs, joints, or the nerves of the neck or there is something else wrong that sustains the muscle pain, such as poor posture and work habits.
  • 7. Injury to the spinal nerves and the spinal cord can result from the compression caused by a Herniated Disc or Bone Spur. This usually causes arm pain, but there an also be neck pain.
  • 8. The symptoms of whiplash and WAD include the following:
    • A. Headache due to neck problems is called cervicogenic or neck- related headache. It may be due to injury to an upper cervical disc, facet joint or higher joints called the atlanto-occipital or atlanto-axial joints. Cervicogenic headache can also make migraines worse.
    • B. Arm pain and heaviness may be due to nerve compression from a herniated disc, which is easy for your health care professional to diagnose. More commonly, arm pain is "referred" from other parts of the neck. "Referred pain" is pain that is felt at a place away from the injured areas, but not due to pressure on a nerve.
    • Pain between the shoulder blades is usually a type of referred pain

The NASS tells us that the most common cause of whiplash and WAD is a car crash or motor vehicle collision (MVA) in which one car (the struck vehicle) is hit from behind by another (the bullet vehicle). The Schmidt Law Firm has 40 years of experience in helping the victims of whiplash injuries to the neck and back. Let our experience lawyers help you and your loved ones obtain justice.

Douglas E. Schmidt has over 30 years experience in successfully representing the victims of personal injury and wrongful death. He has made a study of both the legal and medical literature relating to whiplash injuries, i.e. flexion/extension or in the words of Dr. Arthur Croft, "the cervical acceleeration/deceleration syndrome."

Schmidt notes that IME doctors all attempt to categorize the victims of whiplash injuries as "crash test dummies" that all react in an identical fashion. The truth is quite the contrary:

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Schmidt notes that the literature contains documentation of the many factors that influence the severity and likely permanency of whiplash injuries, which include the following factors:

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Doug Schmidt has devoted his professional career to bring justice to the victims of personal injury and wrongful death in car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian collisions. He is committed to the scholarly study of the physical science and medical science involved and wishes to share that information.

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