Auto Injury: Imaging

WHIPLASH ASSOCIATED DISORDERS (WAD) ARE DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE VIA ADVANCED IMAGING TECHNIQUES

Whiplash Associated Disorders or WAD are difficult to properly diagnose or evaluate using standard medical tests. X-rays do not demonstrate the soft connective tissues, and dozens of studies show that MRIs, contrary to popular belief, do a poor job of imaging injured soft tissues particularly fascial tissues. This is why the patient often feels as though they are "dying", and yet all of the tests are negative. A very large population base of injured people that have suffered from soft tissue injuries associated with WAD go through this experience every day. Too often are they sent home from the E.R. or doctor’s office with pain killers, muscle-relaxers, and anti-inflammation drugs which all too often hinder the healing process of injured tissues which can result in the tissues healing improperly at approximately 1/3 weaker and less elastic than it otherwise would. Like a fractured arm that isn't set correctly will continue to heal but unfortunately it won't heal properly resulting in a weaker arm with possible dysfunction in the corresponding joints.

So just how should a problem like this be addressed? The key to a functional recovery is controlled motion. Chiropractic manipulations, therapeutic modalities, specific stretches, and strengthening exercises are the proper approach in accomplishing the correct healing objective. Restoring movement, muscle and joint functionality, and strength is the only proven method that is effective in truly reducing the symptoms of whiplash with proper heal rates and outcomes. Contrary to popular belief, using drugs to simply cover symptoms, is never a good option. Once again, if the only treatment you receive for your whiplash injury is palliative (meaning covering symptoms with drugs, without addressing the underlying cause of those symptoms), then any relief achieved is temporary, and the end product of this process could very well be joint and muscle dysfunction, degeneration, and chronic pain!



MY DOCTOR SAYS HE CAN'T FIND ANYTHING WRONG WITH ME,
AND THAT THE PAIN IS "ALL IN MY HEAD". WHAT DO I DO?

I would seriously consider getting a new doctor. As you have already read, whiplash is frequently a "clinical" diagnosis. This simply means that it is not going to show up well on standard imaging tests such as x-rays, CT, and even MRI. If your doctor is not up on the most current whiplash literature and research, you lose in more ways than one. I will share with you the results of one study that wanted to determine if the effects of whiplash were real ("organic") or in the patient's head ("psychometric"). By the way, this study comes from a 1997 issue of one of the most prestigious medical journals, The Journal of Orthopedic Medicine. They compared a large control group to a large whiplash group, ten years after their accident related injuries. Not only does this give us a long-term look at the effects of whiplash, it also removes the potential effects that any litigation might have on the research outcomes as any legal issues would have long been settled.

NON-WHIPLASH INJURED GROUP
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness, Tingling, Pain, Paresthesia in Arms / Hands
  • Combined Back and Neck Pain
  • Neck Degeneration as Seen on X-rays
WHIPLASH INJURED GROUP
  • Eight Times more Neck Pain
  • Eleven Times more Headaches
  • Sixteen Times more Numbness, Tingling, Pain, Paresthesia in Arms / Hands
  • Thirty Two Times more Combined Back and Neck Pain
  • Neck Degeneration was Ten Years Advanced when Compared to the Control Group

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