Jason C. Eck, DO, MS
Dr. Eck received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. Following this he worked as a research engineer conducting spine biomechanics research. He then attended medical school at University of Health Sciences. He is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is whiplash?
- What causes whiplash?
- What are the symptoms of whiplash?
- How is whiplash diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for whiplash?
- What can be done to prevent whiplash?
- Whiplash At A Glance
What can be done to prevent whiplash?
While it is not always possible to prevent accidents, advances in automobile safety have attempted to reduce the associated risks. Many advances in seat belts and head restraints have been able to reduce the risk of whiplash injury. The proper use of these devices is crucial to their success in preventing injury. Head restraints are designed to prevent the head from moving into hyperextension when struck from behind. In order for this to work properly, the head restraint should be optimally positioned directly behind the head. If the head restraint is lowered below the level of the head it could actually force the head into further hyperextension after an impact. Many automobiles have additional safety equipment including air bags and air curtains to further protect drivers and passengers from injury.
Whiplash At A Glance
- Whiplash is a relatively common injury that is often ignored or mistreated
due to lack of understanding of the condition.
- Whiplash is usually the result of a rear impact while in a stationary
- Early range of motion and exercises lead to a more rapid recovery than
prolonged immobilization or use of a cervical collar.
- Failure to properly educate and treat patients with whiplash can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms including depression and anxiety.
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Last Editorial Review: 1/4/2008
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