The Irish Journal of Medical Science recently published the results of a study undertaken by members of the School of Medicine of NUI Galway and Galway University Hospital following a review of whiplash injuries over a 15 year period. The study looked at patient treatment, average length for resolution and the relationship with litigation associated with the whiplash injuries.
The study reviewed the files of 301 patients, all of whom had been involved in litigation arising from the whiplash injuries from a road traffic accident.
Whiplash or whiplash associated disorders (WAD) arise from the neck muscles extending beyond their normal range of movement, which results in neck pain / stiffness, headaches, associated back pain and in some cases, limb numbness.
The study revealed some interesting statistics associated with the 301 patients (169 females and 132 males);
Given the low numbers of patients that returned after the litigation process had ended, the authors suggest that patient’s symptoms may either be related to the legal process or the simple proposition that the patient sees no benefit to returning for specialist review, given the conservative nature of treatment in most cases.
A full copy of the study is available here.
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