Dr. Michael Harbison of iCAN Clinic Discusses the Newest Research on Whiplash Injury & The Best Course of Treatment

“By understanding the unusual biomechanics of this form of trauma and diagnostic methods the treatment can be much more effectively administered in the clinical setting,” said Dr. Harbison.

Did you know that over three million whiplash injuries occur each year resulting from motor vehicle crashes? Of these whiplash injuries, 500,000 people will develop chronic pain, and up to 300,000 will have some degree of disability. Apart from the effect on health, there’s a significant cost to society. Approximately $43 billion of total annual HARM is attributable to whiplash and related injuries. (HARM is a metric for quantifying the total societal cost of road trauma.)

These injuries are affecting millions of Americans and if not properly assessed and treated can lead to debilitating injuries. According to the research out of the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2012.0354) they took a sample of 42 whiplash injury patients and let them go untreated to assess the effects on their everyday lives. All 42 of them experienced debilitating symptoms during the untreated phase of the trial. Once they started to receive manipulative therapy their disability scores dropped by 31.5%. This was only after 5 manipulations. Along with this, 17 of the 42 had been diagnosed with PTSD from the accident and after the 5 manipulative treatments only 6 still had a PTSD diagnosis. If these injuries were left untreated the quality of life of these patients would continue to decline.

Dr. Michael Harbison of iCAN Clinic (http://www.icanclinic.org) says consumers need to be educated about the issues surrounding whiplash – both concerning its treatment and, importantly, its prevention. As we can see from the newest research it can be life changing if untreated. In order to more effectively treat persons injured in motor vehicle crashes, Dr. Harbison became certified in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (SRISD), a research center devoted to the investigation of motor vehicle crash injury. For the past 28 years, SRISD has focused research and education on the more common injuries sustained in everyday motor vehicle crashes, such as whiplash and mild traumatic brain…

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