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Questions about WhiplashQ: Is there a threshold below which injuries cannot occur?
A: There is no known threshold crash exposure below which injury is not possible. There is no known crash speed below which injuries cannot occur.
Q: Why was there a delay in the onset of my symptoms?
A: Intervertebral discs are thought to have very little nerve innervation for pain; pain chemicals, like prostaglandins do not reach peak levels until 12-72 hrs.
Q: Are males and females at equal risk of injury?
A: Females have long been known to be at just about twice the risk for injury as males in whiplash type exposures. From this we can assume that males simply have a higher tolerance for trauma.
Q: Is whiplash a “disease” of the western world?
A: Outcome literature shows that about 35% of persons injured acutely will have some degree of long-term complaints and 10-14% of these victims will become disabled. The answer is NO. It is a legitimate injury that occurs everyday.