New at http://www.TheChiropracticImpactReport.com: How Car Accidents Can Cause Cervical Spine Injury and Clinical Instability

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Whiplash Injuries from car accidents can cause the bones in the neck to become unstable; increasing potential for future pain and dysfunction.

If there is angulation of the vertebrae in question that is more than 11 degrees greater than the angulation of either normal adjacent vertebrae then the excessively rotated vertebrae is unstable.

“The major practical consideration in the determination of clinical instability is the evaluation of the patient’s radiographs.”

Available this month online for car accident victims, whiplash information that they most likely won’t get at a typical doctors office. This month: Clinical Instability.

Clinical Instability was first defined by Augustas A. White, MD, and Manohar M. Panjabi, PhD. Dr. White is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Dr. Panjabi is Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine.

In the Second Edition (1990) of their authoritative text, Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, they define clinical instability as (8):

“Clinical Instability is the loss of the ability of the spine under physiologic loads to maintain its pattern of displacement so that there is no initial or additional neurological deficit, no matter major deformity, and no incapacitating pain.”
White and Panjabi also state:

“The major practical consideration in the determination of clinical instability is the evaluation of the patient’s radiographs.”

“Radiographic examination is the most often used objective means of determining the relative positions of the vertebrae in a potentially unstable spine. Therefore, it is important to give some consideration to the accurate interpretation of linear radiographic measurements.”

According to Dr. Dan Murphy, “Chiropractors are aware that trauma, especially whiplash trauma, can result in a risk to the integrity of the nervous system. This type of hypermobility is referred to as Clinical Instability. Clinical Instability management may require prolonged immobilization, or on occasion a surgical stabilization. This paper reviews the historical and contemporary perspectives on Clinical Instability.”

Finally, there is a place to go online that reveals why chiropractic works, how it works, and how it can benefit car accident victims.

This new website gives car accident victims the education and confidence they need to make their own choice as to who should care for their injuries and includes easy to read information on “Chronic Pain From Whiplash Injury”, “Neck Injuries And The Acceleration of Neck Arthritis”, “Pre-Accident Arthritis of the Neck”, “Healing Time For Injured Soft Tissues”, “Problems With Pain Medicines”, “The Benefits Of Chiropractic”, “Understanding Whiplash Injury”, and much more.

If you’ve been in an automobile accident, you can learn more and find a doctor in your area by going to http://www.TheChiropracticImpactReport.com

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