Whiplash: An Important Agenda for the Future

  • Åke Nygren
  • David Cassidy

Abstract

People are spending more time travelling in automobiles. However, this increase in mobility comes with a small, but substantial, risk of exposure to motor vehicle collision. Fortunately, the majority of all collisions are minor, but these minor collisions can result in considerable morbidity in the form of pain and disability after injury. The most common sequela of these minor collisions is neck pain or “whiplash”, a term that has become entrenched in the health, insurance and legal domains. This “whiplash problem” is receiving increasing attention from health care practitioners, who are frustrated by their inability to cure what seems to be a minor injury; from insurance companies, who are faced with increasing their premiums to cover escalating medical, legal and disability costs for these injuries; and the courts, which have been awarding increasing financial settlements for pain, suffering and disability in many jurisdictions. Although these injuries are minor, the costs to both the individual and society can be substantial.

Keywords

Depression Transportation Corticosteroid Income Expense 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Åke Nygren
    • 1
  • David Cassidy
    • 2
  1. 1.Karolinska InstituteWHO Collaborating CenterSweden
  2. 2.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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