1 Quadra Chiropractic Frank McDiarmid, D.C., FRCCSS (Canada) ( City Centre Chiropractic 2602 Quadra Street 2832 Leigh Road Victoria, B.C. Langford, B.C. V8T 4E4 V9B 4G3 Tel: Tel: Fax: Fax: From the Trenches Personal Injury Report Whiplash Injuries Review & Update on Facet Joint Trauma The number one injured structure due to rear impact car crashes is the facet joints.
2 A cervical spine model to predict injury scenarios and clinical instability The authors note that the standard for the assessment of clinical instability was established 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. These authors also state: The cervical discs are relatively small compared with the discs in the other parts of the spinal column. Consequently, the exiting space for the nerves is also small, which means that even a small abnormal disc material displacement may encroach on the nerve and cause significant pain. Some radiologists in the US consider a 2-mm anterior displacement to be the average displacement for instability. Clinical studies have shown that about 35% of cases of herniated discs in the cervical spine go undetected. The primary motor vehicle collision injury is to the facet joint capsules (3), and facet injury alone can cause clinical instability (7). However, it is established that the injury can extend to involve the intervertebral disc (4), and also the anterior longitudinal ligament (5). Injuries to the intervertebral disc and anterior longitudinal ligament are more serious than facet capsular injuries, and are much more likely to result in clinical instability. Facet joint components may be at risk for injury due to facet joint compression during rear-impact accelerations of 3.5 g and above. Capsular ligaments are at risk for injury at higher accelerations.
3 White and Panjabi emphasize the importance of the integrity of the facet joints, stating: The prospect of clinical instability in horizontal translation is significantly greater following the loss of the functional integrity of the facets. For 15 years, my practices have primarily centered around whiplash trauma, its understanding, management and diagnosis. I have often heard that the pathology for both acute and chronic whiplash pain are unknown and un-diagnosable. It is commonplace to label the pathology of whiplash syndrome as unknown, self limiting, psychometric, secondary gain, biosocial, etc. However, all of this is largely not true. Facet joint disorders are some of the most common of all the recurrent, disabling low back and neck problems, and can cause serious symptoms and disability for patients. However, facet joint problems rarely involve the spinal nerves. Interestingly, when the acute lumbar or cervical facet joint inflammation is at its peak, the symptoms may closely imitate those of a herniated disc, a deep infection, a fracture or a torn muscle of the spine, or in the low back, sometimes an acute intra-abdominal problem. Clearly, such episodes can be very disabling and frightening for the patient. On the other hand, serious problems in the abdomen may mimic lumbar facet joint problems and deep anterior neck problems may imitate cervical facet disorders, so a good differential diagnosis must rule out such things. True arthritis as a source of facet degeneration and pain can also be involved and this possibility should be examined.
4 Perhaps, the most accomplished clinical anatomist of our time is Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD, from Australia. Dr. Bogduk is a professor of Pain Medicine at the University of Newcastle and the Head of the Department of Clinical Research at the Royal Newcastle Hospital in Newcastle, Australia. He was the Director of the National Musculoskeletal Medicine Initiative in Australia (from 1997 to 2001) and is currently a member on the Executive Group of the Guidelines for Acute Musculoskeletal Pain in Australia. Dr. Bogduk is on the Editorial Board for many publications including Spine, The Spine Journal, Clinical Biomechanics, Pain Medicine and Cephalalgia. Dr. Bogduk began researching the anatomical basis of various spinal syndromes 40 years ago (1972). A Pub Med search of the National Library of Medicine using bogduk n brings up 216 citations (January 10, 2012). Dr. Bogduk has authored 9 books on various aspects of clinical anatomy (the most recent being this year, 2012), and many chapters in others books. Dr. Bogduk has been the single most published person in history on the anatomical basis of acute and chronic whiplash pain syndrome. The understanding of whiplash biomechanics was forever changed when an experimental study appeared in the journal Spine in November 1997 (1). In this study, Grauer and associates from the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine performed a series of rear-end collisions on human cadavers. Because the subjects in this series were cadavers, exposure to ionizing radiation was moot, allowing the team to view cervical spine dynamics during the collision using cineradiography. This unique method of assessment brought forth the following conclusions and opinions: 1) In the earliest phase of the cervical spine dynamics following a rear-end collision, the cervical spine forms an S shaped configuration, with flexion of the upper cervical spine and simultaneous significant hyperextension of the lower cervical spine. 2) The tissue distortion noted during this S configuration of the cervical spine was of a magnitude that is injurious. 3) This injurious S configuration of the cervical spine occurs very quickly, between milliseconds following impact.
5 4) The quickness of this S configuration of the cervical spine is shorter than the time required by the stretched muscles to react and to afford meaningful protection of the cervical spine joints. Therefore, the injury is primarily imparted to the joints of the cervical spine. 5) In most cases, this quick injurious S configuration of the cervical spine occurs before the head contacts the head restraint, meaning the head restraint often does not offer adequate protection. Several other cadaver studies confirmed this S configuration of the cervical spine in the initial phase of whiplash injury. In 1999, similar cineradiography studies were performed on live human volunteers by Kaneoka and colleagues (2), and the results were the same as those of the cadaver studies. This 1999 live human volunteer study generated this following official (invited) Point of View, published in Spine: POINT OF VIEW Nikolai Bogduk, MD, PhD, DSc, FAFRM Department of Anatomy and Musculoskeletal Medicine University of Newcastle Newcastle Bone and Joint Institute Royal Newcastle Hospital Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia The study of Kaneoka et al now fills a critical gap in the story of cervical facet pain. It provides the missing biomechanical link. Their s is the most significant advance in the biomechanics of whiplash since the pioneering studies of Severy et al in As a result of this study, we no longer rely on inference or speculation; we have a direct demonstration of the mechanism of injury in whiplash. Essentially all articles published regarding whiplash biomechanics since cite these studies that agree the pathology of whiplash primarily occurs during this S configuration very early on (50 75 ms) following the collision. As an example, last fall (October 2007), a review article by Schofferman and colleagues (3) titled: Chronic whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders An evidence-based approach Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons October 2007;15(10): makes the following comments: In a typical rear-end motor vehicle collision; the injury is caused by the abnormal biomechanics of neck motion resulting from the forward and upward motion of the torso while the head lags behind as the result of inertia. Whiplash injury is any structural damage sustained because of the whiplash forces. The forward acceleration of the torso deforms the cervical spine into a nonphysiologic S- shaped curve, with extension developing between the lower segments and flexion developing between the uppermost segments. Most of the whiplash injury occurs during this deformation phase.
6 The cervical facet joint is the most common source of chronic neck pain after whiplash injury, followed by disk pain. Some patients experience pain from both structures. The facet joints are the most common source [more than half of the cases] of chronic neck pain after whiplash injury. Some patients have pain that arises from a disk, and some have a combination of facet joint pain and discogenic pain. The subject's muscles in the relaxed state did not affect the head-neck-torso kinematics upon rear end impact. The ramping-up motion of the subject's torso was observed as a result of the inclination of the seat back. An axial compression force occurred when this motion was applied to the cervical spine, which in turn developed the initial flexion, with the lower cervical vertebral segments extended and rotated prior to the motions of the upper segments. Those motions were beyond the normal physiologic cervical motion, and very likely represent one of the facet joint injury mechanisms. Furthermore, the more rigid the seat cushion, the greater was the axial compression force applied to the cervical spine. On the other hand, the torso rebounding caused by the softer seat cushion tended to intensify the shearing force applied to the upper vertebrae. It was also deduced that the difference in alignment of the cervical spine affected the impact responses of head and neck markedly. They found that under compressive loading and bending moment at C5-6, the instantaneous axis of rotation (IAR) of C5 is moved upward from its normal place in the body of C6 into the body of C5. Dr. Croft in his book, Whiplash Injuries: The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome for a discussion on IAR. The effect of this is to cause more injurious compression in the facet joints during extension, Figure below. Based on the differences in the alignment of the cervical spine between male and female occupants, it is also pointed out that the female neck injury incidence tends to become higher than that of the male, as the female cervical spines take the kyphosis position more often than the male cervical spines.
7 Importantly, the 1999 live human cineradiography cervical spine biomechanical study by Kaneoka and colleagues (2) showed that the primary injury from whiplash trauma was to the facet joints and to the intervertebral disc. Their article makes the following points: The zygapophysial joint is the suspected origin of neck pain after rear-end car collision. The facet joint collision that occurs during the first phase of whiplash trauma creates a bending moment. If this bending moment is large enough, this motion is likely to cause the disruption of the disc from the vertebral rim (rim lesion) or to cause a zygapophysial joint injury. Most whiplash injuries occur during low-speed rear-end collisions and rarely produce morphologic changes such as fracture of the joint. The zygapophysial joint is a synovial joint and has a synovial fold (meniscus), between the articular facets that is innervated with nociceptive receptors. Thus, we hypothesize that facet collisions are likely to impinge on and inflame the synovial folds in the zygapophysial joints, causing neck pain (facet synovial fold impingement syndrome). Once again, in the official, invited POINT OF VIEW by Dr. Bogduk of the Kaneoka study, the following comments are found: The critical observation is that in whiplash the lower cervical segments undergo sagittal rotation about an abnormally high instantaneous axis of rotation. As a result, there is no translation; there is only rotation. As the vertebra spins, its anterior elements separate from, while the posterior elements crunch into, the vertebra below. This mechanism predicts that the resultant lesions should be tears of the anterior annulus and fractures of the zygapophysial joints or contusions of their meniscoids. These are the very lesions seen at postmortem. In 2002, additional evidence for whiplash trauma causing injury to the facet joints and intervertebral disc of the lower cervical spine was presented by Lars Uhrenholt and colleagues from the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark(4). Their study, published in Spine, was titled: Cervical spine lesions after road traffic accidents: a systematic review The authors concluded that occult pathoanatomical lesions in the cervical intervertebral disc and zygapophysial joints were possible in survivors of motor vehicle collisions. This article was also well summarized in the Point Of View from Dr. Nikoli Bogduk, as follows: Point of View Nikolai Bogduk, MD This study has harvested the best available evidence concerning the possible pathology of whiplash. The injuries documented include: (1) Articular fractures (2) Intra-articular contusions (3) Tears of the anterior annulus The credibility of these injuries is enhanced because different lines of investigation, using totally independent methods, point to the same conclusion. This constitutes convergent validity.
8 In the case of whiplash, postmortem studies, biomechanics studies, and clinical studies converge. Postmortem studies point to lesions in the zygapophysial joints. Biomechanical studies show how these joints can be injured to produce the lesions seen at mortem. Clinical studies have shown that zygapophysial joint pain is common in patients with chronic neck pain after whiplash. All three lines of investigation point to the same culprit, the facet joint. Two years later, in 2004, Pearson and colleagues from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, published in the journal Spine the most detailed evidence to date showing the biomechanics of facet joint injury during whiplash mechanism (5). Their article is titled: Facet joint kinematics and injury mechanisms during simulated whiplash In 1993, Drs. Nikoli Bogduk and Charles Aprill published primary research in the journal Pain (6) pertaining to the sources of chronic neck pain by using both provocation discography and cervical zygapophysial joint blocks. Comments found in their study include: Both a symptomatic disc and a symptomatic zygapophysial joint were identified in the same segment in 41% of the patients. Discs alone were symptomatic in only 20% of the sample. Zygapophysial joints were symptomatic but discs were asymptomatic in 23%. Only 17% of the patients had neither a symptomatic disc nor a symptomatic zygapophysial joint at the segments studied. Neck muscle injury does not provide a satisfying model for persistent or chronic neck pain because extremity muscle injuries heal rapidly, in a matter of days or weeks. Persistent neck pain suggests injury to tissues that heal poorly or slowly, such as the intervertebral disc and the facet joints. However, painful disorders of these structures are not demonstrable by plain radiography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance images. No findings on plain radiography, computed tomography or magnetic resonance images are correlated with pain. The most frequent finding was both a symptomatic disc and a symptomatic zygapophysial joint at the same segment, seen in 41%. The second most frequent finding was a symptomatic zygapophysial joint, alone, with no disc involvement, which was found in 23%. This indicated that 64% of the sample had a symptomatic zygapophysial joint. [41% + 23% = 64%] The third most frequent finding was a symptomatic disc alone, with no zygapophysial joint involvement, found at 20%. This indicated that 61% of the sample had a symptomatic disc.
9 [41% + 20% = 61%] If cervical segments are fully investigated, it emerges that cervical discs are not the most common, primary source of neck pain. A large proportion, if not the majority, of patients with post-traumatic neck pain have symptomatic zygapophysial joints. In the following few years, Dr. Bogduk ad colleagues continued to engage in primary research pertaining to the clinical sources of chronic whiplash pain. In 1995, they published a study in the journal Spine titled (7): The prevalence of chronic cervical zygapophysial joint pain after whiplash In this study, the authors note and conclude: In a significant proportion of patients with whiplash, chronic, refractory neck pain develops. Painful joints were identified in 54% of the patients. In this population, cervical zygapophysial joint pain was the most common source of chronic neck pain after whiplash. The following year in 1996 the same authors publish a follow-up article in Spine titled (8): Chronic cervical zygapophysial joint pain after whiplash: A placebo-controlled prevalence study Their findings and conclusions include: Overall, the prevalence of cervical zygapophysial joint pain (C2-C3 or below) was 60%. Cervical zygapophysial joint pain is common among patients with chronic neck pain after whiplash. The entire December 1, 2011 supplement of the journal Spine is dedicated to whiplash trauma. The issue contains 27 articles by the world s foremost authorities on whiplash biomechanics, pathology and outcomes. Importantly and as appropriately expected, Dr. Bogduk is a co-author for two of the articles and a solo author for one study. Dr. Bogduk s solo article pertains to the facet joint, and is titled (9): On Cervical Zygapophysial Joint Pain After Whiplash In this article, Dr. Bogduk cites 72 references while summarizing the evidence that implicates the cervical zygapophysial joints as the leading source of chronic neck pain after whiplash trauma. He states that the patho-anatomic basis for neck pain after whiplash is not elusive, but rather well documented and well known. Dr. Bogduk notes that there is convergent validity from (1) whiplash postmortem studies, (2) whiplash biomechanics studies, and (3) whiplash clinical studies indicating that the primary source of chronic whiplash pain is injury to the cervical zygapophysial joints. He summarizes by noting that in whiplash, four convergent lines of evidence implicate the cervical zygapophysial joints as the leading source of pain in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorder: 1) Postmortem studies show that a spectrum of injuries occur in the facet joints in motor vehicle accidents. 2) Biomechanics studies of normal volunteers and of cadavers reveal the mechanisms by which the facet joints sustain injury during whiplash.
10 3) Whiplash studies in cadavers and laboratory animals have produced facet joints injuries. 4) Clinical studies have shown that facet joint pain is very common among patients with chronic neck pain after whiplash. The postmortem studies identified a variety of nonlethal injuries: Nerve-root lesions Rim-lesions to the intervertebral discs (the disc is traumatically separated from the cartilaginous end-plate of the vertebral body) Intraarticular hemorrhages Fractures of the facet articular cartilage Fractures of the facet subchondral bone Fractures of the entire facet articular processes Importantly, virtually none of these lesions were seen on postmortem radiography. Dr. Bogduk states: Medical imaging in vivo may fail to identify lesions that are definitely present at postmortem. Consequently, in the context of whiplash injury, normal radiographs, or even normal magnetic resonance imaging, do not mean that the patient has no lesion. The human biomechanics studies identified these injurious mechanisms: a) The cervical spine undergoes a highly abnormal S shaped deformation with extension of the lower cervical spine and flexion of the upper cervical spine. b) During the extension of the lower cervical spine, the anterior margins of the vertebral bodies are widely separated, resulting in an avulsion of the annulus fibrosus from the vertebral endplate (a rim lesion). c) Also during the extension of the lower cervical spine the inferior facet articular process chisels into the superior facet articular surface of the vertebra below, allowing for a spectrum of lesions to the facet joints. The intraarticular meniscoids could be contused or ruptured Impaction fractures of the articular processes could occur Cadaver studies during whiplash show that the facet joints undergo compression that exceeds physiological limits and the capsules undergo strains beyond normal limits. Strains in the annulus fibrosus can exceed normal limits. Dr. Bogduk states: Collectively, these various biomechanics studies, in normal volunteers and in cadavers, predict or produce the same spectrum of lesions as that identified in postmortem studies. In particular, they indicate that the zygapophysial joints can be injured. Dr. Bogduk lists the following proven non-lethal pain producing injuries caused by whiplash trauma Intra-articular Hemorrhage [causes organization, adhesions, fibrosis] Facet Capsular Tear Meniscoid Contusion [can result in joint motion block, spasm, torticollis] Articular Subchondral Fracture [acceleration of cartilage arthritis] Fracture of the Articular Pillar
11 Disc Tear or Torn From the Vertebral Rim [acceleration of disc degenerative disease, these injuries do not heal (reattach)] Overall, Dr. Bogduk indicates that the prevalence of neck pain stemming from a facet joint is just over 50%, indicating the facet joint is a very common source for neck pain. Dr. Bodguk cites 7 studies showing a prevalence of cervical facet joint pain between 36-67%. Year Journal Prevalence 1995 Spine 54% 1996 Spine 60% 2001 Medical Journal of Australia 36% 2002 Pain Physician 67% 2007 Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques 39% 2008 Pain Medicine 46% 2008 Pain Physician 39% Dr. Bogduk concludes: The zygapophysial joints are the single, most common source of pain in patients with chronic neck pain after whiplash. There is an extensive amount of evidence indicating that post-whiplash pain syndrome is attributed to injury to the cervical facet joints; no other explanation for whiplash pain has more evidence. Dr. Bogduk notes that chronic cervical facet joint pain can be treated with radiofrequency neurotomy (the ablation of the nerves that transmit pain from the injured facet joints). However, he also qualifies the statement with: a) Radiofrequency Neurotomy only treats cervical facet pain, which afflicts about 50% of those suffering from chronic whiplash pain. The other 50% of chronic whiplash pain sufferers are not amenable to the Radiofrequency Neurotomy procedure.
12 b) Inclusion criteria for the Radiofrequency Neurotomy procedure requires successful pain relief with diagnostic blocks of the medial branch of the posterior primary rami performed on two separate occasions. c) Successful Radiofrequency Neurotomy on appropriately selected patients is about 70%, and the pain relief lasts for a medium of about 400 days. This would mean that the procedure works on about 35% of chronic whiplash patients [50% X.7 = 35%] for about 400 days on average. Dr. Bogduk notes that if/when the pain returns, the procedure can be repeated. d) Medial branch blocks and radiofrequency neurotomy cannot be performed other than by specially trained, medical practitioners, and there are very few medical practitioners who are properly trained and qualified to do these procedures. He states: Few practitioners around the world are skilled in these procedures; and among those who purport to be skilled, there is no guarantee that they perform the procedures properly. The available evidence indicates that good outcomes can only be expected if those guidelines are followed. e) Some medical practitioners that claim do to these procedures do not follow the proper guidelines, performing it irresponsibly if not fraudulently. f) Radiofrequency neurotomy outcomes in patients pursuing litigation are about the same as in patients not involved in litigation. Whiplash injures the facet joint. The facet joint has nociceptors R which are connected to the brain through the medial branches of the posterior primary rami. If diagnostic anesthetic blocking of the medial branch of the posterior primary rami eliminates pain, it indicates the facet is the source of the pain. Radiofrequency neurotomy of the facet joint capsules coagulates the neurofiliment proteins, giving 70% of the patients longer relief of their whiplash pain. This study by Dr. Bogduk reiterates: Many involved in a whiplash injury develop chronic neck pain. This chronic whiplash-generated neck pain does not seem to be associated with litigation status. The primary injury and source of pain in the chronic whiplash patient is the facet joint. It is highly unlikely that the pain producing facet joint injury, including fractures, are discernable with either radiography or MR imaging. For facet joint pain to be definitely ruled-in or ruled-out, the patient must undergo, on two separate occasions, medial branch blocks of the posterior primary rami. Although Dr. Bogduk is advocating radiofrequency neurotomy ablation of the facet joint nerves as the best treatment option in the management of chronic whiplash pain, it should be understood that: 1) only about 50% of chronic whiplash patients are appropriate for this procedure 2) it only works on about 70% of those judged to be appropriate candidates for the technique, and 3) the effective pain relief is for about 400 days
13 Chiropractic adjusting affects many tissues but primarily the facet joints. There are several studies indicating that chiropractic spinal adjusting is more effective that radiofrequency neurotomy ablation in the treatment of the chronic whiplash patient (10, 11). The Woodward study was 93% effective (10). The Khan study was 74% effective (11). We have reviewed both studies several times before. Consequently, I believe that chiropractic spinal adjusting should be performed on all chronic whiplash patients prior to having the patient undergo medial branch blocks of the posterior primary rami and radiofrequency neurotomy ablation of the facet joints. OTHER CONCERNS Radiofrequency ablation of the facet joints not only stops nociception but also stops mechanoreception. Many chiropractors, including myself, and other providers, are concerned that ablation of the mechanoreceptors may adversely affect local neuromuscular reflexes controlling stability and therefore the incidence of future joint degeneration, as well as adversely affecting central summation and central neurological function. These concerns could have critical long-term implications for whiplash patients treated with radiofrequency neurotomy. Consequently, I reiterate that radiofrequency neurotomy should only be performed if Chiropractic and other conservative approaches have not delivered acceptable clinical outcomes. The purpose of From the Trenches Reports is to keep you updated on relevant academic concepts pertaining to MVC injury patients. I hope that the information is useful in terms of enhanced understanding, as well as moving beyond the over reliance on Cultural Authority that has become far too pervasive in these cases. Do you desire to: 1.Spend more time with your family time rather than researching the particulars of these cases and have it all done for you with full peer-reviewed literature citations, in a cost effective manner. 2.Be able to have a report,or the clinical records, critiqued with full literature citations, for you to refer too. 3. Settle for higher awards, based on sound scientific principles, that totally put to rest the tired old accusation that a person can t be injured in collisions with minimal-no damage or because it s not evident on an X-ray or CT Scan or MRI there s nothing wrong with the person. 4.Have a report that actually says something beyond the popular waste basket diagnoses of soft tissue injury / Myofascial Pain Syndrome / Whiplash / Muscle Spasm. 5.Have an expert witness qualified in both injury biomechanics (relating the specifics of the injury(s) to the specifics of the collision) and clinical issues surrounding the injury(s). 6. Have an available resource that s a phone call, or , away to clarify a simple point of interest or dispute, thereby freeing up your time to move onto other issues.
14 7. Move beyond a Culturally Authoritative medical legal report(s) that say nothing (re. waste basket diagnosis based on the popular hunt and peck examination, etc.), 2-3 affidavits attesting to how the plaintiff is affected, subjective pain diary, imaging that shows nothing and not knowing what to do or say about it (lack of evidence doesn t mean evidence is lacking). 8. Raise the bar as to how to defend these cases beyond the outdated approach of lack of damage equating to less chance of injury. The same goes for a collision involving damage. Hint, it starts with the clinical notes. That said, feel free to call (or ) me, to discuss any pertinent issues you face, on a particular case. That applies as much to defense as plaintiff counsel. I hope that you find this edition of From the Trenches a valuable resource and let s start to get some actual science involved in the arena of soft tissue injuries. Sincerely, Frank McDiarmid, DC, FRCCSS(Canada) directly at: REFERENCES: 1) Grauer JN, Panjabi MM, Cholewicki J, Nibu K, Dvorak J. Whiplash produces an S- shaped curvature of the neck with hyperextension at lower levels. Spine Nov 1;22(21): ) Kaneoka K, Ono K, Inami S, Hayashi K. Motion analysis of cervical vertebrae during whiplash loading. Spine Apr 15;24(8): ) Schofferman J, Bogduk N, Slosar P. Chronic whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders: An evidence-based approach; Journal of the AmericanAcademyofOrthopedic Surgeons; October 2007;15(10): ) Uhrenholt L, Grunnet-Nilsson N, Hartvigsen J. Spine. Cervical spine lesions after road traffic accidents: a systematic review; 2002 Sep 1;27(17): ) Pearson AM, Ivancic PC, Ito S, Panjabi MM. Facet joint kinematics and injury mechanisms during simulated whiplash; Spine; 2004 Feb. 15; 29(4): ) Bogduk N, Aprill C. On the nature of neck pain, discography and cervical zygapophysial joint blocks; Pain; August 1993;54(2): ) Barnsley L, Lord SM, Wallis BJ, Bogduk N. The prevalence of chronic cervical zygapophysial joint pain after whiplash. Spine Jan 1;20(1): ) Lord SM, Barnsley L, Wallis BJ, Bogduk N. Chronic cervical zygapophysial joint pain after whiplash. A placebo-controlled prevalence study. Spine Aug 1;21(15): ) Bogduk N; On Cervical Zygapophysial Joint Pain After Whiplash; Spine December 1, 2011; Volume 36, Number 25S, pp S194 S ) Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, and Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic whiplash injuries; Injury; Volume 27, Issue 9, November 1996, pp
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Pain Physician 2007; 10:313-318 ISSN 1533-3159 Case Series Case Series on Chronic Whiplash Related Neck Pain Treated with Intraarticular Zygapophysial Joint Regeneration Injection Therapy R. Allen Hooper
Abstract FE ANALYSIS OF HEAD-NECK RESPONSES DURING WHIPLASH Ee-Chon Teo, Qing-Hang Zhang, *Peter Vee-Sin Lee, *Kian-Wee Tan, Hong-Wan Ng School of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Nanyang Technological
Copyright 2010 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons A spinal fracture is a serious injury. Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine The most common fractures of the spine occur in the thoracic (midback)
ISPI Newsletter Archive - Whiplash March 2005 Widespread Sensory Hypersensitivity Is a Feature of Chronic Whiplash - Associated Disorder but not Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain. Clin J Pain. 2005 Mar-Apr;21
Evaluation and Treatment of Spine Fractures Lara C. Portmann, MSN, ACNP-BC Nurse Practitioner, Neurosurgery, Trauma Services, Intermountain Medical Center; Salt Lake City, Utah Objectives: Identify the
If you or a loved one have suffered because of a negligent error during spinal surgery, you will be going through a difficult time. You may be worried about your future, both in respect of finances and
DMX: A New Tool For Proving Connective Tissue Injuries Arkansas Trial Lawyer s Association Presentation By Don P. Chaney Chaney Law Firm, P.A. P.O. Box 1405 526 Main Street, Suite 204 Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Treatment Concepts for Degenerative Spinal Diseases PARADIGM SPINE What You Need To Know About Your Spine It is important to understand the role of the spine, the changes that occur in your spine as your
Chiropractic Medicine and Chronic Pain Hands-on Demonstration Tom Arnold, DC, APC, DAAMLP UNM Pain Center & Private Practice Albuquerque, New Mexico No disclosures Presentation Objectives At the conclusion
Larry J. Kleefeld D.C. Arcata Chiropractic Office Whiplash A Patient's Guide to Whiplash Introduction Whiplash is defined as a sudden extension of the cervical spine (backward movement of the neck) and
Cervical Spinal Injuries Common mechanism is extension or axial compression with buckling into extension. Structures most often injured are discs & facets. Disc & facet injuries are equally frequent. Major
A Patient s Guide to Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) Introduction Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) is a phenomenon that more commonly affects older males. It is associated
The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements and Injury Settlement Report BACK INJURIES How Minnesota Juries Decide the Value of Pain and Suffering in Back Injury Cases The Petrylaw Lawsuits Settlements and Injury
The following is a sampling of products offered by Zimmer Spine for use in Anterior Cervical Fusion procedures. Patient Guide to Neck Surgery Anterior Cervical Fusion Trinica Select With the Trinica and
Lumbar Disc Herniation/Bulge Protocol Anatomy and Biomechanics The lumbar spine is made up of 5 load transferring bones called vertebrae. They are stacked in a column with an intervertebral disc sandwiched
Soft-tissue injuries of the neck in automobile accidents: Factors influencing prognosis 1 Mason Hohl, MD FROM ABSTRACT: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) December 1974;56(8):1675-1682 Five years
HELPFUL PERSONAL INJURY INFORMATION COURTESY OF RIVERVIEW CHIROPRACTIC FROM ABSTRACT: Dynamic kine magnetic resonance imaging in whiplash patients Pain Research and Management 2009 Nov-Dec 2009;Vol. 14,
Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems Page ( 1 ) What most people call the shoulder is really several joints that combine with tendons and muscles to allow a wide range of motion in the arm from scratching
SPINAL STENOSIS Information for Patients WHAT IS SPINAL STENOSIS? The spinal canal is best imagined as a bony tube through which nerve fibres pass. The tube is interrupted between each pair of adjacent
BACK PAIN: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Diane Metzer LOWER BACK PAIN Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, recreation and routine daily activities. Four out of five adults experience
HEADACHES AND THE THIRD OCCIPITAL NERVE Edward Babigumira M.D. FAAPMR. Interventional Pain Management, Lincoln. B. Pain Clinic, Ltd. Diplomate ABPMR. Board Certified Pain Medicine No disclosures Disclosure
The Prognosis Of Neck Injuries Resulting From Rear-end Vehicle Collisions 1 S. H. Norris, I. Watt FROM ABSTRACT The Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery (British) November 1983, Vol. 65-B. No. 5 Injury of
Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve) Page ( 1 ) Cervical radiculopathy, commonly called a pinched nerve occurs when a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal
Options for Cervical Disc Degeneration A Guide to the Fusion Arm of the M6 -C Artificial Disc Study Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults are diagnosed with Cervical Disc Degeneration, an upper spine
Notice of Independent Review Decision DATE OF REVIEW: 08/15/08 IRO CASE #: NAME: DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICE OR SERVICES IN DISPUTE: Determine the appropriateness of the previously denied request for physical
Cervical Spine Surgery Dr Michelle Atkinson The Sydney and Dalcross Adventist Hospitals Orthopaedic Nursing Seminar Friday October 21 st 2011 Cervical disc herniation The most frequently treated surgical
Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures C. Craig Blackmore, MD, MPH Department of Radiology Virginia Mason Medical Center Affiliate Professor, University of Washington Disclosure: Book Royalties, Springer-Verlag
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery For Your Patients Lukas P. Zebala, M.D. Assistant Professor Orthopaedic and Neurological Spine Surgery Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Washington University School of
Cervical Deformity: Indications and Treatment Options J. Patrick Johnson, MD Cervical Deformity Important structural components that are involved in deformity developing Muscular Bony Ligamentous Innervation
Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics Vol. 10, No. 4, 2008 Experimental determination of cervical spine mechanical properties MAREK GZIK*, WOJCIECH WOLAŃSKI, DAGMARA TEJSZERSKA Division of General Mechanics
III./8.4.2: Spinal trauma Introduction Causes: motor vehicle accidents, falls, sport injuries, industrial accidents The prevalence of spinal column trauma is 64/100,000, associated with neurological dysfunction
Do you have Back Pain? Associated with: Herniated Discs? Protruding Discs? Degenerative Disk Disease? Posterior Facet Syndrome? Sciatica? You may be a candidate for Decompression Therapy The Dynatronics
Whiplash injuries can be visible by functional magnetic resonance imaging 1 Bengt H Johansson, MD FROM ABSTRACT: Pain Research and Management Autumn 2006; Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 197-199 Whiplash trauma can
1 Frequency and Duration of Treatment for Whiplash Injuries There is surprisingly little written about the duration and frequency of treatment for whiplash injuries. Individual authors have published their
March 20, 2006 Cervical Spine Imaging Johannes Kratz, Harvard Medical School Year IV 1 Overview Background Clinical Cases Diagnostic Tests and a Decision-Tree Algorithm Examples of Cervical Spine Evaluations
A Patient s Guide to Cervical Whiplash 228 West Main, Suite C Missoula, MT 59802 Phone: firstname.lastname@example.org DISCLAIMER: The information in this booklet is compiled from a variety of sources. It may
Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults are diagnosed with Cervical Disc Degeneration, an upper spine condition that can cause pain and numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, and even hands. This patient
A Patient s Guide to Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults are diagnosed with Cervical Disc Degeneration, an upper spine condition that can cause pain and numbness
WHIPLASH and WHIPLASH-ASSOCIATED DISORDERS AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH Nikolai Bogduk Emeritus Professor of Pain Medicine University of Newcastle Australia NO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WHIPLASH and WHIPLASH-ASSOCIATED
ALTERNATIVE CARE CHIROPRACTIC Reston, Virginia P ROV E N R E L I E F F RO M W H I P L A S H Any rapid head movement can cause a Whiplash injury. Although whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents
September 2006 Compression Fractures Eleanor Adams Harvard Medical School Year IV Overview Spine Anatomy Thoracolumbar Fractures Cases Compression Fractures, Ddx Radiologic Tests of Choice Treatment Options
International Postprofessional Doctoral of Physical Therapy (DPT) in Musculoskeletal Management Program (non US/Canada) Curriculum Effective: July 2015 INTERNATIONAL POSTPROFESSIONAL DOCTORAL OF PHYSICAL
Treatment of Young Athletes with Spine Injuries North American Spine Society Public Education Series Treatment of the Young Athlete Although not common, low back injuries can occur in young athletes who
QUESTION I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO REHAB GRADE II AND III MCL INJURIES DIFFERENTLY BY DIFFERENT SURGEONS IN THE FIRST 6WEEKS FOLLOWING INJURY. SOME ARE HINGE BRACED 0-90 DEGREES AND ASKED TO REHAB INCLUDING
WHIPLASH! Helpful and effective treatment with Neuromuscular Therapy Therapeutic Massage by Lucy Lucy Dean, LMT, NMT, MMT What does Whiplash mean? Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe neck pain
Spine University s Guide to Vertebral Osteonecrosis (Kummel's Disease) 2 Introduction Kummel's disease is a collapse of the vertebrae (the bones that make up the spine). It is also called vertebral osteonecrosis.
Advances In Spine Care James D. Bruffey M.D. Scripps Clinic Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Section of Spinal Surgery Introduction The Spine - A common source of problems Back pain is the #2 presenting
Herniated Disk Introduction Your backbone, or spine, has 24 moveable vertebrae made of bone. Between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep
SPINAL FUSION North American Spine Society Public Education Series WHAT IS SPINAL FUSION? The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae ; between each vertebra are strong connective tissues
Report #9 Human Anatomy and Soft Tissue Injuries: The most common injury occurs from the bouncing around of a body in a vehicle. Often, a car occupant s neck whips back and forth, giving rise to what is
Spinal Cord Injury North American Spine Society Public Education Series What Is a Spinal Cord Injury? A spinal cord injury is a condition that results from damage or trauma to the nerve tissue of the spine.
Clients w/ Orthopedic, Injury and Rehabilitation Concerns Chapter 21 Terminology Macrotrauma A specific, sudden episode of overload injury to a given tissue, resulting in disrupted tissue integrity (Acute)
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