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Articles  |   February 1994
Whiplash as a total-body injury
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Articles   |   February 1994
Whiplash as a total-body injury
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1994, Vol. 94, 145. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.2.145
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 1994, Vol. 94, 145. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1994.94.2.145
Abstract

In our highly active society, individuals and groups push their physical limits. Consequently, the incidence of whiplash injury is increasing. Patients may not recover rapidly or fully from a whiplash injury, thus leading to chronic neck and spinal symptoms and litigation. Physicians must recognize whiplash injury as a manifestation of total-body trauma and treat accordingly, with particular emphasis on alleviating abnormal tension of the fascia. Precise description of the accident, followed by healing methods tailored to well-defined bodily injury, aids in effective management. Whiplash injury poses a challenge to the osteopathic physician to sharpen skills in defining the injury based on the details of the accident and to incorporate myofascial release treatment into traditional modes of whiplash treatment. Fortunately, many highly respected osteopathic physicians have written extensively on the subject and the tools are at hand to refine treatment for both acute and chronic whiplash.