New at Motor Vehicle Collisions Can Cause Low Back Pain

Danville, California (EastBayDaily) — Available this month online for car accident victims, whiplash information that they most likely won’t get at a typical doctors office. This month: Orthopedic surgeons Martin Gargan and Gordon Bannister published a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British) titled:

Long-Term Prognosis of Soft-Tissue Injuries of the Neck

In this study they found that 42% of whiplash-injured patients suffer from chronic low back pain 10.8 years following their initial injury. As noted above, the chronic low back pain noted by these researchers is probably discogenic and sclerotogenous; this means that the patient is probably not suffering from compressive neuropathology.

Over the decades, several authors have proposed a mechanism for the observed disc and other deep spinal tissue trauma occurring as a consequence of a motor vehicle collision). These mechanisms primarily involve a fulcrum-type stress of the lumbar or lower thoracic spine, in flexion, around the lap belt.

Dr. TW Meade and colleagues published the results of a randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment in the management of low back pain. This trial involved 741 patients and was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal. It was titled:

“Low back pain of mechanical origin: Randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment”

The patients in this study were followed for a period between 1 – 3 years. Nearly all of the chiropractic management involved traditional joint manipulation. Key points presented in this article include:

“Chiropractic treatment was more effective than hospital outpatient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain.”

“There is, therefore, economic support for use of chiropractic in low back pain, though the obvious clinical improvement in pain and disability attributable to chiropractic treatment is in itself an adequate reason for considering the use of chiropractic.”

“Chiropractic was particularly effective in those with fairly intractable pain-that is, those with a history of severe pain.”

“Patients treated by chiropractors were not only no worse off than those treated in hospital but almost certainly fared considerably better and that they maintained their improvement for at least two years.”

“The results leave little doubt that chiropractic is more effective than conventional hospital outpatient treatment.”

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


Ben Altadonna