An Anatomical and Physiological Study on the Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash Presentation
Research paper

Abstract:  Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, also known
as Whiplash, is a very common cervical spine injury that has annual
costs in the United States higher than all cancer and cardiovascular
treatments combined. Older research used traditional nMRI imaging
techniques to diagnose structural damage occurred from Whiplash.
Newer research that uses newer imaging techniques, fMRI and PET
scans, have indicated that even low grade whiplash injuries can have
more severe and longer lasting effects on neurodegeneragtion than
previously thought.  This presentation provides a brief background to
whiplash associated disorders with a structural overview of the
cervical spine and the physiological effects of whiplash and how
blood flow can be altered even with minor injuries. Physical therapy
treatments and preventative exercises will be discussed as well as
a brief mention of genetic disorders and common aging misalignment
injuries that may contribute to neurodegeneration.

Presented at the Student Research Symposium, 10 April 2017, Trevecca Nazarene University

Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Alisha Russell, biology


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