Women and whiplash

If you are a woman and you’ve been rear ended in a car accident did you know you are far more likely to sustain a whiplash injury than a man by a ratio of 1:2. A recent study comparing genders in whiplash injuries concluded this, “this population is more likely to be injured under whiplash load.”

Women are also more likely to suffer chronic (long-lasting) symptoms from such accidents even with low-speed rear end impacts. A study found that once injured, women are 2 and 2.3 times more likely than males to have chronic symptoms. Fortunately, other studies found that women who visit a chiropractic doctors shortly after injury may have better outcomes than those who waited to get treated. I have had experienced this in the past 18 years of practice

Women sustain worse injuries than men for a number of reasons. First, female necks allow greater range of motion in the lower facet joints than in men. In females the back portion of the same facet joints in the lower neck has less protective cartilage than in men and when ligaments get stretched or torn it allows for painful bone on bone contact in the facet joints. Facet joint pain is believed to be the single most common cause of neck pain after a whiplash injury. This injury causes pain at the rear of the neck and shoulder blades. Ligament injuries may also occur more easily in women than in due to hormones and genetics. Researchers note that women are 2 to 8 times more likely than men to tear the anterior crucial ligament in their knee.

if you’d like to know more please contact me Dr. Rodney B. Thomas Jr. at Access Family Chiropractic in Springfield Massachusetts .