Auto Injury News
See the latest news and information about auto injuries and the symptoms related to car crashes that's reported in the medical and scientific literature.
While some patients recover quickly from car crashes, many patients can develop chronic symptoms that last for years after the initial injury. However little research has been done to evaluate the long-term effects of chronic auto injury pain.
In an attempt to reduce injuries to the neck and back, many newer cars incorporate features designed to keep occupants safer during a rear crash. Some of the vehicle features intended to reduce neck injury include yielding seatbacks to reduce occupant acceleration, active head restraints to minimize head and neck motion during a collision, and neck protection systems to reduce occupant acceleration and spinal motion.
Central sensitization could affect whether patients recover from auto injury. Recent research from Canadian researcher Robert Ferrari suggests that patients that exhibit early signs of central sensitization are more likely to develop chronic symptoms.
Over the last few years, a number of researchers have investigated the role of proprioception in patients who have been in a car crash. Some researchers have hypothesized that injury to the cervical facet joints may result in dysfunction of that part of the nervous system responsible for balance.