Whiplash & Cervical Instability
We have already posted research showing when a ligament is damaged that it will never heal to the pre-injury strength. Ligament injuries which are common in whiplash and other car crash injuries leave the patients with permanent problems. This study showed that ligament damage will lead to cervical instability. Cervical instability will lead to arthritic changes of the cervical spine and a lifetime of potential problems.
Stemper, B. D., Yoganandan, N., Pintar, F. A., & Rao, R. D. (2006). Anterior longitudinal ligament injuries in whiplash may lead to cervical instability. Medical Engineering & Physics, 28(6), 515-524.