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Posted on 07-12-2013

Whiplash and Chiari Malformations (Brain Injury)

A study in the July 2010 Issue of "Brain Injury" reveals that up to 20 percent of whiplash victims undergo a form of brain injury referred to as a Chiari malformation. The study examined neck MRIs in 1200 whiplash patients and determined that those with neck trauma following a whiplash injury had an increased likelihood of chiari malformation.

So what is a chiari malformation? It is an injury that occurs when part of the brainstem (the cerebellar tonsils) herniate through the hole at the base of the skull (the foramen magnum) thereby exposing the brain stem to potential trauma. Patients with chiari malformations can experience headaches, neck pain, upper extremity numbness/tingling, and balance problems. Many times these chiari malformations require surgical intervention to prevent further injury.

A link to the article can be found here.

While it is true that whiplash is fairly common and chiari malformations are exceedingly rare, it is a good idea to present for evaluation if you suspect you might have this condition. If you or a friend has recently suffered whiplash from a Baltimore auto accident and are in need of Baltimore auto accident treatment, contact Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic at (443) 842-5500. We would be glad to help.

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