Whiplash is a social disorder—How so!

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 44, No. 6, July, August 2002, page(s) 307-311 Articles
Robert Ferrari, MD, FRCPC

How could whiplash be a social disorder? It brings the people together: accident victims of all walks of life—the guilty, the innocent, the upwardly mobile, the downtrodden, and the woebegone all take the stage. The industry that copes with epidemic proportions of chronic pain following acute whiplash injuries includes physicians of many specialities, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, dentists, oral surgeons, chiropractors, osteopaths, pharmacists, acupuncturists, psychologists, lawyers, judges, historians, philosophers, herbal remedists, and the occasional psychic.