Three million of motor vehicle crashes result in whiplash-type injuries, according to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, contributing about $43 billion (12 percent) to a huge comprehensive cost. This is one motivation behind the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (www.iihs.org) practice of evaluating and ranking the relative safety of cars with regard to whiplash protection. Without a decent rating in this category, the car, SUV or truck will not earn the Institute's Top Safety Pick award.
So why this high cost for whiplash injuries? Because nearly half of the victims require prolonged treatment and suffer long-term symptoms. Many suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as well. About 10 percent of the victims become disabled. And most physicians simply do not have the specialized training to provide the most effective treatment.
Dr. Greg Hauser of Ahwatukee Foothills has been certified by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in this specialized area of science, which requires insight into the physics of the actual crash mechanics and the occupant kinematics - or motions resulting from the crash - as well as all of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments approaches. For the past 15 years, the institute has been conferring this highest level of certification to only 100 physicians each year.
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