Prognosis Following a Second Whiplash Injury


Prognosis Following a Second Whiplash Injury

Khan S, Bannister G, Gargan M, Asopa V, Edwards A

University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Bristol, UK

Five percent of the population have suffered a whiplash injury. Of these, 43% suffer long-term symptoms. We undertook a retrospective study of 79 patients who had suffered two whiplash injuries. The severity of each patient’s symptoms was assessed after the first and second injuries using the Gargan and Bannister classification. Overall, 84% of patients reported increased symptoms following the second injury. Ninety-seven percent of patients who had been symptom free before the second injury reported persisting discomfort.