Millions of car drivers suffer from injuries to their cervical spine caused by low-speed, rear-end collisions. It’s a global problem. Whiplash, or more properly “cervical spine syndrome,” is a painful, expensive outcome of fender benders. With the latest technology, whiplash is also largely preventable.
Much research and development work has been devoted to whiplash because of the billions of dollars spent on medical treatment each year, to say nothing of the legal costs from lawsuits, real or frivolous.
Independent studies show that head rest protection systems can reduce the risk of long-term damage caused by whiplash more than 50%, while the danger of injury to the cervical spine is lessened by about one-third.