Cervical curvature in acute whiplash injuries: Prospective comparative study with asymptomatic subjects

Morio Matsumoto, Yoshikazu Fujimura, Nobumasa Suzuki, Toyama Yoshiaki Toyama, Hayao Shiga

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Abstract

The cervical curvature of 488 patients with acute whiplash injury was prospectively studied by comparison with 495 asymptomatic healthy volunteers. Plain radiography of the cervical spine in the neutral position was evaluated qualitatively. No significant difference was noted in frequencies of non-lordotic cervical curative and local angular kyphosis between acute whiplash injury patients and asymptomatic subjects. No significant association was apparent between clinical symptoms and cervical curvature. These results suggest that non-lordotic cervical curvature and angular kyphosis in acute whiplash injury patients constitute normal variants rather than pathological findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-778
Number of pages4
JournalInjury
Volume29
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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