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"Dr Marks adds that in Greece and Lithuania, where there is no expectation of financial gain from whiplash, chronic neck pain following a car crash appears simply not to exist..."
And you can self diagnose when there is expectation of a payout?
 

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Whiplash is not a myth, in a minority of cases some people receive what is normally ligamentous damage (sprain) to a previously 'normal' neck. This will normally resolve itself. For people with an existing neck condition a rear-end shunt can exacerbate the problem.

By and large the problem comes when (as is typical with the NHS) an appointment with a properly-qualified Physiotherapist takes weeks or months, by which time any subsequent misalignment has become chronic.

But certainly, the self-serving 'whiplash industry' which comprises greedy solicitors, greedy but bogus 'victims', and a burgeoning rigged-accident criminal element is by far the biggest financial recipient.

For anyone suffering long-term problems, a series of visits to a good chiropractor will often sort things out.

But to say whiplash doesn't exist is just plain wrong. It is simply vastly over-diagnosed and vastly over-reported, for personal gain.
 

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Permission to ask possibly a daft question - is whiplash restricted to rearward movement of the head alone? Or can a force that jolts the head in any direction cause it?

I (possibly incorrectly) associate whiplash with a rear impact, throwing the head backward. But if you look at, say an NCAP vid, the heads of the dummies in the frontal and side impacts rock alarmingly all over the shop.

In terms of insurance claims for whiplash, I wonder what % are for rear impacts v front or side impacts? Could that tell us something?
 
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