Understanding Whiplash: Unraveling the Impact of Auto Accidents Part 1 (Murphy, Jan 20-21, 2024 on-campus)
The most important consideration for the understanding of the consequences of cervical spine traumatic injury caused by motor vehicle collisions (WHIPLASH-TYPE MECHANISMS) is the unique anatomy of the cervical spine. This includes the uncinated processes, the upper cervical spine complex, the vascular system, and the brain.
The secondary important consideration is the understanding of the basic laws of physics, including inertia, mass, speed, velocity, acceleration, etc. These concepts should be coupled with:
• Vehicle variables, such as size, road conditions, directions of impact, head restraints, seat belts, bumper characteristics, etc.
• Patient variables, such as awareness, head position, age, degenerative joint disease, central canal stenosis, etc.
Lastly, the established steps in the healing of injured soft tissues and how they are influenced by various types of chiropractic care interventions should be understood.
These concepts, and more, are integrated into this class presentation.
January 20, 2024, 12:00pm - 8:00 pm
January 21, 2024, 8:00am - 12:00 pm
12 general CE hours
Hour#1: Anatomy Review
Emphasize the unique anatomy of the cervical spine as related to spinal trauma.
Point out the importance of the uncinate process joints as related to disc herniation, the nerve root, the vertebral artery, and the spinal cord.
Explain how cervical spine injury may manifest clinically as low back and leg pain.
Hour#2: Define Sleep Hygiene
Explain the role for sleep and sleep’s influence on the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Summarize the influence of sleep on brain neurochemistry.
Hour#3: Awareness and Soft Tissue Injury
Explain the influence of awareness on an impending collision and the muscles ability to protect joints.
Explain how being “caught by surprise” by a collision is related to a poor prognosis for full recovery.
Hour#4: Whiplash History
Summarize the history of whiplash injuries, including mechanical mechanisms, biological mechanisms, pathology, diagnostics and management.
Define the issues that the early whiplash literature got wrong.
Emphasize the issues that early whiplash literature got correct.
Hour#5: Whiplash Today
Summarize recent advances in the understanding of whiplash injuries, emphasizing anatomy, diagnostics, pain production and pain suppression.
Integrate whiplash trauma, chronic pain, and chiropractic care.
Hour#6: Low Speed Collisions and Minor Vehicle Damage
Point out the mathematics of how a low speed vehicle to vehicle collision can result in passenger injury.
Explain why vehicle damage should not be used as a proxy for passenger injury.
Integrate the concepts of awareness, rotation, and pre-accident spondylosis in injury magnitude and prognosis.
Hour#7: Soft Tissue Injury and Repair
Define the three phases of soft tissue healing and point out the time sequence for each phase.
Justify the clinical interventions that have a positive therapeutic influence on each phase of soft tissue injury healing.
Emphasize the concept of motion in the healing of injured soft tissues, especially spinal adjusting (specific manipulation) motion.
Quantify acute injury and ultimate recovery(prognosis) by using measurement outcomes.
Hour#8: Treatment Duration, Frequency, and Prognosis
Summarize the biology and published data on treatment frequency and duration for whiplash spinal trauma.
Point out published studies relating to recovery and prognosis.
Reference the incidence of acceleration of spondylosis in long-term studies following a whiplash injury.
Hour#9: Upper Cervical Spine Injury and the flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid
Review the evidence for upper cervical spine injury and instability following whiplash injury and its influence of cerebral spinal fluid flow.
Integrate upper cervical spinal injury to cerebellar ectopia.
Hour#10: Informed Consent
Define the legal requirements for informed consent for chiropractic care.
Review common entities for an informed consent and the rational for each.
Hour#11: Directions of Impact
The rear-end collision
The side-impact collision
The head-on collision
Hour#12: Whiplash Injury and the Vertebral Artery
Review the anatomy of the vertebral-basilar vascular systems
Distinguish between the anterior and posterior circulation
Summarize the signs and symptoms of a cervical spine vascular injury
Solidify the knowledge as to when the suspected vascular injury patient should be referred to diagnostic imaging or emergency services.
DAN MURPHY, DC
Dr. Dan Murphy graduated magna cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 1978, and has more than 36 years of practice experience. He received his Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1986. Since 1982, Dr. Murphy has served as part-time undergraduate faculty at Life Chiropractic College West, where he is currently teaching classes to seniors in the Management of Spinal Disorders.
See below for a list of credits available for this seminar.
Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the CCE and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
*The following State and Province boards do not require an application when a program is sponsored by a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE): CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IA, MD, MA, MI, MT, NE, NH, NJ, OR, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY, BC, NB, ON, QC. Life Chiropractic College West cannot guarantee that any session of this offering will be accepted by these licensing board(s). Life West urges licensees to familiarize themselves with the laws governing continuing education in the jurisdictions where they hold licensure.
Available Credit Hours
- 12.00 AK Chiropractic BoardAlaska Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 AZ Chiropractic BoardArizona Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 BC Chiropractic CollegeBritish Columbia College of Chiropractors
- 12.00 CA Chiro Board, Category BCA Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Cat B
- 12.00 CO Chiropractic BoardColorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 CT Chiropractic BoardConnecticut Board of Chiropractic Examiner
- 12.00 DC Chiropractic BoardDistrict of Columbia Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 DE Chiropractic BoardDelaware Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 HI Chiropractic BoardHawaii Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 IA Chiropractic BoardIowa Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 ID Chiropractic BoardIdaho Board of Chiropractic Physicians
- 12.00 IL Chiropractic BoardIllinois Medical Licensing Board
- 12.00 IN Chiropractic BoardIndiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 KS Chiropractic AssocKansas Chiropractic Association
- 12.00 MA Chiropractic BoardMassachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors
- 12.00 MB Chiropractic AssocManitoba Chiropractors' Association
- 12.00 MD Chiropractic BoardMaryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 ME Chiropractic BoardMaine Board of Chiropractic Licensure
- 12.00 MI Chiropractic BoardMichigan Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 MN Chiropractic BoardMinnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 MO Chiropractic BoardMissouri Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 MS Chiropractic BoardMississippi Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 MT Chiropractic BoardMontana Board of Chiropractors
- 12.00 NB Chiropractic AssocNew Brunswick Chiropractors' Association
- 12.00 NC Chiropractic BoardNorth Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 ND Chiropractic BoardNorth Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NE Chiropractic BoardNebraska Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 NH Chiropractic BoardNew Hampshire Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NJ Chiropractic BoardNew Jersey Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 NS Chiropractic CollegeNova Scotia College of Chiropractors
- 12.00 NV Chiropractic BoardNevada Chiropractic Physicians' Board
- 12.00 OH Chiropractic BoardOhio Chiropractic Board
- 12.00 ON Chiropractic CollegeOntario College of Chiropractors
- 12.00 OR Chiropractic BoardOregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 PACEFCLB Providers of Approved Continuing Education
- 12.00 PR Chiropractic BoardPuerto Rico Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 QC Chiropractic OrdreQuebec Ordre Des Chiropracticiens
- 12.00 RI Chiropractic BoardRhode Island Board of Examiners in Chiropractic
- 12.00 SC Chiropractic BoardSouth Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 SD Chiropractic BoardSouth Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 UT Chiropractic BoardUtah Chiropractic Physicians Licensing Board
- 12.00 VA Board of MedicineVirginia Board of Medicine
- 12.00 VI Chiropractic BoardU.S. Virgin Islands Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- 12.00 VT Chiropractic BoardVermont Board of Chiropractic
- 12.00 WA Chiropractic CommWashington Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission
- 12.00 WY Chiropractic BoardWyoming Board of Chiropractic Examiners
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