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Pain Research and Management
Volume 8 (2003), Issue 1, Pages 44-46

Injury Biomechanics of the Cervical Spine in Car Collisions - some Needs for Further Research

Mats Y. Svensson

Crash Safety Division, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The article reviews some of the existing research concerning the incidence of soft tissue neck injuries sustained in car collisions. A variety of neck injuries, including to muscles, ligaments, facet joints, discs and nerve tissue appear to result from whiplash trauma. Research questions concerning the relationship between these possible injuries and the large set of known whiplash symptoms are considered.