June 15, 2010 — Dr. Carrie Oleston and Dr. Cindy Perkins of Back In Health Wellness Center are pleased to announce their Advanced Certification of Competency for Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.
The Spine Research Institute in San Diego is home to the world’s only multi-module program dedicated specifically to whiplash and traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Arthur C. Croft, founder and director of the Spine Research Institute and the Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health, led the advanced training program. He is also the original developer of the now widely used whiplash (WAD, or Whiplash Associated Disorders) grading system, as well as the widely used whiplash treatment guidelines.
During the certification process, Oleston and Perkins studied the physics of motor vehicle crashes as well as human biomechanics, diagnostics and management. They also performed an in-depth analysis of brain, neck and cervical spine trauma.
“When a vehicle collision occurs, many people tend to gauge their own injuries based on damages to vehicles,” explains Dr. Perkins. “If injuries aren’t properly and promptly treated, the long-term effects can lead to irreparable damage, therefore, whether you feel injured or not, scheduling an evaluation is imperative to your health.”
More than 1.5 million Americans suffer a nonfatal traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. The causes of such injuries vary greatly and can be the effect of a car accident, fall or whiplash.
Similarly, more than 3 million people will suffer a whiplash injury this year. Whereas a car can usually sustain little to no damage from an impact at 8 to12 mph, more than half of all whiplash injuries occur when there is no damage to the vehicle. Both TBIs and whiplash can vastly affect the emotional, physical and intellectual well being of the injured person.
Source: Back in Health Wellness, www.backinhealthwellness.com