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Course of Attention and Memory after Common Whiplash: A Two-Year Prospective study with Age, Education and Gender Pair-Matched Patients

From the abstract:   "Attentional functional and memory of common whiplash patients were evaluated during the first two years after experiencing injury....All (117) patients had a similar socioeconomic background, all being injured in automobile accidents and fully covered by insurance plans. Two years following initial trauma, 21 patients remained symptomatic." When compared with matched controls, the 21 symptomatic patients had no memory impairment but did have attention functional (difficulty of follow-up of tasks with divided attention).

Comment:   Some studies have documented attention deficits in symptomatic whiplash patients as well as memory loss. This paper reviews the value of the studies done by others in this field and found them to have designs that were "insufficient." The chiropractic interest in this subject is more than that of the neuromusculoskeletal condition of whiplash, but of the brain function that is affected by presumed subluxations of the cervical spine. This work should be read in concert with Gorman's and Zhang's papers (above).

Di Stefano G and Radanov BP   Acta Neurol Scand. 1995 (May);91 (5): 346-352