A study comparing gender in whiplash injuries concluded: “This population is more likely to be injured under whiplash loading”. Women are also more likely to suffer chronic (long lasting) symptoms from such accidents even with low-speed impacts. A study found that once injured, women are between 2 to 2.3 times more likely than men to have chronic symptoms.
Fortunately another study found that women who visit a chiropractor shortly after injury may have better outcomes than those who wait.
Women sustain worse injuries than men for a number of reasons:
- Women are usually smaller than men and in a car that is rear ended a smaller and lighter head accelerated faster than that of a large person.
- Female necks allow greater range of motion in the lower facet joints than in men. In females the back portion of the facet joints in the lower neck has less protective cartilage than in men and when ligaments get stretched or torn it allows for a painful bone on bone contact in the facet joints. Facet joint pain is believed to be the single most common cause of chronic neck pain after a whiplash injury, typically causing pain at the rear of the neck and shoulder pain.
- Ligament injury may also occur more easily in women than men due to hormones and genetics. Researchers note that women are 2 to 8 times more likely than men to tear their anterior cruciate ligament in their knee.
If you suspect that you may have a whiplash injury, schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in El Cajon today!