Acceleration Of Degenerative Disc Disease Following Whiplash Injuries

The Cervical Spine Research Society
Lippincott, 1989
Mason Hohl, MD
Professor of Surgery/Orthopedics, UCLA Medical Center

“Follow-up roentgenograms taken an average of 7 years after injury in one series of patients without prior roentgenographic evidence of disc disease indicated that 39% had developed degenerative disc disease at one or more disc levels since injury.”

There was an expected incidence of 6% degenerative change in the population over this period of time. “Thus, it appeared that the injury had started the slow process of disc degeneration.”
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