Doctorate of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) in 1977 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.
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Many automobile accidents do not result in serious injuries to occupants, however a small percentage do cause serious and longer term injuries, impairments and disability.

 
While chiropractors often treat and manage many of the common, uncomplicated MVA patients, it is this latter category of injured people who require scrupulous attention, diagnosis, and management by health professionals, of which chiropractors are very important. A return to normal activity will be dictated by the nature and severity of injuries, other factors that may be identified as affecting recovery as well as by accurate diagnosis, treatment and management.
 

Within the confines of an injured person’s real restrictions, people are advised to continue as many normal activities as possible. We remind injured persons to use non-injured body parts normally as some people tend to forget to do so…”rest makes rust.” Successful recovery results require full interest and involvement by injured patients.

 
Treatment typically includes ice therapy at home, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hands-on myofascial therapies to muscles, hands-on joint mobilization and manipulation, percussion, advice on safe activity levels, and graduated levels of supervised (and at-home) active exercises and safe return to pre-accident levels of activities.
 

Discussion is required about the injured person’s pre-accident home and daily activities and job tasks in order to understand the demands to which the person must ultimately return. Frequently the assessment in one’s home and workplace is necessary by trained professionals to report on the details of these environments as well as the person’s measured capabilities in meeting the demands of those tasks.

 

Dr. Fuller has personally assessed and managed thousands of motor vehicle accident patients. He is a member in good standing of the Canadian Society of Chiropractic Evaluators, attending all required post-graduate seminars, and has attended in courts and arbitrations as an expert medical witness for medico-legal cross-examinations.

 
Dr. Bogduk at the World Congress on Whiplash Abstracts 1999 emphasized that “the cause of common whiplash symptoms cannot be determined by conventional history and physical examination or conventional imaging because these are inadequate. Such negative and pejorative opinions as have been cast on patients with whiplash disorders reflect the biases, prejudices, and lack of knowledge of the so-called experts who do not know or bother to investigate the patient properly.
 
Modern biomechanics research has provided strong data from double blind trials to show that the zygapophyseal joints account for up to 65% of neck pain patients and at least 50% of patients in whom headache is the dominant feature. Other putative causes of neck pain such as discogenic and myoofascial could account for the remaining 35-50%. Behavioural studies have refuted the self-serving notion that these patients suffer compensation neurosis. Although there are fraudulent cases, the majority of injured people earnestly suffer a genuine condition.”
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Which vehicles are best in case of an accident?

In a dated study conducted between 1995-98, the best were the Ford Taurus, Mercury Sabel, Chev Lumina, VW Passat, Volvo 850, Toyota Camry;

 

Acceptable ratings were given to Pontiac GrandAm, Nissan Maxima, Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Mazda Millenia. Poor ratings were given to Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique, Hyundai Sonata, Mitsubishi Gallant, Chev Cavalier, Chrysler Cirrus, Plymouth Breeze, Pontiac Sunfire.

 
The best minivan in 1998 was deemed to be the Toyota Siena (per Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, USA 1998).
 

A 2007 updated study by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (HIS) concluded that 66% of cars sold in the U.S. were rated as “poor” or “marginal” when considering geometric measurements of head restraints and simulated crashes in assessing protection during car crashes.

This is likely similar for Canada.

Among those rated as “good” were Volvo S40,S60,S80; Ford 500: Mercury Montego; Jaguar S-Type; Audi A4,6,S4; Nissan Sentra & Versa; Subaru Impreza, Legacy & Outback; Chevy Cobalt; Saab 9-3; Honda Civic & Hybrid; Kia Magentis; Mercedes E-Class; VW New Beetle.

 
What about car safety?
In 2007 Volvo released its new V70 which will feature a new height-adjustable integrated child booster cushion. This features load-limiting equipped seat belts designed to limit the loading of the occupant in high force collisions. The V70 will also feature side impact airbags, whiplash protection seats, hydraulic brake assist, ready-alert brakes, and blind spot information system.
 
Kullgren et al in Proceedings of IRCOBI Conference 2004 reported that an Anti-Whiplash Device installed in 8,000 vehicles, using 12,000 others as controls, reduced by more than 50% the risk of persisting symptoms. This device is attached between the seat and seatrail. Forceful acceleration of the vehicle will cause the occupant to load the seatback and activate this bracket which allows the occupant to ride down the crash as the seatback reclines up to 15 degrees.
 
What about Tylenol for pain relief?

Tylenol does not cure anything.

While you are seeking answers for the cause of pain (eg. mechanical, inflammatory conditions that respond to chiropractic care), the following are safe alternatives to dealing with pain: - ginger root, botswellia, bromelain enzyme, curcumin 1,000mg x 3/day),omega-3 oils (in fish, hemp) @ mg/day, evening primrose oil, black currant seed, capsaicin cream (from cayenne pepper) D,L-phenalalanine amino acid @ 1,000mg x 3/day (credit acknowledged to Z. Rona, M.D.).

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