European Spine Journal

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 389–392

Whiplash: a biochemical study of muscle injury

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00586-002-0410-1

Cite this article as:
Scott, S. & Sanderson, P. Eur Spine J (2002) 11: 389. doi:10.1007/s00586-002-0410-1


Outcome following whiplash injury of the cervical spine is variable, and the pathology of those with prolonged symptoms is uncertain. We undertook a prospective study in 25 patients to identify whether those with prolonged symptoms following whiplash injury exhibit a rise in serum creatine kinase consistent with significant muscle damage at the time of injury. Transient rise in creatine kinase level was seen in only 2 of 25 patients, neither of whom complained of prolonged symptoms. Of the 8 patients who developed chronic symptoms following whiplash injury, none demonstrated a serum creatine kinase rise. Prolonged symptoms following whiplash injury cannot be explained by biochemically measurable muscle damage.

Whiplash injury Creatine kinase

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle, UKUK
  2. 2.4 Low Meadows, Cleadon Village, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 7QJ, UKUK