J. Monroe Laborde, MD, MS
Biomechanics of Minor Automobile Accidents: Treatment Implications for Associated Chronic Spine Symptoms
ABSTRACT: Biomedical experimental data indicate that automobile accidents with no vehicle
damage are unlikely to cause injury to the occupants. Soft tissue injuries heal in a few weeks.
Chronic pain has never been produced by experimental injury and is much less common in countries without financial payments for accident victims. Chronic pain after no-damage collisions is probably caused by psychologic factors. Psychologic treatment should be added to conventional nonoperative treatment when no objective explanation for chronic symptoms is found.