Universal Health & Rehabilitation


Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Accident Injury.

Understanding Whiplash

Neck Injury and Structural Spinal Changes

Head Injury and Concussion 

Cranial Nerve and Brain Injury Post MVA

Chronic Pain

Why 50% of those injured have Chronic Pain

Whiplash... Why the Right Doctor Makes all the Difference.

What is Whiplash:

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck (cervical spine).  After suffering this type of injury a number of additional symptoms can occur which can include, but is not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Loss of Concentration
  • Changes in Mood
  • Loss of Short Term Memory
  • Changes in Sensation in the Arms or Legs

Progression of Whiplash Injury

Progression to Prevention.  Whiplash Certified Doctors 

Understanding How Whiplash Occurs helps to Improve Treatment and Recovery!

Whiplash and Motor Vehicle Accident History:  Did you know that Whiplash was first discussed in 1920 during an Orthopaedic Conference in San Fransisco.  H.E. Crowe described the sound that was associated with the injury as a "whip cracking".  Over the course of the next 65 years very little additional research went into understanding the injury mechanism of whiplash.  It was only in 1997 that researchers at Yale University Medical School discovered the true injury mechanism associated with whiplash, the reverse S curve (seen below).  This was the stepping stone that lead to a wealth of research regarding whiplash in the early 2000's including live full scale human volunteer crash testing (Certified in 2006), and long term pain studies.  Today, very few doctors have Whiplash specific training.  In fact, there are less than 10 doctors in Canada that have significant Whiplash Traumatology treatment training (see website, www.SRISD.com under graduates listings.).  With access to the internet, and a wealth of research regarding injury biomechanics, occupant kinematics, pain presentations and patters, as a patient its your turn to take control of your health.  And if you would like, we are here to help you on your way to recovery.  

Why simple Neck Pain can Turn Chronic quickly.

The Reverse S Curve Diagram.

Our Whiplash Injury Treatment Program.

Our program is a 12 week physical medicine rehabilitation program that was developed by Dr. Mazzarella and Dr. Marek after taking over 500 hours of combined Whiplash Traumatology Training and treating over 15,000 motor vehicle trauma patients. 

What Sets Us Apart.

Dr. Jason Mazzarella and Dr. Katherine Marek Qualifications.

Certificates of Training:

  • Whiplash Traumatology and Treatment
  • Advanced Whiplash Traumatology and Treatment
  • Certification in Motor Vehicle Trauma
  • Certification in Motor Vehicle Crash Forensics Risk Analysis.

Certificates and Certifications above were obtained after taking over 400 hours of post graduate continuing education.  

Are All Accidents the Same?

No, motor vehicle accident injuries will vary depending on three primary factors.

  1.  The type of the collision (front end, rear end or side vector crash).
  2.  The risk factors of the occupant at the time of the crash. 
  3.  The crash forensic factors of the collision.

Every person is unique, and every whiplash injury is unique.  Only a doctor with whiplash specific training will have all the tools necessary to provide an individualized treatment program appropriate for your specific needs.

Why Should YOU get Checked out NOW!   

In a true whiplash injury, the mechanics of the collision including occupant kinematics, injury biomechanics and risk factors play into a person sustaining an injury.  Research shows that about 50% of those involved in motor vehicle accidents sustain injury.  If left untreated, a simple injury can turn complex and chronic in a matter of weeks to months.  Have a qualified Whiplash Traumatology Doctor evaluate your collision and injuries is the best way to prevent Chrnoicity and Long Term Disability.

Practical Hands on Training and Experience-ACR

Testing: Accident Reconstruction and Investigation 

  • Mock fatal Pedestrian Collision 
  • Mock fatal Pedestrian Collision
  • Dynamic Field Testing: Coefficient of Friction, Skid Distance, and Speed Analysis
    • 4 Wheel Independent Skid Mark Test
    • Full Brake Overlapping Skid Mark Test with Shot Marker Test
    • Rear Brake Motorcycle Skid Mark Test
    • Rear Brake Skid Mark Test
    • Vehicle Yaw Test, with Critical Curve Speed Analysis 

Testing: Live Full Scale Human Volunteer Crash Testing and High Speed Bio-Rid Dummy Vehicle and Pedestrian Crash Testing

  • Pedestrian Vehicle Deceleration Crash Testing
  • Pedestrian Vehicle Acceleration Crash Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Rear End Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Rear End Offset Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Front End Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Front End Offset Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Near Side Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Near Side Offset Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Far Side Collision Testing
  • Low Speed Human Volunteer and Bio-Rid Dummy Far Side Offset Collision Testing
  • High Speed Bio-Rid Dummy Near and Far Side Collision Testing
  • High Speed Bio-Rid Dummy Front End Center and Offset Collision Testing
  • High Speed Bio-Rid Dummy Rear End Center and Offset Collision Testing

Professional Presentations

  • Whiplash Traumatology and Treatment 7 Module Seminar Series 2008-2009
    • American Chiropractic Association 
    • National University of Health Science
    • University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Pain Management Treatment Options and Research
    • American Chiropractic Association May 7, 2010
  • Whiplash
    • American Chiropractic Association September 21, 2010
  • Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics and Occupant Kinematics
    • Collision Reconstruction Unit - Toronto Police Services.  November 13, 2013
  • Crash Forensics, Injury Biomechanics, Occupant Kinematics and the Biopsychosocial Model of Pain.
    • McMasters Medical School 1st-5th year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents and Faculty.  December 18, 2013

Crash Forensics and Injury Potential Determination

Every crash is unique and every person's individual response will vary to a degree based on risk.  Below is an example of a crash test research which was preformed by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.  Dr. Mazzarella participated in this crash test research and passed a comprehensive examination in order to obtain a certification in Motor Vehicle Crash Forensic Risk Analysis.

Why is a Doctors Post Graduate Training Important?

Doctors obtain a general knowledge basis in medical, chiropractic, physical therapy, or occupational therapy school.  Depending on the program, this allows for an indepth knowledge of anatomy, neurology, biochemistry, system physiology, orthopeadics, etc.

Specialty conditions such as Whiplash, Chronic Pain, Brain Injury, Traumatic Stress and Exercise Prescription require additional training as the shear volume of information regarding these subjects is to cumbersome to obtain in a medical program.

The need for specific training is further supported by the authors of the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders, in which these authors note that specific voluntary post graduate training is required in order to a healthcare provider to accurately diagnosis and treat whiplash.

For a list additional qualified providers please click here.

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