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NSHRF Funds Whiplash Medical Research

Left to Right: Dr. Robert Fingland, Dr. Helene Bertrand, Dr. Brenda Lau

North Vancouver – The North Shore Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) presented a $5,000 research grant to Dr. Helene Bertrand and Dr. Brenda Lau, to study the effectiveness of three needling techniques in the treatment of chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder – type 2 (WAD-II).

In 2011, there were over 250,000 vehicle collisions in BC (icbc.com), the most common associated injury being Whiplash Associated Disorder.

This pilot study is designed to explore the therapeutic effect of three recently developed needle-based approaches to the treatment of WAD-II. The aim is to decrease the degree of pain and disability in many whiplash sufferers.

WAD-II is characterized by disability and chronic pain in the absence of structural abnormalities. Instead, these patients suffer from damage to soft tissue – muscle, connective tissue and nerve tissue. It is not well understood why some people recover from whiplash quickly, while others never fully recover.

This pilot study will provide more data as a base for comprehensive research projects in the future to show that these techniques should be considered as regular, effective options for people suffering from whiplash.

“With the contribution from the North Shore Health Research Foundation, we are able to complete our funding for this pilot research project. We strongly feel the outcome of our research will be of great benefit to those who suffer from chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder,” said Dr. Helene Bertrand.

Dr. Robert Fingland, President of the NSHRF said, “This research project will greatly benefit patients that suffer from chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder. Research is vital for advancing our knowledge and improve medical procedures. We are pleased to provide financial support for this very worthwhile medical research project.”

North Shore Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), formerly Lions Gate Healthcare Research Foundation, was founded in 1963 by a dedicated group of Doctors and residents of the North Shore. Their dream and mandate was to establish a Foundation that would help fund much needed research in healthcare to benefit residents of the North Shore.

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