How can I find additional information?


Unfortunately many of us have experienced being alone with their disease, and even after a long time of searching there is still no doctor willing or able to help.

That is why we all, as the patient, should be will informed. Knowledge about my condition makes me feel better and safer.

 

But how do we find additional information?

 

What kind of information are you looking for?

If you are looking for interaction and communication with other patients

then you can participate in one of many online forums. There are a couple of them for whiplash injuries and cervical spine injuries, and those are mainly used to communicate with other patients or to exchange experiences and advice. They might be helpful to not feel alone anymore, and additionally you might find useful information about diagnostics and therapy.

If your goal is to convince a doctor about something, or if you want to read scientifically sound articles, the best possibility is:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Pubmed is an online library where you can find most of the important scientific publications from all over the world. A few articles are freely accessible and other articles do show a good overview (abstract). You can search for keywords or authors.

If you want to read the full article, you can always try to contact the author or get a university library permit.

It is always useful to be able to support a statement you made in front of a medical provider with a professional source. Leave out the emotions and talk about facts.

You can also search for publications here:

https://scholar.google.com

 

Another helpful source could be medical books. Sometimes you can buy older editions for a cheap price on eBay.

Some universities even offer insight into different doctor thesis on their website.

 

I tried to support all information given on this website with publications and scientific facts.

But it has to be clear that there are not always sources to use in case of cervical spine instability. Some things are only my personal experience.

 

And last but not least it is very important to validate and question ALL information you found.