Acupunct Med 28:205-206 doi:10.1136/aim.2009.002154
  • Case report

Acupuncture for a patient with whiplash-type injury

  1. Annette Jørgensen2
  1. 1Weston Park Hospital, Department of Oncology, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Gadehavegardsvej, Taastrup, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr Palle Rosted, Böshult 4377, S-285 93 Markaryd, Sweden; prosted{at}
  • Accepted 9 August 2010
  • Published Online First 5 October 2010


A 69 year-old woman presented in the surgery because of a whiplash-type injury. Because of progressive headache and dizziness since the accident, and because she had developed rhinitis and intermittent flashes of the left visual field, she was admitted to the neurological department on suspicion of subdural haematoma and possible fracture of the skull. Neurological examination and a CT scan were normal and she was discharged. Because of persisting headaches, and dizziness, her own general practitioner decided to use acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture was given at points GB20 GB21 and SI16 bilaterally and directly over the site in the forehead, where she fell. After 6 weeks treatment, the dizziness disappeared, and after two additional treatments the rhinitis and headache disappeared. At follow-up 6 months after cessation of treatment, the patient had only intermittent dizziness, with no headaches, visual disturbances or rhinitis.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.