Whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck that can occur during a sporting event, slips and falls or automobile crashes. In fact whiplash is the most common reported neck injury after a car accident.
Fortunately, whiplash is not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to prolonged periods of partial disability. The deceptive thing about this injury is that even at low speeds, the symptoms often do not manifest themselves until hours or even days after the crash. This is why we urge anyone who has recently been in a car crash, or any other accident, even if at low speeds, to come in for a consultation and examination as soon as possible.
Does it matter if I braced for the car accident or if it totally caught me by surprise?
Yes, a lack of awareness in rear end crashes increases the probability of chronic whiplash pain 15 times!
Is chiropractic care an effective treatment for my auto accident injuries?
A study by Woodward reported that chiropractic care was effective in 93% of people with chronic whiplash. Managing people with chronic whiplash is more challenging than managing people with a recent whiplash injury.
A meta-analysis of many studies looked at the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the treatment of neck pain. The studies showed that chiropractic treatments were effective in reducing pain, improving neck motion, and improving activities of daily living.
A recent study by Giles and Muller compared the efficacy of treating spinal pain via three different treatment methods: medical treatment (medication), acupuncture treatment, and chiropractic treatment (spinal manipulation). They found that chiropractic treatment was over five times more effective than medical treatment and was almost two times more effective than acupuncture!