Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash St Paul MN
Whiplash occurs when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the body is thrown in a sudden, forceful jerk. The injury most commonly occurs in car crashes involving sudden deceleration, but the injury can also occur in other strenuous physical activities. Because each individual case of whiplash is different, it is not possible to generalize about the chiropractic whiplash treatment.
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.
A few people develop continuing symptoms after a whiplash trauma and develop what is known as whiplash syndrome.
Neck Pain and Whiplash
Chiropractors are specialists in treating non-surgical spine injuries and commonly treat whiplash injuries from car accidents. The job of the chiropractor in helping his or her patients overcome the pain and disability associated with whiplash is to:
- Diagnose the source of the pain
- Treat the most important dysfunctions
- Teach the patient to return to a more normal lifestyle
The process of rehabilitation requires a concerted effort between the chiropractor, the patient and any other professional assisting in the case. The likelihood of success is enhanced by a continued focus on restoring normal function.
Medical research has consistently proven that Chiropractic Treatment for Chronic Whiplash injuries is superior to traditional non-chiropractic care. ie. medication, rest, physical therapy. In the study summarized below from the Medical Journal, “Injury“, 93% of the chronic whiplash patients reported improvement in their symptoms with Chiropractic care! That is significant!
The “whiplash” syndrome is a collection of symptoms produced as a result of soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine. The accumulated literature suggests that 43 percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following whiplash injury. If patients are still symptomatic after three months then there is almost a 90 percent chance that they will remain so. No conventional treatment has proven to be effective in these established chronic cases.
Twenty-eight patients with chronic whiplash pain were referred to the chiropractic physician an average 15.5 months (range: 3-44) after the accident, and were interviewed before treatment by both an independent chiropractor and orthopedic physician. The patients were assigned to one of four classification groups: A – No symptoms; B – Symptoms are a nuisance; C – Symptoms are intrusive; and D – Symptoms are disabling.
The initial evaluation placed 27 of the 28 patients in groups C or D. Following treatment, 26 (93%) of the patients had improved – 16 by one symptom group and 10 by two symptom groups. This improvement was independent of whether it was assessed by an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor.
Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic whiplash injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996; 27(9):643-645
The patients were assigned to one of four classification groups: A – No symptoms; B – Symptoms are a nuisance; C – Symptoms are intrusive; and D – Symptoms are disabling.
Have you been in a car crash? Are you experiencing chronic pain because of your injury? You don’t need to suffer. Getting the proper treatment early after your crash can be very important in recovering quickly. Learn how chiropractic can help you recover from auto injuries.