Whiplash, which occurs as a result of a soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine, encompasses a number of symptoms. Most people know that the most common cause of whiplash is an auto accident, but did you know that studies show that 43% of people with a whiplash injury will suffer long-term symptoms? Once whiplash patients have passed the three-month mark since their injury, if they are still experiencing pain, the likelihood of long-term, chronic pain jumps to 90%.
How can you beat these statistics? Research shows that chiropractic care offers safe and effective relief for early whiplash symptoms as well as for treating chronic whiplash pain.
In one such study, researchers examined the efficacy of chiropractic in treating 28 patients with chronic whiplash. The patients were referred to a chiropractor an average of 15.5 months after their auto collisions. All participants were experiencing long-term symptoms, most of them labeling them as either "intrusive" or "disabling".
After their chiropractic treatment plans, 26 of the 27 patients had improved. To eliminate bias, the patients were interviewed by both a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon, and the positive results were maintained. This was a 93% success rate for chiropractic care improving chronic whiplash symptoms.
If you want to experience the same success, call Dr. Geary Michels at Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates today. Whether your car accident was yesterday or a year ago, we are specialists in treating whiplash symptoms and can help you win the battle against pain. We use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat our Salem patients, and can get you on the road to recovery.
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.