Whiplash: Does Chiropractic Work?

The term “Whiplash” is associated with neck injuries that frequently occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions. There is much published about how injury occurs, the most compelling of which is that we simply cannot voluntarily contract our muscles fast enough to avoid injury. The question is, does chiropractic work in managing patients with whiplash injuries?

First, Consider the Facts…

Although the “rear-ender” type of accident represents only 20% of motor vehicle accidents, it causes over 80% of injuries giving long-term and persistent symptoms.

A surprised accident victim does not have a chance to brace for impact, which can result in more serious injury to the spine and nervous system.

In a typical collision, having the head turned to one side, such as when talking to another passenger, can dramatically increase the amount of neck injury.

Studies indicate that an injury can occur at impact speeds of 8 mph where there is little to no damage to the car. Even in these types of accidents, the head can receive up to 2½ times more force than the car itself.

Many times, severe whiplash can be detected immediately after a mishap. However, a whiplash injury may take hours, weeks, months or even years before symptoms are noticed. This is due to the bleeding and formation of scar tissue that occurs in the deep soft tissues that surround the injured area.

The most obvious symptoms of whiplash, even mild cases, are neck and shoulder pain. But, beware of symptoms you may not relate to the whiplash such as headaches, dizziness, stiffness, nausea, numbness, and tingling in the arms, hands, weakness, swelling, back and chest pain, and blurred vision.

A successful treatment plan consists of the following steps:

  • Correction of the spinal structure with manipulation to remove stress on the muscles and increase range of motion.
  • Therapies to help reduce pain, relax muscles, and heal the deep soft tissue scarring.
  • Rehabilitation, stretching, and strengthening exercises are used to strengthen the supporting muscles and increase range of motion.
  • Likewise, prolonged rest, inactivity and use of cervical collars have been found to lengthen disability time.

In addition to caring for your injury, we can provide a comprehensive evaluation of injuries sustained as a result of an automobile accident or fall and will provide your insurance company and/or attorney with full documentation of our findings.

We realize you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services. If you, a friend or family member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family.