Whiplash is an all-too-common consequence of the more than
one million rear-end collisions that take place in the United
States every year. Although the classic symptoms of whiplash
(headache, dizziness, neck, shoulder, jaw and/or arm pain)
may subside after a few weeks of appropriate care, itıs estimated
that nearly one in four cases will become chronic, resulting
in long-term discomfort and disability.
may offer the best opportunity for relief from the pain of
whiplash, according to a study published in the Journal
of Orthopaedic Medicine. Ninety-three patients with chronic
whiplash symptoms were divided into three groups based upon
the nature and severity of their symptoms. All 93 patients
received an average of 19.3 chiropractic adjustments over
the study period (about four months).
Results showed that two of the three groups (patients with
neck pain, restricted neck range of motion and/or neurological
symptoms) improved under chiropractic care, with 85.5% reporting
"some benefit," 33.5% improving by two symptom grades,
and 31% being relieved of all symptoms.
If you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash, make an
appointment with a doctor of chiropractic. As the authors
of this study conclude, when it comes to treating whiplash,"chiropractic
is the only proven effective treatment."
Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, et al. Asymptomatic classification
of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment. Journal
of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999: Vol. 21, No. 1, pp22-25.
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