Whiplash, one of the most common car accident injuries, is notoriously difficult to treat. Chiropractic could be the most important place to start for fast recovery, according to two compelling studies.
Hope for whiplash patients
One of the primary reasons car accident injury care is needed is for whiplash cases. This pain condition occurs when the neck is subjected to a fast forward-and-back motion, as if a whip were being cracked. This motion is brought about by the rapid and unexpected motion that occurs during a crash and is most common during rear-end collisions.
Whiplash has not always responded well to treatment; but there is hope, according to New York chiropractor David BenEliyahu of the Chiropractic Resource Organization. “No conventional medical treatment has been shown to be effective in these established chronic whiplash injury patients,” he says. “However, most DCs [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][(doctors of chiropractic)] treating whiplash injury patients have empirically found high success rates in the recovery of these types of patients.”
93% saw improvement with chiropractic
Twenty years ago, a landmark study on car accident injury care was published in the journal Injury (November 1996). The researchers, from the University of Bristol in England, explained that nearly half (43%) of whiplash patients would experience chronic symptoms and that there were no effective conventional “Western” treatments. However, chiropractic care had shown promise for treating these disorders, so they wanted to explore its effectiveness systematically.
To do so, M.N. Woodward led a team of orthopedic researchers in looking at the results for 28 patients with chronic whiplash syndrome who went to a car accident chiropractor. The Gargan and Bannister classification was used to evaluate the status of patients prior to and following adjustment. Of the 28 patients, an incredible 93% (26 patients) reported a reduction in pain and increase in function.
Significant recovery from whiplash for most patients
Three years later, in 1999, S. Kahn led a team in a study that was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine. This analysis sought to understand specifically which categories of whiplash patients would see the best outcomes from a car accident chiropractor. Here are results for the three groups categorized in the study:
1st group: These were patients who had pain in the neck but not the back; they had neck range-of-motion difficulties but no neuropathy or referred pain. 72% responded well to treatment.
2nd group: This group was a bit more severe. They did have neuropathy (nerve pain), and range-of-motion was also limited generally in the spine. 94% saw improvement.
3rd group: This group had extensive symptoms. Neck pain was intense, with very little neck range-of-motion and unusual pain sensations in the arms and legs; there was a fuller spectrum of symptoms including visual abnormalities, chest pain, vomiting, and loss of consciousness. 27% of these patients improved.
In other words, the vast majority of patients respond well to chiropractic care – 69 out of the 93 patients total in this study. That’s a 74% success rate for a condition that conventional treatments had failed to treat effectively. For the final group, chiropractic could be paired with other treatments for more comprehensive treatment.
“These studies show what most DCs have already experienced,” says BenEliyahu, “that the doctor of chiropractic should be the primary care provider in these types of cases.”
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