You may have wondered, “If I get hurt in a car accident, who should I go to for treatment of my whiplash problem?” Is there a proven effective treatment for whiplash? This can be quite a challenge as you have many choices available in the healthcare system ranging from drug-related approaches from anti-inflammatory over-the-counter types all the way to potentially addicting narcotic medications. On the other side of the fence, there are nutritional based products such as vitamins and herbs as well as “alternative” or “complementary” forms of treatment such as chiropractic, exercise, and meditation, with many others in between. Trying to figure out which approach or perhaps combined approaches would best serve your needs is truly challenging. To help answer this question, one study reported the superiority of chiropractic management for patients with chronic whiplash, as well as which type of chronic whiplash patients responded best to the care. The research paper begins with the comment from a leading orthopedic medical journal stating, “Conventional [meaning medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.” In the study, 93 patients were divided into three groups consisting of:
• Group 1: Patients with a “coat-hanger” pain distribution (neck and upper shoulders) and loss of neck range of motion (ROM), but no neurological deficits;
• Group 2: Patients with neurological problems (arm/hand numbness and/or weakness) plus neck pain and ROM loss); and,
• Group 3: Patients who reported severe neck pain but had normal neck ROM and no neurological losses.
The average time from injury to first treatment was 12 months and an average of 19 treatments over a 4 month time frame was utilized. The patients were graded on a 4-point scale that described their symptoms before and after treatment. Grade A patients were pain free; Grade B patients reported their pain as a “nuisance;” Grade C patients had partial activity limitations due to pain; and Grade D patients were disabled.
Here are the results:
• Group 1: 72% reported improvement as follows: 24% were asymptomatic, 24% improved by 2 grades, 24% by 1 grade, and 28% reported no improvement.
• Group 2: 94% reported improvement as follows: 38% were asymptomatic, 43% improved by 2 grades, 13% by 1 grade, and 6% had no improvement.
• Group 3: 27% reported improvement as follows: 0% were asymptomatic, 9% improved by 2 grades, 18% by 1 grade, 64% showed no improvement, and 9% got worse.
This study is very important as it illustrates how effective chiropractic care is for patients who have sustained a motor vehicle crash with a resulting whiplash injury. It’s important to note the type of patient presentation that responded best to care had neurological complaints and associated abnormal neck range of motion. This differs from other non-chiropractic studies where it is reported that patients with neurological dysfunction responded poorly when compared to a group similar to the Group A patient here (neck/shoulder pain, reduced neck ROM, and with normal neurological function).
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Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are thrown or snapped back and forth very quickly. Whiplash results in neck injury because the “extreme” backward and forward motions push a person’s neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents but the injury can be sustained in many other ways. In addition to the disc and other soft tissue damage, whiplash can often cause the spinal column to unalign causing irritation, stretching, or impingement to the nerves and spinal chord. About 20 million people in the United States have suffered from whiplash damage.
If you have suffered whiplash then you have experienced a sudden distortion of the neck. Recent research suggests whiplash needs to be more thought of as a whole body disorder. Chiropractic care facilities assist whiplash suffers on a regular basis. Most patients who have suffered neck trauma will need x-rays to examine the posture of their spine. X-rays taken in motion may also be required in order to test the stability of your ligaments and to determine precise levels of impaired movements. Without this road map, it is difficult to determine how care should be directed. The smallest factors could influence your long-term prognosis, such as degeneration. If you suspect you have whiplash visit a qualified local chiropractor.
For more information on Whiplash read our article titled “Is There A Proven Effective Treatment For Whiplash?”
Authored by: Dr. Paul Curcio
People suffer from a wide range of pain. From low back pain to neck pain, ankle pain to knee pain, it can be hard at times to cope with the pain you may experience on a regular or semi-regular basis. Whatever type of pain you’re dealing with, you do have options. While your regular physician can certainly provide you with some relief options, taking a look at the various types of alternative health care that is available may be enough to give you some relief that actually matters.
Chiropractic is perhaps the most obvious choice alternative health care choice when you’re coping with pain of any nature, but especially nerve pain, low back pain, and neck pain. While your regular physician may suggest a few physical therapy exercises, a chiropractor will actually work to relieve pinched nerves and misaligned spinal curves that could be causing you the pain you’re experiencing. Of course, you may want to keep up with those exercise regimens and other steps your physician recommends, but having a chiropractor take a proactive approach to your pain is well worth the effort and will deliver results that are hard to ignore.
With things like a herniated disc or nerve pain, the most that a regular physician can do is to help you alleviate swelling and pain at the moment, often with ice packs, muscle relaxants, pain relievers, and the previously mentioned exercises. At best, you’ll be able to get temporary relief while at worst you’ll gradually end up needing surgery. Chiropractic care can often help reduce low back pain caused by a herniated disc and may help prevent the frequency of its occurrence. In the long term, it could help avoid a costly and dangerous surgery.
Chiropractic care is great, but when you add other alternative health care options to it you’ll get even better results. Things like massage, acupuncture, weight loss regimens, and more can all contribute to even greater pain relief. Whether it’s knee pain or neck pain, you’ll be surprised at what chiropractic care may be able to provide to you.
If you deal with back pain and think that your only option is visiting a regular doctor or getting surgery, then it is important to visit a local quality chiropractor. Many people who see a chiropractor regularly have experienced less pain and some no longer experience back pain. Check out some of the Chiropractic Family Health video reviews. Read further for Dr. Paul Curcio’s Chiropractic advice for back pain.
Chiropractic care for back pain is a topic that many people may feel nervous about trying or discussing but a quality chiropractor is a safe and effective way to confront back pain. It was first used as a form of treatment starting as far back as 1895 from a doctor who noticed a patient had a vertebra out of place and adjusted it to restore a patient’s hearing. Most people think of chiropractors and think of neck or back adjustments to help with neck or back pain but this type of treatment has more to offer than the basic assumptions.
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Chiropractic Family Health Centre concentrates on musculoskeletal disorders and nervous systems, and how they affect the body. If you need to treat an acute emergency, infection, suspect a chronic disease, fracture, or broken bone then of course it is important to see a medical doctor immediately. But, if you are looking for other options than surgery or are tired of taking chemical filled medications than a chiropractic visit may be for you.
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His area of chiropractic expertise is in the treatment of sports injuries. He gained insight to the athlete as a player on the four-time national champion, Palmer rugby team. Dr. Curcio has handled hundreds of athletes, amateur and professional; including Olympic, Junior Olympic ice skaters as well as numerous Washington Redskins Players. Dr. Paul Curcio is committed to clinical excellence and quality patient care.
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