Over 1 million men and women are hurt in rear-end collisions each year in the United States, and a sizeable fraction of auto injury cases result in pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic care has been found to be a highly effective way to manage whiplash injuries and avoid chronic pain. Dr. Weary has helped many Prescott, AZ, residents who have experienced an auto accident and we might be able to help you, as well!
A 1996 British research study sums up the problem:
"The 'whiplash' syndrome is a collection of symptoms produced as a result of soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine. The accumulated literature suggests that 43 percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following 'whiplash' injury. If patients are still symptomatic after three months then there is almost a 90 per cent chance that they will remain so. No conventional treatment has proven to be effective in these established chronic cases."
The authors of this paper examined the effectiveness of chiropractic care in 28 individuals with persistent whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the chiropractor an average of 15.5 (range, 3-44) months after the injury, and were questioned before care by both an independent chiropractor and an orthopedic physician. The patients were assigned to one of four classification groups: A - No symptoms; B - Symptoms are a nuisance; C - Symptoms are intrusive; and, D - Symptoms are disabling. The initial analysis placed 27 of the 28 patients in groups C or D.
"Following treatment, 26 (93 per cent) of the patients had improved: 16 by one symptom group and 10 by two symptom groups. This improvement was independent of whether it was assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon or a chiropractor. In the group that had improved, 17 had stopped their treatment at the time of assessment; symptoms had recurred to a minor degree in four (24 per cent) of these patients and they were considering further treatment."
This confirms what we find in our clinic here in Prescott, AZ. Chiropractic care is a wonderful method that may help you recuperate from auto injuries and protect against persistent pain and disability.
Don't endure old or recent auto injuries! We've been helping auto injury patients in Prescott, AZ since 1982. Call our clinic today at (928) 778-2227 to see how we can help you.
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.