A whiplash injury is most often caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward (or both!) motion of your neck – often the type of motion caused by being involved in a car accident. The resulting pain can come in many forms; from tenderness, pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders to symptoms so severe that they can cause nausea, vomiting and even fainting. Some of our wiplash patients here in Ashburn, VA have had neck pain, back pain and other whiplash injuries for years – which puts them in the “chronic whiplash” category.
At best, the traditional, medical approach to treating whiplash injuries (especially chronic whiplash) has been disappointing. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine what actually takes place in the body when a whiplash injury occurs. But, few studies have reported specific types of helpful treatments.
Recent Study Compares Treatments for Whiplash Sufferers
Within the last few years, a new study was published that followed the treatments of three different groups of whiplash sufferers. Each group experienced different types of pain. The first group experienced the typical whiplash pain that caused their neck pain and limited movement. The second group experienced a more severe type of whiplash pain (both severity and limited movement) as well as some neurological symptoms. The last group had the most pronounced symptoms with severe pain, blackouts, vomiting and pain in their chest. While this last group had the rarest symptoms, they are attributed to chronic whiplash.
Each of these groups spent a little over a month undergoing chiropractic treatment anywhere from 4-5 times a week. At the end of that month, there was a significant improvement in the first two groups. Almost three-fourths of the patients in group one noted a marked improvement, while a full 94% of group two showed dramatic improvement. Interestingly, only about a quarter of the patients in group three – those with the most dramatic whiplash symptoms – reported any improvement in their symptoms.
So what can we take away from this study? Overwhelmingly, most people who suffer from the symptoms of wiplash (like our Ashburn and Loudoun County patients) can benefit from regular chiropractic care. There are some exceptions to this rule – and if you happen to suffer from the severe symptoms of whiplash as those in group three experienced, there is a less likely chance that chiropractic care can help you improve. But for the majority of whiplash sufferers out there, there is help!
Please seek professional help from a trusted chiropractor with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating whiplash symptoms, including obvious pain and hidden injuries to soft tissue. You could be feeling better and back to living your active, pain-free life very soon!