So many people hear about chiropractic and have their first experience with a chiropractor after experiencing a car accident. More than 65% of bodily injury claims include whiplash injuries worldwide, and in the US alone, these injuries account for more than 8.5 billion dollars in economic cost.

Whiplash occurs after excessive hyperextension, hyperflexion, or extreme rotation of the neck occurs. These all affect the soft tissue in the neck and back and can result in short-term and long-term pain, in addition to headaches, neck and back stiffness, pins and needle sensations, vertigo, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, and more. Whiplash symptoms typically subside within 3 months, but by then, possible long-term damage has been done and subluxations have become a normal part of the individual’s spine. If whiplash symptoms occur for more than 3 months, it is considered chronic whiplash.

How Can a Chiropractor Help with Whiplash or Whiplash Symptoms?

Because chiropractors have extensively studied the neck and back more than any other doctor, they are the best option when it comes to seeking treatment for whiplash. While bony or soft tissue damage can occur from whiplash, oftentimes the injury is related solely to spinal subluxations, or misalignments, that can be gently corrected by a chiropractor in Charlotte, NC.

One study published in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that individuals who were in car accidents saw significant improvement in symptoms and reduced pain from whiplash after undergoing chiropractic treatment. Individuals received an average of 14.2 adjustments, while those that complained of back or neck pain needed more adjustments than others.

It is important to note that while seeking immediate treatment for whiplash symptoms is recommended, sometimes the onset of symptoms may be delayed. Oftentimes general soreness after a motor vehicle accident overwhelms other more pointed symptoms, such as those of whiplash. However, if you experience a car accident (or another injury) that results in neck and back pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Charlotte chiropractor right away. Delaying treatment will lead to delayed resolution of symptoms and pain, and it can even make the pain and problems more severe.

Make an Appointment for Charlotte Chiropractic Treatment Today

Whiplash can result in pain, of course, but it can also lead to mental struggles with depression, anxiety, mood swings, and more. Additionally, debilitating neck and back pain (and other associated pains) can leave you out of work and struggling financially. Don’t let whiplash keep you down when there is a solution! Dr. Grant at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte is passionate about helping the injured, sick, and healthy achieve optimum health through specific chiropractic adjustments. He and his team will educate you on the science behind chiropractic and share their vision of making Charlotte as healthy as it can be. Don’t feel like you have to suffer from whiplash symptoms anymore—Dr. Grant is just around the corner and would love to set up an appointment for you today!

 

Sources

Dies, S., Strapp, W. “Chiropractic Treatment of Patients in Motor Vehicle Accidents: a Statistical Analysis.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 1992; 36(3): 139-145. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2484939.

Tameem, A., Kapur, S., Mutagi, H. “Whiplash Injury.” Oxford Academic, 2014; 14(4): 167-170. academic.oup.com/bjaed/article/14/4/167/293699/Whiplash-injury.

“Whiplash Statistics.” Whiplash Prevention Campaign. www.whiplashprevention.org/EMPLOYERS/WHIPLASHMATTERS/Pages/Statistics.aspx.