More than one million people are injured in rear-end collisions every year in the US, and a significant percentage of whiplash cases contribute to pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic has been found to be a highly effective way to care for whiplash injuries and prevent chronic pain. Dr. Blake has helped many Harrisburg, PA, residents who have experienced an auto injury and we may be able to help you, too!
A 1996 British study sums up the challenge:
"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 study examined the advantages of chiropractic in 28 individuals with chronic whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the doctor of chiropractic an average of 15.5 (range, 3-44) months after the accident, and were questioned before treatment 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 evaluation 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 affirms what we find in our clinic here in Harrisburg, PA, #State#. Chiropractic care is a great method that may help you recover from auto injuries and reduce chronic pain and disability.
Don't suffer with old or recent auto accidents! We have been helping auto injury patients in Harrisburg, PA since 1983. Call our clinic today at (717) 657-2561 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.