WHIPLASH IS ONE OF THE MOST NEGLECTED AND MISUNDERSTOOD CONDITIONS.
Whiplash injuries are serious health concerns for anyone involved in an auto accident. Whiplash occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward, then backward, and over stretches the joints, muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back.
Here are five truths about whiplash that you need to know!
1) SYMPTOMS ARE COMPLEX AND NOT ALWAYS IMMEDIATE.
- Symptoms may occur right away but often do not start until several hours after the incident and then worsen over the next 24 to 48 hours.
- Symptoms may clear up within a few days or weeks. For others, the recovery can take months or even years.
- About 25% of people with whiplash report chronic symptoms for up to a year and can even revert back to where the pain began until the body is free of all dysfunction.
- If left untreated, more serious problems such as permanent disc and joint damage may occur resulting in painful lifelong arthritis.
2) PAIN IS NOT THE ONLY SYMPTOM.
Pain in the neck, back, arms and shoulders is the most common symptom due to a whiplash injury. But you can also get:
- blurred vision
- tingling or numbness
- memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- nervousness or irritability
- difficulty sleeping
- burning or prickling,
3) IT DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF FORCE TO GET WHIPLASH.
- Whiplash Injuries may occur at speeds less than 5 – 10 mph. It’s hard to believe that at such slow speeds your body may become injured.
- Research shows that 29% of people developed symptoms related to whiplash at speeds of just 2.5mph.
- Often, the severity of the injury typically depends on whether or not you were proper restrained in the vehicle.
4) DURATION OF TREATMENT IS HEAVILY RESEARCHED.
- Many studies have been done to determine how long treatment should last for a whiplash injury.
- Research consensus shows that any whiplash injury that resolves within 3 months is a “mild” injury. These cases are usually healed without any residual impairments or pain.
- Anything longer than 3 months is a “moderate to severe” injury that probably involves extensive damage, especially to the discs or joint surfaces of the spine.
- About 25% of whiplash victims suffer chronic pain and typically do not spontaneously heal, but may improve over a period of 2 years.
- Research shows that the average treatment period for whiplash type injuries is 7 months.
5) CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT IS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE FOR WHIPLASH INJURIES.
- It’s recommended that anyone injured in a car accident receive an exam by a chiropractor as soon as possible.
- It is necessary to treat the cause of the problem rather than just the pain symptoms. Medications provide temporary relief, but they cannot put the spine back where it belongs. The spine is like a machine with moving parts. If the parts don’t fit together right, they will wear out very quickly. Spinal degeneration, osteoarthritis and other problems can then develop over time.
- With treatment to the spine right after the whiplash injury, there will not be long term degeneration and other lingering effects. Chiropractic treatment achieves excellent results by correcting damage caused by the accident primarily using spinal adjustments to restore proper joint movement, physical therapy and other therapies to help speed healing of the injuries.
Hummel Chiropractic specializes in helping auto accident injury patients with all different levels of pain and trauma; providing on-site imaging and neuro-spinal functional assessments to identify and guide the most effective treatments.
The Hummel Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment and Rehabilitation Program allows Dr. Hummel to confidently analyze, diagnose and treat the complications of whiplash, spinal injuries and soft tissue injuries.
Call Hummel Chiropractic at 314-838-8780 after an auto accident for an exam and evaluation, and for the highest quality patient care. We’re located in Florissant just off of Interstate-270 on West Florissant.