Anyone who has survived a car accident will tell you that the recovery process can be long and difficult. There is paperwork, legal activities, not to mention the various medical situations that may arise. For many, the road back to a full and healthy life can take a great deal of time to travel.
It is important as you travel on the road to full recovery that you have the expert help you need. There are many people there to help you, family and friends, and the various professionals that you will work with to get your body in full health. If the car accident has caused a neck injury or whiplash, a chiropractor can offer immense help during the recovery process.
Whiplash, as it is commonly called, is simply a neck sprain, or another type of injury to the neck area. Specifically, damage occurs within the joints between the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and possibly the nerve roots. A sudden, abrupt jerking motion of the head causes the cause of these injuries, which is often experience during a car accident.
The symptoms that can develop over time, and sometimes can be delayed for 24 hours or more after the car accident. In most cases, people who are suffering from whiplash can exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the shoulder, or between the shoulder blades
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Lower back pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and hand
- Ringing in ears
- Difficulty concentrating
The symptoms of whiplash are truly varied, and some of them can be indicator of other conditions or diseases. Therefore, a full diagnosis should be made by your chiropractor prior to the start of treatment. In most cases, injuries like whiplash, which affect the soft tissues, will not be visible on standard X-rays. Instead, specialized imaging tests, such as CT scans or magnetic resonance (MRI) is often used as a diagnostic tool.
Once whiplash is properly diagnosed by your chiropractor, effective treatment can begin. Perhaps one of the most effective means of treating whiplash is through chiropractic manipulation of the spinal column and neck area. In fact, a study conducted by Woodward and others in 1996, and published in the industry magazine Injury indicated that nearly 93% of the patients studied were found to have a statistically significant improvement in pain and discomfort, and relative movement ability after chiropractic care. Symptoms ranging from headaches to back pain, even related extremity pain in the arms and hand showed marked improvement over a short term of chiropractic care.
Time and time again, the experience of chiropractors and their patients have reflected these impressive results. Many people suffering from the long-term effects of a car accident have used the skills of a qualified professional to find relief from their symptoms.
Given the available data, and the many cases of people finding relieve for their soft tissue injuries beyond what a normal doctor can do, is it any wonder why many people turn to chiropractors as a viable option for recovery? It is our sincerest hope that you are never injured in a car accident. However, if the unforeseen does occur, having a qualified chiropractor on your recovery team can make all the difference in the world.