Over one million men and women are injured in rear-end crashes each year in the US, and a significant percentage of whiplash injury cases result in pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic care has been found to be an effective way to care for whiplash injuries and prevent chronic pain. Dr. Hitchcock has helped many Athens, GA, residents who have experienced an auto accident and we might be able to help you, as well!
A 1996 British research 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 studied the effectiveness of chiropractic care in 28 patients with chronic whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the chiropractor 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 subjects were allotted 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 analysis 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 office here in Athens, GA. Chiropractic care is a wonderful way that may help you heal from auto injuries and prevent future pain and disability.
Don't suffer from old or recent motor vehicle accidents! We've been providing care for auto injury patients in Athens, GA since 1978. Call our office today at (706) 353-8032 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.