Technically speaking, “whiplash” is not a condition; rather it describes how an injury occurred. Most people commonly associate the term whiplash with a sudden backwards, forwards, or sideways motion of the neck and head.
The hospital says the X-rays are normal:
There are several limitations to the interpretation of this:
1.Most injuries do not show on x-rays. Tissues not directly seen on x-ray:
2. The emergency room rules out life threatening pathology, such as dislocations and fractures.
3. In some cases, radiographs may have been taken when the patient was still on the backboard. Studies show these x-rays are notorious for missing even significant pathology – up to 67% of fractures and 45% of misalignments. Patients’ heads are turned and secured by collars that often preclude any reasonable interpretations with regard to posture and biomechanics.
The risk of injury is thought to be about 50% of occupants of cars subjected to an auto crash. Thus, out of 100 persons subjected to auto collision, about half will be injured to one degree or another.
About half of those will recover, while the other half will develop some degree of chronic pain and/or dysfunction. About 5% of those exposed to a crash will become disabled.
Thus, if six million people are exposed to a rear impact crash, about three million will be injured; 1.5 million will have chronic residuals; about 300,000 will become disabled. From this data we have estimated that about 9% of Americans suffer from chronic neck pain of motor vehicle crash origin.
Over the past 42 years dozens of papers have been published that have looked at the long-term follow-up of whiplash patients. About 39% of the injured persons in mixed (meaning rear impacts combined with roll-over, side impact, frontal, etc.) impact collision studies remain symptomatic at long-term follow-up, while 56% of those in the pure rear impact studies remained symptomatic.
Chiropractic enhances the body’s natural healing processes. Chiropractic care can help to relieve your pain, muscle spasms and nerve irritation, and restore spinal joint function, strength and stability to the injured area. That is why you should receive a chiropractic evaluation immediately following a potential “whiplash” injury, even if you have no symptoms.
Chiropractors are specially trained to diagnose and correct soft-tissue damage i.e. stretched or torn ligaments, muscle spasms, and/or nerve pressure. Left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic pain, restricted movement, and even degenerative arthritis later in life.
The goal for chiropractic care is to restore normal joint motion. Beemer Back Center uses many physical therapy machines to reduce tissue swelling and inflammation, muscle spasms, and eventually increase muscle tone and ligament strength.
Light rehab, muscle massage, and stretching techniques are also used over the course of treatment. These treatments are extremely safe and gentle. Remember medications mask pain. Chiropractic care corrects structural or soft tissue damage caused by “whiplash” injuries.