Whiplash injuries result from indirect injury to the cervical spine and produce a syndrome comprising headache, neck and upper back pain, arm nerve pain, or a combination of these. Often times people with whiplash receive no treatment or the wrong kind of treatment following injury. A study published in The Journal of Orthopedic Medicine entitled A Symptomatic Classification of Whiplash Injury and the Implications for Treatment further explored earlier evidence showing people with chronic (condition had gone on for more than 3 months) whiplash would benefit from chiropractic treatment.
In this study, the objective was to determine which patients with chronic whiplash would benefit from chiropractic treatment. The study design recognized three groups of patients. Group 1 consisted of patients with isolated neck pain associated with restricted neck movement. Group 2 consisted of patients with neurological symptoms or signs associated with a restricted neck movement. Group 3 comprised patients who described an unusual group of symptoms with a bizarre distribution.
The outcome of this study revealed that 72% of group 1 benefited from spinal manipulation and 94% of group 2 benefited from the same treatment. However, only 27% of the group 3 patients improved following treatment. The results of this study seem to confirm the efficacy of chiropractic, along with other previous research, in the treatment of chronic whiplash injury. The authors of this study have documented through their literature review that chiropractic has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic whiplash.
Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. You can visit our website, thatcherchiropractic.com, for more information. If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone at (719) 574-3700.