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Whiplash is a very common but serious condition that seems to plague many patients in chiropractic offices. The good news is that Chiropractic is very effective at treating this condition and most patients respond extremely well. There are three different types of whiplash categories, the first category is the least problematic and is usually classified by restricted range of motion with a "coat-hanger" pattern of pain distribution in the middle back. The second category is every symptom from the first category and also a neural component or symptom. The third categories is the worst and most complex, this category showed normal range of motion, no neural symptoms, no specific pain pattern, severe pain which also is accompanied by vomiting, blackouts, chest pain, and visual disruptions.
Even though some of these symptoms appear very chronic and difficult to treat chiropractic care was of great benefit to all three categories. The category which chiropractic seem to help the most with is category two, where there is almost a forty percent chance that the patient will be asymptomatic after treatment. There is also a fifty-six percent chance that there is pain reduction overall. The first category while seeming less innocuous does show promise but not nearly as effective with chiropractic care compared to the second category. The first category showed that twenty four percent of the patients were asymptomatic after care and only forty eight percent showed improvement. The third and most severe category did not show as favorable results compared to the first two groups, yielding results that showed no patients reported they were asymptomatic after treatment and only twenty seven percent showed some improvement. The good part about the third category is that it is very rare compared to the first and second category.
So overall whiplash symptoms respond extremely well to chiropractic, but what about medicine, how does whiplash compare to that? Well if the primary course of treatment for a medical doctor would be to prescribe medication, it has been shown that chiropractic care when compared to medication alone is far superior and poses less risk. In the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine they state, Conventional[meaning medical] treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing". Whiplash symptoms are also best resolved when the are treated promptly by a Chiropractor as the evidence dictates. Symptoms without care can last up to three months in forty percent of patient and up to two years in eighteen percent of patients. If you need help, Twisted Spine and Joint Center is here to help you with your health care needs.
Source(Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999;21(1):22-25).