More than 1 million people aare hurt in rear-end collisions annually in the US, and a substantial proportion of whiplash cases result in pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic has been found to be a powerful way to care for whiplash injuries and avoid chronic pain. Dr. Skon has helped many Saint Paul, MN, residents who have experienced an auto injury and we might be able to help you, as well!
A 1996 British paper 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 paper studied the effectiveness of chiropractic in 28 individuals with debilitating whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the doctor of chiropractic an average of 15.5 (range, 3-44) months after the accident, and were questioned before care by both an third-party 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 examination 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 matches what we find in our clinic here in Saint Paul, MN, . Chiropractic adjustments are a wonderful way to enable you heal from auto injuries and reduce persistent pain and disability.
Don't suffer with old or recent motor vehicle accidents! We've been helping auto injury patients in Saint Paul, MN since 1985. Call our clinic today at (651) 644-3900 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.