Research: Chiropractic effective treament for chronic whiplash
If you suffer from pain related to whiplash injury, longstanding research shows that chiropractic care may be able to help.
Here’s a summary of studies as highlighted on chiro.org:
Woodward et al. published a study in injury on the efficacy of chiropractic treatment of whiplash injuries. The authors of this study were from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Bristol, England.
Gargan and Bannister published a paper on the recovery rate of patients with whiplash injuries and found that if patients were still symptomatic after three months, there was almost a 90 percent chance they would remain so. No conventional medical treatment has been shown to be effective in these established chronic whiplash injury patients. However, most doctors of chiropractic treating whiplash injury patients have empirically found high success rates in the recovery of these types of patients.
In the Woodward study, 93 percent of the 28 patients studied retrospectively were found to have a statistically significant improvement following chiropractic care. Most of the 28 patients had prior treatment with NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), soft collars and physical therapy. The average length of time before the patients began chiropractic care was 15.5 months post-motor vehicle accident.
And a study by Khan et al. also provides evidence that chiropractic care is effective for whiplash-injured patients.
This research confirms experience in clinical practice: that chiropractic care is an effective modality for patients injured in a motor vehicle accident, with symptoms including headaches, neck pain, back pain, interscapular pain and related extremity pain.Leave a reply
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