Chiropractic treatments for whiplash
Introduction to whiplash
Chiropractors are specialists in treating non-surgical spine injuries and commonly treat whiplash injuries from car accidents. The job of the chiropractor in helping his or her patients overcome the pain and disability associated with whiplash is to:
Diagnose the source of the pain from the whiplash injury
Treat the most important dysfunction
Teach the patient to return to a more normal lifestyle
The process of rehabilitation from a whiplash injury requires a concerted effort between the chiropractor, the patient and any other professional assisting in the case. The likelihood of success of recovering from whiplash is enhanced by a continued focus on restoring normal function with the help of the chiropractor.
After a whiplash injury, chiropractors take a systematic approach to establishing a diagnosis, including:
Chiropractic treatment plan
Chiropractors’ evaluation of patient history for a whiplash injury
The primary injury is to the soft tissues.
The initial injury causes an increased mobility of the injured joints
Many injuries can result in chronic symptoms.
With time, symptoms may become chronic because of clinical instability.
The most common site of injury is at the lower part of the neck.
Source: MM Panjabi, K Nibu, J Cholewicki. (1998-06-01). “Whiplash injuries and the potential for mechanical instability.” Eur Spine J. 7(6):484-92.