Have you ever experienced whiplash? Do you know how it occurs and why it is so painful? Do you know what constitutes the best whiplash treatment in Lakewood CO and how to keep whiplash from becoming a chronic problem? We will discuss all these questions and a few more in this article.
The term “whiplash” comes from a sudden and usually unexpected movement of the head. The forward and back motion often causes a whip-like movement of the neck and upper back. You’re familiar with the “crack” from a whip and how forceful that can be……whiplash does the same thing to your neck and spine. If there is no “awareness” of the impending event, the effects are magnified, as often occurs in rear-end automobile collisions.
This causes stretching and sometimes “tearing” of the delicate soft tissues in the neck, which result in disc injuries, ligament tears, muscle strains and all sorts of “soft tissue injury.” In medical jargon these are sprain and strain injuries……strains affect the muscle and contractile tissues while sprains involve the joints and ligament tissues. These tissues heal with scar tissue through a process called “the fibrosis of repair”…..doesn’t that sounds painful all by itself?
While the event may take only seconds to occur, the effects can linger for days, weeks months and even years! Whiplash can occur in sports, from an unexpected fall, automobile accidents and even amusement park rides like roller coasters. The greater the force and speed, the more likely tissues will be “over-stretched” and the greater the injury. While the symptoms may improve with time, it is critical to receive proper treatment to not only restore normal function, but also to prevent chronic and future problems. We believe our auto injury program is the best whiplash treatment in Lakewood CO because we utilize chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and MedX spinal rehabilitation all supervised by a board certified medical doctor specializing in physical medicine. Our goal is to return you to optimal function as quickly as possible by using natural and conservative treatments.
According to Arthur C. Croft, D.C., Director of the Spine Research Institute, there are approximately 3 million whiplash injuries in the United States every year. Nearly 1 of 15 American adults suffer with the debilitating pain and effects of whiplash injury. Dr. Croft has studied whiplash injuries extensively and developed specific treatment protocols to maximize the possibility of recovery. There are several research studies that have established the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating whiplash injuries.
- A 1999 study in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine showed that 94% of patients with restricted range of motion and neurological symptoms had a favorable outcome with chiropractic treatment.
- This same study concluded, Chiropractic is the “only proven effective treatment” for chronic whiplash.
- The Journal of Manipulative Physiology and Therapy concluded “For chronic spinal pain, when compared to traditional medical approaches, chiropractic has generally been shown to be more effective.”
Every injury and patient is unique and has to be evaluated and treated individually. That is one of the basic principles in our Patient Promise, available on our website. In addition, there are established medical protocols if you desire the “best whiplash treatment in Lakewood CO.” Call now to schedule your appointment or free injury assessment!