Recovering from a whiplash injury can be difficult. If you have ever experienced whiplash, you know how painful and disabling it can be…….headaches, neck pain, painful movement, muscle spasms, numbness and the list goes on. If you are seeking Denver whiplash treatment, we offer a free 30 minute massage and screening examination to relieve pain and determine if additional treatment is indicated.
The term “whiplash” describes a sudden, unexpected movement of the head and neck. The extreme forward and back motion causes a whip-like movement of the neck. You know that “cracking” sound from a whip……whiplash does the same thing to your neck, spine, nerves and muscles. If there is no “awareness” before the incident, as often occurs in rear-end automobile collisions, the effects are magnified.
This whipping often causes stretching and even tearing of the various soft tissues in the neck, resulting in disc injuries, ligament tears, muscle strains and possibly even nerve injury. The medical terms for injuries of this nature are sprains or strains…… sprains involve injury to the joints and ligaments while strains affect the muscles. Injured tissues heal with scar tissue through a process called the “fibrosis of repair” which sounds painful all by itself!
Whiplash injury takes only seconds to occur, but the effects can linger for weeks, months and even years! This is why prompt evaluation by a whiplash specialist is critical! Whiplash can occur during sports, from an unexpected fall, automobile accidents and even amusement park rides like roller coasters. 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 specialize in Denver whiplash treatment and use a multidisciplinary approach including a medical doctor (physiatrist), chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist and MedX spinal rehabilitation program. Our goal is to help you resume your normal activities as quickly as possible by using natural and conservative treatment; the best “Denver whiplash treatment” only considers injections and surgery when absolutely necessary.
There are approximately 3 million whiplash injuries in the United States every year according to Arthur C. Croft, D.C., Director of the Spine Research Institute. Approximately 1 in 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 we follow to maximize recovery. The following research studies are just a few examples that have established the effectiveness of chiropractic and natural treatments in the treatment of whiplash injuries.
- A 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.
- A 2008 edition of Current Reviews In Musculoskeletal Medicine found that up to 83% of patients involved in motor vehicle accidents suffer whiplash injury, often resulting in chronic disability. Recent studies discovered that early mobilization and active intervention lead to improved outcomes compared to rest and motion restriction.
- 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.”
- A 2015 publication in Spine reviewed 38 studies from the previous 14 years. They concluded, “Our review adds new evidence to the Neck Pain Task Force and suggests that mobilization, manipulation and clinical massage are effective interventions for the management of neck pain”.
In summary, every injury and patient is unique, but early assessment and treatment is always important. Start feeling better today with customized Denver whiplash treatment! Call (303) 934-3600 to schedule your free 30 minute massage and injury assessment.