Whiplash is an all-too-common consequence of the more than one million rear-end collisions
that take place in the United States every year. Although the classic symptoms of whiplash
(headache, dizziness, neck, shoulder, jaw and/or arm pain) may subside after a few
weeks of appropriate care, it's estimated that nearly one in four cases will become
chronic, resulting in long-term discomfort and disability.
Chiropractic may offer the best opportunity for relief from the pain of whiplash, according
to a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine. Ninety-three patients
with chronic whiplash symptoms were divided into three groups based upon the nature
and severity of their symptoms. All 93 patients received an average of 19.3 chiropractic
adjustments over the study period (about four months).
Results showed that two of the three groups (patients with neck pain, restricted neck
range of motion and/or neurological symptoms) improved under chiropractic care, with
85.5% reporting "some benefit," 33.5% improving by two symptom grades, and 31% being
relieved of all symptoms.
If you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash, make an appointment with a doctor
of chiropractic. As the authors of this study conclude, when it comes to treating whiplash,
"chiropractic is the only proven effective treatment."
Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, et al. Asymptomatic classification of whiplash injury and
the implications for treatment. Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999: Vol. 21, No.