Chiropractic Care and Whiplash Injuries

Cervical acceleration/deceleration syndrome (CAD), or known simply as “whiplash”, is most commonly found in victims of a motor vehicle accident. Victims of motor vehicle accidents are seen by chiropractors in Rochester NY every day. Symptoms of whiplash can vary and may include: neck pain, headaches, numbness/tingling in the arms, muscle weakness, visual disturbances, dizziness, low back pain, tinnitus, difficulty sleeping, light and noise sensitivity, difficulty concentrating, and memory loss.

Studies have shown that 83% of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims suffer a whiplash injury. These injuries can have long lasting symptoms; more than 50% of MVA victims reports ongoing neck pain a year after the accident. Five years later, whiplash victims were 50% more likely to report pain than non-whiplash patients.

Studies have suggested that a rear-end collision causes greater bodily harm than being involved in an accident from any other direction. Collisions of as low as 5mph have shown significant whiplash symptoms.

Early treatment of whiplash injuries produces better outcomes. Studies have shown that treatment of “chronic whiplash” has limited success. Chiropractic care can help whiplash victims return to normal if intervention is started early. Stretching and myofascial release of the muscles of the upper back and neck along with spinal manipulation has been proven to improve stiffness and restoring normal joint mechanics. Patients are more likely to improve when they are actively involved in their care; the incorporation of targeted exercises provides significant benefit for restoring mobility as well as stabilizing the spine.

Consider seeking out chiropractic in Rochester NY if you have been involved in an accident. Here at Rush-Henrietta Family Chiropractic, we have experience in treating motor vehicle accident victims. Give us a call at 585-321-3200 to schedule an appointment today.

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