This time of year, as the conditions of the roads change to ice and snow we are all more prone to car accidents. Many Minnesotans experience whiplash injuries, as most car accidents in Minneapolis are rear end collisions. If you or someone you know has found to be in this unfortunate situation, it is imperative to have your spine checked for whiplash as soon as possible.
How do you know if you’ve had Whiplash?
Whiplash, or neck injury is not something to take lightly. A thorough chiropractic examination along with x-rays can determine the extent of your injury.
Pain is not always present with whiplash injury. A very common occurrence following an auto collision is to feel fine initially, with a delayed onset of symptomsa. In some cases, the degeneration sets in silently after the whiplash and the pain and health problems show up weeks, months, or even years later.
Damage to the car is also not indicative of injury. In fact, physics tells us that in cases where there is no damage to the car, the occupants absorb most of the force. Injury can occur even if hit by a car going less than 5 mph, so we also know that speed of the collision does not correlate to the degree of injury.
How does Chiropractic Help with Whiplash?
Chiropractors are trained for these types of injuries, and it is important to work with a provider who understands the problem. Chiropractic along with massage therapy restores joint and soft tissue function after whiplash. When the injury is left untreated, arthritis, degeneration, surgery as well as a number of other health problems can result, even if the initial injury seemed minor.
One study, known as the Woodward study, found 93% of 28 whiplash patients to significantly improve while under chiropractic care. Prior to the study many of the patients had tried NSAIDS and physiotherapy.
Whiplash injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, tingling, numbness, and a number of other issues respond very well to effective treatment from a chiropractor.
At Relief Plus Chiropractic, we have had success with a number of whiplash injury patients. We’ve also found that the best results are with those who get care shortly following the incident. They are much more difficult to correct if you’ve waited a long time to get help. The sooner you start receiving care, the less chance there is of developing long-term damage.
Relief Plus Chiropractic is a leading healthcare center serving Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Hopkins. We have experience helping people who have suffered not only from whiplash injuries, but also from other injuries following a motor vehicle accident. Call today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION at (952) 681-2863.