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When To Seek Care For Whiplash… It’s Never Too Late

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Every year in St. George there are approximately 2,500 auto accidents.  Physical injuries and whiplash occur in about 66% of these cases.  Whiplash is a term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another.  This results in torn muscles, torn ligaments, instability, and pain.  Studies have shown that persons over the age of 40 are more likely to be injured than younger victims.

The most common symptoms of whiplash are headaches and pain and stiffness in the neck, back, and shoulders.  In addition, tingling and numbness may extend down into the arms and legs.

Research studies suggest that as many as 86% of whiplash victims may continue to experience pain for years after the injury.  Another study reports that up to 45% of the American population with chronic neck pain attributes it to a car crash.  For this reason, it is very important to seek care even for minor injuries.  Studies show that immediate active treatment for whiplash conditions is superior to delayed treatment or wait-and-see intervention. 

One study shows that chiropractic care can be effective in up to 93% of cases for treating those with a history of chronic pain from whiplash.  Chiropractic care will include therapies like ice, heat, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and massage that are often used to help control pain and reduce muscle spasms.  When the acute pain is subsiding, an active-care program that aims to increase range of motion, decrease scar tissue build-up, and restore muscle strength is initiated.  This consists of exercises, stretches, and spinal manipulation and/or mobilization.  Another study has found chiropractic care to be more effective in treating chronic whiplash pain when compared to traditional medical treatment. 

Sadly, many people don’t get care for these injuries because they believe they have to pay for the treatment out of pocket.  It is important to understand that no matter who is at fault for the accident, nor how small the accident, auto insurance is responsible for 100% of the injured person’s medical bills in most cases. 

Advanced Spine & Rehab is a team of health care professionals consisting of board certified massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, a spine surgeon and pain management specialists.  This allows for complete care for all car accident patients. A large portion of their base includes satisfied Medicare patients. Call us if you have any questions at 435-656-3266 or visit www.StGeorgePainRelief.com for more info.

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