Incidence of Whiplash in Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Incidence of Whiplash in Motor Vehicle Accidents

 

By: Dr. Jim Bodoh and Dr. Corey Harris Chiropractors
at River City Chiropractic

 

 

Here are some interesting facts about the incidence of whiplash in motor vehicle accidents:

 

1. Eighty three percent of individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents suffer a whiplash injury.

 

(Nolet PS, Pierre C. Cassidy JD, Carroll LJ, (2010) The association between a lifetime history of neck injury I a motor vehicle collision and future neck pain: a population-based cohort study.  Eur Spine J 19:972-981)

 

2. Greater than 50% of those injured report ongoing neck pain one year after the accident.

 

(Carroll LJ, et al (2008) Course and prognostic factors for neck pain in whiplash-associated disorders: results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders. Spine 33 (suppl):S83-S92)

 

3. For those experiencing neurological signs after a car accident, 90% may be symptomatic one year later.

 

(Carroll LJ, et al (2008) Course and prognostic factors for neck pain in whiplash-associated disorders: results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders. Spine 33 (suppl):S83-S92)

Motor Vehicle Accidents can cost you your HEALTH.

Taking in to account this information, it is easy to see the benefit of getting a checkup after an accident. The longer people wait to come into our office after an accident, the worse the symptoms become. Many people try the wait-and-see method. Everyone hopes that their pain and other symptoms will just go away. The problem with this thinking is when the problems don’t just go away. What if there is something wrong? Then the time wasted waiting is detrimental to the condition at hand. Motor vehicle accidents can cause altered movement in the spine which can lead to arthritic changes. Over time, arthritis can build up
and end up limiting movement at joints. Many people experience this “stiffness with aches and pains” as they get older when the arthritic joints start giving them problems. If the problem is fixed right away before arthritic changes set in, then the joint is able to function at its ideal pain free motion for many years to come.

One of the most important goals for people in accidents is to return to a normal pain free lifestyle. Numerous people that receive chiropractic care after motor vehicle accidents report feeling better faster. The important aspect to their speedy recovery is that they came into the clinic right away to receive care. Make sure to call today to find out more on how chiropractic care can help you
or a loved one deal with the pain of a motor vehicle accident.

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