Chiropractic care is primarily used to treat muscle and joint problems including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain, headaches and pain in the joints of the arms or legs. The most common procedure performed by chiropractic physicians is known as “spinal manipulation,” (also referred to as a “chiropractic adjustment”). The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a gentle, controlled force to joints that have lost their normal movement as a result of an injury. Joint injuries can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as a car accident or improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, improves the joint motion, thereby relieving pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustments rarely causes discomfort, however, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
By: Dr Gary Robertson DC
Whiplash injuries are the most common causes of severe neck pain and most cases can be successfully treated with chiropractic care. Many patients and medical professionals consider chiropractic to be the most effective treatment for whiplash injuries.
The widespread popularity of chiropractic treatment for whiplash injuries has been promoted by a variety of medical professionals and scientific studies. Recent studies carried out in Britain, compared conventional methods of treatment of patients with whiplash injuries to those receiving chiropractic care. The results showed a success rate of more than 80% for those patients under chiropractic treatment a level significantly higher than that achieved for patients under conventional care for whiplash injuries.
The symptoms of whiplash injuries are very subtle in the beginning and are very difficult to diagnose unless the accident causing the injuries was very severe. Whiplash symptoms may even take days or weeks to appear, making the treatment options less than optimal due to the delay in initiating care. Chiropractors are well trained to assess and treat whiplash injuries and chiropractic treatments focus on rehabilitating the soft tissues and joints in the injured area. Chiropractic treatment for Whiplash Injuries can provide quicker pain relief and better overall recovery than most other methods of treatment.
In the treatment of Whiplash Injuries, the success of Chiropractic treatment versus other treatment protocols has been well documented. In a 1999 Journal of Orthopedic Medicine article, over 93 percent of the patients with chronic whiplash were helped by chiropractic treatment.
If you have been in an accident and have pain, even if it is minor, consult with a doctor who has experience treating accident injuries. Our professional staff has extensive experience in managing Personal Injury cases.
Author: Dr. Gary Robertson is a 1989 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over 27 years experience treating patients with accident injuries and has post-graduate training in Whiplash and Spinal Trauma, Spinal Biomechanics and Spinal Rehabilitation. Dr Robertson is the past President for the Dade County Chiropractic Society.