More than 1 million people are injured in rear-end crashes every year in the US, and a significant fraction of auto injury cases contribute to pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic care has been found to be a successful way to care for whiplash injuries and avoid chronic pain. Dr. Tortoriello has helped many Gadsden, AL, residents who have experienced an auto accident and we may be able to help you, too!
A 1996 British paper sums up the challenge:
"The 'whiplash' syndrome is a collection of symptoms produced as a result of soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine. The accumulated literature suggests that 43 percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following 'whiplash' injury. If patients are still symptomatic after three months then there is almost a 90% chance that they will remain so. No conventional treatment has proven to be effective in these established chronic cases."
The authors of this report examined the effectiveness of chiropractic in 28 people with chronic whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the doctor of chiropractic an average of 15.5 (range, 3-44) months after the injury, and were questioned before care by both an third-party chiropractor and an orthopedic physician. The subjects were assigned to one of four classification groups: A - No symptoms; B - Symptoms are a nuisance; C - Symptoms are intrusive; and, D - Symptoms are disabling. The initial analysis placed 27 of the 28 patients in groups C or D.
"Following treatment, 26 (93 per cent) of the patients had improved: 16 by one symptom group and 10 by two symptom groups. This improvement was independent of whether it was assessed by an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor. In the group that had improved, 17 had stopped their treatment at the time of assessment; symptoms had recurred to a minor degree in four (24 per cent) of these patients and they were considering further treatment."
This agrees with what we find in our office here in Gadsden, AL. Chiropractic care is a great method that may help you recuperate from auto injuries and reduce the risk of chronic pain and disability.
Don't suffer with old or recent motor vehicle injuries! We've been helping auto injury patients in Gadsden, AL since 2003. Call our office today at (256) 543-3033 to see how we can help you.
Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic -whiplash- injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996;27(9):643-645.