Chronic Pain From Whiplash

Hello Everyone,

I am currently writing a special report for car accident victims and what the best options are with regards to treatment.

The reason that I am doing this is because I have found a shocking statistic in my practice over the last 6 years.

That statistic is this…the vast majority of patients who come in to my office with severe degeneration or severe chronic pain (neck pain, back pain, headaches, pain in the arms and legs, etc…) have at some point in their lives been in a car accident.

The kicker is that most of these patients did not receive proper treatment.  In otherwords, they personally felt that the injuries were not severe enough, so they did not seek treatment, or they went to the ER and were told nothing was wrong, took some pain pills and never got treated.

The problem is this, when there is an injury to your body through a trauma, such as a car accident, your body releases a huge amount of adrenalin at the time of the accident, so it can be days to months before symptoms even begin to appear.  The patient thinks they are fine so do nothing about thier injuries.  Then later when the symptoms begin to appear and get worse and worse the patinet does not correlate the symptoms to the accident.

With the adrenalin release in mind, if you do infact feel pain at the sight of accident, that simple fact significantly increases your chances of permanent long term symptoms!

When your body starts to heal from the trauma of an accident, if you are not receiving the proper care to help your body heal properly, then your body will heal around these injuries and when you do finally seek treatment months to years later then your case is much more difficult to resolve because on top of your injury we are now dealing with scar tissue.

So it is very important that if you or anyone you know has been involved in a car accident, they need to get checked out immediately to see if there are any hidden injuries.

The injured person’s car insurance will cover your care…usually to the point that there is no out of pocket expense to the patient.

We will file all of the paperwork and handle everything for you, so no worries there.  Also, in the state of Florida you have up to 4 years to file a claim after an auto accident.

Let everyone know, if anyone has been in an accident, they need to get checked out.

Don’t take my word for it, here are just some of the statistics that I came across when doing my research:

* It is estimated that 15-40% of those who are injured in a motor vehicle collision will suffer from ongoing chronic pain.(Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2007)

* Whiplash injuries not only increase the incidence of chronic neck and shoulder pain, it also significantly increases the incidence of other systemic ill health effects. In other words, whiplash injuries cause more than neck pain and headache, it hurts the health of the entire body.(Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2001)

* That essentially 100% of those who are suffering from chronic pain caused by a whiplash injury will have an abnormal psychological profile with standard assessments, and the only way to resolve the abnormal psychological profile was to successfully treat the chronic spinal pain. Psychotherapy was not able to improve the abnormal psychological profile, nor was it able to improve the patient’s chronic pain complaint.(Pain, 1997)

* In the longest study ever performed on whiplash-injured patients (a study looking at the health status 17 years after injury), 55% of the patients still suffered from pain caused by the original trauma.(Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2002)

* 90% of those who are initially given a cervical collar for their whiplash injuries will be suffering from chronic neck pain 6 months later.(Spine, 2000)

* 2% of whiplash-injured patients will have severe pain and problems that require ongoing medical investigations and drugs 7.5 years after being injured.(Injury, 2005)

* 1 in every 100 (1%) people on our planet suffer from chronic neck pain caused by whiplash injury.(Pain, 1994)

* Statistically, every American can expect to be in a motor vehicle collision once every ten years.

* Motor vehicle collisions have been the number one cause of death of our children for decades.

* Since 911 (September 11, 2001), about 3,000 Americans have died as a consequence of terrorism; about 360,000 Americans have died in motor vehicle crashes.

* Since the start of the American Revolution in 1775, about a million Americans have died in our wars. Since Henry Ford introduced the mass-produced motorcar in 1913, more than 2.5 million Americans have met their deaths on the road.

And millions of Americans who did not die from motor vehicle collisions were injured.
The Bottom Line…

To understand whiplash injury and treatment, it is most important to know the answers to these three questions:

* What tissues are injured in a motor vehicle collision?
* What tissues are the primary sources for chronic spinal pain?
* What tissues are primarily affected by the chiropractic adjustment?

“Astonishingly, the answer to all three questions is the same:

The tissues in and around the spine, including but not limited to the facet joints and the tissues of the disc joints

Consequently, it is inevitable that some whiplash-injured patients will develop chronic pain and that chiropractic is often the best management choice for these patients.”

– Dr. Dan Murphy

Call the office if you have any questions.  862-2224.

Have a great day!

Dr. Sean Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting or call his office at 850-862-2224.)


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