How big of a problem is whiplash? According to the United States Department of Transportation, over the last decade there was an average of more than 5 million automobile accidents every year resulting in more than 2 million injuries annually.
Perhaps the most common auto injury is whiplash which is caused by a sudden movement of the head in any direction. The result is that muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can become strained or torn from this “shearing action.” Some symptoms include neck pain or stiffness, pain between shoulder blades, blurred vision, fatigue, headache, and dizziness to name a few.
“But I Don’t Have Whiplash…
Or Do I?”
Often times auto accident victims are not aware of the damage caused by whiplash. Symptoms sometimes do not appear immediately. They can take days to appear or may not even surface for years. Because of this, we will typically urge many auto accident victims to seek medical care whether they feel immediate pain or not following an auto accident. In some cases early detection of whiplash can significantly decrease long-term consequences. According to numerous studies, even after whiplash victims settle insurance claims up to half will continue to suffer with symptoms even two years later!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 people suffer from whiplash every year. Costs related to whiplash total more than $5 billion annually. Today most cases of automobile whiplash are covered by insurance companies.
Because of the extent of this problem, we offer patients (and their family members) free whiplash evaluation appointments upon request, to see if (a) whiplash has actually occurred and (b) to address needed care, if care is in fact needed. This makes it “painless” for my patients who have recently been in an accident to see if they need help and… especially with whiplash cases… where many times victims don’t even know they are injured. I can’t stress the importance of medical care after an accident. It can really reduce long term pain, discomfort, and treatment. If you would like to learn more about utilizing chiropractic to combat whiplash or expected whiplash pain, please give me a call at (309) 692-6800. We’re here to help!