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Table of Contents

  • Auto Accidents and Whiplash
  • A Car Wreck can Wreck Your Life
  • Chiropractic Only Proven Effective Treatment for Chronic Whiplash
  • Injuries to the Neck Caused by Sudden Movement of the Neck
  • Severe Neck Problem after Unsuccessful Spinal Surgery Helped with Chiropractic
  • Whiplash Helped With Chiropractic

Auto Accidents and Whiplash

Don't Wait to Get Examined!


Even if you feel normal after an accident, with no symptoms, you should be thoroughly examined. Symptoms can be delayed for days, and in some cases, symptoms may not surface for years. Worse, whiplash injuries can still be causing symptoms after five years, and in the long run, can cause secondary problems such as osteoarthritis. This delay in symptoms and the long-term consequences make it very important to be examined after any accident.

WHIPLASH Medically known as a Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Injury

Any substantial blow to your body, whether from a car accident, contact sports, or an accident at work, can cause whiplash or other neck injuries and warrants a thorough chiropractic check-up. The biggest danger with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often people don't seek treatment until more serious complications develop. In the past, a typical whiplash injury, where no bones were broken, was hard to document. Soft tissue injury didn't show up on normal X-rays and insurance companies would deny coverage. We now have computerized muscle tension scans and thermography documentation to discover these injuries.

When no bones are broken and the head doesn't strike the windshield, typical symptoms are as follows:

  • 62-89% complain of neck pain this can occur immediately to several years after the accident. This is the result of tightened muscles that react to excessive movement of joints misalignments (subluxation) or ligament damage.
  • 66-70% complain of headache the pain may be on one or both sides, on again off again, or constant. These are often the result of tightened muscles trying to stabilize the head, and a radiating type of injury to the nerves similar to a sciatica type condition.

What exactly causes Whiplash?

In a rear end collision the victim's car is first pushed or accelerated forward and then, because their foot is on the brake, or their car hits the next car in front, their car is quickly slowed down. As the car accelerates forward, it pushes the body forward but the head stays behind rocking up and back, which leads muscles and ligaments to stretch and tear. A nicer ay to say this is to call it a "sprain". A sprain is defined as a "tear." Your body will heal itself whether it is in the right position or not. Just like a broken bone will heal itself set or not, you need to have your spine aligned during the healing process to prevent like long complications.

The Doctor of Chiropractic is the spinal specialist with the most education and experience in treating this disorder. Make sure to find one you like as soon as possible after any type of accident.

A Car Wreck Can Wreck Your Life

Are you stronger than metal? If your car is bent up, than you probably are too. We all get our cars fixed after an accident but all too few consider the shape of our bodies after such an accident. Sometimes the pain just goes away but this may mean that the nerves have deadened to a point you can't feel it anymore. This can lead to life long complications.

An Italian study of over 10,000 people in automobile accidents showed that without immediate corrective chiropractic care injuries plagued patients over 17 years after the accident.

If you are suffering from the effects of a recent or an 'ancient' automobile accident you owe it to yourself to see a true specialist in restoring optimal bodily alignment, Dr. Ronald Festa. He has been helping people recover from these injuries since 1992 and can help you today!

Common symptoms after automobile accidents include:
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness/Ear Problems
  • Sinus Infections
  • Shoulder/Arm/Hand Pain or Nerve Damage
  • Neck Pain/Back Pain

Chiropractic "Only Proven Effective Treatment" for Whiplash

Study Says 74% of Acute Whiplash Patients Improved with Chiropractic

A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine not only points out the superiority of chiropractic care for chronic whiplash patients, but also examines which chronic whiplash patients respond best to chiropractic care. The authors begin the paper by explaining that:

"Conventional treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing."

"A retrospective study by Woodward et al., demonstrated that chiropractic treatment benefited 26 of 28 patients suffering from chronic whiplash syndrome."

The question was not whether chiropractic was beneficial for acute whiplash patients, but to determine "which patients with chronic whiplash will benefit from chiropractic treatment." The authors interviewed "100 consecutive chiropractic referrals for chronic whiplash symptoms,"

The patients underwent an average of 19.3 adjustments over the course of 4.1 months (mean). The patients were then surveyed and their improvement reported as follows:

94% improved from chronic (older than 6 months) whiplash conditions.

Worn too long, a cervical collar further weakens supportive muscles and actually lengthens recovery time.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. Inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

We want the spine to heal in a range of motion, not in locked, restricted state. Gentle movement of the spinal vertebrae is essential during the healing process and the Doctor of Chiropractic is the only doctor who will do this for you.

Severe Neck Problems after Unsuccessful Spinal Surgery Helped With Chiropractic

In the September 2001 issue of the peer reviewed, "Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics", comes a case report study titled, "Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral subluxations and unsuccessful surgery of the cervical spine". This was a report of a 55-year-old man who had neck pain along with radiating pain down both arms after unsuccessful cervical (neck) spine surgery.

The man's history was similar to many seen in chiropractic offices. While responding to an auto accident during an ice storm, the 55 year old highway patrolman slipped getting out of his car and fell backward, landing on his upper back and neck After a few days he began to experience pain in his neck. Two months later he consulted a medical doctor, who referred him to a neurologist. During the neurological examination, the patient experienced a seizure that eventually led to a diagnosis of a tumor of the adrenal gland. Several weeks later, the patient had surgery to excise the tumor, which resulted in temporary relief of the neck pain.

surgeons performing an operationHe returned to work, and 6 weeks after surgery he began to experience neck pain again, which he described as "sharp," along with pain, numbness, and tingling in both arms. His condition worsened, for about 6 to 7 months, and he was referred to a neurosurgeon. The patient eventually consented to neck surgery, and an anterior cervical diskectomy (disc removal) was performed.

When he returned to the surgeon for a post surgery check-up and had continuing complaints, he then asked when the surgeon wanted to see him again. The reply was, "I never want to see you again." This answer was devastating for the patient, and he assumed that he was destined to live with these problems for life.

Approximately 3½ years after surgery, the patient started chiropractic care. The chiropractic care began and after receiving the first set of adjustments, the patient indicated that his ability to raise his left arm had increased by 50% and that his neck pain and arm complaints were also relieved. He was astonished and excited by the results of the care he received. Within 2 weeks of starting care he was able to fully abduct his left arm and to loop his belt to his pants. A year after the onset of chiropractic care, the patient was working on his small ranch performing various odd jobs and has, on occasion, had some problems because of over activity.

This documented and published case is not unfamiliar to chiropractors worldwide. The unique aspect of this case is the fact that it was published in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The authors of the study summed this situation up with the following; "this is the first description in the indexed literature of the chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral and sacroiliac subluxations with a history of unsuccessful cervical diskectomy of the cervical spine. In our experience, allopathic (medical) practitioners usually do not offer patients the option of chiropractic care before surgery. Perhaps more rarely is chiropractic care considered a viable option in instances of unsuccessful surgical care." It is obvious from this study that chiropractic should have been considered first.

Even if you've had surgery, you can still be helped by a Doctor of Chiropractic.