Muscle Relaxants, Pain Medications, and NSAIDs in Whiplash


It is surprising that many common whiplash treatments lack valid scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness despite the billions spent on scientific research each year.  Researchers from the Chochrane group recently published a scientific review casting doubt on many common whiplash treatments (Chochrane Database Syst Rev, July 2007). They took an interest in figuring out the data landscape of different studies which took place over the past two decades, and what it means to doctors and the patients they serve.

Potential Benefits are “Unclear”

The Chochrane group specifically looked at medical treatments in whiplash and other mechanical neck disorders.  It was hard to reach conclusions because very few studies existed, and those that were actually conducted were of limited quality.  Authors concluded that the benefits of muscle relaxants (these relax muscles), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs/NSAIDs (these reduce inflammation), and analgesics (these block pain signals) are not proven in solid scientific studies and that any potential benefits are “unclear”.

Treat a Mechanical Problem with a Mechanical Approach

Of course this report received little media attention as we continue to see advertisements telling patients to go for the pill to help a mechanical problem.  Rarely are chiropractic approaches discussed and most patients who get whiplash following the medical approach of drugs and sometimes even surgery.  Perhaps one should consider a mechanical approach for a mechanical problem such as whiplash.

Consuming many medications over long periods of time can lead to stomach bleeding, liver and kidney complications and other problems. And of course, simply just blocking pain signals does not get at the cause of your pain, which is usually a sprain of the small joints of the spine.

Natural Solutions for Whiplash

We offer a more natural solution for assisting patients who have suffered a whiplash injury. Because many patients may be unsure about chiropractic care, or just want some questions answered about the services and techniques we offer, our consultations are always complementary. Please call Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness at 905-264-9355 to schedule an appointment and discuss your health concerns.

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