Whiplash and neck injuries often cause spinal subluxations


Individuals who undergo car accidents end up in emergency care. Here they undergo X-rays, CT scans, MRI and other scans to make sure they are not suffering from any life threatening injuries such as internal bleeding, broken bones, organ damage, shock, serious contusions and other damage. If those scans and tests show “nothing”, the emergency care doctors release these patients. However, the patient’s spine is not examined for subluxations: spinal misalignments. Majority of car accident victims end up with subluxations. Thus, subluxations get overlooked. Accumulation of subluxations results in disc problems and development of arthritis overtime; often several years after the initial car accident injury.

One cause for subluxations is physical trauma. Whiplash is a common cause for neck-pain in car accident patients. Some patients develop long term chronic neck-pain several months after the injury (and after the legal settlement). About 50% to 88% of car accident victims experience some form of pain and disability many years after the accident1. Thus, once the patient’s condition is stabilised, they should get their spine checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic for subluxations. The Chiropractor uses “adjustments” to realign the misplaced vertebra; restoring the spinal structure safely without the use of drugs or surgery.



The treatment of whiplash injury with chiropractic adjustments has been shown to be effective and reported in professional journals2. In one study, when 41 male and female patients were placed under chiropractic care, they noticed a reduction in pain levels after 20 office visits3. The superiority of chiropractic care treatment for whiplash injury patients has been cited in medical journal. Here the authors interview 93 patients and concluded that “Chiropractic is the only proven effective treatment in chronic (whiplash injury) cases”4.



In conclusion, car accidents can cause subluxations and misalign your spinal column. If you have ever been involved in an accident please see your doctor of chiropractic to ensure these subluxations are treated in time. If left untreated they may cause more structural damage to the spine and premature degeneration resulting in health problems down the road.



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  1. B. Squires, M. F. Gargan, and G. C. Bannister. Soft tissue injuries of the cervical spine: 15-year follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1996; (70B):955957
  2.  McCoy HG and McCoy M. A multiple parameter assessment of whiplash injury patients undergoing subluxation based chiropractic care: a retrospective study. JVSR. 1997;1(3):51-91.
  3. Davis C. Chiropractic treatment in acute whiplash injuries: grades 1 & 2. JVSR. May 19, 2008;1-3.
  4. Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, Bannister G. Symptomatic classification of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment.. The
    Journal Of Orthopedic Medicine. 1999;21(1)


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