Whiplash Decreases Physical and Mental Function

A Canadian study reported in the September 2005 issue of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases that whiplash injuries suffered by individuals involved in vehicle accidents result in lower physical and mental functioning in as little as one month. The private investigators collected data on 7,462 individuals within one month of their traumatic accidents. Client demographics, collision-related accidents, health histories previous to the mishap and what kind and seriousness of symptoms were collected and analyzed. 45 % of the patients included agreed to fill out and follow up on the SF-36, a basic health survey.

Measuring and monitoring post Whiplash symptoms

Most of individuals experienced a vast array of symptomatic decline after the initial injury consisting of neck pain, low back pain, tiredness, lightheadedness, headaches, spine discomfort, nausea and jaw discomfort. One month after injury, the patients filling out the SF-36 type showed low physical and mental function. According to the authors, the research was developed to explain, using a big population, “the clinical spectrum of initial symptom expression and health related measures of Whiplash. Associated Disorders (HEAP).” They go on to say that as a result of their study, HEAP “is best appreciated as a syndrome. extending well beyond what can be identified as a neck injury”. Commentary: Chiropractic physicians are definitely not amazed that back injury can lead to physical and mental dysfunction. We are shocked that the authors go on to conclude that “More research is needed for a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved so that treatment can be directed at the broad spectrum of the [symptoms] rather than focusing on finding a focal neck injury.” While some may consider that this tip reflects an appropriate approach to healthcare, I feel it represents a fundamental fault in reasoning that appears to permeate modern medical health care on numerous levels. A localized injury of the spine structures in the neck produces a myriad of symptoms and physical and mental malfunction. Rather than concentrate on the cause of the issue and repairing the damage to the spine (as takes place in chiropractic care), the authors suggest that we ought to disregard the cause and instead concentrate on dealing with the signs? With this type of not logical idea procedure, if the authors had a nail in their foot, they would take a pain medication instead of pull the nail out of their foot.
If you have suffered a Whiplash injury please be seen by a Chiropractic Physician who treats these conditions.

Yours in Health!
Dr. Mathew K. Stockstad
Asheville’s Chiropractor for difficult cases!”
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