Testing Neck Movement Can Predict if Whiplash Will Lead to Disability
Testing neck movement in whiplash injury victims is a strong indicator of whether or not you’ll be disabled within the next year, according to recent research.
At Duluth Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we want you to know the risks of leaving whiplash untreated and the benefits of seeking immediate chiropractic care. It could save you from becoming disabled and from avoidable medical bills.
Neck Range of Motion the Most Accurate Measure in Severity of Whiplash
Researchers found that factors including the speed of the colliding cars and the age, sex or body mass index didn’t accurately predict the risk of becoming disabled. However, testing neck range of motion can predict future disability with 91% accuracy.
The prediction jumps up to 94% accuracy by also factoring in the intensity of the pain and the number of other problems associated with the whiplash. The less range of motion you have, the worse the pain, and the more intense your symptoms, the more at risk you are of developing disability related to whiplash.
The researchers also noted a correlation between having a preexisting health condition and long term whiplash consequences. It appears that some types of pre-existing health problems are more vulnerable to long term effects from whiplash. A 2010 Japanese study showed that whiplash symptoms can last for over ten years.
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Whiplash
Whiplash can cause neck stiffness and pain, decreased range of motion, pain in the upper arms, back and shoulders, blurred vision, headaches, and more.
Our chiropractors carefully work to reverse all that. The right treatment restores your neck’s full range of motion, eliminates triggers causing you pain and related symptoms, and helps realign the vertebrae in your neck. We also work to rehability neck muscles, and prescribe at-home self care to minimize the risk of reinjury.
Take Care of Whiplash at Duluth Chiropractic and Wellness Center
We are committed to achieving excellence through superior patient treatment and satisfaction. We love coming to work every day to be inspired by the amazing results we see on a daily basis. Our natural, non-invasive, drug free approach to health has helped thousands of people throughout the years improve their health.
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