Chiropractic: The Gold Standard Treatment of Choice for Whiplash Injuries

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Whiplash Injuries

After being in an auto accident, many people seek care from their primary care medical doctor. They are often prescribed muscle relaxers, pain relievers, and physical therapy. Even though there is a large body of evidence-based research demonstrating that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for neck injuries such as whiplash, some medical doctors still fail to mention it as a treatment option.

Research clearly shows that chiropractic care is often more effective than other forms of care. In 1995, the Canadian Provence of Quebec commissioned a task force to study all the scientific research regarding the care of whiplash. After a three year review of 10,382 articles on neck injuries, they determined that chiropractic adjustments were the gold standard treatment of choice. Other common treatments such as muscle relaxants, cervical pillows, acupuncture, ultrasound, and diathermy were rejected as not having any scientific basis for their use. Only chiropractic with exercise was found to be significantly helpful in the recovery of whiplash. So while it may be important to have a medical evaluation after an auto accident, it is also very important to have a thorough chiropractic evaluation as well to allow for the best possible chance of recovery.

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