Chiropractic Treatment For Whiplash

Getting the Help You Need With Chiropractic Care From Birmingham Health and Dr. Alex Casey

How can chiropractors help?

Chiropractors are experts in safe and effective correction of your spinal misalignments (subluxations), which are often the primary source of pain and dysfunction following whiplash injuries. Chiropractic has been shown in clinical research to significantly help acute WAD I and WAD II patients and be the ONLY proven effective treatment in chronic cases.

Dr. Alex Casey of Birmingham Health is an expert in the detection and correction of subluxations, removing nervous system interference and allowing your body to express its full healing potential. We are centrally located in Hoover and can help you and your entire family.

What is a whiplash injury exactly?

A Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) describes an injury that occurs when a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head happens relative to the body, producing a “whipping” motion of the head, leading to damage or irritation of structures in the neck.

Whiplash injuries most commonly occur during motor vehicle accidents.

Whiplash injuries can alter your entire life

Whiplash injuries lead to subluxation

Whiplash injuries respond to chiropractic care

There are different grades of whiplash associated disorder

WAD 1:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • No physical signs are found on examination (normal range of motion, no swelling, normal strength, etc.)
  • No or minor interference with normal daily activities

WAD 2: (Most Common)

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Physical signs are found (decreased range of motion, swelling, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, etc.)
  • Substantial interference with normal daily activities

WAD 3:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Physical signs are found with nerve involvement (reduced sensation, absent reflexes, weaknesses, shooting pains, etc.)
  • Substantial interference with normal daily activities

WAD 4:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Serious structural issues such as a fractured or dislocated vertebrae
  • Immediate surgical  consultation  typically needed to address potential instability in neck

What happens to my spine?

Whiplash injuries cause misalignments of the vertebrae in your neck, often with muscle and nerve damage or irritation as well.

In chiropractic, this condition is called subluxation, with whiplash being one of the most common causes of vertebral subluxation.

Up to 93% of chonic whiplash cases see improvement with chiropractic care.

Will I have permanent damage to my spine?

Literature suggests that 43% of patients will suffer long term symptoms following whiplash and if patients are still symptomatic after 3 months then there is almost a 90% chance they will remain.

The good news is that studies are also showing great results with chiropractic, with improvements as high as 93% in patients with chronic whiplash following chiropractic care!

Studies show that the first 3 months are the most critical to influence long term consequences of whiplash, so it’s very important not to delay the start of your care.

82% of patients have an altered curve in their cervical spine (neck) following a motor vehicle accident

How should I manage my whiplash injury?

After your accident, the first step is to make sure you do not have any life-threatening injuries. Emergency medical practitioners will be able to assess and treat you for dangerous conditions like broken bones, dislocations or damage to your internal organs.

Once you have ruled out any immediate life-threatening conditions, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor for a proper examination of your spine, muscles and nerves.

How Can chiropractors help?

Chiropractors are experts in safe and effective correction of your spinal misalignments (subluxations), which are often the primary source of pain and dysfunction following whiplash injuries. Chiropractic has been shown in clinical research to significantly help acute WAD I and WAD II patients and be the ONLY proven effective treatment in chronic cases.

A wellness approach

For many patients suffering from whiplash, the resolution of symptoms and return to function are just the beginning.

Sometimes injuries can be a blessing in disguise – becoming more aware of how your body works and what is required for health is an incredibly valuable lesson!

Your chiropractor is an expert in spinal health as well as general wellness and should be a valuable resource for your ongoing wellness lifestyle once your injuries are resolved.

Learn More

Birmingham Health serves families throughout Hoover and the surrounding areas. We are centrally located in Bluff Park and our friendly staff can help answer any questions you have and can schedule your appointment. Contact us today.