Accidents, Injuries & Chiropractic

Sometimes our world can be a pretty dangerous place; many of us have experienced a traumatic brush (or collision) with reality. Accidents may be unavoidable, but much of the resultant pain and suffering may, in many cases, be safely and gently addressed with chiropractic care. That is likely because many people who have experienced a trauma also have subluxations: structural spinal distortions causing nerve interference that can lead to many symptoms. Doctors of chiropractic focus on locating and correcting subluxations using safe, gentle, “adjustment” techniques.

At Body Mind Empowerment Centre, our chiropractors primarily uses a strongly neuroplastic form of chiropractic called NSA care.

Chiropractors play a vital role in the care of injured people

Many people leave the emergency room with as many subluxations as when they entered it. Dr. Jason Barritt, one of our chiropractors at Body Mind Empowerment Centre, lived and worked as a chiropractor for many years in the USA. In America, some hospitals employ chiropractors to assist in these situations. Dr. Barritt worked near fort Carson, Colorado where chiropractors (commissioned military officers) had such long lines of soldiers that some, with a range of injuries, would rather come and see Dr. Barritt, even though they had to pay for it, rather than wait in line. 

Physical problems after injury

Accidents can cause injuries leading to shoulder pain, arm pain, wrist, hand, leg pain, headaches as well as back pain and even facial pain. Our chiropractors have worked with all these conditions.

Since one of the main objectives of chiropractic is to reduce nerve interference caused by spinal subluxation in order to restore optimal nerve function and since chiropractic can, in some cases, assist these health issues, it helps explain why thousands of people seek chiropractic care in order to get on the path to recovery after injury.

For example, A British study titled Chiropractic treatment of chronic ‘whiplash’ injuries, “Twenty-eight patients were selected at random from chiropractic referrals for chronic ‘whiplash’ syndrome…” The patients’ symptoms before and after treatment were assessed blind by an independent chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon. The authors made the statement:

… chiropractic treatment has been shown to be advantageous compared to conventional medicine in the treatment of low back pain.

They then concluded “The results of this retrospective study would suggest that benefits can also occur in over ninety percent of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment for chronic ‘whiplash’ injury.” A follow-up study by some of the same authors in The Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, reported:

Our results confirm the efficacy of chiropractic, with 69 of our 93 patients (74%) improving following treatment.” The study concluded “The results from this study provide further evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms.
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“You’ll have to live with it”

Too many people have been told that they’ll just have to “learn to live with it," but it isn’t always true. Anyone who has been in an accident or trauma, no matter how long ago, may still be able to make substantial progress in their efforts towards recovery with chiropractic care. Having taken care of hundreds of people with injuries ranging from fractured necks, back and pelvis to overuse/repetitive injury as well as whiplash at work or car accidents, Dr. Barritt feels confident when he says “I have seen many times when chiropractic care has made the difference between a life of pain, restriction and suffering from a life of ease, productivity and improved overall quality of life."

The Value of Experience

While it is not possible for any treating provider to predict success in every case, experience certainly helps our chiropractors to evaluate cases of injury in order to determine the likelihood of making progress and the frequency and duration of treatment.

Having officially provided written opinions as an “Independent Medical Evaluator” to dozens of Car accident victims in Colorado, Dr. Barritt has seen cases where people have received excellent care as well as cases where that care was not ideal. This experience has lead him to believe that it is important to do a very detailed initial evaluation, and if applicable, to then include treatment, in order to be able to make a prediction about whether or not the person is likely to make progress.

If there is concrete evidence that progress is likely, then Dr. Barritt will recommend a specific treatment plan with a thorough re-evaluation in 4 to 6 weeks. At that point he will usually provide a detailed written report documenting his findings including symptomatic and functional improvements.

Several GPs and solicitors in the ACT have found that this approach can be very helpful in better understanding the nature of injuries and the effect they have had upon the person who is experiencing the consequences from those injuries.

References:

  1. A symptomatic classification of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment.  Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M. Bannister G The Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 21[1] 1999.
  2. Hadley LA. Intervertebral joint subluxation, bony impingement and foramen encroachment with nerve root change. Am J Roentgenology and Radiological Therapeutics. 1951;65:337-402.
  3.  Braaf MM, Rosner S, Gukelberger M. Trauma of cervical spine as cause of chronic headache. J Trauma. 1975;15:441-446. 
  4.  Gukelberger M. The uncomplicated post-traumatic cervical syndrome. Scand J Rehabilitative Med. 1972;4:150-153.