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Chiropractic care for whiplash injury sufferers

Although whiplash can occur as a result of a number of accidents, car accidents and specifically rear-end collisions, are probably the most common cause. Around 80% of those involved in a car accident sustain whiplash-associated -disorders.

In a car crash the neck is suddenly jerked back and forth by the sheer impact and the muscles and ligaments can become over-stretched. Even if you are involved in a low speed car crash of 5mph, a whiplash injury can occur. Read an overview of whiplash injuries.

Characteristics of whiplash injuries include headaches, dizziness, and severe neck and shoulder pain which can take weeks, if not months to diminish. Read more about symptoms of whiplash injury.

Medical professionals may recommend wearing a neck collar for a short period of time, taking anti-inflammatory pain relief, applying a cold or warm compress and doing gentile mobility exercises. Read more about treatments for whiplash injuries.

However, one of the most effective treatments for neck injuries of this kind is chiropractic care.

What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors do not use any drugs or surgery to treat their patients; instead they use their hands to gently manipulate the joints, bones and muscles. They work on all joints but concentrate specifically on the spine, making adjustments to improve both the efficiency of the nervous system and release the body's own natural healing ability.

When treating any condition, a chiropractor will always carry out a full examination and take note of the patient's medical history in order to design and advise the most appropriate treatment programme.

Those suffering from a whiplash injury may be given an X-ray to make sure that they do not have any fractures. The chiropractor will then make gentle but specific adjustments to the neck. Rehabilitation techniques and neck strengthening exercises may also be used.

Chiropractic treatment may then be supported with individual advice about the patient's lifestyle, work and exercise regimes in order to help manage the condition and prevent any whiplash injury symptoms recurring.

How can chiropractic care help?
The techniques used by a trained chiropractor are effective for relieving pain and stiffness associated with the neck, shoulder and back. They are especially skilled at:

For more information about chiropractic care and chiropractors in the UK visit www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk

Making a claim for whiplash injuries
The Claim Solicitors may be able to help you to claim personal injury compensation if you have suffered a whiplash injury through no fault of your own.

Our personal injury solicitors are dedicated experts and have an excellent claim success rate. We can help you to claim for pain, suffering, lost earnings, medical expenses and much more.

As well as all this, we work on a no win no fee basis and our services are completely risk-free.

For free legal advice or to make a whiplash injury claim today, just call 0800 197 32 32.