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Chiropractors as Expert Witnesses in Whiplash Cases

Posted on January 23, 2010 - Filed Under Whiplash treatment
Whiplash

Whiplash is referred to an injury to the muscles of neck due to the rapid forward and backward motion of neck during an accident. Whiplash injuries need a thorough check-up and immediate treatment. The most dangerous thing associated with whiplash is that sometimes the symptoms can take years to develop. Experts like chiropractors can quickly diagnose the symptoms for Whiplash. Some of the most common symptoms, seen in whiplash patients, include stiffness and pain in neck, blurred vision, headache, dizziness, nausea, weakness, and many more. If a person is experiencing any of these symptoms he/she should immediately go for a chiropractic check up.

In the chiropractic treatment, Doctors of Chiropractic examine the motion of patient’s neck and the entire spine. During the initial diagnostics, the muscles, nerves, joints, tendons and ligaments are examined for any injuries. After the evaluation is over, chiropractors apply gentle adjustments to your neck. These adjustments done by chiropractors are called “manipulations.”  They make use of various methods such as ultrasound, massage and muscle stimulation therapy. This helps the patients by reducing the inflammation and eases the healing automatically at a regular pace.

Optimizing the motion in the neck and reduction of muscle spasms are the center of the goals of the chiropractic treatment.  That is why chiropractors are always very careful while doing the examination of the patient’s neck and ensuring the safety during the entire procedure.

A chiropractor will assess you for the entire spine instead of merely treating the neck and bones around that. This is to always make sure that the treatment is going to offer complete relief and the smooth and proper motion of the neck and spine will be restored to the maximum possible extent. Moreover, chiropractors will also give you proper instructions to carry out your daily tasks in a much better way giving minimum strain to your neck and spine.

Ignoring symptoms of Whiplash can result in serious sequences in future. It is always advisable to go for a thorough check-up with chiropractors.
Because of the vast research supporting chiropractic for the effective treatment of whiplash injuries, many chiropractors are proven to be solid expert witnesses in the legal aspects of whiplash cases.

Author: Dr. Steven Read is a 1988 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been practicing in Jacksonville, FL for over 20 years. He is the clinic director for Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab.