All You Need to Know About Whiplash and Expert's Differing Views

All You Need to Know About Whiplash and Expert’s Differing Views

All You Need to Know About Whiplash and Expert’s Differing Views

Although most people who survive a car crash with injuries get better and go on to lead normal lives, in 10 percent of the cases, it marks the beginning of chronic pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities, even after sustained car accident treatment. Although most of these injuries are mostly associated with car crashes, they can also be the result of any blow or impact that jerks your head forward or backward causing severe strain to the neck.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash, also known as WAD (Whiplash Associated Disorder), is a type of injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden forward, backward or sideways movement of the head. It most commonly caused by motor vehicle collisions but it can also be the result of a sports injury, violent act, slip or fall.

There are varying degrees of injury, from minor to catastrophic. It all depends on the circumstances of each particular case. Different experts continue to have different views about chronic whiplash syndrome (CWS) and how the different cases need to be managed.

Differing views by experts

The big question is: Does WAD only have to do with the physical injuries or the state of mind as well? Some experts argue that if the severe head or neck pain persists after one year, then the WAD patient has a problem physically. The approach is different from one car accident doctor to another.

Dr. Nikolai Bogduk who teaches at the University of Newcastle, Australia and some of his colleagues have tried to anesthetize certain neck nerves in an attempt to understand where the pain comes from. They give the patient the option to either have the nerve burned or cauterized. In most cases, the pain relief is quite significant. They also admit that the psychological symptoms are not the cause of pain but the result of pain.

Another expert, Dr. Henry Berry, University of Toronto, has a completely different argument. According to him, the approach has to be two-pronged. It is not just about the patient’s injuries but also his or her state of mind. According to Dr. Berry, the symptoms are the result of stress and psychiatric disorders as a person struggles to adjust to life after the injury. He argues that the patient should be assured that the pain is temporary and says that the physical therapy should not last more than two weeks. He encourages patients to go back to normal activities as soon as possible.

However, Dr. Berry’s argument is countered by Oregon University’s Dr. Michael D. Freeman who has a background in forensic science and epidemiology. His point is that there is no such thing as psychological disturbance since nearly half of the cases of chronic neck pain are primarily the result of car crashes and not psychological causes.

Chiropractors are the best

According to many studies, a car accident chiropractor will offer fast and cost effective benefits for whiplash patients. A chiropractor is the fastest route to a swift return to work and high patient satisfaction.

Facts about chronic whiplash syndrome

A southern Nevada chiropractic is always dealing with victims of car accidents. Most of the injuries he or she has to deal with involve muscle and ligament injuries to the neck or upper back. They are the result of violent movements of the neck, which cause the joints and muscles and ligaments to overstretch.

Here are some factors that you need to understand about CWS:

  1. It is not the result of car accidents only
    Although car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries, it can also be caused by slips and falls and contact sports such as boxing, football or gymnastics.
  2. Symptoms don’t always occur immediately
    There are symptoms that develop over time after the accident. Some take days or even weeks to manifest themselves. These include muscle spasms, headaches and tingling. Since they occur later, it is easy for one not to see the connection between them and the accident.
  3. Chiropractors can be very effective
    Chiropractic care is a great way to deal with whiplash injuries after an accident. Southern Nevada chiropractic caregivers have helped many accident victims deal with whiplash injuries.
  4. Whiplash is not always caused by extreme force

There are whiplash injury victims who sustained their injuries driving at 10 miles per hour or lower. It’s all about how properly you are restrained you are in the vehicle.

Bottom line

Whenever you are involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it is important to seek medical attention even when the injuries are not too apparent. Some whiplash injuries are not always felt immediately. It is also important to be properly restrained whenever you are driving or riding in a car. Always remember to wear a safety belt.

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 Josh RiggsMy girlfriend Jamie and I first came into see Dr. Reiss because we were involved in a car accident. I really liked the ease of appointments and how accommodating to my schedule Dr Reiss’ office was. They did only what was needed to be done to help me get back to myself (actually better than myself), without excessive treatment. Dr. Reiss’ was the only office that would take Jamie and I without making us pay money for treatment upfront. Makes you trust your chiropractor more knowing he can trust you.

And of course most importantly Dr. Reiss fixed my back! Oh and to top it off, they had freshly baked cookies every day.
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 I was referred to Dr. Reiss by a co-worker of mine after I was in an automobile accident. I was starting to have a lot of back pain and headaches, so I called the day after the accident and they were able to get me in the SAME DAY to see the doctor! It only took a month of treatment to get me out of pain. It is now two months later and I am still completely PAIN FREE! Thank you so much Dr. Reiss! You are awesome!

-Andrea Helmrath, Red Rock Golf Course


Meet Rudy

 I was involved in a car accident on the freeway by a car going very fast. I was in a lot of pain, and could barely walk or get comfortable to sleep. I tried taking Ibuprofen, but it really wasn’t working and I don’t really like taking pills anyway. I felt like I needed help, so I consulted with an attorney. The attorney’s office recommended to a Chiropractor’s office that I found to be a bit dirty, run down and not very friendly. Needless to say, I never even filled out the paperwork.

One of my friends suggested I see Dr. Reiss. Right when I walked in, I knew I was in the right place. I am in the VIP hosting business, and my job is to bring people to some of the classiest places in Las Vegas. Dr. Reiss’ office was one of the nicest doctor’s offices I had ever been to. From the art on the walls and the Starbucks-like atmosphere…to being offered a gourmet iced tea while I filled out my forms.

After my first visit, I started to feel relief from my injuries, and I kept getting better and better. The personal attention I received from the staff made my visits very comfortable. I would recommend his office to anyone…(even that attorney’s office may have happier clients if they sent them to Dr. Reiss.)
-Rudy J., VIP Host


Meet Savannah

 My boyfriend and I were in a car accident where we were hit by a drunk driver. I felt OK the first day… but by the second day I couldn’t walk or lay down on my own.

I was very irritable and couldn’t believe that this happened to me and I didn’t know what to do about it. Walking, lying down, sitting and even driving were difficult to do on my own. I also had trouble sleeping because I was in pain and couldn’t get comfortable. I was taking sleeping pills and pain pills to get me through the day and night.

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss I can now walk, sleep and do simple everyday things on my own again. I know I wouldn’t feel as great as I do… if it wasn’t for Dr. Reiss and his team. Thanks for the caring and loving help. You guys rock!

-Savannah K.

Meet Lora

 I was in a car accident back in January where I was hit by a drunk driver. Fortunately my injuries were not too serious; however, I suffered neck & back pain, which then re-inflamed a former injury. The injury prevented me from working for few days, & I couldn’t work out & I was concerned I was going to have to get a Cortisone shot because the pain was so bad.

Dr. Reiss’s office was the first place I went. I had been to another Chiropractor before my accident, but I felt she was too aggressive with her treatment. Dr. Reiss was very gentle & a good listener when I told him of my injuries. I was using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory at the time but I no longer needed to take them after seeing Dr. Reiss. He had suggestions for total health… I started a rehab stretching routine & am now able to do weights at the gym. Thanks a million, Dr. Reiss!
-Lora H.

Meet Kris

 I was in a rear end car accident that left me with pain throughout my back, mostly in the lower region. I wasn’t sure about chiropractic care until I met Dr. Reiss and noticed his friendly attitude and attention to the body. My biggest problem was that I couldn’t stand up strait. It took me out of my sport because the overall pain was too much. Normal every day life became a challenge.

Even though I was in a lot of pain I knew that I did not want to take prescription drugs, and Dr. Reiss helped me feel better. Once I healed from this accident, I was involved in another collision and had to go through the process all over again!

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss through both of my accidents, I feel much more in tune with myself then I have ever been, allowing me to focus better on goals I’ve set for myself. I have more energy and a willingness to keep myself in stronger shape. Now when my days off come I’m motivated to do more, rather then sit around when I was in pain.
-Kris W., Canyon Ranch Spa

Meet Beverly

 I experienced muscle tension and pain (tingling sensation) from my neck to my lower back, as a result from a traffic accident in August 2008. The pain caused me to be irritable and keep me restless at night. The pain and tension prevented me from sleeping comfortably. It also made me uncomfortable especially during long car rides. I tried having massages and tried using a neck massage heat therapy pillow. Nothing worked.

Because of my fear of doctors, I was reluctant to seek treatment until the pain increased. But once I started treatment, I overcame my fear due to the kindness and hospitality of Chiropractic Wellness Center and their staff. The pain and tension slowly but surely disappeared and he helped me maintain more comfort in my daily activities. In addition, Dr. Reiss and his staff (Ms. Lori and Ms. Theresa) were so pleasant and accommodating to me and my son. Being family-oriented and kid friendly was a huge factor in choosing to seek treatment at this facility.
– Beverly M.

Meet Theresa

 I was in a car accident back in July of 2007. For two weeks my back and neck were so stiff that I could not turn my head. Getting up and down from the couch, office chair, and bed were difficult and painful. The pain was so bad that it started affecting my family. I couldn’t play with my son and I wasn’t in the best of moods. I was taking Motrin every day to help alleviate some of the pain.

Since I have been seeing Dr. Reiss, I no longer have chronic pain or stiffness and I haven’t taken any Motrin. Dr. Reiss motivated me to start exercising again and I am now happier & more relaxed. I’ve received a lot of feedback from my co-workers saying that I am always happy and smiling. Although these results are all life changing, the best result I have experienced is that I can play with my son without pain… I now swim with him almost every day instead of just watching him! Thanks a million, Dr. Reiss!
-Teresa S.

Meet Jeff

 I came to see Dr. Reiss because I had a broken clavicle and torn rotator cuff from an accident I was in. I was in pain all the time, could not sleep at night and was thinking the pain would never go away. I had been taking Lortab 8 times a day before I saw Dr. Reiss.

With him and the help of chiropractic care and the therapies in the office I was able to cut the drug use in half and feel much better. Dr. Reiss helped me to understand what I was in store for ie: surgery and a long physical theMarcorapy. He was supportive through all that I went through. I cannot thank him enough.

-Jeff S., Dragonridge Country Club

Meet Marco

 I came into Dr. Reiss’s office seeking for help after being in a 3 car accident. A few days after the accident, I started feeling horrible pain in my lower back and pain in my neck. I figured it was going to go away after a few days but I was wrong.

After starting care with Dr. Reiss, my pain started dissipating and I started going back to my daily activities, going to the gym, etc. and my energy level was higher.

Dr. Reiss himself made me feel very comfortable and he explained everything that was going on with my body after the accident, as well as what to expect a few weeks after. The whole team is excellent and very professional, and made the visits extremely pleasant. I would definitely recommend family and friends to come here if they were in an accident.

-Marco S., Dental Surgery Tech

Meet Sofiya

 After my car accident I needed to see a doctor as soon as possible. The crash was so bad that my left shoulder was too painful to move freely. I could not rotate my neck and my back felt out of whack.

As a professional salsa dancer I was worried that I would not be able to recover in time for my performance. I refused to turn to drugs to ease the pain, but it was difficult to move and to fall asleep.

Immediately after my 1st visit with Dr. Reiss, I could move my body more naturally. It felt like a weight was literally lifted off my shoulders. Dr. Reiss proved to me how much he cares for his patients, and made me feel like I was in good hands. Within two weeks I made a 50% improvement and could go back to rehearsals. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the services and care provided.
-Sofiya K., Professional Salsa Dancer

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