Countless studies have pointed to the benefits of exercise for recovering from spinal injuries like whiplash. But is staying physically active enough to combat minor auto injuries? A new study sought to answer that question by comparing general exercise to therapist-led interventions for whiplash. The study included 216 patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: physiotherapist-led neck exercises; behavioral interventions plus physiotherapist-led neck exercises; or a generalized exercise program.
Researchers discovered that specific neck exercises led by a trained therapist increased patients’ odds of recovery. After six months, 39-44% of patients in the specific exercise groups had a significant reduction in pain, compared to 28% in the generalized exercise group. Adding a behavioral intervention to the neck exercises did not appear to make a significant difference in this study.
What this means is that auto injury patients do indeed benefit from the skills of a medical professional trained in exercise treatments, such as a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic can also use spinal manipulation to enhance exercise therapies. The study also demonstrates that even patients with chronic pain can improve with targeted interventions. Contact a chiropractor to discover how these non-invasive therapies can expedite rehabilitation after an auto accident.
Ludvigsson ML. The effect of neck-specific exercise with, or without a behavioral approach, on pain, disability and self-efficacy in chronic whiplash-associated disorders: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical Journal of Pain 2014.
Written by: Marissa Luck on June 23, 2014.
At Chipley Chiropractic we want you to stay healthy and Dr. Chipley and Dr. McMillen incorporate range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises for your neck and back to help you have a better recovery. Give us a call and we will be happy to evaluate you and help you recover from what can be permanent injuries from a car crash. Our whiplash injury program is very successful in helping people like you recover to how they were before the crash. We are open Monday thru Friday from 9am to 6pm. Call us anytime at 304-252-0200. We can usually get you in the same or next day. We do accept insurance but many of our patients just pay as they go. And, after a car crash many patients need the help of a good attorney. We work with many great attorneys in Southern WV Stay Healthy my Friends. - Dr. Chipley
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