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CHIROPRACTORS AS EXPERT WITNESSES IN WHIPLASH CASES

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By: Dr Gary Robertson DC

Whiplash refers to an injury to the muscles, ligaments and joints of neck due to the rapid forward and backward motion of neck during an accident. Whiplash injuries need to be properly diagnosed and promptyl treated. One of the problems with whiplash injuries is that ther is often a delay of days or weeks in the onset of whiplash symptoms.

Experts like chiropractors can quickly diagnose the symptoms for Whiplash. Some of the most common symptoms seen in whiplash patients, include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and weakness.  If a person has been injured and is experiencing any of these symptoms he/she should immediately go for a chiropractic check up.

As part of the patient's evaluation, Doctors of Chiropractic will examine the motion of patient’s spinal joints. During the initial diagnostics, the muscles, nerves, joints, tendons and ligaments are examined for any injuries. The mainstay of Chiropractic treatment involves the use of spinal manipulation by hand or utilizing an instrument.  In addition, a number of physical therapy modalities and procedures are utilized and may include, ultrasound, massage, electircal muscle stimulation and exercise rehabilitation. 

The goals of Chiropractic treatment includer restoring normal motion to the spinal joints, reducing pain and inflammation, decreasing muscle spasm, increasing flexibility and normalizing joint function. A sound treatment protocol will include the evaluation of a patients activities of daily living (ADL) and ergonomics and providing the patient with instructions regarding how they can support the treatment protocols with at-home procedures.

There is an ever increasing body of scientific research supporting chiropractic as an effective treatment of accident injuries. This, combined with the focus of Chiropractic education has allowed chiropractors to be effective expert witnesses in Whiplash cases.

If you have been in an accident and have pain, even if it is minor, consult with a doctor who has experience treating accident injuries. Our professional staff has over 20 years experience in managing Personal Injury cases.
 
Author: Dr. Gary Robertson is a 1989 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over 20 years expreience treating patients with accident injuries and has post-graduate training in Whiplash and Spinal Trauma, Spinal Biomechanics and Spinal Rehabilitation. Dr Robertson serves as the President for the Dade County Chiropractic Society.