Several studies suggest that individuals with previous symptoms of neck pain were more likely to develop chronic symptoms after a whiplash injury. But the true question was whether people who received medical attention for any neck or back injury or condition before being involved in an automobile accident reflected on their persistent symptoms as compared to people who never received medical attention for another complication, and only then did they seek treatment after the accident.
Researchers conducted a study where the medical records of 1.2 million people were analyzed; from those, 1,443 individuals were identified to have whiplash. The individuals who suffered from whiplash were tracked for three years after the automobile accident, while researchers also examined their medical data three years before the injury. Throughout the six years, people with whiplash were recorded to be more than twice as likely to seek constant medical attention for their symptoms. However, people with higher rates of medical care before the injury were recorded as more likely to report more sick days and greater rates of medical attention than individuals with lower rates of medical care before the injury.
Therefore, according to the study, people with a previous neck injury or condition before experiencing the whiplash-type injury were at a higher risk of developing chronic symptoms than those who didn’t present prior injuries or illnesses. Regardless of the findings, seeking and continuing medical attention for your damages is crucial to alleviating any impairing symptoms, ultimately helping the individual fully recover without developing chronic problems.
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Many people who’ve experienced symptoms of whiplash-type injuries often describe persistent pain and discomfort sometime after the initial injury. Research shows that people who suffered a previous injury or condition that required medical attention were at a higher risk of developing chronic whiplash symptoms. Chiropractic treatment can help restore the body’s natural function, and it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid developing chronic symptoms. For more information, please ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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