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Several studies suggest that individuals with previous symptoms of neck pain were more likely to develop chronic symptoms after suffering 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 constant 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 injury, while researchers also examined their medical data three years prior to the injury. Throughout the six years, the people with whiplash were recorded to be more than twice as likely to seek constant medical attention from their symptoms. However, people with higher rates of medical care before the injury were recorded to be more likely to report more sick days and greater rates of medical attention as compared to individuals with lower rates of medical care before the injury.

Therefore, according to the study, people who had a previous neck injury or condition prior to experiencing the whiplash-type injury were at a higher risk of developing chronic symptoms as compared to those whom didn’t present prior injuries or conditions. Regardless of the findings, seeking and continuing medical attention for your injuries is crucial towards alleviating any impairing symptoms, ultimately helping the individual reach a full recovery without developing chronic problems.

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Many people who’ve experienced symptoms of whiplash type injuries often describe persistent pain and discomfort some time 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 natural function of the body and it’s important to seek medical attention immediately to avoid developing chronic symptoms. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

 

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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