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Previous Injuries Can Affect Whiplash Symptoms

Previous Injuries Can Affect Whiplash Symptoms - El Paso Chiropractor
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Up to half of individuals who’ve experienced a whiplash type of injury describe facing an incomplete recovery of their symptoms and approximately one third of individuals continue to feel moderately to severely impaired for two to three years after the initial injury. Because a significant amount of people reported the development of chronic complications, ongoing studies are being focused on identifying the factors for people at risk of persistent symptoms.

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. Additionally, the individuals with more frequent medical care visits before the whiplash injury had the greatest increase in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions, headache, dizziness, and tinnitus.

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.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez


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