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Rear-end automobile accidents are very common in the suburbs and cities. With the large majority of individuals utilizing their vehicles to move around, traffic frequently builds up, overcrowding the streets. In addition to the congested conditions, people may often be hurrying from one location to another, frustrated, or distracted, and an auto collision can be unpredictable under these circumstances. The National Transportation Safety Board statistics report that there are approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions each year, causing 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries.
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Recently, a Canadian study found that a considerable percentage of individuals who’ve been injured in these types of car crashes may eventually develop a form of chronic pain.

The research was conducted at the University of Alberta where 268 people who had suffered a grade 1 or 2 neck injury as a result of an automobile accident were evaluated. These were the least severe types of injuries as the scale also consists of grade 3 and 4. Each individual was examined at 3 months, 6 months, and at 1 year after the time of the accident. Additionally, the individuals were specifically asked the question, “Do you feel that you have recovered from your injuries?”

The end results of the study revealed that 3 months post-injury, about 38% of individuals reported pain and other symptoms. Then, 6 months post-injury results revealed that about 22% of individuals reported pain and other symptoms. Finally, the end results of the study revealed that 1 year post-injury, about 18% of individuals still reported pain and other symptoms. The results confirmed what previous research had found. A British research paper from 2009 described that as many as 5% of individuals may be permanently disabled from an auto collision and that a considerable amount of more than 5% of individuals may experience painful symptoms even 10 years or more after the initial injury.

If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident and experienced an injury that is causing you symptoms of pain and discomfort, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention to diagnose a possible injury or aggravated condition after the collision. A chiropractor commonly diagnoses and treats a large variety of injuries or conditions caused as a result of an auto accident. Through the use of chiropractic, spine adjustments and manual manipulations, a doctor of chiropractor may gradually help an individual recover and restore their natural well-being while eliminating any painful symptoms. Early treatment can be the key to preventing chronic symptoms from developing in the first place.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez


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