Each year there are 3 million whiplash injuries in the United States, and an estimated 1 in 100 people around the world suffer chronic neck pain because of a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle accident. Many of the patients that pursue chiropractic services have suffered a whiplash injury and seek relief from the pain and discomfort such injuries cause, not only to the head and neck, but to the rest of the body. With these types of injuries being such a relevant problem, Dr. Unruh has continually studied the advanced training in head and neck trauma from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and has held certification with the institute for 10 years. As the only chiropractor to hold this certification in the Santa Clarita Valley, Dr. Unruh is able to provide the most modern care for his patients.
The training at the Spine Research Institute focuses on Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration (CAD) injuries, or injuries sustained to the neck region that plunge the cervical vertebrae either forward or backward with force. While committed to CAD research, the Institute also trains established medical professionals in the specific aspects of whiplash injury. Training includes an in-depth understanding of the physics of motor vehicle crashes to human biomechanics, different diagnostics, and treatment and pain management techniques. Dr. Unruh has studied these techniques extensively and continually attends conferences to learn the most updated research and treatments for CAD injuries.
Treating whiplash injuries through chiropractic care has proven to be more successful than other popular treatments, including acupuncture and medicine. A study conducted by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego showed that 93% of late whiplash patients felt effective relief after continual treatments. It is also important to note that, typically, it is more challenging to manage late whiplash patients than it is to handle acute cases. “Late” whiplash is when the symptoms of pain and discomfort do not appear immediately after injury, but typically begin 6 months or more afterwards. Such symptoms can then move beyond head and neck pain to include spinal cord injury, brain injury, lower back pain, herniation of cervical discs, and cranial nerve palsies, to name a few.
The standard chiropractic treatment for whiplash injuries includes spinal manipulation for the realignment of the spine. This is not achieved after a singular treatment, but rather over a series of visits over an extended timeline, depending on the severity of the injuries.
At Unruh Spine Center, whole body wellness is the ultimate goal, and when treating whiplash patients Dr. Unruh will analyze all of the symptoms of the patient to determine the best course of action for treatment. With over ten years holding his certification in whiplash treatment, Dr. Unruh offers the most advanced treatment options for neck trauma in the Santa Clarita Valley. If you have suffered a spinal or neck injury, visit the Unruh Spine Center for help, today!
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Unruh concerning your whiplash injury, contact Unruh Spine Center in Santa Clarita.