Whiplash injuries caused by the sudden acceleration-deceleration forces on the neck as a result a rear-end or side impact crash are quite common after a car accident. On recent study is looking into a new way of treating whiplash.
The University of Queensland's Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine is currently trialing a combination of dry needling and exercise for chronic whiplash sufferers. The researchers say using dry needles is an attempt to "settle down" the nervous system, allowing patients to participate in exercises typically recommended for whiplash. Dry needling involves the insertion of fine acupuncture needles into muscle trigger points in an attempt to deactivate them.
The trial only started last month and currently has five participants but will expand to include 120 over the next year. Some participants receive dry needling, while others receive a "sham" injection - a blunt needle which is not inserted into the muscle.
It is way too early to know if this approach will relieve the thousands of people who sustain whiplash injuries from car accidents every day. However, I support anything that could help whiplash victims.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, don't ignore it and say "It's just whiplash." Whiplash is a serious injury that needs to be treated. Talk to a respectable chiropractor, orthopedist or your family doctor if you have neck pain after a car accident. Ignoring it will result in chronic problems.
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