Chiropractic care is often recommended as a first-line treatment for whiplash because it is non-invasive and is more effective in reducing pain and improving function in many patients. In contrast to more invasive treatments such as surgery or injections, chiropractic care carries a lower risk of complications and side effects. Furthermore, studies have shown that chiropractic care can be just as effective, if not more effective, than other treatments for whiplash, such as medication or physical therapy. For example, a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine found that chiropractic care was more effective than physical therapy in reducing pain and improving the range of motion in patients with whiplash-associated disorders.
Whiplash injury is a relatively common injury that can occur in various situations, most commonly in car accidents and other activities such as contact sports or falls. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, whiplash injuries occur in about 20% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States, translating to an estimated 1 million cases per year.