For most people injured in a car accident, full recovery is obtained within 6 months or less. However some people have injuries that require a longer course of treatment and occasionally some need ongoing care. The goal of treatment is to get you back to functioning as well as you reasonably can. 100% recovery is always the goal but not always realistically obtainable due to the complicated nature of whiplash injuries. When the treatment is no longer creating significant improvements in your ability to function and your objective exam finding are no longer showing progress, then maximum benefit from care has been obtained.

There are multiple factors that can influence your ability to recover. Pain that last longer than 8 days or pain that is severe indicates a tougher recovery. Having 4 or more prior episodes of pain or a pre-existing condition can complicate the recovery as well.

Other factors can include:

  • Biomechanical stress
  • Psychological stress
  • Poor compliance
  • Prolonged static stress
  • Re-injury exacerbation
  • Multilevel degenerative joint disease
  • Spondylolisthesis

Adapted from: Haldeman S, Chapman-Smith S, Peterson SM. Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters: Proceedings of the Mercy Center Consensus Conference. Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A. Aspen Pub. 1992. Chapter 8.

Our goal at Frisco Spinal Rehabilitation is to help you recover fully from your injuries. We help patients avoid late whiplash syndrome and chronic whiplash pain.

The chiropractic doctors at Frisco Spinal Rehabilitation will do everything they can to shorten your recovery and make sure you receive the most benefit you reasonably can with conservative treatment options. Call us today if you have been injured in a car accident and live in the Frisco area.

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