CAR CRASHES, WHIPLASH, AND CHRONIC NECK PAIN
You're sitting at the stoplight minding your own business, waiting for the light to turn green. All of a sudden, bam! There is the sound of shattering glass and crunching metal. You feel like your head just exploded. The kid that rearended you was texting, and never even hit his brakes. The police and emergency crews show up and insist that you be taken to the Emergency Room for evaluation. In the ER, a practitioner taps a reflex, has you move your head, looks in your eyes, and tells you that the x-rays are negative (no fracture). "You have a bit of whiplash Mr. Jones. It should be better in a few days, but in the mean time, you might want to make an appointment with your regular doctor to get some medication." You unwittingly climb on the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND and it begins to spin. You have just entered the world of CHRONIC NECK PAIN.
Don't feel alone. According to a 2005 study published in the medical journal Injury, 1% of the entire world's population is in the same boat (70,000,000 people suffer from Chronic Neck Pain as a direct result of INJURIES CAUSED BY AN MVA). According to a 1994 study (the journal Pain), half of these are still having diagnostic testing, taking drugs, and going to doctors, nearly a decade after the accident. CHRONIC NECK PAIN is one of the leading causes of misery in this country. If you are one of those who suffers with Chronic Neck Pain due to a car crash (or for any other reason), please click on the links above. Educate yourself. Knowledge is power, and if you want any hope of ever living a normal life again, you have to understand what your doctor does not. And although it may be scary, you'll have to step out of the box just a little bit.
If you will take a few minutes to watch some of our videos on the subject (HERE as well as the links above), you'll notice that I have a special interest in helping those of you who were injured long ago --- some of you decades ago. If you are wondering whether or not you might be helped by what I do, schedule an appointment with Tracy (417-934-6337). Or, if you are out of the area, EMAIL ME A HEALTH HISTORY. I will let you know my honest opinion. To see others I have helped with WHIPLASH, click the link.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).