Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Whiplash-Associated Disorders

In British Columbia, over 35,000 people suffer each year from WAD due to motor vehicle crashes. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia spends approximately 500 million dollars annually (31) to administer claims, replace income, litigate and lastly, pay for WAD treatment. This figure does not include the cost borne by other insurers including the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia, Workers Compensation Board or private insurers such as Pacific Blue Cross. Nor does it include the loss of productivity to employers or financial and emotional damage to families.The BCCA whiplash experience is best summarized by Eni in a retrospective study of 805 patients managed by chiropractic doctors in British Columbia (4). The major findings are:
  • Chiropractic intervention within 10 days of the accident achieved the highest rate of recovery when compared to chiropractic patients seen after a long delay from the date of injury.
  • The average length of time from the date of injury to the initial chiropractic visit was 2.5 months.
  • Increased delay for the initial chiropractic visit resulted in higher costs.
  • A mean of 16 visits were required over an average of 5 months to achieve recovery (59%) or partial recovery (19%) in 78 percent of patients
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