In recent years, advanced technologies and innovative designs have greatly improved the chances of survival for victims of car accidents.
But while fatalities from motor vehicle collisions have reached an all-time low, the figures that are less often reported are the millions of non-fatal crashes that result in whiplash-type injuries, a complex condition that is hard to treat and can have prolonged effects.
Individuals with whiplash often find it difficult to find the right care, as most physicians don’t have the specialized training to provide the most effective treatment.
At Community Chiropractic Center, Dr. Mark Burdette, D.C., has been treating auto accident patients for 11 years and is an expert in whiplash, holding an advanced certification in CAD, cervical acceleration/deceleration (commonly known as whiplash).
Burdette’s certification from the Spinal Research Institute of San Diego makes him especially skilled to treat a condition that’s typically not straight forward. Whiplash symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear after the initial trauma, and while minor injuries can be resolved with a few chiropractic visits, many cases can take six to twelve months to heal and involve a multi-faceted medical approach.
“Whiplash symptoms have a wide range. It’s not simply pain. It can be anything from sleep and mood disorders, to eating disorders and thyroid damage,” said Burdette, who spent 20 years in active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps before earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Texas.
“There are different grades of whiplash depending on how severe the impact is, and what the symptomology is,” he continued. “Whiplash needs to be graded accordingly and given a proper diagnosis, and it needs to be given a suitable treatment plan.”
To better help his auto accident patients, who make up a third of his clients, Burdette earned the advanced CAD certification in April 2011 following specialized instruction and training in whiplash.
“I wanted to be able to provide the highest level of care and highest documentation standards for patients,” said Burdette.