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In motor vehicle accidents, the occupants suffer more than the cars do. When a moving object stops suddenly there are tremendous forces generated. When these are applied to the human neck, the forward and backward movement is referred to as Whiplash. No matter the direction of impact, the results can be devastating. Whiplash is commonly thought to be the result of being struck from the rear. However, it occurs with impact from any direction. And the impact doesn't have to be severe. You can suffer terribly from an injury caused in an accident in a grocery store parking lot.
Following impact, the head is forced back and forth moving beyond the normal limits of movement. The tendons, ligaments and muscles are overstretched and occasionally torn. The pressure generated on the disc may cause bulging, or in extreme cases, rupture (herniation). Spinal joints are subluxated and their motion greatly restricted. The nerve roots and possibly the spinal cord itself are stretched causing serious irritation. The instability that results from the soft tissue damage can cause headaches, dizziness, blurred or fuzzy vision, ringing in the ears, pain in the neck, arms and hands, and loss of strength and limited movement.
And don't forget the lower back. Not all whiplashes are confined to the neck. Especially in cars with only lap-type seat belts, lower back whiplash is common. As the body changes and adapts to this damage, problems abound. The sooner treatment is begun after an accident the better. The chiropractic approach is to perform a thorough case history and examination similar to when you had your first visit. X-rays are commonly taken unless they were done immediately following the accident.
Based upon his/her findings, your chiropractor will establish a treatment program for you in order to appropriately manage your care. This will include the application of ice to reduce the effects of inflammation. Occasionally, a cervical collar is recommended to help stabilize the neck during the acute phase of care. You may or may not be removed from work for a short period of time. Certainly, spinal adjustments will form a large and important part of your care to return your neck to normal mobility as soon as possible. Later, exercising becomes an integral part of care: your part. Additional modalities are used if your chiropractor feels they would benefit you, including massage therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation courses, attendance at a fitness center, et cetera. Be sure to consult your chiropractor immediately after an accident so you needn't suffer!
Hello my name is Laura Critten and I first became a patient in June of ’07. In 2005 I became aware of severe pain in my back. Because of this pain I couldn’t stand or walk. I suffered from headaches, I couldn’t sleep and I had no energy. I tried different kinds of treatments such as medications and surgery but the only results from these treatments were severe pain and loss of movement. Within two weeks of starting chiropractic care I had more mobility and less pain. I was able to stand in lines and walk a short distance. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Maurer is good at explaining treatments and how they work.
Hi! My name is Pamelah! I started coming to Family Back and Neck Care Centre in October of 2011. I noticed pain in my neck and lower back a couple of days after my car accident. I was having trouble reading, sleeping, sitting, bending, and standing. After just one week I noticed improvement! My pain is now fully relieved and I have no trouble sleeping. The staff is very friendly and welcoming! The doctors are very professional and encouraging!
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