A Best Car Accident Chiropractor Doctor can help you with back and neck pain you may have incurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Find a chiropractor doctor that specializes in neck pain treatment caused by a car accident near you and begin your treatment TODAY!
During a motor vehicle accident, the sudden and forceful impact causes the body to move in two opposite directions. This is called hyperflexion/hyperextension or a whiplash.
Depending on the severity of the impact, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are forcefully overstretched causing tearing. This tearing in the soft tissues of the neck and/or back muscles can cause immediate pain and stiffness. The spinal vertebrae, due to the whiplash, can often misalign and also cause pain and loss of motion in the affected bones. At times, the pain does not immediately appear, but it can occur one to four days later, or sometimes longer. In other cases, especially in younger individuals, the pain sensation may only last a few days and then disappear.
Regardless of the symptoms, an examination by a doctor of chiropractic is necessary to determine the extent of the injury and the appropriate treatment plan. Based on clinical experience, leaving these types of injuries untreated can lead to significant chronic conditions in the future, such as scar tissue formation, arthritic degeneration, and intervertebral disc disease, among many others.
Immediately after a car accident, the most useful treatment is ice therapy on the affected areas. Five to ten minutes of ice at a time is best, with ten to fifteen minutes off, in between. This should be performed at least five times daily in the first two days following the auto accident. Avoiding excessive standing, or sitting, as well as lifting heavy objects is critical to proper healing. At times, it may be necessary to have a leave of absence from work, especially if the work duties involve physical work.
Here are FIVE very important reasons WHY!
- During a car accident, a driver or a passenger undergoes a whiplash. This causes the neck muscles to be suddenly over-stretched beyond their normal physiological range. It can result in micro-tearing of the muscle fibers causing pain in the affected region, be it neck, lower back, shoulder, middle back, or hips. If this tearing does not heal properly, scar tissue can build and cause the affected muscles to shorten in length. Every day this process increases and eventually can lead to arthritic changes and possible disc degeneration as well as neurological impairments.
- After a car accident, if you suffered injuries, your body needs rest. Chiropractic doctors that specialize in neck pain treatment after a car accident will take a history of your health prior to the auto accident to determine if your present injuries were caused by the accident. If the doctor determines that your symptoms will be adversely affected by your work duties, he may suggest you take time off your work to concentrate on the proper healing of your injuries. Only a doctor can determine this factor.
- Best Car Accident Chiropractors™ specialize in the treatment of neck back pain that results from a car accident. Each doctor has his or her unique treatment style, so it’s important that you meet with different practitioners to find one that meets your needs.
- Many times, after an accident, the patient may not feel any pain. This is due to the adrenaline effect. Unfortunately, if there is damage that is not corrected, the patient may suffer from severe pain in the future that can become chronic and may progress into arthritis, disc damage, neurological symptoms, chronic neck or back pain, shoulder pain, or chronic headaches. Only a properly trained doctor can detect these asymptomatic injuries that need to be corrected as soon as possible after a car accident.
- A car accident whiplash can cause the patient to hit their head on the headrest, or steering wheel. This can cause symptoms such as neck pain, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, loss of memory, blurred vision, temporary loss of consciousness, severe migraine like headaches, vertigo like symptoms, and even loss of appetite and depression. A doctor of chiropractic is trained to determine if any of these symptoms need to be evaluated further, and can refer you to the appropriate specialist for further evaluation, if needed.
Do you suffer from low back pain? You are not alone. According to ACA, the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience neck-back pain at any given time. Whether you have neck pain as a result of a car accident, sports injury, or just from too much sitting or standing, you are in luck!
Eighty percent of people suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that neck pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of neck pain.
The susceptibility of the neck to injury and pain is due to the fact that the neck is a very unstable part of the spine, unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury.
As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the neck can withstand tremendous forces without injury. However, if the neck is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a neck injury.
Until recently, researchers believed that neck pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when neck pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take neck pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. Contact our chiropractor . . . we can help!
The Causes of Low Back Pain
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain.
Due to the fact that there are a whole lot of things that can cause low back pain, and some of those things can be quite serious if left untreated, it is important to seek professional help. Chiropractors are the experts at diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for low back pain. Here are some of the most common causes I see:
Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common.
Sprains, Strains and Spasms
This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much. By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get in to see their chiropractor. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.
Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, as well as to get regular exercise.
Treating Neck Pain With Chiropractic
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it’s simply a matter of adjusting the cervical vertebrae and thoracic vertebrae to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints.
Chiropractic treatment of the neck has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low neck pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.