Whiplash is a type of neck injury that results from rapid forward and backward motions associated with car accidents. Whiplash can also cause minor back, muscle, and ligament injuries and damage to the spinal discs, and many Auto Injury victims report secondary symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, concentration problems, vertigo, and fatigue, as well. The good news is, a Hazel Dell Chiropractor can provide relief. Read on to find out how.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation, can help by gently repositioning the affected neck joints back into their proper places. In cases where whiplash has contributed to herniated or bulging discs, gentle, hands-on chiropractic adjustments like flexion-distraction can also help.

Muscle Stimulation and Relaxation

Muscle stimulation and relaxation involve addressing whiplash-induced muscle dysfunction. It works by gently stretching and contracting the restricted muscles using finger pressure techniques. Loosening tight muscles can help to alleviate pain and improve range of motion following a Car Accident.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy helps to stretch soft tissues surrounding the spine and stimulate the nervous system. A Hazel Dell Chiropractor will begin by identifying spinal joints that show abnormal or limited motion. He or she will then use specific trigger point therapy to restore normal motion to the affected spinal joints.

Soft Tissue Therapies

Whiplash always involves soft tissue injuries, so it makes sense that chiropractors almost always recommend soft tissue therapies like massage following an accident. Therapeutic massages can help to release muscle tension and restore proper function. Some chiropractors will also use other soft tissue therapies like stretch-and-resist techniques and muscle energy therapy.

Recommendations for Home Care

The Best Hazel Dell Chiropractor won’t just provide temporary relief. He or she will also suggest treatments and techniques that accident victims can perform safely at home without risking additional strain. Expert chiropractors can also teach whiplash victims how to perform daily tasks without contributing to their pain.

The Bottom Line

After an accident, it’s always wise to seek out a Chiropractor Near Me. Sometimes it takes a while for pain, soreness, and range of motion issues caused by whiplash to become obvious. Don’t wait until the pain is excruciating. Schedule a consultation with a qualified chiropractor as soon as possible after the accident.

Immediately after a car accident, most people will ignore pain and potential injury. There’s so much to do; information exchange, insurance notifications, tow trucks and police reports seem never-ending at the scene of the accident. With the rush of emotions, nerves and adrenaline it is very easy to forget that you may be injured and in need of medical attention.

Injuries may not always be immediately apparent. Some can take weeks to appear. It is important to be evaluated by a medical professional immediately even if you do not think you are injured. It may seem that you don’t have time for a doctor’s visit; you’re still dealing with the emotional stress of the accident, fighting with insurance companies, and trying to recoup any losses. Remember, though, that your health is more valuable than any car will ever be.

The failure to seek medical treatment after your car accident can cost you money and valuable healing and recovery time. Undiagnosed injuries can cause you to miss work, suffer pain, and maybe even keep you from doing the things you love.

So when should you schedule an evaluation from your chiropractor? Here’s a few things to keep in mind after your accident.

The Degree of Damage Done to the Car is No Indication of Injury
While extensive damage to your car, a potential head injury, or immediate pain is an automatic indicator that you should seek medical help, don’t discount the minor fender bender’s ability to cause you lasting physical injury. Even a “minor” car accident can result in injuries to the soft tissue, neck or back; if not treated properly, these injuries can result in chronic issues, such as arthritis.

Your car is designed to absorb shock from a collision, but it isn’t capable of fully protecting the occupants from injury. Any time you are suddenly and forcefully jerked, like from a rear-end accident, there is potential for injury. Even the most minor accident can cause injury such as whiplash; in fact, over half of all documented whiplash injuries happen in accidents involving very little vehicle damage.

The only way to be sure you are physically unhurt is to be evaluated by a professional.

Remember that a Lack of Pain Following the Accident Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Injured
Even though immediate pain at the time of the accident will mean you are injured, remember that sometimes it can take several days or even a few weeks or months for the injury to show. Obviously, if you are severely injured you should go to the emergency room for evaluation, but if you “feel fine” after the accident, you should always make an appointment for a professional evaluation by a chiropractor as soon as possible.

Many insurances will deny payment of any claims for doctor visits after a certain amount of time has passed, even if the injury seems to be from the accident. To make sure your visits and injuries are covered, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor prior to two weeks after the accident. The sooner you are evaluated, the better for your health and your insurance adjuster.

The Sooner You Can See a Chiropractor, the Shorter Your Recovery Will Be
It is most advisable to schedule your evaluation by a chiropractor immediately after your car accident. If your injuries are immediately apparent – like fractures, bleeding or a head injury – you need to immediately seek treatment from your local emergency room. Otherwise, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor even if you feel fine after the crash.

Medically, your chiropractor will asses and document your injuries, and begin treatment for them immediately. This is important because while you are not feeling pain, you could still have neck or back injuries. No matter how you feel after the accident, you should always play it safe and be evaluated by a chiropractor trained to treat car accident injuries.

Financially, most insurance companies will only cover medical claims made within three days of an accident. Claims filed after the time limit will diminish your benefits and may not even be paid. Remember that insurance companies are not on your side and will look for ways to get out of reimbursing claims. As far as they are concerned, if you wait more than three days to seek medical treatment, your injuries are probably not that serious or not related to the car accident. As a result, they will limit payments or deny them altogether. Even if you do not feel any symptoms of injury, always seek immediate chiropractic evaluation to ensure your injuries will be covered by your insurance companies.

Can a Chiropractor Help After an Accident?
Our chiropractors at Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage are specially trained in many things and doing a follow up post-accident is our specialty. Chiropractic attention to address injuries will aid in stopping pain and speeding the healing process. Your chiropractor will, through a series of gentle spinal manipulations, help you by:

Restoring your mobility: As the days pass after your accident, you will develop soreness and stiffness that can severely limit your mobility and the ability to perform daily activities. Your chiropractor can address these issues and get you back on your feet quickly.

Healing the Injury: A trained chiropractor will improve your strength and flexibility following your accident. Chiropractic adjustments will also improve your health in the long-term.

Relieving the Pain: Your chiropractor is trained to understand soft tissue injuries and the pain they can bring. A chiropractic adjustment will help these injuries heal, naturally and without harmful medications, faster than they would without treatment.

Make Your Chiropractor Appointment Immediately After Your Accident
With all the phone calls you have to make following a car accident, make sure that one of those calls is to you chiropractor. Waiting too long to seek medical attention will cost you money and valuable healing time and may make a minor injury worse without treatment.

Don’t ignore minor pain or assume that you’re not injured because you have no pain. A chiropractor will assess you and, if an injury is discovered, will begin immediate treatment to heal you and get you back to your life with a natural, non-invasive treatment plan.

Contact us today, we’re here to help you recover.

When people hear the term carpal tunnel syndrome, many generally think of typists, factory workers, and other people who have to perform repetitive tasks with their hands. And while it is often classified as a “repetitive use” injury, it can also be caused by sudden trauma, such as in a car accident. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) from a car accident is referred to as acute CTS or traumatic CTS.

CTS can range from mild to debilitating and can cause significant adverse ramifications for accident victims. Insurers often argue claims of this nature, so claimants will need substantial medical documentation to support their case. If you have developed acute CTS after a car accident in Oregon or Washington state, schedule an appointment at Accident Care Chiropractic and Massage to discuss your treatment options.

What exactly is carpal tunnel syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is the small space along the wrist that houses the median nerve, blood vessels, and several flexor tendons that run from the forearm to the palm of the hand. CTS is a condition that arises out of damage to and pressure around the carpal tunnel.

In a car accident, if the structures in the forearm, wrist, and hands such as the nerves, tendons, and muscles sustain damage and become inflamed, the wrist can swell and compress the median nerve, causing CTS. The damage commonly occurs when people brace themselves or tense up and grip the steering wheel just before impact. The impact with the steering wheel and excess force and tension on the wrist area winds up causing damage to the soft tissues.

Symptoms of CTS can include the following:

Aching pain
Tingling
Burning
Itching
Numbness
Weakness in the hands
Reduced grip strength and a tendency to drop things

You may not feel the symptoms of CTS right away; damage to the carpal tunnel can take a while to manifest. On the other hand, you may also notice symptoms straightaway. It is important to seek chiropractic attention immediately after an accident, and thereafter as you experience additional pain, discomfort, and/or limited mobility in your back, neck, or extremities.

What are the effects of CTS?
The symptoms of CTS may come and go, and worsen over time if not treated. Many people find their condition worsens at night, waking them up and causing restlessness, which in turn can contribute to sleep deprivation and persistent grogginess. With numbness and reduced grip strength, it can make daily tasks difficult to perform. It can be impossible to work if your hands are not functioning correctly. Even brushing your hair or teeth can become difficult.

If you suspect that you are developing CTS, you will want to address your concerns with your chiropractic doctor. Your doctor will give you an exam, review your history, and likely order several types of diagnostic tests to see what types of internal damage your wrist may have, as well as to rule out any other conditions.

Depending upon the severity and persistence of your injuries, the following are conservative or invasive treatments for CTS:

Avoiding excess strain to the area and any activities that aggravate your symptoms
Cold packs
Wrist splinting
Kinesio Taping
Physical Therapy

Some patients find relief with additional measures, such as acupuncture and ultrasound therapy.

Chiropractors know that adjustments are good for your general health. Millions of satisfied patients cannot be wrong. But what do chiropractors know that the rest of us do not?

They know the nervous system is the one system in the body that directly affects every other system. This is because nerves conduct sensory information from every part of the body and then delivers this information to the brain. Once there, the brain analyzes the information to determine what the body needs to maintain a healthy state. So the health of this system is paramount to the good health of the rest of the body.

Chiropractors recognize that misalignment in the spine can interfere with proper nervous system function. More specifically, chiropractors study the effects of vertebral subluxations – conditions of the spine where alignment and/or movement patterns of the vertebrae are abnormal. When this occurs, imbalances cause irritation and inflammation. In turn, this can cause interference with information that is transmitted along nerves and spinal cord. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct spinal subluxations.

This is the principal reason why chiropractors should be called wellness doctors. Every time a chiropractor corrects a vertebral subluxation, the positive effects are felt in multiple systems simultaneously. Chiropractic Care Promotes Overall Wellness

Where’s the Proof?

For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain and headaches.(1-3) In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness-based philosophies focused on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role.

The traditional medical model of symptom-based healthcare is rapidly waning. We no longer feel we have to be sick to call upon a health professional for advice. Instead, we are focusing more on the detrimental effects stress has on our bodies, and the therapies that address the mind-body connection are getting much more attention.

In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the four most popular forms of alternative and complementary medicine were listed as: natural products, deep breathing, meditation and chiropractic!(4)

People are casting their votes with their healthcare dollars and chiropractors are taking a leadership role in this new wellness model. As a profession whose core philosophy is about the optimization of the brain-body communication network, chiropractic can be viewed as a therapy with an emphasis on whole body health and wellness

Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. In a recent study that reviewed all the available research to date, investigators found that “chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measurable health benefits to people regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms.”(5) More people are seeking what chiropractic offers: optimization of health and an improved quality of life, with a spine free of vertebral subluxations!

In a multi-nation study involving hundreds of chiropractors and thousands of chiropractic patients, researchers sought to measure the incidence of non-musculoskeletal responses to chiropractic therapy. What they found was that a number of patients experienced systemic benefits from their chiropractic treatments whether or not they mentioned any symptoms in these areas at the onset of care. The most common benefits reported in this study were breathing (27%), digestion (26%) and circulation (21%).(6)

In yet another ground-breaking study, chiropractic adjustments were shown to actually decrease blood pressure, one of the leading causes for preventable death in North America (in relation to the incidence of heart-attacks and strokes). The study stood up to medical scrutiny and showed unequivocally that vertebral subluxations – of the upper cervical vertebra in this case – can be detrimental to the health of the individual, and not just a pain in the neck.(7)

From these research results, chiropractors clearly have a greater role in your health and wellness than just treating sore backs. Chiropractic care should be considered an invaluable tool for you to not only help you feel well, but to also help you be well.

References and sources:

1. Dagenais S, Gay RE, Tricco AC, Freeman MD & Mayer JM. NASS Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Acute Low Back Pain. Spine Journal 2010 (Oct.); 10(10): 918-940.

2. Bronfort G, Assendelft WJJ, Evans R, Haas M & Bouter L. Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache: A Systematic Review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Sept.); 24(7): 457-466

3. Thiel HW & Bolton JE. Predic- tors For Immediate and Global Responses to Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008 (Mar.); 31(3): 172-183.

4. Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin R. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults and Children: United States, 2007. CDC National Health Statistics Report #12. December 10, 2008.

5. Hannon SM. Objective Physiologic Changes and Associated Health Benefits of Chiro- practic Adjustments in Asymptom- atic Subjects: A Review of the Literature. J Vertebral Subluxation Research 2004 (Apr.): 1-9.

6. Leboeuf-Yde C, Pedersen EN, Bryner P, Cosman D, Hayek R, Meeker WC, Shaik J, Terrazas O, Tucker J & Walsh M. Self-reported Nonmusculoskeletal Responses to Chiropractic Intervention: A Multi- nation Survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005 (Jun.); 28(5): 294-302.

7. Bakris G, Dickholtz M, Meyer PM, Kravitz G, Avery E, Miller M, Brown J, Woodfield C & Bell B. Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Human Hypertension 2007 (May); 21(5): 347-352.

 

Accident Care Chiropractic & Massage

After a car accident that results in back pain, many people do not even consider seeing a chiropractor. Instead, they use drugs or have surgery to treat their pain. Obviously each of the latter treatments carries inherent risks. What’s great about chiropractic care is the fact that it does not require drugs or surgery. To help lend more insight, here are some ways a chiropractor treats back pain after an auto accident.

  1. Inflammation

Inflammation is common after an auto accident due to tears in muscles and ligaments. This is why people awaken in serious pain and often mistake the issue for something else. Even worse, an X-ray is not going to detect inflammation, which could potentially cause even more confusion and delay any sort of meaningful treatment. On the other hand, a chiropractor will align the spinal chord, which will cause your body to release a natural anti-inflammatory.

  1. No Drugs

As mentioned earlier, one of the most common remedies for back pain following an auto accident is the use of drugs. Painkillers usually make the user feel better for a short amount of time. However, drugs don’t actually do anything to heal the injury; instead, they merely mask the pain. Additionally, painkillers are extremely addictive. Users get accustomed to the way they the drugs make them feel, but have to take more and more to achieve some semblance of that initial euphoria.

Chiropractic therapy provides welcome pain relief without the need for medication. Beyond that, it handles the injury directly rather than fogging the brain to mask the pain. This increases the chances of recovery and lessens those of dependence and addiction.

  1. Improved Range of Motion

Inflammation from back pain can cause a variety of health problems. This is because it blocks blood and vital nutrients, ultimately impairing the healing process. Fortunately, this can be solved by various chiropractic adjustments that will drastically improve mobility without impeding the body’s ability to heal.

  1. Reduces Pain

Chiropractic adjustment reduces pain by causing the body to release specific hormones. In addition to minimizing pain at the site of the injury, these hormones also reduce pain across the entire body.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident do not hesitate to contact the chiropractic doctors at Accident Care Chiropractic. Specializing in auto injuries, work injuries, and both massage and physical therapy, their skilled team of professionals will put you on the road to recovery in no time.

We all want to keep our kids as safe as possible, which is why we go to such great lengths to read labels and comparison shop to find the best products for our kids.  Unfortunately, we can’t always protect them from harm.  Even with a car that receives top safety ratings and a car seat designed to protect a child’s small body, a car accident can subject a child’s body to extreme forces, resulting in injury or even death.

The good news is, car seats are designed to provide extra protection thanks to 5-point harnesses, additional padding, and other safety precautions.  Even older kids can benefit from belt positioning booster seats until they are large enough to use the seat belt normally.  According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), such precautions can reduce the risk of injury by 58% in side impact crashes, which tend to be the most harmful to child passengers.

Still, the majority of crashes are front or rear end collisions.  Any time you’re in an accident, you need to understand how your children could be affected.  Here’s what can happen to a child’s body in an accident.

Impact

When an impact occurs, it subjects the driver and passengers to incredible forces that generally cause the body to whip back and forth or side to side, depending on where impact occurs.  For safety reasons, children are often placed in the second row of seats.

This, paired with the use of appropriate car seats or boosters can help to minimize harm to children, but they’re still going to experience at least some impact force, which will cause them to be thrust away from the impact site and then whipped back toward it.  Accidents can also result in broken glass and debris inside the car that can harm child passengers.

Injury

While adults most frequently suffer from injuries like whiplash, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones as a result of car accidents, the injuries most common to children can be a bit different.  Head injuries and concussions also frequently occur with child passengers, but children may also be more susceptible than adults to chest and back injuries, as well as organ damage.

As with adults, the harm done to children is not always clear in the immediate aftermath of an accident, which is why children involved in auto collisions should always be thoroughly examined by medical professionals as soon as possible to diagnose potential injuries and begin necessary treatment.

Get help from Accident Care Chiropractic today. Contact Us.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 6 million car accidents occur each year.  Of that number, about 40% are classified as rear end collisions.  Thanks to advanced safety features, many people walk away from fender benders and even more serious accidents completely unharmed.  However, it’s not uncommon for injuries to result from traffic collisions.

If you are rear ended, any number of injuries could result, but some are much more common than others.  When an accident happens and adrenaline is high, you might not notice aches and pains immediately, but when you are aware of what could occur, you may be more inclined to take inventory and seek medical attention.  Here are some of the most common injuries resulting from being rear ended.

Whiplash

When your car is rear ended, it can cause your head to snap back and forth in a violent motion, damaging the soft tissue of your neck.  This could leave you with symptoms ranging from mild soreness to serious pain and associated side effects like migraines.

The worst thing about whiplash is that it could take days or weeks to realize the full extent of your injury.  Whiplash is the injury most often associated with rear end collisions because victims generally don’t see the accident coming and are unable to brace for impact.

Concussion

Traumatic brain injuries are also common following rear end collisions, and concussions are perhaps the most frequent type.  The sudden snapping motion of the neck and/or a blow to the head could cause your brain to bounce or twist inside your skull.

This trauma can lead to swelling around the brain and symptoms like dizziness, headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and even amnesia.  Some people who experience concussions pass out (although some do not).  You may not realize you have a concussion right away, so it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional.

Broken Bones

When your body is thrust forward during a rear end collision, you could end up with broken bones from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other surface of the car.  It’s not uncommon for broken bones to occur in the hands, feet, ribcage, spine, and skull.

Paralysis

Any rear end collision could result in injury, but at high rates of speed, the outcomes could be much worse.  When serious spinal injury occurs, the result could be some form of paralysis, either temporary or permanent.  It all depends on where and how the spine is injured and the severity of the trauma.

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How to Choose the Best Chiropractor for Your Injury

Chiropractic treatment is proven effective in the treatment of several different injuries. Whether you are suffering from chronic headaches or muscle spasms, if you’ve been involved in a car accident or suffering from too many hours in front of a laptop – chiropractic treatment can help. However, researching chiropractors and treatment options is akin to finding any other medical assistance, and an injured individual must be particular in finding the best chiropractor of his or her injury.

Understand How a Chiropractor Is Certified

The best chiropractor for your injury treatment should hold some qualification to perform adjustments and provide treatment advice. A certified chiropractor is required to complete a stringent program called a Doctor of Chiropractic. A DC after the chiropractor’s name denotes this educational requirement and certification, similar to a MD or JD, for medical doctor and juris doctor, respectively. Usually you can determine a chiropractor’s level of education and type of certification by a quick online search, but if it isn’t specified on a website or industry referral, feel free to ask.

The specific field of study or specialization of a certification program, and potential benefit of a specific qualification to your improvement, varies by injury. Some of the possible areas of focus include pharmacology, gross anatomy, and neurology. And there are many others that deal with a specific area of the body or method of treatment.

Be Scrupulous About the Technique and Treatments Used

In the world of modern medicine the same illness or injury can be treated through different techniques and approaches. For example, if you see a doctor with complaints of lower back pain, one could prescribe a prescription drug, while the other recommends a specific lifestyle change. In many instances, these treatment plans are divisive, but both can be medically sound way to advise and treat a patient.

The same differences in technique and treatment exist among chiropractors. Returning to the issue of lower back pain, it’s entirely possible that two chiropractors will recommend and use two different techniques to treat the same pain. You should know and understand a chiropractor’s preferred technique before you arrive for your first correction or treatment.

It could be helpful for your particular injury to see a chiropractor that offers additional treatments, such as acupuncture or massage therapy. Other treatments that might be offered by a chiropractor, or someone in the chiropractic office, are interferential electric muscle stimulation, cryotherapy, sensory deprivation, counseling for emotional issues, chronic stress, or on nutritional information, and other alternative therapies.

Understand How the Treatments Will Be Structured

Before your first chiropractic treatment, and for every treatment after that, the best chiropractor for your injury will have an intended, but malleable, treatment plan. This treatment plan should be shared with you.

Some of the information a chiropractor should relay is the duration of each treatment and overall timeframe of your treatments. Within the initial meeting with a chiropractor you should know if the recommended treatment plan should take weeks or months. A chiropractor might be unwilling to provide an exact outline of your treatment, but should at least form a rough estimate based on your symptoms.

Be open to a proposed treatment plan and duration of corrections, as the best chiropractor for a particular injury may have an approach very different from what you anticipated.

It’s a Very Personal Decision

While these recommendations and tips for choosing the best chiropractor may inform your online search or give you direction, ultimately you choice in chiropractor is a personal decision. Skill and technique will always be important, critical even, but finding a good personality fit and working with a chiropractor you trust are equally essential.

When it comes to your recovery, you need a chiropractor that offers good advice, in an understandable and useable manner. Weighing these and other subjective considerations is a big step towards choosing the chiropractor for your injury.

To speak with a top chiropractor contact AccidentCare Chiropractic at (503)-660-8552 or visit our website at https://accidentcarechiropractic.com/.

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