Millions of auto accidents occur every year. Though there is no way of knowing how many total collisions occur, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 9.7 million vehicles were involved in police-reported accidents during 2012 alone. Though most collisions are non-fatal, even the slightest fender benders can cause injury. One of the most important steps you can take after an accident is visiting your chiropractor for complete evaluation. Even the slightest fender-benders can cause subluxations and underlying injury that may progress to pain and other complications if not treated right away.

If you found yourself in a crash, would you know what to do in the moments immediately after impact? The first step is to remain calm and assess the situation around you. If possible, exit your vehicle to a safe location away from the road. If you or someone else involved in the collision is injured, call 9-1-1; otherwise, call the police. If your vehicle is not drivable, you may need to call a wrecker service to remove it from the roadway. If the collision was severe, you may need to visit a local hospital for medical evaluation and to ensure you have not suffered any life-threatening injuries. Then, contact your lawyer and insurance company to begin working through the legalities and financial circumstances surrounding the accident.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not hurting. Why should I visit a chiropractor after an auto accident?

Not all injuries cause pain, soreness or muscle stiffness – at least not right away. Often it can take many days, weeks or even months for symptoms to appear, which may worsen over time. Auto accident injuries are easier to treat when they are new before scar tissue has a chance to develop. Chiropractors can pinpoint underlying injuries in an accident patient and begin treatment to prevent future complications.

What types of symptoms might indicate an injury after a collision?

Though not all injuries are symptomatic right away, many do cause obvious symptoms in the hours and days after an accident. Signs of a possible injury include:

How can a chiropractor treat auto accident injuries?

Chiropractors utilize various non-invasive techniques to realign the spine and joints into their ideal position. Over time, treatments can eliminate pain, reduce inflammation and empower the body to heal itself. Chiropractic focuses on treating the source of pain, rather than just the symptoms. Many patients who seek chiropractic help are able to spare themselves years of future pain and limitation simply by getting treatment for auto accident injuries as early as possible.

Your neck – also referred to as the cervical spine – is a delicate accumulation of vertebrae, nerves, and muscles that work to support your head. The neck is very flexible and capable of rotating from side to side, up and down. Though the neck is not weak, it is susceptible to injury and pain. Neck pain is a common complaint and is often the result of poor posture, whiplash, or even stress. Even a simple fall or sports injury are enough to cause a sprain or compress a disc. If you are experiencing neck pain that won’t seem to go away, chiropractic treatment may be your solution.

Neck Pain

Did you know…

that a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic treatment results in significant improvement in pain levels among patients who experience chronic neck pain? Millions of Americans suffer from neck pain every day, many of whom could find relief by visiting a chiropractor. Of those who do seek treatment, many find that chiropractic not only relieves chronic neck pain, but it also helps alleviate other symptoms, such as headaches and migraines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I see a chiropractor for my neck pain?

Yes. Chiropractors are trained and experienced in all types of musculoskeletal pain. Diagnostic testing and an in-person consultation will make it possible for a chiropractor to determine whether your chronic neck pain can be treated with chiropractic. If your chiropractor believes it will be best served by a different type of medical practitioner, he or she will give you the appropriate referral.

What should I expect at my chiropractic appointment?

Your chiropractor will perform a neck adjustment or cervical manipulation treatment. This is a manual procedure that takes just seconds to complete but is capable of delivering instantaneous results. Many patients experience immediate relief of chronic neck pain, as well as muscle stiffness. You may hear popping as your chiropractor completes the cervical adjustment, but the treatment is not likely to be painful.

Is there anything I can do to help prevent neck pain in the future?

Yes. You may experience less neck pain by periodically visiting the chiropractor for preventative adjustments. In addition, your chiropractor may suggest getting frequent massages or practicing better posture to protect yourself against recurrent neck pain.

Joint pain is a common problem, and there is a host of treatments and medications available claiming to offer symptom relief. But few of those treatment options work to address the cause of joint problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic treatment can be a viable remedy for joint problems and pain affecting all areas of the musculoskeletal system. Manual adjustments can encourage joints to line up and function properly, effectively reducing chronic pain for many patients.

Joint Problems

Did you know…

that there are at least 360 joints facilitating movement in the human body? When just one of those joints becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause intense pain and immobilization. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least, 30 percent of American adults have experienced joint pain or stiffness at least once in the last month – many of them much more frequently than that!

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I see a chiropractor for my joint problems?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment and manual joint adjustments can be effective for alleviating joint pains of all types, from sprains and strains to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing joint pain, contact your chiropractor to find out if chiropractic treatment could benefit you.

What should I expect during my chiropractor to do about my joint pain?

Your chiropractor will first diagnose your pain by finding the source of the problem. If you have an injury, such as is common among athletes, you may be advised to continue chiropractic adjustments and supplement with physical therapy. If your joint pain is related to an underlying health condition, try modifying your diet to avoid inflammatory foods that could be contributing to your condition.

Is there anything that I need to do to care for my joints between visits?

Yes. If you are overweight or obese, your weight could be putting excess pressure on your joints, resulting in chronic pain. Change your diet and exercise habits with the goal of obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight. You can also help prevent joint pain by wearing joint braces or resting the joint periodically throughout each day. If your joints are inflamed, try applying ice to them for a few minutes each day.

Nearly everyone has occasional headaches, but some people suffer with them chronically. Recurring headaches and migraines can severely limit quality of life. Most people who have frequent headaches are not suffering with an underlying health condition, but rather are experiencing headaches as a side effect of stress, poor sleep habits, overuse of caffeine, or even poor posture. Chiropractic has been shown to help alleviate the frequency and intensity of headaches among many chronic sufferers.

Headaches

Did you know…

that severe headaches and migraines can affect anyone at any age, but women between the ages of 18 and 44 are most likely to suffer with them chronically? There are three classifications of headaches – cluster, migraine, and tension. Each can be triggered by internal or external factors, such as muscle tension, stress, strong fragrances and consumption of certain foods. A chiropractor will work with patients to help identify to a source of chronic headaches and create a plan for relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I visit a chiropractor for headache relief?

If you are suffering from chronic headaches and are looking for a more natural means of treating your pain than over-the-counter medications, you could benefit from chiropractic treatment. According to the American Chiropractic Association, a Duke University study found that chiropractic treatment is highly effective in the relief of tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck, which are the most common type of headaches in America. In fact, tension headaches can recur on a near daily basis when left untreated.

What should I expect at my appointment?

Your first visit to a chiropractor will include a complete analysis of your symptoms, including the severity and frequency of your headaches. You’ll also answer questions about your family health history, as well as your dietary and sleep habits. Together with your chiropractor, you will work to identify potential headache triggers through a process of elimination. Your visit may also include a chiropractic adjustment to correct misalignment to your neck and spine, which also could be contributing to your headaches. By adjusting your back, your chiropractor could relieve stress on your body’s musculoskeletal system. After just a few adjustments, you could experience significant improvement in your headache pain.

Is there anything I can do between appointments to alleviate my headaches?

Yes. Be sure to get plenty of sleep each night and take steps to minimize your stress. Drink plenty of water each day to avoid headache-causing dehydration, and spend time each day stretching and participating in mild to moderate exercise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2 million people visit emergency departments annually for treatment of injuries sustained in auto accidents. Even more walk away from their collisions with a few ‘bumps’ and ‘bruises.’ Unfortunately, many never consult with a chiropractor about their injuries because they either believe they are uninjured or otherwise believe the emergency department effectively handled their care. The truth is accident victims can have musculoskeletal injuries without any symptoms. Of those who do, they are often sent home from hospital emergency departments with pain medications – which do nothing to treat the underlying injury.

Care After Auto Accidents

Did you know…

you only need to be traveling approximately 5 to 10 miles an hour during a collision to sustain damage to your muscles, joints, bones or connective tissues? The same principle applies to injuries you sustain when other drivers run into you. Both low-speed and high-speed collisions put you at risk for injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

I was in an accident. Should I seek chiropractic treatment?

Yes. A car accident can leave you writhing in pain, or it could leave you with little to no discomfort at all. Regardless of how mild or severe, your symptoms may be, it is important to seek out chiropractic treatment immediately following an auto collision. Chiropractic treatment is effective for relieving pain, muscle stiffness, whiplash, and misalignment caused by collisions. Furthermore, early treatment typically yields the fastest recovery time, because treatment is administered before the body has the opportunity to isolate injuries or accumulate scar tissue.

What should I expect at my chiropractic appointment?

Your initial chiropractic appointment will consist of an examination and a review of your medical history – including any injuries you may have sustained in your accident. You may then be x-rayed to check for spinal subluxations or neck injuries that may or may not have begun causing pain or muscle stiffness. Your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan for you based on the results of your exam. It is likely to include frequent spinal adjustments and possibly some physical therapy or spinal decompression.

Is there anything I can do to accelerate the healing process?

In the first 24 hours following your accident, it may help to apply ice to injuries in order to minimize swelling and inflammation. Visit your chiropractor as soon as possible, and take care not to physically exert yourself – regardless of how good you feel. Often, musculoskeletal pain doesn’t set in until days or even weeks after an accident. So slow down, take it easy, and get to your chiropractor’s office as soon as possible. You will be informed if there is anything you can do to better facilitate the healing process.

Injuries in the workplace are a common occurrence. When a person gets hurt on the job, the employer loses a worker and the worker is forced to take time off to recover. Worker’s comp insurance typically covers injuries incurred on the job, not only replacing lost wages but also paying for medical bills associated with the recovery process. If you have just suffered a workplace injury, be sure to file a claim with your employer right away and seek chiropractic treatment as soon as possible.

Did you know…

that the workplace is one of the most common places that people get injured? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million people were injured on the job in 2012. That is the equivalent of approximately 3.4 cases of workplace injury for every 100 people in the full-time work force. People who work in manufacturing and service provider industries are especially susceptible to injury in the workplace though anyone in any occupation can become injured on the job.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of workers comp injuries will a chiropractor treat?

Most workplace injuries are related to the musculoskeletal system. Strains and sprains are by far the most common injuries – often caused by heavy lifting. Back pain and back injuries specifically are the most frequent cause of missed work and work injury-related medical expenses, far surpassing all other injuries.

Why should I see a chiropractor right away for a workplace injury?

Chiropractors treat the source of pain rather than the symptoms of an injury. Chiropractic treatment can resolve injuries quickly, returning workers to their jobs with minimal time off work and medical cost. Chiropractic adjustments manipulate the spine into a normal alignment, helping to treat bulging discs, pulled muscles and conditions like sciatica.

How can I prevent workplace injuries in the future?

Workers comp injuries are often caused by overexertion, heavy lifting, unusual posture and repetitive stress. Injuries may occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. Symptoms often include pain, numbness and tingling. Employees may be able to prevent workplace injuries by continuing to visit a chiropractor for periodic adjustments and by utilizing preventive measures, such as wearing supportive braces at work or taking frequent breaks from a heavy physical workload. If you have suffered a workplace injury or are otherwise interested in preventing future workers comp injuries, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Athletes are constantly pushing themselves to the limits, putting pressure and strain on their bodies to perform. The feet are especially stressed, bearing as much as 20 times a person’s body weight or more during some activities. Though proper training, footwear and other precautions can help protect the feet during play, countless athletes suffer foot and ankle injuries every year. A sports related foot injury requires proper treatment and plenty of healing time to increase the chances of a full recovery.

Did you know…

that approximately 1 in 4 sports injuries is foot and ankle-related? In fact, foot and ankle injuries are responsible for 35 percent of all time lost to injuries in sports that require running or jumping. Though nearly all athletes are susceptible to foot and ankle injuries, those who participate in sports that require the feet as points of contact are most likely to develop sprains, tendonitis and other foot-related conditions. Examples include football, basketball, dance, soccer, cheerleading and track and field events.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of a sports related foot injury?

Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are most commonly caused by overuse, improper warm-ups, playing on a hard surface, or accidents during play. The symptoms will vary depending on the type of injury but may include pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty moving or putting pressure on the affected foot. Some injuries may cause numbness and tingling in the feet, and some injuries may cause a visible displacement of the joints or bones.

Why should I see a podiatrist for a sports related foot injury?

No one is more qualified to treat foot and ankle trauma than a podiatrist. Your podiatrist has a thorough understanding of the foot’s anatomy and kinesiology. Your doctor will use diagnostic imaging to help confirm the source of trauma in your foot and develop a plan for treatment. Failure to receive necessary treatment could affect the long-term outcome of an injury, potentially worsening inflammation and damage to joints, bones and soft tissues of the foot and ankle.

What types of treatments are available for sports-related foot injuries?

Treatment for athletic foot injuries is often non-invasive, requiring rest, ice, compression and elevation of the injury. However, some injuries are more severe and require greater interventions. Your podiatrist may recommend immobilization to prevent further injury and medication to help reduce inflammation. Rarely, a sports-related foot injury may require surgery. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks for an injury to heal, during which time you may need to refrain from athletic training or otherwise adopt a modified exercise schedule. Physical therapy may help you regain flexibility and restore strength to an injured foot or ankle.

Sports and athletics play an important role in the lives of many people here. Not only are sports a fun pastime, but the regular activity keeps bodies healthy and strong. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with nearly every athletic activity, from running and swimming to swinging a golf club or tennis racket. The goal of our sports orthopedics services is to help our patients recover from sports-related injuries and enjoy safe sports participation in the future. By identifying and treating injuries as quickly as possible, we can make medical interventions and develop a rehabilitative plan for recovery.

Did you know…

that sports orthopedists are capable of treating a wide range of athletic injuries?

Examples include:

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I benefit from a sports orthopedics consultation?

Many athletes take advantage of sports orthopedics to treat injuries and traumas caused by physical activity. If you participate in sports, go to the gym, or enjoy any type of athletic activity, sports orthopedics may help alleviate the symptoms caused by repetitive motion, overuse, or some other type of trauma.

What should I expect during my first visit?

Your initial visit will provide your doctor with an understanding of your physical and athletic history. During this visit, you will explain any pain, stiffness or swelling you may have been experiencing. Based on the results of your initial examination, your doctor may request further tests, such as x-rays or MRI imaging, to make a diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What can I do to prevent my condition from worsening or returning?

There are many things you can do to prevent an injury from worsening. Your doctor will make recommendations for any lifestyle changes that may benefit your orthopedic health. Often, a regimen of exercise and stretching can help prevent soft tissue damage, and working with a trainer can prevent overuse injuries. In some cases, patients may need to avoid some activities altogether to protect previously injured joints, bones, and tissues.

Exercise and athleticism are a good way to improve overall health. However, physical activity also raises the risk of suffering a musculoskeletal sports injury. There are many causes of sports injuries, including overuse repetitive stress injuries, traumatic injuries and even injuries caused by failure to properly stretch or wear appropriate protective gear. A chiropractor can help you recover from athletic injuries, helping you return to play as soon as possible.

Do you know…

how to handle a sports injury? Always follow the RICE method: rest, ice, compress and elevate. This technique isolates the injury and reduces inflammation until you are able to seek rehabilitative treatment for it. For the first two days after an injury, rest the affected area, applying a cold pack to it for 20 minutes a few times each day. Wrap it in a compression bandage and elevate it above your heart when resting to reduce swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of a sports injury?

The most obvious signs of a sports injury are pain and swelling. However, injuries can also cause stiffness, tenderness and weakness. Old or chronic sports injuries that have not been properly treated or allowed time to heal may cause dull aching pain only when playing or while at rest.

What are some of the most common types of sports injuries?

Some of the most common types of musculoskeletal sports injuries are related to the connective tissues. Sprains and strains are very common in all types of athletes, as is tendonitis. Other types of sports injuries include dislocated joints, knee injuries, elbow injuries and fractures.

How can a chiropractor treat a sports injury?

Chiropractors understand the physiology of the muscles and joints. At our practice, we treat sports injuries often, helping to rehabilitate athletes as quickly as possible. We utilize chiropractic treatments as well as other non-invasive rehabilitative techniques to eliminate pain, reduce inflammation and allow the body time to heal. If you have an acute or chronic sports injury, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
The workplace can be a dangerous place – even in seemingly benign occupations. Physical labor and repetitive motions are responsible for a bevy of workman’s compensation claims every year in the U.S. Though a person can develop nearly any type of injury on the job, certain workman’s comp injuries are more common than others. Some of the most prevalent injuries in the workplace include:
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle Sprains
  • Soft Tissue Strains
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
These conditions can cause severe or chronic pain and in some cases, numbness and tingling. Instead of masking symptoms with prescription medications, chiropractic is effective for treating the source of some of the most common workplace injuries.

Did you know…

back pain is the most common injury in the workplace? It is the single most frequent reason Americans call into work year after year. Whether due to long periods of standing or frequent heavy lifting, the muscles, discs and vertebrae of the upper and lower back are very sensitive to injury. Chiropractic is highly effective for treating back pain and preventing it from returning again.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my injury is work-related?

Your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company may require that you prove an injury is work-related before receiving benefits for a claim. Determining if your injury occurred on the job is simple: Did your injury occur while you were performing a task for your employer? This includes injuries that occur inside the workplace, as well as injuries that occur on location or while riding in a company vehicle.

What should I do if I become injured on the job?

Most workplace injuries are related to the muscles, joints, bones or nerves. These areas typically respond well to chiropractic treatment, which restores the body’s natural alignment and facilitates healing. By going to the source of an injury, chiropractic helps to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and speed the healing process. If you have suffered an injury on the job, contact our office to schedule an appointment right away.

How long will it take to recover from a workman’s comp injury?

Rehabilitative care expedites the recovery process and returns patients to work as quickly as possible. Every injury is unique and will require varying amounts of time and treatment to make a full recovery. Our office works with patients who have been injured on the job on a regular basis. We work to develop a personalized workplace injury treatment plan designed to return patients to their jobs in as little time as possible.
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