Treatment for Whiplash

Treatment for Whiplash Injuries
Have you ever suffered from whiplash? Some people do not realize that the neck pain they endure after an injury is often a case of whiplash. Whiplash is a term used to describe intense neck pain after some type of accident, from car accidents to sports injuries. It causes damage to ligaments, tendons, and the neck muscles. Whiplash occurs when an abnormal amount of force is applied to the neck area that causes the neck to move beyond its normal range. Often, it will take a few days, up to a week, for the neck pain to occur after suffering from whiplash.

How Do I Know I Have Whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash are very noticeable once they set in. It causes muscle spasms in the front and back of the neck, as well as the shoulder area. It becomes difficult to rotate the neck and head. You may suffer from tightness of the jaw, neck swelling, and tenderness along the back and shoulder area. Those suffering from a particularly severe case of whiplash may notice some obstruction in their vision, ringing in the ears, and other signs of nerve disturbance.
What Can I Do To Cure Whiplash?
The type of treatment really depends on how the neck was injured. Each unique injury typically requires a specialized approach to healing. One of the most productive ways to assist in curing whiplash is a visit to the chiropractor. We will assess the injury and develop a treatment plan for your specific injury. That may include cervical spine adjustments, soft tissue mobilization, and electrotherapy. We may also focus on relaxing the neck by gently massaging and stretching the neck muscles to relieve tightness.
Spinal Manipulations For Whiplash
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Chiropractic for Whiplash

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash from a Car Accident
Car accidents can be a very scary, stressful, and often painful experience. These accidents often cause all types of damage, from physical to emotional to mental. The time after a car accident is truly a whirlwind, from filing police reports to insurance claims. Often, people involved in car accidents report no injuries, particularly in minor accidents.

However, many accident victims report severe neck pain in the days following a car accident. That neck pain is due to whiplash. Whiplash pain does not always surface until a day or two after a car accident. Sometimes the pain does not occur until a week or more. This is why it is very important to seek medical attention from a chiropractor, even if you do not have any visible injuries or immediate pain.

 
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury caused by a sudden distortion of the neck. Whenever the neck is thrown out of its normal range, it results in ligaments, tendons, and muscles to be sore. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common injuries in nonfatal car accidents. Whiplash can occur at speeds of fifteen miles per hour or less. When a car is hit by another vehicle, it can cause the head to jolt in a direction that is not natural, causing sudden strain and muscle spasms in the neck and shoulder area. We at Mountain View Pain Center know the pain that this can cause you.

How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash?
Most often, the symptoms of whiplash are not instantaneous. Many times, the pain will not surface for several days. Those who suffer from whiplash complain of severe neck and shoulder soreness, tight muscles, and headaches. More […]

Can Chiropractic Help After A Car Accident?

How Chiropractors can Help you after a Car Accident

If you have recently been in a car accident, it is important to act quickly. While you may feel perfectly fine right now, chances are you have some injuries and will start feeling the pain in a few days. The recommendation is make an appointment with your chiropractor or other medical professional to determine what type of injuries you may have sustained. They will use a series of tests to figure out what injuries you have and decide on the right treatment options. Injuries range from whiplash to back pain, and many symptoms of these can take weeks to manifest. That is why it is recommended you seek out someone right away to prevent from further issues down the road, and to address what you may be currently experiencing.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There are a wide range of injuries that can occur after a car accident. The types of injuries that occur often depend on the severity of the crash. But even a minor fender bender has the potential to cause injuries. Remember they might not show up right away, so you need to go to the doctor or emergency room to get x-rays and make sure you didn’t have internal injuries. Some common injuries following a car accident including upper and lower back injuries, damage to your skeletal system, whiplash, fractures and neck or spine injuries.
Reasons to See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
There are many reasons you should see a chiropractor after you have been in a car accident: to reduce pain, improve mobility, restore proper joint function, and prevent further damage. The first reason is to reduce the pain you’re experiencing. You are not only reducing […]

Chiropractic Care For Car Accident Injuries

Getting Chiropractic Care For Car Accident Injuries

If you have recently been in a car accident, you are already aware of the pain, discomfort and potential injuries that can occur. Ranging from whiplash and neck injuries, to chronic back injury pain, a collision with another car can be hard to get through. While you should see a doctor shortly after the accident to look for any internal injuries, there isn’t much they can do aside from prescribing you pain medication. One of the best ways to overcome the pain following any car accident injuries, is by seeing a chiropractor.
Car Accident Injuries
There are many different injuries you can get following a car accident, depending on the type of collision you were in. If you were moving and got hit from the side, the injuries are much different than if you were parked and someone hit you from behind. But generally, these are the most common injuries experienced that chiropractic care can help with.

Neck Injuries – If you were hit from behind or you hit someone in front of you going at a fast pace, your head jolts forward, then back in a snapping motion. This causes severe discomfort and pain in your neck, as well as other injuries. The most common neck injuries are neck strain and whiplash, both of which are improved with regular trips to your chiropractor. More serious neck injuries include disc and cervical injuries.

Head Injuries – Head injuries include concussions, brain injuries, open and closed head injuries. They vary from mild to severe, and many of them are helped with chiropractic care. If you are experiencing chronic migraines or headaches following an accident, ask a chiropractor about the ways they can help […]

Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries

Receiving Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash injuries are a common injury, but one that can cause severe and sudden pain and discomfort. Whiplash occurs when your neck goes through an acceleration and then deceleration force suddenly. It most commonly occurs after an automotive collision, but impact sports can also cause the injury. Because your head is moving backward and forward at a rapid pace, it causes your ligaments and muscles to go through an unusual range of motion. Whiplash ranges from mild to severe, with multiple treatment options.
Causes of Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash is caused by any rapid movement (usually from behind) that causes the head and neck to snap forward and backward in a swift movement. It is common in a vehicle accident when you aren’t moving or going very slow and someone from behind hits you and is driving fast. Your neck goes into hyperextension which can then cause whiplash. Cameras have found that whiplash is mainly from the rear impact of the lower bones in the neck, called the lower cervical vertebrae, to go into hyperextension.
Symptoms of Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash Injuries rarely shows signs the first few hours, but usually in the first 24 hours. This includes a headache, usually as the base of the skull, stiffness of the neck and generalized neck pain, dizziness, fatigue, and blurry vision. Moderate to severe whiplash cause ringing in the ears, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, irritability and problems sleeping. If you have weakness, tingling or numbness in your arms, pain going to the shoulders and arms or you can’t move your head without pain, seek medical attention.
Conditions Associated with Whiplash
Before discussing chiropractic care for whiplash, you should first understand the different types of medical conditions and injuries.

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful medical conditions that affects approximately 5 million people in the United States. This medical condition is much more common among women; with 80-90% of the cases being middle-aged women. It is a medical disorder that causes extreme fatigue as well as muscle pain. People who suffer from the condition have different points in their body called tender points, that hurt with pressure. Common points are in the shoulders, arms, legs, back, hips and neck.
About Fibromyalgia
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you most likely experience symptoms like insomnia, morning stiffness, painful menstrual periods, headaches, numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, and memory problems and issues with your thinking processes. You may also have other medical conditions causing chronic pain aside from the fibromyalgia, such as inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis or chronic fatigue syndrome.

There isn’t a known cause of fibromyalgia. It is linked to a variety of things, including repetitive injuries, illness, stress, traumatic events and some diseases. If you are a middle-aged women, you have the highest risk of getting fibromyalgia. It is more common in people with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, spinal arthritis and systemic lupus. If you have a family member with lupus, it increases you risk.
Treatments for Fibromyalgia
The reason chiropractic care is often recommended for fibromyalgia is because it is difficult to treat. Often times, the treatment method includes a variety of different things, such as seeing a rheumatologist, chiropractor, physical therapist, and being prescribed medications by your physician. Lifestyle changes like improving your sleep patterns, eating right, and exercising are also recommended.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is technically alternative treatment, but it is becoming used much more often for various illnesses and medical […]

Is Bad Posture A Problem?

 Bad Posture: Treating Pain With Chiropractic Care

Bad posture is something that becomes habit, and when it is a habit it, we can suffer for it. Unfortunately, the result of bad posture is moderate to severe pain in your back, shoulders or neck. Bad posture can occur when you’re sitting in your car, sitting at your desk, watching television or even when you’re standing and walking around. If you often notice you slumping to one side or to the front/back, if you typically suffer from head and neck pain, or have lower back and hip pain, you may have bad posture-created problems that can easily be helped by chiropractic care.
How to Determine Your Posture
If you have been experiencing neck, shoulder or back pain, it is very likely from your bad posture. But before seeking proper treatment, you should find out whether or not you have poor posture. There are two main types of posture: sitting and standing. The best way to determine your sitting posture is to stop right where you are. Don’t think or move a muscle, just freeze. Now look and feel how you’re sitting. If you’re slumped over, your head is leaning forward, or your shoulders are rounded forward, you don’t have good posture. If your legs are crossed, it is also a sign of bad posture. If you’re leaning to one side or the other, it also means you have bad posture.

Now to figure out your standing posture. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and turn to the side so you can see your profile. This helps you see if you have bad posture or not. Look at your head, shoulders, neck and back in comparison to your legs. The following […]

Is Chiropractic Care Safe

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Whether it is a short-term injury or a long-term medical condition, you want to reduce the pain and inflammation of a particular body part. With so many medication allergies coming to light and side effects of them, many are turning more and more to the alternative treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic care. But is it safe? Here is what you’ll want to know before making your chiropractic appointment.
Generalized Appeal and Safety of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care has been deemed safe for quite a while, with studies in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in March of 2004 showing it even more effective than a more traditional medical procedure for low-back pain sufferers. This is just one example of the effectiveness and the safety of the procedure. According to the American Chiropractic Association, it is one of the safest non-invasive therapies that is also drug free. Chiropractic care is deemed safe and used for a wide variety of conditions such as:

Back pain
Arm or leg joint pain
Neck pain
Headaches
TMJ issues
Neuromuscular issues

As well as some other conditions such as fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. While spinal manipulation works to get the body back in alignment, soft tissue work on the knotted muscles and tissues helps in conditions like fibromyalgia.
Neck Manipulations
Of all the treatments patients worry about the most it is neck manipulations. They fear lasting injuries and generally tense up at this part of the alignment process. However, the rarity of injury from this procedure is only 1 in 5.85 million neck manipulations. This means that you are more likely to get into a serious car accident on the way to the chiropractic clinic than you are at risk for a serious injury from a neck […]

Questions About Neck Pain Answered

Common Questions About Neck Pain Answered

One of the most common reasons people visit our chiropractic office is due to symptoms of neck pain therefore, we decided to write a post about it. Below you will find questions and answers about neck pain and its symptoms.
I woke up with neck pain should I be worried?
To answer this question we have to first understand why this has happened in the first place. There are a number of reasons why neck pain happens. For example your pillow might be too big or small, you could be over stressed at work causing your neck muscles to spasm, or maybe you’re suffering from latent effects of a minor soft tissue earlier in the day. The more important question we must answer first is this the first time this has happened? If it is we must find out is this a onetime thing that will improve quickly on its own, or is this pointing to a potential future problem. If it’s a chronic problem where you wake up frequently with neck pain then it is something that you should definitely get checked out by a professional. Here is a list of some of the most common causes of neck pain.

Muscle strains. A strain is essentially the overuse of the muscle causing pain and inflammation. Many describe this as a pulled muscle. A muscle strain can range from a minor stretching of tissue to even a full blown muscle tear.  Even very minor meaningless task can cause muscle strains. In our office we often see someone who was sitting at their computer to long, where brushing their hair, or simply looked over their shoulder and had a muscle strain.

Joint degeneration. Just […]

Cost of Back Pain in Older Adults

The Cost of Back Pain in Older Adults

As with many other chronic conditions, the cause of back pain in older adults may be very different than in younger individuals. Back pain may occur at almost any time during the lifespan, though studies indicate that that seniors and the elderly have a disproportionately higher risk for falling – which can result in debilitating pain. Research also shows that genetics play a role in disc degeneration, which can also cause pain. For elderly patients especially, an episode of low back pain needs to be evaluated by a qualified medical professional.
Back pain is discomfort felt in the back that can originate from muscles, nerves, bones, joints, or other spinal structures. Degenerative changes in the lower back are normal in the aging process. Discs lose water content, which allow adjacent vertebrae to approximate each other, increasing wear on the cartilage. Nerve roots may get compressed and impinge on the spinal canal, causing pain. Pain intensity can range from light muscle or posture-related discomfort to debilitating pain that greatly reduces the quality of life. The good news is that on most occasions, back pain can be successfully treated without surgery using alternative options such as muscle stimulation, chiropractic care and physical therapy.

At Mountain View Pain Center, our team of chiropractic care professionals treats low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain and extremity pain. We deliver expert advice, the highest quality of chiropractic care available, advanced soft tissue work, and state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs.
The Prevalence of Back Pain
According to the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) – a study evaluating the impact of an aging population on back pain – the prevalence of back pain has increased by 29%, and […]