Accident/Injury Posts

A new role and important role for chiropractors

A new role and important role for chiropractors Approximately 20 million Americans will see a chiropractor in 2019, the majority of whom come in complaining of spine-related problems or back pain. The most common cause of acute pain we see in our Orlando office is due to auto accidents. As Interstate 4 remains under construction here in Central Florida, it is no surprise that the rate of car accidents seems to have gone up. In response, we regularly help victims of auto accidents regain a pain free life … without medications or surgery. This is an important point as opioids, a powerful class of pain-relieving medications including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and others prescribed to manage pain, are now more deadline for Americans than traffic accidents. In January, the National Safety Council reported that for the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash. This is frightening news for medical professionals and the general public when considering that as recently as 2017 there were almost 58 opioid prescriptions written for every 100 Americans. That means that it is highly likely that someone you know is on or has been on one of these medications this year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Institute of Medicine have all called for the early use of non-drug approaches to pain and pain management as one solution to the growing opioid epidemic. This is where the role of the chiropractor has begun to shift. Since its inception in 1895, chiropractic has been a drugless profession helping patients...

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How Can a Mattress Affect Back Pain?

How Can a Mattress Affect Back Pain? As much as 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. One half of working Americans have back pain symptoms each year, making back pain one of the most common reasons for missed work. Back pain can be caused by: Sprained ligaments Strained muscles Sports injuries or accidents Poor posture Obesity Better Sleep Offers Better Pain Tolerance People who don’t sleep well can feel pain more acutely, but if you get enough sleep, you are in a position to maintain normal pain tolerance. A recent study found participants who slept longer than others were able to withstand painful stimuli for a longer period. Just one night of reduced sleep could reduce your threshold for pain, but sleeping well can help you maintain a normal pain threshold. Of course, when you’re in pain, your sleep may be disturbed. So pain can keep you up at night — and the lack of sleep can make the pain more difficult to bear. But if you’re able to sleep well, you can better deal with any pain you experience. Medication can help alleviate pain, but can also be undermined by inadequate sleep. In another study sleep-deprived subjects had diminished pain relief effects from codeine. However, alternative treatments such as a chiropractic adjustment can help you avoid the need to use medications for back pain. Reducing Back Pain If you’re experiencing back pain, everyday life can be difficult. Improving sleep habits and your sleep environment, keeping a healthy lifestyle, maintaining good posture, and seeking treatment can help you sleep better at night and alleviate back pain. Seek chiropractic care....

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What do the Daytona 500 and I-4 Traffic have in common? Crashes.

Many times we see patients who in “stop and go” traffic on I-4 in Orlando, FL have been involved in a car accident. A common scenario is that traffic comes to a halt and you stop your car but the person behind you isn’t quite paying attention until it is too late. This type of low speed collision does relatively little damage to the vehicles but can still have a big impact on your spine. The cervical spine (bones, ligaments, muscles, discs, nerves) are put together to protect that spinal cord as it distributes nerves to your body but ALSO to allow movement of you head independent of your body. It isn’t nearly as resistant to physical force and therefore only a fraction of the force is needed to create injury. Certain factors which increase the likelihood of injury include: 1. Size of vehicles (the bigger car wins), 2. Size of the neck (women and children are more likely to be injured, 3. Which way you’re looking during the accident, and 4. Ta da! How much damage there is to the vehicles. Have you ever watched a car crash during the Daytona 500 or even an indy car race? There are pieces of vehicle flying everywhere. It looks like (and is) the car was designed to come apart at the seams except for a small cage where the driver sits. The reason for this is that when a crash occurs, the energy of the impact can be absorbed by break away parts and also the crushing or metal. If the energy is not dispersed by those means then it...

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What Is Whiplash? Aside From An Injury We Treat

Whiplash, a collective term for injuries from violent motion of the head forward and backward, results most frequently from a rear-end collision. Many patients in our office present with this injury and are unsure what to expect with their pain. This is unsurprising since so many different articles, view points, and media sensationalism has covered this topic. In describing what can be expected after a whiplash injury, one thing is for certain, there are many grades of whiplash. The degree of injury can range from none to terrible depending on many factors, some of which are difficult or impossible to identify or calculate. The good news is that most people who suffer from this injury get better. Almost 50% of rear-end collisions result in no injuries reported. Soft tissue work, similar to massage, with chiropractic adjustments, and some physical therapy help with many other cases. There are however roughly 5% to 10% of patients who will continue to have pain after 1 year. This is called Chronic Whiplash syndrome or more commonly chronic sprain/strain injury. Treatment for those that fall into this category is very difficult. Most patients have been through chiropractic care and or physical therapy. Many of them will have a positive cervical MRI and have seen a pain management doctor or orthopedist by the one year mark. There are different perspectives within the medical community as to what exactly is generating pain for these patients. One of the most widely accepted theories is that, in patients with an MRI showing disc herniations, the disc is the pain generator. The problem with this theory is that studies...

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Could my accident from 2 years ago be the cause of my neck pain?

Could my accident from 2 years ago be the cause of my neck pain? The short answer is yes. But let’s look at how the neck is injured in whiplash and why a trauma from years earlier can produce symptoms today. Even in more moderate motor vehicle collisions with substantial car damage, symptoms rarely come on the day of the injury. When symptoms do occur immediately, this is a sign that the injury to the neck was more severe. In most accidents, we initially feel a bit shaken up and shocked more than anything else. When the vehicle has substantial damage, this can completely occupy our thought. How are we going to drive to work the next day? We may not think to see a doctor immediately because a more pressing concern is to get the car into the shop and arrange for a rental. If a pain in the neck begins, we take a few pain pills such as ibuprofen and the pain seems much better, even cured. But whiplash is much less straightforward than a simple tight muscle from over exertion. Whiplash causes the neck bones to displace from the stretched ligaments and discs. Over months the bones gradually creep further into the direction of the damaged ligaments. Since gravity is working all of the time, the tendency over time is for the misalignments to get worse. Once a critical threshold is reached, the nerves become irritated and the pain develops. An initial little problem has now become much worse because the neck has healed in this abnormal position. The scar formation that occurs after injury is now holding the neck in an abnormal position. When an injury occurs we may...

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