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whiplash injuryWhiplash is a type of injury that occurs when the neck is forcefully moved back and forth. It is most commonly a result of rear-end auto accidents, and it causes a number of painful symptoms, including headaches as well as discomfort and stiffness in the neck. While whiplash injuries can happen to anyone, some people are more at risk than others.

Who is most at risk for whiplash injuries?

Generally speaking, the better your body is at stabilizing itself, the less likely you are to suffer whiplash. Therefore, you are more at risk for whiplash if your physical condition is poor, if you are unaware of an incoming impact, if you are over the age of 65, or if you are female.

While you may not realize it, your body has an automatic stabilization system that responds very, very quickly as soon as you become aware that you’re about to experience an impact. The muscles in your neck will quickly contract in order to protect your discs and ligaments from the impact. Drivers who can see a vehicle coming up behind them in the rear view mirror are more likely to be protected by this stabilization process, making passengers who can’t see the approaching vehicle more at risk for neck injuries.

This stabilization process is also more effective if your overall physical condition is high. Having a larger frame, stronger musculature and a well-functioning nervous system helps to ensure your body responds appropriately to an incoming collision. This can help explain why women are naturally more susceptible to whiplash than men. Because they tend to have less muscle mass in their necks, there is less protection, making injuries more likely. The same is true of people over the age of 65.

What can be done to recover from a whiplash injury?

Unfortunately, whiplash injuries are very common among drivers in the United States. More than 1 million drivers are affected by whiplash every year, and most injuries take place at speeds below 12 mph. Even seemingly mild impacts can result in chronic pain that can interfere with your ability to live your life. While in many cases there isn’t much to be done to prevent a whiplash injury, there are many options to address it. Chiropractic care is one such option.

The first priority after an accident should be to address any serious or life-threatening injuries, such as trauma to the head, significant blood loss, damage to internal organs, bone fractures, etc. If these injuries are not an issue, it is a good idea to get a thorough evaluation from your chiropractor so that he or she can assess the health of your musculoskeletal system. He or she will ask you to describe the accident in detail, perform a complete physical examination, and do any diagnostic imaging necessary to fully understand your condition. Depending on the results, your chiropractor will then work with you to build a treatment plan. This plan might include adjustments to help correct any alignment issues, massage and soft-tissue manipulation, laser pain relief therapy and other treatments designed to relieve pain and restore function. The goal is always to help you heal more completely and more quickly.

Whiplash injuries are common, but there is no need for them to rob you of your ability to live a pain-free life. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help eliminate your neck pain.

Back pain is no fun for anyone. It doesn’t help that the back connects to so many different parts of the body, either. So sometimes, pain in your shoulder, your neck, or many other parts of your body can be directly tied to something wrong in your back.

What’s even more unfortunate is that medical science doesn’t always have traditional techniques to deal with these problems. It’s not that modern medical science doesn’t understand what’s wrong. It’s that what’s wrong is something that can’t be dealt with by either medication or surgical procedures. Either there’s simply no medication that will help the problem, or the problem isn’t severe enough to be worth cutting a person open in order to try to fix it. Sometimes, the surgery would simply cause more problems than it can possibly fix.

Henderson Chiropractors understands this problem. Just because the pain isn’t severe enough to warrant surgery doesn’t mean it’s not severe enough to cause a drop in your quality of life. That’s why our professionals here at Spinal Care of Nevada employ the upper cervical adjustment along with a wide variety of chiropractic techniques in order to help ensure that your back is in tip top shape, and help you get rid of the pain that’s causing you daily problems.

Unfortunately, if you’re not familiar with chiropractic techniques, it can seem as though all we’re doing is cracking your back. And it’s true that adjustments are one of the primary techniques we utilize. This is because the spinal cord is the primary nerve center of the entire body.When parts of the spine are out of alignment, it can send shockwaves throughout the body. This is what causes a large amount of the small aches and pains that don’t seem to be muscle related. In addition, when a part of the spine is out of alignment, it can cause muscles in the back to bunch up. This can result in them becoming incredibly tight and sore, and since it’s skeletal instead of muscular no amount of massage will actually fix the problem.

We, your Henderson Chiropractors, understand that you may have your doubts and worries. If that’s the case, simply come in and speak to one of our skilled chiropractors. They’ll be absolutely thrilled to explain to you the techniques they use, and why they work. This will certainly help set your mind at ease.

Beat Back Pain – Dr. Devin Luzod, Las Vegas Chiropractor

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Back-Breaking Statistics

  • Back pain is an epidemic among US adults.
  • 4 out of 5: Number of US adults who will experience lower back pain.
  • 45-64: Most common ages who suffer from back pain.
  • Most common cause of disability aged 45 and younger.
  • 2nd most common cause of lost work days.

Common Back Pain Triggers and Treatments

Condition: Muscle strains or ligamentous sprains
Cause: Forceful twist or pull causes muscle tear or sprain.
Treatment: Rest, Heat, and Ice.

Condition: Osteoarthritis
Cause: Gradual deterioration of spinal cartilage and joints over time.
Treatment: Anti-inflammatory medicine, Physical therapy, Exercise, Weight control, Pain relief procedures.

Condition: Herniated disc
Cause: Multifactorial, including heavy lifting, trauma, bad posture, and other factors,
Treatment: Rest, Core stabilization exercise, Physical therapy, Epidurals, Surgery (10% of cases).

Condition: Spinal Stenosis
Cause: Thickening ligaments, enlarged joints, and bony spurs cause narrowing of spinal column.
Treatment: Physical therapy, Epidurals, Anti-inflammatory medicine, Surgery.

Condition: Fibromyalgia
Cause: Cause unknown-rheumatic in nature. Involves widespread soft tissue pain.
Treatment: Pain medications, Anti-seizure medication, Physical therapy, Weight control and healthy diet


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References:
physicaltherapy.about.com
my.clevelandclinic.org
ninds.nih.gov

When looking at back pain treatment option, always be sure to get a second and maybe even a third opinion on how your back pain should be handled.

This video will further acquaint you on how chiropractic care can be a very big help in back pain treatment.

Watch the video and learn more about this. Call us today and let us give you the most effective treatment for back pain that can make a huge difference in your life.

  • Summerlin – (702) 566.HOPE (4673). 1930 Village Center Cir. Devin Luzod, DC
  • Henderson – (702) 565.HOPE (4673). 55 S Valle Verde Dr, #235. Daniel Hecker, DC

Chronic back and neck pain are among the most common musculoskeletal problems treated by healthcare professionals around the world today.

This video will further acquaint you on how chiropractic care can be a very big help in many aspects of your life including poor posture which leads to an epidemic of back pain.

Call us today and let us help you to correct your poor posture to prevent back pain that can make a huge difference in your life.

  • Summerlin – (702) 566.HOPE (4673). 1930 Village Center Cir. Devin Luzod, DC
  • Henderson – (702) 565.HOPE (4673). 55 S Valle Verde Dr, #235. Daniel Hecker, DC

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NUCCA Spinal Correction and/or Low Level Laser Therapy.

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