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Chiropractic Care for Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) describes a constellation of symptoms that can arise following a motor vehicle collision (MVC), sports collision, or slip and fall. The typical initial treatment approach for WAD is non-surgical care, but what does...

Feb 3rd, 2020
Headaches: 5 Common Causes

Headaches are a common medical complaint for millions of Americans. With more than 150 types of headaches, how do you know what’s causing yours? Take a look at five common causes of headaches and learn how you can get long-term relief from pain.

Jan 31st, 2020
Whiplash – What Patients Can Do to Help

Whiplash is really a slang term for the rapid back and forth whipping of the head on the neck, usually associated with motor vehicle accidents. The title “Whiplash Associated Disorders”, or WAD, describes it best because it includes ALL of the MANY signs a

Dec 13th, 2019
How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain

Maybe your sciatica was caused by things out of your control — injury, heredity, or aging. As you work to manage your pain, it’s important to know how your weight factors into your pain, and how controlling it can bring you relief.

Dec 1st, 2019
Whiplash Injury, Severity, and Recovery

Experts estimate that whiplash associated disorders (WAD) from motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) affect about 300 for every 100,000 people in the Western each year. Suffice it to say, that’s a lot of people!

Nov 27th, 2019
The Importance of Early Treatment for Whiplash

Even though whiplash or whiplash associated disorders (WAD) is very common, it remains poorly understood. Recent studies report that up to 60% of people may still have pain six months after their injury. Why is that?

Nov 14th, 2019
Excessive Sitting Could Be Contributing to Your Back Pain

If you experience back pain that won’t go away and you can’t figure out what’s causing it, you may be surprised to find out that you’re sitting too much. Here are some ways to alleviate pain caused by excessive sitting.

Nov 1st, 2019
Whiplash Can Even Happen in Low-Speed Collisions

Though whiplash injuries can arise from any sudden jar, like a slip and fall or sports injury, they are most commonly associated with motor vehicle collisions (MVCs), even those that occur at low speeds.

Oct 11th, 2019
Reducing the Risk of Car Accident Injury

While doctors of chiropractic enjoy helping their patients get better, the preference is to avoid injury in the first place, and if that’s not possible, to reduce the risk for serious injury. This is especially important when it comes to car accidents.....

Oct 5th, 2019
Whiplash - Important Points to Know!

What is It? Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues in the neck including ligaments, joint capsules, muscles and their tendons, and intervertebral disks. It can also involve the nervous system tissues in more severe cases.....

Sep 18th, 2019
Posture and Whiplash

Posture assessment is a key component of the chiropractic examination, and the posture of the head and neck is especially important for a patient recovering from a whiplash injury...

Sep 13th, 2019
Is Back Pain Normal as You Get Older?

Some back pain is normal with age. Your spine experiences wear over time, causing minor aches and pains. But if your back pain is unbearable, your age might not be the primary cause.

Sep 1st, 2019
The Dangers of Tech Neck

Along with the incredible advances of today’s increasingly digital society come certain drawbacks. Learn how to counteract the pain from tech neck, caused by muscle strain from using computers and mobile devices.

Jul 2nd, 2019
Injured on the Job? A Chiropractor is Here to Help

Did you slip or trip at work? Have repetitive movements or heavy lifting hurt your back, neck, or joints? Through gentle body manipulation, chiropractic treatment is here to help reduce your pain and get you back on your feet.

May 3rd, 2019
3 Amazing Benefits of PulStar® Treatments

You’ve considered going to a chiropractor for your pain, but the thought of being twisted into alignment sounds scarier and more painful than the pain itself. What if you could get the relief of chiropractic without a single crack, twist, or snap?

Mar 1st, 2019
5 Symptoms You May Not Realize Are Associated With Whiplash

Are you having strange symptoms weeks or months after a whiplash injury that seem unrelated to the event? If you're still having these lesser-known symptoms, your neck may still need attention. Find out the top five strangest whiplash symptoms here.

Jan 8th, 2019
Why is Whiplash Pain Often Delayed?

Car accidents are over in seconds, but you may not feel the effects right away. Here’s a look at what you should watch out for in the days and weeks following your accident, especially when it comes to whiplash.

Sep 14th, 2018
Headaches, Neck Pain, and Concussion

A concussion is “traumatic brain injury” (TBI) where the brain is “jarred” and literally bruises as a result of some sort of trauma. What causes a concussion? Causation is usually from some sort of trauma either by being hit by a moving object...

Feb 19th, 2020
Neck Pain Treatment Options

Neck pain is a very common problem. In fact, two-thirds of the population will have neck pain at some point in life. It can arise from stress, lack of sleep, prolonged postures (such as reading or driving), sports injuries, arthritis, referred pain...

Feb 18th, 2020
Avoiding Back-Related Disability

In 2008, a study published in the journal Spine sought to identify EARLY PREDICTORS in an effort to reduce the number of low back pain (LBP) patients who go on to experience long-term disability. Researchers followed 1,885 low back injury claimants...

Feb 17th, 2020
Whiplash – Rest or Treatment?

Whiplash—or WAD (whiplash associated disorders)—is an injury caused by the rapid movement of the neck and head. This is the net result of the “classic” motor vehicle collision, though other injury models (like slips and falls) can result in similar injurie

Feb 15th, 2020
Why Should I Exercise For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an EXTREMELY common condition that can affect anyone at any age. In fact, there’s a strong probability that up to 50% of the people reading this today have or have had symptoms of CTS at some point in time and 10%...

Feb 14th, 2020
Sleep and Chiropractic Care

The American Sleep Association reports that 50-70 million adults in the United States (US) have a sleep disorder. Poor sleep is associated with several adverse health outcomes, including an elevated risk for musculoskeletal pain.

Feb 13th, 2020
Headaches and Chiropractic Care

There are many different types of headaches with a multitude of symptoms including achy, throbbing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness, blinding, noise, light and/or odor sensitivity, and more. The causes of headaches can include genetics...

Feb 12th, 2020
Low Back Pain – Is It on the Rise?

Low back pain (LBP) is the second most common cause of disability among adults in the United States (US) and a very common reason for lost days at work. The total cost of back pain in the US, including treatment and lost productivity, ranges between...

Feb 11th, 2020
The Link Between Breathing and Posture…

If someone said that suboptimal breathing patterns and problems associated with posture and trunk stability are related, what would you say? Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn’t it? There are many factors that can result in both...

Feb 7th, 2020
Whiplash Injuries and Neck Strain

The terms “whiplash” and “neck strain” are often used interchangeably, though there’s debate about whether this is appropriate. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two common descriptions of neck pain…

Feb 6th, 2020
Non-Surgical Care for Rotator Cuff Tears

While the anatomy of the shoulder allows for a wide range of motion and movement, it comes at the cost of a less stable joint, especially for those who routinely perform activities that require lifting the arms. This is likely why shoulder pain is one...

Feb 5th, 2020
The Chiropractic Approach to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it passes through the wrist resulting in symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and weakness. Outside of an emergency leading to a sudden onset of such...

Feb 5th, 2020
Myofascial Trigger Points and Headaches

A myofascial trigger point (TP) is a hyper-irritable area in skeletal muscle that is commonly detected by palpating (feeling with the fingers). Although more sophisticated ways exist for locating TPs—ultrasound, microdialysis, electromyography, infrared...

Feb 4th, 2020
Low Back Pain and Directional Preference for Exercises

Several studies have found that a treatment approach that combines specific exercises with spinal manipulation, mobilization, and nutrition is often ideal for reducing pain and improving function in patients with low back pain. But how does your...

Feb 1st, 2020
What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?

Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma. To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines....

Jan 31st, 2020
Low Back Pain and Sleep (Part 3)

For the last two months (Part 1 and Part 2), we’ve discussed the importance of sleep and its effect on low back pain (LBP). Last month, we offered 9 ways to improve sleep quality, and this month we will conclude this topic with 11 more.

Jan 30th, 2020
Low Back Pain and Sleep (Part 2)

Last post, we discussed the relationship between sleep deprivation and low back pain (LBP) and found that LBP can cause sleep loss AND sleep loss can cause LBP. It’s a two-way street! This month, we will look at ways to improve your sleep quality, which...

Jan 29th, 2020
Low Back Pain and Sleep (Part 1)

Low back pain (LBP) can arise from a lot of causes, most commonly from bending, lifting, pulling, pushing, and twisting. However, there are other possible causes, including sleep. This not only includes sleeping in a crooked or faulty position, such as...

Jan 28th, 2020
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Musicians

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects MANY individuals from all walks of life and in many occupations. Today’s discussion centers around CTS among musicians, and most importantly, what can be done about it....

Jan 25th, 2020
Chiropractic Management of Neck Pain (Part 2)

Last Month, we covered the first two of four primary goals when it comes to the chiropractic management of neck pain (#1 - Pain Management and #2 - Structural realignment). This month, we will conclude this discussion with #3 - Functional Restoration...

Jan 24th, 2020
Chiropractic Management of Neck Pain (Part 1)

Neck pain is a very common condition that drives many patients to seek chiropractic care. Treatment planning typically includes four primary goals: 1) Pain Management; 2) Structural Realignment; 3) Functional Restoration; and 4) Maintenance / Prevention.

Jan 23rd, 2020
Chronic Low Back Pain: Which Treatment Is More Effective?

For patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP), treatment guidelines recommend a non-surgical approach as the FIRST-LINE treatment. Ideally, the goal would be to avoid an initial surgery unless it’s absolutely indicated. That means, unless there is...

Jan 20th, 2020
Chiropractic Care and X-Rays for Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is the most common complaint for which patients seek chiropractic care. X-rays are a common diagnostic tool utilized by most healthcare providers. Let’s take a look at the role of x-rays and how they are used by both medical...

Jan 16th, 2020
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Neck Pain – The Great Mystery!

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) develops when the median nerve is pinched at the palm-side of the wrist causing numbness in the index, third, and thumb-side half of the ring/fourth finger. Since the median nerve passes through the neck, it’s possible that...

Jan 15th, 2020
Low Back Pain and Younger Adults

Low back pain (LBP) is so common that if you haven’t had it by now, you will! Let’s take a look at some the possible causes of LBP and what we might be able to do when LBP strikes. Typically, younger individuals are NOT immune to LBP. In fact, those..

Jan 15th, 2020
Neck Pain – Chiropractic and the Older Patient

People of all ages suffer from neck pain, and many frequently turn to chiropractors for care because it’s been found to be one of the most effective and efficient forms of treatment available, and it carries minimal side effects! It has been projected...

Jan 14th, 2020
Chiropractic and Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches refer to pain in the head, typically in and around the face. Most of us are knowledgeable about two of our four sinuses: the frontal (forehead) and maxillary (our “cheek bones”). The other two sinuses (called ethmoid and sphenoid)...

Jan 13th, 2020
The Whiplash Syndrome

The term “whiplash” was coined by Dr. Harold Crowe in 1928 during an interview on car collision-related neck injuries but he reportedly “…regretted it later.” The term “whiplash” quickly became a household word and relates to a sudden movement...

Jan 9th, 2020
How Can Exercise Help with Headaches?

For many patients with health conditions, exercise seems to be the furthest thing from their mind. For migraine sufferers, exercise itself can initiate a headache episode. And if you already have a headache, just the idea of going for a three-mile run...

Jan 8th, 2020
Low Back Pain in the Older Adult

Last month, we addressed low back pain (LBP) in the younger patient (age 30-60), so it only seems appropriate to continue the discussion for those over the age of 60. As previously mentioned, back pain does NOT discriminate when it comes to age.

Jan 7th, 2020
What Exercises Are Best for Neck Pain?

Past research has demonstrated that combining spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) with exercise yields the best long-term results for individuals with neck pain. So what exercises should we consider when neck pain rears its ugly head?

Jan 7th, 2020
Five Exercises to Help Reduce the Risk of Neck Pain

The neck is the most flexible part of your spine and just like any other area of the body, movement exercises and good posture are important for maintaining its health. Neck pain can be brought on or aggravated by how you treat this vital structure.

Jan 6th, 2020
Running and the Knees

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, largely because it can be done almost anywhere at any time and it doesn’t require much in the way of equipment (other than a pair of running shoes). While there is a common belief that running always...

Jan 1st, 2020
Management Strategies for Whiplash and Dizziness

Of all the symptoms associated with whiplash associated disorders (WAD), dizziness may be one of the most concerning to patients because of how it can limit their ability to get up and move around. What can be done to treat dizziness following a...

Dec 31st, 2019
Spinal Stenosis and Non-Surgical Care

It’s common to see older adults with a slumped posture, and though there are many possible reasons for this, perhaps the most common cause is a condition called spinal stenosis...

Dec 30th, 2019
Can Chiropractic Prevent Some Types of Arthritis?

This question is asked frequently by patients visiting chiropractors. To answer this question, let’s first talk about, “what is arthritis?” The word “arthritis” is derived from “arth-” meaning “joint” and “-itis” meaning “inflammation.”

Dec 30th, 2019
Neck Pain – When Should I Come In?

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints patients have when they come to a chiropractic office for the first time, second only to low back pain. Neck pain affects all of us at some point in life, and for some, it can become a chronic...

Dec 27th, 2019
Can Chiropractic Help Dizziness?

Many of us have had problems associated with dizziness from time to time and have not thought much about it. But when dizziness happens frequently, lasts a long time, or is severe, it definitely gets our attention and forces us to get it checked out.

Dec 26th, 2019
Whiplash: What Are The Odds of a Permanent Injury?

You’ve probably heard someone claim, “…you’re not really injured – you’re just going for a big settlement!” Or, “…that person isn’t really hurt, they’re just in it for the money!” Though there are cases that may fit this scenario, the majority of people...

Dec 24th, 2019
Scapular Stabilization for Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It’s actually three joints—the AC or acromioclavicular joint (the collar bone/acromion of the shoulder blade joint), the glenohumeral joint (the ball-and-socket joint), and the...

Dec 21st, 2019
What's Causing My Back Pain?

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons patients seek out Chiropractic care, and they appreciate being told what is causing their back pain. This is why doctors gather a careful and complete history from new patients and perform a physical...

Dec 21st, 2019
Spinal Manipulation and Headaches

Cervicogenic headache (CGH) refers to headaches caused by dysfunction in the neck, and experts estimate that 18% of chronic headache patients have cervicogenic headaches. Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is a form of treatment most commonly provided by...

Dec 21st, 2019
Neck Pain – The MOST Important Exercises (Part 3)

This series (Part 1 and Part 2) has included exercise recommendations to self-manage neck pain, headache, upper back pain, and dizziness. This post’s topic involves enhancing coordination, which may be the most important topic in this three-part series!

Dec 20th, 2019
Neck Pain – The MOST Important Exercises (Part 2)

As stated last post, exercises that focus on improving posture, flexibility, strength, and coordination are important for creating a well-rounded cervical rehabilitation program. Our discussion continues this month with stretching and strengthening...

Dec 19th, 2019
Neck Pain – The MOST Important Exercises (Part 1)

Neck pain can occur for many different reasons, but what can you do about it? That’s the BIG question! As discussed last month, exercise training is an important part of the chiropractic management process. Let’s take a close look at which exercises...

Dec 19th, 2019
Whiplash and Side Collisions

Whiplash is most commonly studied when it is a result of a rear collision where the occupant of the vehicle is injured from a flexion (forwards) and extension (backwards) whip-like mechanism of injury, but what happens when a T-bone type of impact occurs?

Dec 18th, 2019
Low Back Pain – Seasonal Injuries

Every season brings unique activities that require us to perform some physical activity we may not want to do but have no choice. In the winter, shoveling snow comes to mind (at least in some parts of the country) while spring, summer, and fall may....

Dec 17th, 2019
I Slipped a Disk – What Is That Exactly?

“I was digging a hole in my garden and hit a rock with the shovel. After clearing the dirt from around the rock, I bent over and reached into the hole. I couldn’t get a good grip on the rock and had to twist my body to get my arm under it. As I started...

Dec 16th, 2019
The Neck and Headache "Connection"

When we hear the term headache, we don’t usually think about the neck. Rather, we focus on the head, or more specifically, the part of the head that hurts. But, during a consultation, a doctor of chiropractic will usually find some connection...

Dec 15th, 2019
The Problem of a Low Back Problem

If you watch much television or have paid a visit recently to a family medical doctor for low back pain, the information you’re getting may be a flawed. For example, you’ve probably been told that back problems are not very serious and that the problem...

Dec 13th, 2019
Whiplash – Where is the Pain Coming From?

Whiplash is a slang term for an injury to the neck that’s typically associated with a motor vehicle collision (MVC). A better term for “whiplash” is “whiplash associated disorder” (WAD) as it includes specific history and exam findings.

Dec 12th, 2019
The Emotional Impact of Low Back Pain

This article discusses how anger and emotional expression may affect your back pain. For years, many medical doctors thought back pain was more of an issue in the brain than the spine.

Dec 11th, 2019
Whiplash – The Cause of Pain

Many whiplash patients ask questions like, ”…why do I hurt so much now, but hardly hurt at all right after the accident?” Or “…why can neck pain after a minor car collision last so long?”

Dec 10th, 2019
Neck Pain, Headaches, and Low Back Stability

Neck pain and stiffness are very common complaints, and these problems can come and go chronically for years, even decades. Numerous studies point to exercises and chiropractic care as two of the best approaches for gaining control over this common...

Dec 9th, 2019
Whiplash: Why is this Taking So Long?

Whiplash treatment and management is a topic of great discussion! Many different types of tissues can be injured in a whiplash event, which can lead to a multitude of symptoms.

Dec 8th, 2019
Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Be Hereditary?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder caused by compression of the median nerve that alters the nerve’s function (neuropathy), leading to pain and numbness/tingling (paresthesia) primarily on the palm-side of the wrist and hand.

Dec 6th, 2019
What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk For Low Back Pain?

Low back pain (LBP) can have many causes such as genetics, acquired abuses, body type (especially obesity—body mass index or BMI >30), gender, as well as cultural aspects that predispose one to acquire low back trouble.

Dec 5th, 2019
Dynamic Stretching for Hip Pain

As we grow older, stretching becomes a more important part of our routine, especially when hip pain is present. Whether you are about to engage in a sport, a job, weight lifting, or errands, it’s best to prepare your muscles for activity.

Dec 2nd, 2019
Back Pain and Posture

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common ailments that chiropractors treat. That’s probably because MOST of us will suffer from low back pain that requires outside help at some point in our lives! Posture has long been studied as a potential cause...

Nov 29th, 2019
Hip-Related Injuries in Athletic Kids

The hip is a very important region of the body, especially since our upright, weightbearing activities rely on a properly functioning hip joint. With the expansive growth of youth athletic programs...

Nov 28th, 2019
Traction for Low Back Pain?

In the past, we’ve written about the use of mechanical traction for patients with neck pain. But what about the low back pain (LBP) patient? Can traction help reduce pain and improve function for this group? Let’s see what the scientific literature...

Nov 26th, 2019
Headaches and Forward Head Posture

The head is a large and heavy part of a person. In a child, the head can account for a quarter of their total weight. In the adult, the head weighs 10-14 pounds (about 4.5-6.3 kg), and this load has to be balanced by the strength of the neck muscles.

Nov 25th, 2019
Stress and Musculoskeletal Pain

In a study that looked at stress and how people who seek chiropractic care perceive it, researchers wrote that psychosocial stress, “…

Nov 25th, 2019
Driving While “INTEXTICATED”!

Is texting while driving any different than drinking and driving? One might argue that because there is no alcohol involved, “it’s okay.” But is it? Here are some SOBERING FACTS about texting and driving:

Nov 25th, 2019
Try These Exercises First Thing in the Morning...

Has your chiropractor ever asked, “Did you do your exercises?” How did you respond? If you’re like 96% of the general population, you probably scrambled, looking for excuses that your chiropractor would “buy.”

Nov 25th, 2019
Headaches, Hygiene and Pillows

We hear about dental hygiene and how to eat right, but when was the last time you considered if you slept well in a way that does not stress the spine? Most of us know it’s important to avoid head and neck trauma because serious and devastating injuries...

Nov 22nd, 2019
Balance and Brain Health

During the course of the history and examination with new patients, it’s quite common to encounter seemingly unrelated complaints that may benefit from chiropractic care. For example, last month we looked at alternative nutritional approaches to treating..

Nov 22nd, 2019
Where Does Low Back Pain Come From?

“Where does the pain come from?” is probably the most commonly asked question we hear as chiropractors and frequently, the patient is not told the answer to this simple question. The problem is, the question is not so simple.

Nov 21st, 2019