Whiplash: Home Care

November 3rd, 2011

If your whiplash happened because of a minor injury and there is no serious damage, it is still a good idea to get in to see a doctor. In this case, your doctor will likely recommend self-care measures in addition to treatment such as:

  • Keeping your neck moving to prevent stiffness
  • Promptly returning to your daily routine
  • Sleeping on a firm and supportive pillow
  • Icing the affected area on a regular basis

Whiplash: Symptoms

October 21st, 2011

Symptoms of whiplash in an auto accident vary depending on the specific injury, but may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Muscle and possibly ligament damage
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Burning feeling in the neck
  • A prickling sensation in the neck and possibly the arms
  • Shoulder pain or pain between the shoulder blades
  • Back pain
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Nervousness
  • Irritable mood
  • Sleep problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Whiplash: Neck Sprain, Strain and Pain

October 18th, 2011

An accident that causes your neck to move violently could result in whiplash. Whiplash is thought to be the most common traumatic neck injury, affecting an estimated four out of every 1,000 people.

Whiplash is frequently the result of an automobile accident, especially rear-impact collisions, but may also occur from skiing and other sports injuries, falls, and even amusement park rides.

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is an injury to the soft tissues in the neck. A sudden back and forth motion of your head could cause these soft tissues to stretch beyond their limits. With whiplash, neck joints, disks, ligaments, muscles, and nerves are damaged.


Treatment for Whiplash from an Auto Accident

December 23rd, 2010

Chiropractic care works on correcting complications and relieving pain associated with whiplash injuries. Care for a whiplash injury can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Treatment for whiplash injuries may include but is not limited to: Chiropractic Treatment, Massage, Muscular Rehab, Cold Laser Therapy, etc.

Treatment for Whiplash at Raab Chiropractic

December 20th, 2010

If a new or current patient has been in an auto accident the first thing we do is examine the patient.

Examination:  The examination consists of neurological tests, muscle testing, orthopedic testing, and Range of Motion Testing.

Xrays if indicated:  In a collision your body is whipped around like a rag doll, so in many instances we will send you out to xray the symptomatic regions of the body.

Range of Motion Restrictions:  In many cases we will perform range of motion testing by an electronic inclinometer.  By doing this we will know if your range of motion is within normal limits, or if the impact altered your range of motion.

Dynamic sEMG:  In most cases soft tissue is affected if you are in an auto accident.   Right now the only way to see soft tissue damage is to have an MRI.  In many cases an MRI isn’t justifiable.  What we do if MRI in not appropriate is called Dynamic sEMG.    In most cases if there is damage to the soft tissue the nerves will fire erratically.  The Dynamic Surface Electromyelogram tests the activity of the superficial nerves as you go through a series of motions.  The computer graphs the activity of the nerves and you can see the affects the collision had to nerves of the area affected.

Our main concern is your health, and we want to make sure if you have been through a traumatic incident you will be taken care of and be given the best course of care whether that be in our office or somewhere else.

What to do when you’ve been in an Accident

December 16th, 2010

•Exchange insurance & contact information with other driver(s)
•Document driver’s license number of other driver
•Document the license plate number of the other vehicle
•Call the local or state police department
•Get names of all witnesses
•Document all damages to your vehicle
•Draw a picture of the accident while it is fresh in your mind
•List all important factors to the accident (including if the other person was running a light, speeding, talking on a cell phone, etc.)

The first week after and Auto Injury or Whiplash

December 13th, 2010

1. Even a minor accident can cause injury. Never assume that you are not injured just because there is little or no damage to your car. Seek professional care immediately.

2. If a paramedic suggests you go to the emergency room, don’t decline. You may be suffering from shock, and will be unable to properly judge the situation. Even the smallest fracture in your spine can be very serious!

3. Muscle aches, soreness, headaches and other symptoms associated with whiplash injuries may not show up until 24-72 hours after the accident. The sooner you seek treatment, the less likely it will be that you will have severe pain or permanent damage.

4. Studies show that ICE applied immediately to the injured area will help keep swelling and pain to a minimum

What you might feel if you’ve been in a Car Wreck or had Whiplash

December 10th, 2010
  • Pain and Stiffness in your neck for the first few days following a whiplash injury. Then you feel better, but the pain and stiffness may return several days later. The discomfort may involve muscle groups in you neck, chest shoulders and arms.
  • Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Irritability and Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Pain between the Shoulder Blades, Pain in the arms or legs, feet and hands
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Vertigo
  • Pain in the Jaw or the Mouth
  • Headach

What happens in Whiplash or an Auto Accident

December 7th, 2010

You’re in your car, relaxed, waiting and suddenly you hear the screeching of tires. In that split second and before you can brace yourself, you feel the car lunge forward. You’ve been rear-ended. What happens in this brief moment can surprise you and what you do about it in the next few hours, days, and weeks can and will affect your future health.

Upon impact, your body pushes deeply into the seat. Your head, momentarily isolated by your neck, delays its reaction while your body quickly reaches the limits of the seat. Then, your body instantly changes directions, moving forward to the limits of your seat belt. Now, your head starts moving backward in the opposite direction. Unrestrained by a seat belt your head is jerked back and forward beyond its normal limits. Your head is always going opposite of your body. What happens when you hold a piece of paper and move your hands in opposite directions, it tears. This is exactly how we can tear the ligaments and muscles of the neck. Everything is happening in slow motion, yet you are unable to prevent your head from whipping back and forth.

How can we minimize our injuries in a rear-end collision, we must be restrained by a seat belt this obviously prevents severe injuries and excessive forward motion of your body. The second crucial factor is the position of the headrest. It has to be no more than 1 inch away from the back of your head and the height has to extend above the top of your head. With the proper positioning the headrest can prevent excessive backward motion. If the position is incorrect the headrest actually adds to the problem by creating a fulcrum, which allows your head extend over the top and increases the stretching of ligaments and muscle tissue in the front of your neck.

What can you do for Headaches?

November 30th, 2010
The ACA suggests the following:
  • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches, avoid heavy exercise. Engage in such activities as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?
Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”