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Disc Injury After Auto Accident

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Following a rear end collision it is common for the patient to have whiplash from the impact of the accident.  The sudden impact of being rear ended forces the body into different and opposing directions at a speed that is uncontrollable and near impossible to stop while it’s occurring.

Another term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to quickly move in one direction and then another in the opposite direction and this causes the soft tissue to become injured in the process.

Immediately following an accident it is always advised to have an evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any fractures or any life threatening conditions. Most of the time an injured person will be sent home and instructed to follow the R.I.C.E. method to begin the healing process. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are typically what follow a slight rear end collision but there are times when they develop into more serious grades of injury that involve a more complex treatment.

In about 25% of those cases a disc injury is caused and can become a chronic problem. Most disc related injuries involve a tear in the outer portion of the disc and the nerve endings in them get torn and cause pain. It can take months for those tears to heal and with proper treatment that person can return to their normal daily activities without any residual problems.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience following whiplash can be;
Dizziness
Headaches
Stiffness
Visual changes
Memory changes
Jaw pain

Some symptoms related to a disc herniation from whiplash are:
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tingling or burning sensation in the arm, hand or fingers

Herniated disc are generally diagnosed from a combination of the medical history, examination and imaging studies from MRI. There are different approaches and strategies for the person who was injured in an accident to insure proper healing in order to get back to their normal routine as fast as possible. A common treatment technique for many practitioners is called McKenzie method. These exercises are used to extend or stretch the area of the spine that is injured and helps decrease the pain levels of the person who was injured.

Chiropractic care and home exercises are beneficial and non invasive ways to manage pain following certain types of disc injury following an auto accident.

Avoiding Back Pain With Yard Work

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Yard work and maintaining the lawn is a good stress reliever for some people. Many homeowners enjoy being outdoors when the weather is nice. However, it is called yard “work” for a reason and while enjoyable there are a lot of efforts needed to get the work done. Bending over to pull weeds, the constant vibration from sitting on a riding mower or using a push mower can all increase pain levels for someone who was injured in an auto accident. Pain can make an enjoyable hobby like gardening or a household duty such as yard work un-enjoyable. This loss of enjoyment factor must be documented in the doctors notes so the attorney representing the patient can settle the claim with more ease after the patients doctor or rehab facility helps them feel better.

Once you are out of the initial acute phase of your injury and have been cleared by your doctor to become more active, you should take it slow so you don’t re aggravate the injury. also instead of doing outdoor task that you would normally do in one day, spread the task out over the course of the weekend or get someone to help you with the work.

Here are some tips to follow before going outside to perform yard work after suffering from back pain.

  1. Drink plenty of water before, during and after being outside to avoid dehydration
  2. Stretch before going outside to perform yard work. Make sure the muscles in the low back are loose so you don’t put excess strain on the area.
  3. When bending over, make sure you lift using your legs. Avoid picking anything up by just bending over and coming right back up.
  4. NEVER twist your body when you are leaning over. (this is a compromising position for the spine and can be problematic)
  5. Use knee pads if you will be doing gardening task to decrease stress on your joints.
  6. Take breaks frequently so that your muscles don’t fatigue in one certain position and go into spasm.

Dealing with back pain at home following an accident  can hinder your normal activity but it doesn’t have to stop it completely. As long as you make some minor changes to keep yourself out of trouble, you can still perform your hobby without worry.

I’m a good referral for your neighbor who mentions the need for a Marietta Chiropractor and not being able to spend as much time doing yard work because of the pain they feel after their auto accident. Have them call me and I will bring the enjoyment back to their life!

Back Pain After An Accident Is Garbage!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

There’s a household job that I’ve been trained to performed for as long as I can remember. When I was a young boy and was strong enough to haul the garbage “can” to the curb once a week it all began. It used to be exciting…when I was little. As of yesterday I still perform this duty faithfully and at least my 2013 garbage container has wheels to make my life easier. When someone is involved in an auto accident and can no longer perform a household duty such as taking out the trash it needs to be documented as a “loss of enjoyment”. I don’t really enjoy taking out the trash but I’m sure my family members do. And I will very soon enjoy teaching my son the secret science of loading trash into a container and wheeling it to the curb on a weekly basis to prepare him for manhood.

If you’ve ever had back pain and tried to lift something you probably noticed how much of a challenge it can be.
Instances where you have pain and difficulty:

  • lifting
  • stretching
  • bending
  • sitting
  • standing
  • walking or other restrictionsAll of these issues should all be properly documented during your care.  Our office is highly trained to document such problems. Contact a Marietta chiropractor if you’ve been injured in an auto accident and are having  difficulty taking out the trash but suddenly ask someone else in your family to do it because of the pain you experience. We will bring the “enjoyment” back to your life!

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013