How Chiropractors Assess and Treat Whiplash

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Whiplash associated disorder (WAD) are common injuries of the neck caused by rapid distortion of the cervical vertebrae. Such distortion occurs when the head undergoes a sudden stop while moving at speed, jarring the muscles and ligaments of the neck, which move forwards and backwards quickly. Whiplash is most typically associated with motor vehicle accidents but may also occur in sporting events such as foot ball, bicycling, and horseback riding.

The adult human head weighs about 10-11 pounds, which, at rest, is comfortably supported by the bones and muscles of the neck. However, rapid movement backward and forward put a much larger load on the cervical vertebrae and ligaments holding them in place. The anterior longitudinal ligament that runs down the back of the spine is particularly at risk of stretching or tearing during a rapid collision.

The signs and symptoms of whiplash range from mild neck pain for a few days after the injury to headaches, arm pain and long-term restricted movement of the neck. Studies have shown that whiplash injuries can also constrict blood flow to the brain, leading to light-headedness, poor concentration and fatigue.

The Grade Classification is as follows:

0. No complaint about the neck. No physical sign.

I. Neck complaint of pain, stiffness or tenderness only. No physical signs.

II. Neck complaint and musculoskeletal signs. Musculoskeletal signs include decreased range of motion and point tenderness.

III. Neck complaint and neurological signs. Neurological signs include decreased or absent deep tendon reflexes, weakness and sensory deficits.

IV. Neck complaint and fracture or dislocation.

The recommended chiropractic treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, but common actions include treatment with heat and cold, massage, chiropractic manipulation and a specific program of exercises to gently regain the full range of neck movement. Collars may also be used to keep the neck in place for 72 hours after grade II and III injuries to give the muscles and ligaments time to recover. If you have to wait for an appointment, a frozen ice pack held against the neck for short periods is a good stop-gap treatment for moderate neck pain until you can see a chiropractor.

Grade IV whiplash is a serious injury and your chiropractor can refer you to a specialist for treatment. This will at minimum consist of several months of neck immobilization and possibly surgery. Most whiplash injuries are much less serious than this and are more likely to be a cause of pain and discomfort than a true medical emergency. Though, as anyone who had suffered with whiplash will tell you, the distress associated with ongoing neck pain and stiffness can have a substantial impact on daily life. It is well worth getting check over by a chiropractor if you experience any signs for whiplash in order to reduce your healing time and your chances of future neck complaints.

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‘Tis The Season For Auto Accident 101

Tis the season PostNow that the holiday season is upon us we all have to drive a little slower, leave a little earlier, and watch the road a little better. No one wants to be involved in an auto accident; however, it happens all the time. It’s always go to know what to do in those first 24 hours after an accident.
The following are a few good tips to ensure that you receive the best care while reducing your liability:
1.) Make sure you and the other diver move to a safe spot and call 911 if anyone is seriously injured. If the accident is minor you can move the cars off the roadway yourself, or wait for the tow truck once the police arrive. Remember, you only have 24 hours after the accident to notify the police and make a claim.
2.) Make sure everyone involved is alright and obtain the other driver’s relevant information. Do not admit fault, it may be used against you in court if the case is brought against you. You should exchange the following information:
• Name
• Address
• Phone Number
• Email Address
• Make, Model, and Year of the car
• License Plate Number
• Insurance Company
• Insurance Policy Number
• Copy of the Police Report
3.) Look for witnesses at the site and get all relevant information (Such as Name, Phone Number, Address) because you will likely not be able to speak with them again.
4.) Check your surroundings. Look for any skid marks, glass, etc. to document what has happened and take as many photos as possible of the damage to your car, the location of the accident, the people involved, or any other evidence that exists in the surroundings.
5.) Get medical help as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you are hurt, as you could have serious internal injuries that you are not immediately aware of. Most injuries from minor auto accidents are due to whiplash or other soft tissue injuries and may not show up for several hours (or even days) after the accident. If you are asked by anyone (such as the police, your insurance company, etc) at the accident site if you are injured, you should say you don’t know but you will see a specialist- like our doctors here at the Chiro Studio- for a complete evaluation.
6.) Report the accident to your insurance company and file your claim. If you have been injured, you should also call an attorney, as the insurance adjuster is not likely to represent you. Keeping their costs down is their main goal, whereas your attorney is pain to represent your interests.

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Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pies And…. Mud Pies?

Mud PieMany parents tell their kids not to play in the dirt, for obvious reasons, but for some reason they always want to… Could your child know something you don’t?

Researchers have found that children who live in cites have a higher rate of food allergies than those who live in the country, suffering from the same allergies twice as often!

A study with a sample of 38,465 children ages 18 an under and categorized by ZIP Code had an astonishing outcome, especially with the two most common foods: Shellfish and Peanuts. To break the study down look at the following graph:

Urban Children Rural Children
Food Allergies 9.8% 6.2%
Shellfish Allergy 2.4% 0.8%
Peanut Allergy 2.8% 1.3%

Although the severity of food allergies did differ between the two groups almost 40% of all the children with food allergies had already suffered at least one sever, life-threating reaction.

Between 1997 and 2007 the rate of children with food allergies has increased by 20 percent; and children with food allergies are 2-4 times more likely to suffer from asthma or allergies to other things as well. Scientists are not sure why the rate of allergies is rising so steadily or why the difference in environment has an effect.

Some researchers are attributing the increasingly germophobic outlook in society to the rapid changes. A study done by Johns Hopkins Children’s Center showed that children with high levels of antibacterial chemicals in their blood had approximately double the risk of developing environmental and food allergies.

Children living in rural areas are more likely to come in contact or close proximity to dirt and farm animals which increases the variety of microbes than that of urban children. A Finnish study found that the greater the level of biodiversity in a child’s environment, the lower the prevalence of allergies of all types. They summarized that the wider verity of microbes also include many “friendly” ones hat colonize in the body and help fight inflammatory diseases. This is especially important in children who are still developing their immune systems.

So, if you live in a city, be sure to go out to the country on a regular basis and let your kids make all the mud pies their little hearts desire!! It’s fun and beneficial for their health!

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Sports Supplements and Your Teen Athlete

href=”https://thechirostudio.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/supplements_1.png”>Supplements_1The fall season is here and for many parents that means our children are getting back to some of our fall sports like football and wrestling. Some teens even plan on playing more than one sport this year or season.

Many of us know, and sometimes even encourage, our teens to use performance enhancing supplements. It has been a growing trend for the teenage population through out the years.

Among the healthy vitamin and mineral supplements like multivitamins, vitamin C, calcium and iron are the less healthy substances such as caffeine, creatine, ephedra, human growth hormone (HGH) and anabolic steroids. Some teens, and those that influence them (like coaches, parents, and teammates) have progressively been taking more dangerous substances under the impression that they are as harmless as vitamins and minerals.

Although many performance-enhancing supplements are advertised as being safe- especially those made up of natural compounds- a great number of them have not been tested by any regulatory agency, and the safety is actually UNKNOWN.

The pressure to excel at sports is greater than ever, and there is increasing competition to get into elite sports programs where they have a better chance of being discovered by professional sports scouts. The possibility of fame and fortune can be a strong enticement to our athletic youth to try performance-enhancing supplements to give them an edge over their competition.

Young athletes also try these drugs to encourage growth and muscle development, prevent illness and reduce fatigue. It is most common to these athletes to try different performance-enhancing supplements if they play tow or more different sports and are required to “bulk up”, such as wrestlers and weight lifters.

While he opinion of friends, teammates, and coaches was a huge influence on the decision of the young football players, wrestlers, and other athletes, to take supplements (mainly creatine) it was their parents who had the greatest amount of influence on their decision. So it is incredibly important for parents to be educated as to the benefits and drawbacks of each of these supplements. If you ar the parent of a young athlete, have a conversation with them about supplements. Remember to involve them in the research and be amazed at what you and your teen will discover!

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Could Your Water Bottle Effect Your Child’s Behavior?

Water BottleEvery parent wants their child to succeed in school and in life but sometimes kids have a hard time focusing and are negatively influenced by their environment. Recent studies have shown here is one thing that you can fix now!
As many of us know, water is essential to a healthy and vital life! What you may not know is that an organic chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in the manufacturing of plastic and metal containers for our water and food.
It has been in commercial use since the 1960’s but only recently was found to have some health concerns. BPA has been found to have an effect on hormonal actions in the body, mainly effecting women because it binds estrogen and other endocrine receptors. There have also been links between exposure to BPA and the development of heart disease.
In fact, a recent study done by a team of American pediatricians found that higher BPA levels in infants, both during and after birth, were associated with a lack of behavioral control. This, again, was more pronounced in females.
There have been studies stating that low amounts present minimal hazards to human health, like the study done in 1983 by the United States National Academy of Science. However, most of the test were done on lab animals (such as rats) and were NOT conclusive. Although, there are studies going on now that are focusing on human test subjects.
The most common alternative to plastic water bottles are reusable stainless steal bottles. They not only help with recycling but they do not contain BPA as the plastic bottles and metal cans. Some companies that sell comical free container are: Gaiam, Klean Kanteen, and New Wave Enviro Products.
As essential as water is, make sure to stay away from the plastic and metal cans and containers this school year! And continue using healthy choices and alternatives!!

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