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Treating the Aftermath of Motor Vehicle Accidents

car accidentFollowing a motor vehicle collision, there are a LOT of things that can hurt! And, even a “minor” accident can have BIG impacts on the way we feel in the days, weeks, and months afterwards. One of the most common injuries attributed to car accidents is whiplash, which is an injury to the cervical spine (neck) and occurs when the muscles and other connective tissues in that area are overly stretched by the force of the head “whipping” forwards and back. The majority of whiplash injuries occur because of a rear-end or front-end crash – which, in turn, causes all the tissues in the neck to twist and turn with an amazing amount of force.
Whiplash symptoms can vary from person to person; however, some of the most common symptoms include dizziness; blurred vision; ringing in the ears; pain and/or stiffness; headaches; nausea; pain/burning/tingling/etc radiating down the shoulders and arms, into the jaw, or between the shoulder blades; difficulty swallowing; pain in the lower back, and more. Much of this is due to the fact that our bodies do their best to “immobilize” an injured area, which often starts out as a muscle spasm. However if, for whatever reason, the spasm doesn’t resolve itself as the healing occurs, additional scar tissue can occur at the injury site…and the vicious cycle continues.
Since every car accident – just like every patient – is different, the exact treatment plan will differ between individuals. Painkillers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, and ice can certainly be beneficial in the short term, but shouldn’t be relied upon for true and permanent relief. At a certain point they can even mask the pain of the residual injury and cause more harm than good. Chiropractic adjustments, on the other hand, aim to specifically restore joints to their proper position and motion which lets your body regain the function that the accident and injury has impaired.
One really important thing to note in the midst of all of the above information is this – your level of pain and/or discomfort does not necessarily correlate with the severity of your injury. Everyone responds differently to pain, and everyone has a different threshold of what their “10 out of 10” pain would be. So, pain alone (or lack thereof) should not be the deciding factor in whether or not you choose to seek treatment. The injury can most certainly still be present, wreaking silent havoc until one day, down the road (no pun intended) the pain suddenly appears. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, make sure to seek treatment sooner, as opposed to later – that way you can be assured that you’ve gotten yourself on the “fast track” to recovery!
This, of course, is where we come in! The doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, have a substantial amount of training in the treatment of a variety of injuries, with whiplash very much being within our scope of practice. So, if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Our goal is to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible!

Neck pain and how sleeping affects it.

Neck pain can be a pain in the butt or the neck per say.   Neck pain can be caused by a number of different conditions or positions.  It may even cause a shooting pain down your arm or cause you to have a headache.  As  chiropractors, we can help with that pain through adjustments, soft tissue work, exercise, nutrition, and acupuncture.    However, what do you think can affect your neck and back the most when you are in pain?  It is your sleeping position and what you are sleeping on.

Think about it, we spend most of our days either standing or sitting or walking plus sleeping.  If you get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep a night, you spend 2,190 to 2,920 hours sleeping a year.  That is a lot of time when you think about it and if your bed is too old, that too will affect your back and neck.  Try some of  the following recommended guidelines to see if you can improve your sleep, therefore helping to decrease your chance of neck or back pain.

1. Over 8, it’s time to replace.  Think about your mattress. We do not want huge rolls or valleys in the bed and do not want it to be 20 some years old if it is a traditional mattress.  A good hybrid mattress of top foam support and coil support underneath has shown to provide the best comfort and support for the money spent.

2. Look at what your head is lying on. Make sure to have the correct pillow for your body type and sleeping position.  If you are a side sleeper, you want a slightly thicker pillow to support your head and shoulders. If you are a back sleeper, you want a pillow that supports your neck but does not crowd your shoulders.  You want a pillow that makes your spine neutral so your muscles can relax. If you sleep on your stomach, you really shouldn’t use a pillow.

3. Lastly, look at your sleeping position. Sleeping on your side or back is the best.  Sleeping position is different for each separate person based on comfort and other conditions.  The worst way to sleep for your back is on your stomach.   It put your back into an extension all night. If you can not help it, at least try to support your hips with a pillow under them to lessen the extension in your lower back.

Furthermore, if you have stiffness when waking up, all these tips are also important. By looking at your mattress, pillow and sleeping position, you should be able to sleep deeper, get more restful sleep and feel better in the morning. The doctors at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska have experience when dealing with neck pain and have the right tools and advice to help you get back in motion, pain free.

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Knee Injuries and Chiropractic Care

photo of woman's kneeBelieve it or not, but chiropractors are more than just “back crackers”. In fact, chiropractors possess the ability (and training) to care for a multitude of issues, ranging from back and neck pain to ear infections and fertility issues. It’s these “less obvious” ailments that tend to take people by surprise simply because they’re so used to thinking of chiropractors in the “traditional” (aka, back cracking) sense. And, one of those less traditional areas that chiropractors most definitely treat is knees.
Our knees are some seriously complex joints that rely quite heavily on their corresponding ligaments and muscles for stability. Similarly, there are other parts of our body – hips, pelvis, low back, feet, and ankles – that need our knees to function correctly so that they, themselves, can work properly, too. Therefore, when the body perceives pain as coming from our knee(s), all of the associated must be examined as well to see if it’s truly a knee issue causing the pain, or if the knee pain is a symptom of something else.
With that in mind, let’s take a few moments to explore some of the most common causes of knee pain:
Arthritis – One of the most common causes of knee pain is arthritis. Osteoarthritis – which is the most common form of arthritis – is the “wear and tear” type of arthritis and is caused by the degradation of cartilage within the joint over time. Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease) causes joints to become severely inflamed and leads to destruction of the surrounding cartilage. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are some of the most common symptoms of arthritis.
Ligaments – Injuries to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) can sprain and cause a significant amount of pain. Sprains of these ligaments are typically due to some type of blow/impact to the knee. If one of the knee ligaments tears, surgery is often in order.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – This is caused when a tendon becomes inflamed and rubs on the outer knee bone and is often caused by the stress of long-term use (think sports training, marathon training, etc.). Symptoms of iliotibial band syndrome include aching of the joint and/or a “burning” sensation that is typically felt on the outside of the knee which, sometimes, will radiate up the leg.
Other very common causes of knee pain include cartilage, tendon, and meniscus injuries, Osgood-Schlatter disease, and referred pain (which basically means the pain is felt in the knee but is due to a dysfunction somewhere else in the body).
As stated previously, chiropractic treatment may very well be exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to ongoing knee pain. This is especially true if your knee pain is restricting motion and limiting your day-to-day activities. Our treatment is multi-faceted and looks to reduce inflammation and pain and normalize joint function. In fact, there are several manipulation techniques that can be applied to the knee and surrounding joints to assist with an increase in function and movement, and a reduction in pain experienced by the patient.
If knee pain is something that you’ve been struggling with, don’t lose hope – we can help! The doctors here at Fletcher Chiropractic, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, are highly skilled in treating a wide variety of injuries and ailments and would be more than happy to meet with you and work out a treatment plan that’s specific to you. So, give us a call and set up your consultation today!

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