Neck & Back Pain

The condition of back pain

Misalignment (subluxation) of the spinal vertebrae are one of the most common causes of neck and low back pain. Out of place vertebrae put pressure directly on spinal nerves, causing pain. Muscle spasms may set in which can increase the pressure further. This extra pressure can cause even more inflammation and irritation, which leads to more pain. And the cycle continues. Often times stretching and massage may only temporarily relieve the pain because the cause has not been addressed.

The case of whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury from vehicle accidents. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the supporting muscles and ligaments can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may only be slightly damaged.

Symptoms from whiplash can take weeks or months to appear. They include: headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems.

How we help

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough examination and case history, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

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