Neck Pain and Accidents
The neck is a collection of bones that are stacked up on top of each other like blocks, All the bones in your spine are called vertebra and in the neck they have two main purposes. The first is to support the weight of your head which weighs as much as a bowling ball! The second is to protect the delicate spinal cord while allowing you to turn, twist and bend you head. Because your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) are so important they are protected by the bones of your skull and the vertebra. The nerves that branch off of the spinal cord in your neck are called spinal nerves (Peripheral nervous system), The spinal nerves from your neck branch off and go to down your shoulders to your hands to control the muscles, reflexes and sensation in your arms. Neck pain is a common complaint and is often the result whiplash type injuries from auto accidents. Even a simple fall or sports injury is enough to cause an injury that creates ligament damage or or compress a disc in the neck. Although your neck is very strong, it is still susceptible to injury from car accidents and falls with very little force, Recent research has proven that in rear end collisions under 8 MPH with little or no damage to the car significant neck injuries occur! worse still these injuries virtually guarantee the onset of degenerative arthritis in your neck if not treated appropriately. If you been in an auto accident or had a fall and are experiencing neck pain we can help! Chiropractic treatment is just the thing you need to get rid of the pain and avoid crippling degenerative arthritis in the future.
Did you know…
...that a number of studies published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Spine found that chiropractic treatment vs medical treatment resulted in better outcomes for spinal pain while being significantly more cost effective? Click here to read. Millions of Americans suffer from neck pain every day, Many could find relief by visiting a chiropractor. Of those who do seek treatment, many find that chiropractic not only relieves neck pain from accidents and injuries, but it also helps alleviate other symptoms, such as headaches and migraines. Click here to read.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I see a chiropractor for my neck pain after an accident?
Yes. At Embassy Lakes Accident & Injury Dr. Adelkopf is trained and experienced in all types of musculoskeletal injuries. His extensive post graduate education with his experience in examination, diagnostic procedures and chiropractic techniques make it possible to treat even to most complicated cases. We routinely refer a team of different medical specialists as the need arises to give our patients the best chances of complete recovery.
What should I expect during my visits to the chiropractor?
First a thorough consultation and examination is done followed by taking x-rays of you areas of complaint. One your condition has been diagnosed and a treatment plan outlined your chiropractor commonly performs a neck adjustment also called a cervical manipulation. This is a procedure done with the hands or an instrument and takes just seconds to complete. You may hear popping as your as the adjustment is completed. This is normal and does not represent breaking, ripping or tearing in your neck. The sound is just a release of gas from the joints in the neck. Other comfortable therapies will likely be performed as well to decease pain and speed up recovery.
Is there anything I can do to help prevent neck pain in the future?
Yes. After you completing a prescribed care plan designed to correct your problem as best as is possible you may experience less neck pain by periodically visiting the chiropractor for preventative adjustments and therapies. In addition, your chiropractor can suggest specific exercises that are essential to maintain better posture to protect yourself against recurrent injury and neck pain.