7 Strategies for Overcoming Whiplash

7 Strategies for Overcoming Whiplash Before we give you the 7 Strategies… let’s talk about Whiplash. A motor vehicle impact at a speed as low as 5 MPH creates enough of an impact to cause severe spinal injury or damage.  A study from 2006 evaluating the risk of low speed and low impact collisions, determined … Read more…

A 5 MPH Crash Can Cause Spinal Damage

Really?  A 5 MPH crash can cause spinal damage! A study from 2006 determined a motor vehicle impact as slow as 5 miles per hour creates enough of an impact to cause severe spinal injury or spinal damage.  An inter-vertebral disc can start to decay within 48 hours after an accident!  The bottom line, it … Read more…

Neck Pain Self-Help Techniques

It is very important that those of us with neck pain learn what we can do to help ourselves as the benefits from treatment are always much more satisfying for both the healthcare provider and patient. Self-care promotes independence and a feeling of accomplishment.

What is “Good Head Posture?”

Have you ever noticed how many people have terrible posture? One of the most common faulty postures is called “forward head carriage” or “anterior based occiput.” Other terms are “hump back” or slouching. There are several reasons for this common postural fault.

Neck Pain and Chiropractic Treatment

A 42 year old, female patient presented with neck pain that had been present for 2 months.  The pain came on gradually and without a specific cause.  Her vocation is answering the phone for a busy mail order shoe store.  She works 40 hours a week, 5 days per week and never weekends.  Pain worsens with work, especially by the end of the 8 hour shift.  Other pain producers include driving more than 30 minutes, reading more than 30 minutes, and washing hair with the head back.  Pain improves with resting the head on a chair or pillow, moving the head in circles, 600 mg of Ibuprofen (repeated 3x/day), and a hot shower. She describes the pain as an ache with intermittent sharp pain that is becoming more frequent, “…when I move the wrong way.”  There is no shooting pain into the arms or hands. … Read more…

Is It Really Neck Pain?

A 48-year-old male had left sided neck pain with intermittent left arm tingling, numbness, and aching for 2.5 months. The pain was described as a deep nagging ache on the left side of the neck with a more intense pain in the left shoulder blade that occurred without any specific activity.  Also, no particular position of the neck or head changed the symptoms in the neck or left arm.  The patient described having periodic episodes of neck and left arm pain/numbness 4 or 5 times over the last 10 years, and he felt that this episode was similar to the previous episodes.  He had utilized chiropractic treatment previously with good results and was considering calling for an appointment once again. … Read more…

Neck Pain and Pinched Nerves

“I woke up yesterday morning with severe neck pain that radiates down my right arm to my hand and I can barely move my neck without producing the shooting arm pain.” Or, “…for the last few months, I’ve had this nagging pain in my neck and when I look up, my arm goes numb.”  Or, … Read more…

Neck Pain – Non-Surgical Treatment Options

There are many treatment options for those suffering from neck pain.  There is conventional medical care where the family doctor will usually prescribe a muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, and/or pain killer to help patients through episodes of acute neck pain.  However, many patients with neck pain have been through the process of treatments associated with medications and simply cannot tolerate the adverse side effects of stomach pain common with anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Mediprin, etc.), Aleve (Naproxen), or aspirin.  Others don’t like the groggy, drunk-like feelings associated with pain killers or the sleepiness associated with muscle relaxants.  Therefore, these patients often turn to complementary / alternative care.  … Read more…

Neck and Arm Pain – The Herniated Disk?

Patients that present with neck pain along with arm numbness, pain, and/or weakness, often ask, “…what’s causing this pain down my arm?”  The condition is often caused from a bulging or herniated disk pinching a nerve in the neck.  The cause of this complaint can include both trauma as well as non-traumatic events.  In fact, sometimes, the patient has no idea what started their condition, as they cannot tie any specific event to the onset. 

The classic presentation includes neck pain that radiates into the arm in a specific area as each nerve affects different parts of the arm and hand.  Describing the exact location of the arm complaint such as, “I have numbness in the arm and hand that makes my 4th and pinky fingers feel half asleep,” tells us that you have a pinched C8 nerve.  This nerve can also be pinched at the elbow and make the same two fingers numb.  The difference between the two different conditions is when the nerve is pinched in the neck, the pain is located from the neck down the entire arm and into digits 4 & 5 of the hand.  When the nerve is pinched at the elbow, the pain/numbness is located from the elbow down to the 4th & 5th digits, but no neck or upper arm pain exists.  … Read more…