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Headaches From Sitting at the Computer?

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Headaches Relief in San Francisco

We have been treating headaches in San Francisco for over 23 years.  

Headaches are fairly common…especially with people that spend a lot of time on the computer like most of our chiropractic patients in the San Francisco Financial District.

Sitting for long periods in front of a computer can cause static muscle tension in the back, neck and shoulder muscles. Constant tension on the neck and shoulder muscles which attach to the head can cause tension headaches that can become chronic (lasting over 90 days) and debilitating.

Poor ergonomics can also contribute to computer related neck pain and headaches. As can lack of proper (frequent) micro-breaks, which are brief resting periods (typically 1-2 minutes) that allow the muscles to rest and recover.

In addition, you could be compounding the problem by sleeping on your stomach or using a soft pillow. It’s always best to sleep on your back or side with an orthopedic pillow like a Tempur-Pedic Pillow.

If you do get a sore neck at home there are stretches you can do as well as ice techniques to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.  Your chiropractor is your best resource for these.  You can also search Google or YouTube. If you do a search for the following you can find some videos we have done:

“Neck stretches Executive Express Chiropractic”, “cervical pillow executive express chiropractic”, “how to ice executive express chiropractic”.

Your chiropractor is also an expert on ergonomics as well as natural neck, shoulder, back and headaches treatment. Typically, you can expect to start feeling better right away…although it could take a few weeks.

Our San Francisco headaches treatment consists of chiropractic adjustments, massage, laser, ice, heat, ergonomic instruction, work and home stretches, cervical pillow, and stress reduction techniques. We have affordable cash fees and accept most insurance.

To find out if you are a candidate for headaches relief in San Francisco at our chiropractic clinic please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Chiropractic For Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

We have been providing treatment for shoulder pain in San Francisco since 1992. 

Shoulder pain is fairly common these days, especially with office workers who spend the majority of their day sitting in front of a computer doing repetitive motions with the upper extremities.  often times there is associated neck, arm and hand pain.

There are 3 primary causes of shoulder pain:

1. Acute shoulder pain from trauma or injury such as a sports injury or auto accident.

2. Cumulative Trauma Disorder from doing repetitive shoulder and upper extremity movements over time.

3. Chronic shoulder pain, which is pain that persists for over 3 months. It is usually the result of 1 or 2 above,

Unfortunately, a visit to the chiropractor is not high on the list of someone that is experiencing a bout of shoulder pain. Typically, they do nothing or visit a medical doctor. Some sharp medical doctors will refer out for physical therapy or even chiropractic. Many will still prescribe painkillers and muscle relaxers (bad news). Drugs typically only mask the symptoms and do not address the cause.

Over the past 23 years we have treated thousands of cases of shoulder pain at our chiropractic clinic in San Francisco. The treatment methods (depending on the actual problem) we use are as follows:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to the neck, arms and shoulders
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Active Release Techniques (ART)
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Kinesio Tape
  • Graston
  • Electronic Muscle Stimulation
  • Ice and Heat

Depending on whether the case is acute or chronic or cumulative will dictate the actual treatment plan and duration of care. We will usually be able to make our recommendations on the first or second day.

So, if you live or work in the SF Bay Area and have suffered a shoulder injury, we would like to meet with you. We are conveniently located at the Embarcadero Center One in the Financial District and have validated parking.

To schedule an appointment for shoulder pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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How Many Chiropractic Adjustments Do You Need?

san francisco chiropractorWe have been providing chiropractic in San Francisco for over 22 years now.

During this time we have delivered hundreds of thousands of chiropractic adjustments to tens of thousands of patients.  So…we know a thing or to about how they work.

Some patients only need a few adjustments…some only one. Some many more…it just depends.

What it depends on is a variety of things. Things like age, overall physical condition, the nature of your condition, any complications such as a herniated disc, short leg or scoliosis, whether the problem is new or acute, your occupation, lifestyle, on and on.

The good news is that chiropractors take in all this information, process it quickly, then make recommendations based on standards of care and clinical experience. We can always adjust the visits up or down as needed.

And we let YOU decide how you wish to utilize our services.

Most patients just want to get out of pain quick and so that is the primary goal.

People that travel frequently, workout a lot, are under a lot of stress, athletes, and weekend warriors often come in a few times a month. They find everything works better when they do. Many only come in when they are in pain. You decide…that’s the beauty of it.

So, in any case, how many adjustments you need depends on a lot of factors…including how many you want. We like to keep it simple. No stress. No hassles.

To find out if you are a candidate for care at our San Francisco Chiropractic Center, please call 415-392-2225. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


carpal tunnel treatment san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and related disorders in San Francisco for over 22 years now. 

Here is an excerpt from an article on the great chiropractic consumer website Chiro-trust.org entitled Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-What Is It?:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) basically occurs when pressure is applied to the median nerve as it travels through the wrist on the palm side resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, and later, weakness of the grip and pinch functions. But, the median nerve can be pinched at many other locations as it courses down from the neck to the hand, which is why we examine and treat the CTS patient from the neck down! The median nerve has been described as the “eye of the hand,” as it is one of the three major nerves formed from the brachial plexus– that “highway” of nerves made up of the C5-T2 roots leaving the neck, merging together to eventually form the three main nerves of the arm. Because the median nerve function regulates pinch and grip strength, buttoning a shirt, writing a note, driving a car, and even sleeping are ALL affected by a median nerve pinch.

So, since the median nerve originates in the neck, and carpal tunnel symptoms are mostly in the hand, the neck-hand connection is often overlooked by doctors and therapist that do not routinely treat CTS.

Our carpal tunnel doctors in San Francisco have been treating CTS since before the dotcom boom-bust. In fact, we have successfully treated over 20,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms and upper extremity disorders. The secret is to ALWAYS examine and treat from the neck to the fingertips…on both sides. At our clinic we also check the entire spine and feet. A pedal imbalance such as a pronation or short leg can cause cervical muscle spams and interfere with nerve transmission to the hands. Interesting Huh?

Bottom Line:  Carpal Tunnel Symptoms are nothing to mess around with. You use your hands for everything. Patients with chronic hand pain are often depressed and have other problems such as sleeping disorders and lowered immune function. It’s a chain reaction that can overwhelm your life.

The good news is that a chiropractor that specializes in CTS can help…and results are usually seen right away.

To find out if you are a candidate for carpal tunnel treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Fibromyalgia and the Immune System: Study


Fibromyalgia pain treatment in SFWe have been providing treatment for Fibromyalgia in San Francisco for over 20 years.

 Fibromyalgia
(FM) is a condition with a polarized audience comprised of those who believe
it’s real and those who don’t. This interesting political-like conflict is, in
a large part, centered around the topic we discussed last month concerning the
causes of FM. This month’s article will focus specifically on the immune system
and its relationship to FM.

“EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL
ABOUT IT! New research published on 12-17-12 in BMC Clinical Pathology
describes cytokine abnormalities were found in FM patients when compared to
healthy controls.”
OK!
But what does that mean?

            Very simply, this study reports that
immune dysfunction is part of the cause of FM. The most exciting part is that
this study identified a BLOOD TEST (finally!) that, “…demonstrates value as a
FM diagnostic tool.” Looking at this closer, the researchers used multiple
methods to examine cytokine (proteins that help regulate our immune response)
blood levels in FM patients. They found the FM group had, “…considerably lower
cytokine concentration than the control group, which implies that cell-mediated
immunity is impaired in fibromyalgia.” This study’s findings of an immune
response abnormality strays from previous study findings which largely pointed
to the central nervous system (CNS – brain & spinal cord) as the origin of
the FM syndrome. This makes some sense as the study of immunology (in this
case, “neuroimmunology” – the combination of neurology and immunology) has only
been around for about 10 years, and as such, may hold some important answers as
more evidence is uncovered to further support this potential “paradigm shift”
in considering the primary cause of FM. The authors offer further excitement as
this focus could lead to a better understanding of the cause of other
neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS)! They go on by
describing how body temperature, behavior, sleep, and mood can all be
negatively affected by “pro-inflammatory cytokines” (PIC) which are released by
certain types of activated white blood cells during infection. PIC have been
found in the CNS in patients with brain injury, during viral and bacterial
infections, and in other neurodegenerative processes (like MS)!

            To further support this advance in
understanding, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported, “…Despite the
brain’s status as an immune privileged site, an extensive bi-directional
communication takes place between the nervous and the immune system in both
health and disease.” They describe multiple signaling pathways that exist
between the brain and the immune system that function normally throughout our
lifetime. When immune, physiological, and psychological “stressors” occur,
cytokines and other immune molecules stimulate interactions within the
endocrine (our hormone) system, nervous system and immune system. To prove
this, brain cytokine levels go up following stress exposure and similarly go
down when treatments are applied that alleviate stress. They list other conditions
such as stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, MS, pain, and AIDS-associated
dementia as being similarly affected as well. They also report that cytokines
and other neuro-chemicals play a role in our neuro-development throughout our
lifespan, help regulate brain development early in life and brain function
throughout life, and how this all changes in the aging brain. There are also
interactions of these immune chemicals that result in gender differences on
brain function and behavior.

            Needless to say, it will be very
interesting
to watch for additional developments along this line of
research as it pertains to the FM patient and future treatment recommendations!
Also, immune stimulation by chiropractic adjustments has been postulated as a
benefit and this too may be better understood using this new research approach!

            If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment for Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225

 

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I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Headaches Treatment with Chiropractic


Headaches treatment in san francisco financial districtWe have been providing natural headaches treatment with chiropractic in downtown San Francisco since 1992.

Did you
know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? There are many different
types of headaches with a multitude of symptoms including achy, throbbing,
nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness, blinding, noise, light and/or odor
sensitivity, and more. The causes of headaches can include genetics (familial traits
like migraine headaches), stress or tension (probably one of
the most common), environmental (allergies, seasonal, bright sunlight, loud
noises, certain foods), behavioral (insomnia, excessive
exercise, blood sugar problems, depression), and many more.

            Environmental factors can “trigger”
the onset of a headache. About 95% of headache sufferers have “primary
headaches” such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The other 5% may be
caused by other physical conditions or problems and the headache serves as a
“warning sign” that something else is wrong. The “key” in the 5% of potentially
dangerous types of headaches is to pay attention to when there is a rapid onset
(“…it came out of nowhere fast!”), if they are very intense, and are
“different” from other headaches previously suffered. When nervous system
symptoms occur that are unusual for that person, such as lapses in memory, the
person is not responding, rapid onset of dizziness, balance disturbance,  and/or a “blinding sharp pain,” these should
trigger a warning sign that something specific and potentially dangerous may be
causing the headache.

            For the main 95% of headaches
sufferers, neck tension is a common complaint with the headache. Research
supports that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), the primary form of care
utilized by chiropractors, is an effective option for tension headaches. A 2001
Duke University study reported that SMT
resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches originating in the
neck, had fewer side effects, AND longer-lasting relief of tension-type
headaches compared to those receiving commonly prescribed medication. Another
study found that SMT was effective, not only for relieving the headache, but
had a sustained benefit AFTER it was discontinued after a 4-week treatment
period. This was NOT seen in a similar tension-type headache group receiving
prescribed medication treatment only.

            Here is how to help yourself:

 

1.
Improve your posture: Most of us are “chin pokers” and
“slouchers.” The weight of the head pulls on the neck and upper back muscles
and when held in that fixed position while driving, typing, watching TV, the
static muscle tension can create a headache.

2.
Take “mini-breaks” every 30-45 minutes from static fixed
positions and perform some exercises. A good stretch is to reach over to the
opposite side of the head and gently pull to stretch the sides of the neck.
Repetitively, poke and tuck your chin in & out to stretch different muscle
fibers. Then, add flexion, extension and/or rotation to the same movements for
about 10 sec./side. Try it now!

3.
Avoid clenching your teeth and shrugging your shoulders. We do
these things without being conscious that we’re even doing it. Those static
loads play havoc with our neck muscles. 

4.    Drink plenty of water – at least 8 oz., 8x/day (more when
exercising or pregnant). If you want to be more accurate, take your current
weight and divide by 2. (Eg., 130# person = 65oz./day; 190# = 95oz./day).

5.
If
you have chronic headaches, COME SEE US!
This is what we do, and it helps A LOT!

             We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your healthcare services.
If you, a friend or family member requires care for headaches, we
sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services
and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Headaches Doctors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Communications ©

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Low Back Pain and Sciatica Success Story

Low Back Pain and Sciatica San FranciscoOur San Francisco Chiropractor “Patient of the Week is Jeannine Neal. Jeanine was standing in her kitchen when she suddenly sneezed and
immediately felt excruciating sharp pain feeling in her low back and down her
legs Classic signs of a herniated disc).

She collapsed to the ground and was unable to move for quite
some time.  She went and got a 90 minute massage the next day, which she
thought helped, but when she went to get off the massage table she
suddenly couldn’t move again.  After another 30 minutes of massage to her low back and a
session of acupuncture, she was finally able to make it home that
evening.

After one more session of acupuncture, and only feeling slight
relief in pain, she decided to come to our chiropractor clinic at the Embarcadero Center to see if there was anything we
could do to help.

After just one chiropractic treatment, Jeanine
reported a dramatic decrease in her low back and leg pain.  After her second treatment
she reported being able to perform her regular daily activities again.
After 3 treatments, she was back to walking 3+ miles again!

Jeanine
has been very compliant with her recommended treatment plan, which
helped her to become pain-free and get back to enjoying life in less
than 3 weeks! Way to go Jeanine!

This story is similar to thousands of similar stories that happen around the world each day in chiropractic clinics. If you have been suffering with low back pain and sciatica or know someone that is, you may need a chiropractic adjustment.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation. 

Serving 94111 local for over 20 years.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Fibromyalgia – Where Does the Pain Come From?


Fibromyalgia relief in san francisco CAFibromyalgia
(FM) is a very strange condition. Can you think of any other condition that
creates so many symptoms and yet all the blood and imaging tests are negative?
FM symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle aches and pains, depression, sleep
disturbance, memory affects, and more. The degree or severity of FM varies from
mild to severe, leaving some totally disabled and distraught. So, the question
of the month is, where does the pain come from?

            Since the usual markers of injury
are negative (that is, blood and other tests), we can tell you first that the
pain is NOT coming from damaged tissue such as muscle, bone, organs, and the
like. If it did, abnormal enzymes &/or inflammatory tests would result.
Rather, the origin of pain appears to be arising from within the central
nervous system. That is to say, there are portions of the brain and spinal cord
where pain signals are received and when they reach a certain level or threshold,
the sensation is felt. When the sensory input is below that level, it will not
be felt. In fact, there are MANY MORE incoming sensory signals that are NOT
felt compared to those that are. This “thermostat-like” function is vital so we
DO NOT feel everything that arrives to the brain. This is why we don’t feel the
clothes hanging from our backs or the shoes on our feet (unless the laces are
tied too tight!). It’s been said that if we DID “sense” all the incoming
signals we would, in a sense, “…short circuit.”

            In the FM patient, this thermostat
is “messed up.” It is set lower than what is considered normal, and as a
result, patients do sense or feel more than they should. This “nervous system
overload,” sometimes referred to as a “sensory storm,” occurs in the FM
sufferer. A more fancy term called “central sensitization” can be searched and
you will find a LOT to read about this
interesting subject (check it out)!

            So how does this hypersensitive
situation start? Fibromyalgia is classified into two main categories – type I
and type II. In type I, or primary FM, the cause is unknown. The cause could
include one’s genetic make-up, but the bottom line is, we really don’t know. In
type II or, secondary FM, some other known condition or situation can be identified
such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, after a trauma, or
following an illness or infection. Some also feel the lack of sleep or sleep
loss can cause FM. This is because it takes about four hours of sustained sleep
to reach deep sleep, and because of frequent sleep interruptions, the person
never reaches deep sleep. Over time, deprived of the relaxing deep sleep
benefits, the body gradually tightens up, “re-setting the thermostat” and too
much sensory information reaches the brain, resulting in overload, and a
heightened pain level is perceived. Studies have shown that when sleep is
restored, many FM patients gradually improve and function better. This focus on
sleep restoration is important in the management strategies of FM treatment. We
all know our tolerance to just about everything suffers when we are over-tired,
similar to the toddler who cries at the drop of a dime when they need a nap.

            Chiropractic adjustments, certain
nutrients like melatonin, valerian root, and vitamin B complex can facilitate
sleep restoration. Treatment for sleep apnea can also help patients with FM. As
we’ve said before, FM is usually multi-factorial and including chiropractic in
the FM treatment “team” is essential for a satisfying result!

            If you, a friend or family member
requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by
choosing our services!

To schedule an appointment for Fibromyalgia Treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225.

                                   

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Chiropractor San Francisco Financial District

Chiropractor san francisco financial districtOur "Patient of the Week" review is from Doug Edwards. Douglas presented to our clinic about 6 years ago with upper back pain, low back pain, thumb and hand pain. His condition had developed gradually over the years from long hours of sitting and computer use. His symptoms were interfering with his golf game and had flared up when he was on vacation sailing, so he decided it was time to try something different, because the care he was receiving was not helping.

When we checked Douglas we found subluxations in the neck, upper back and low back. Vertebral subluxations are the term chiropractors use to describe a misalignment of a vertebrae that is causing nerve interference, loss of motion, muscle spasm, pain and dysfunction. We also found misalignment's in the hand and thumb.

We put Douglas on a chiropractic treatment program to address all these issues. The goal was to take him as close as possible to being pain free with normal function. Well, we were able to make big changes and Douglas has been coming in for maintenance care ever since. Sure, sometimes he has flair-ups and he even has new issues that pop-up from time to time, but his regular chiropractic regimen of 2 times per month along with his home exercises and healthy lifestyle keep him in excellent health most of the time.

Douglas is not alone. Most of the patients we treat at Executive Express Chiropractic are coming for ongoing maintenance care. Do they need to come forever? Well…if they want to receive the benefits of chiropractic care they have to see a chiropractor. If they want those benefits forever then YES!

Just like if you want the benefits of exercise or eating right you have to do it ongoing..it's a lifestyle choice…just like chiropractic!

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Financial District Chiropractors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this review for a complimentary consultation.

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Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Whiplash Syndrome: Defined


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We have been providing treatment for whiplash injuries in San Francisco for over 21 years now in the Financial District.

The term “whiplash” is a slang term
for a neck injury most accurately called a cervical acceleration-deceleration
(CAD) injury. Now you know why we call it “whiplash”! It suggests that the head
was forced through a range of motion that exceeds the barriers of our normal
tissue, resulting in injury to the neck.

             Though
a slip and fall, or even a bar-room brawl, can cause whiplash, whiplash is
usually associated with injuries that occur from a car accident or “motor
vehicle collision” (MVC). The term “syndrome” refers to a cluster of symptoms
that can include neck pain, headache, light-headedness, ringing in the ears,
visual disturbances, memory loss, nausea/vomiting, noise and/or light
sensitivity (usually associated with mild traumatic brain injury or,
post-concussive syndrome), TMJ (jaw) pain, radiating pain, numbness, and/or
weakness in the arm, limited neck movements, and more. Even the low back can be
injured in a whiplash injury!  In other
words, a whiplash injury can affect MANY different parts of the body, and the
clinical picture can vary widely from case to case.

            Whiplash
is diagnosed through a thorough history, paying particular attention to the
mechanism of injury – that is, how fast were you and the opposing vehicle
traveling, in what direction did you get hit (front, side, rear, angular, or
combinations), what size was your vs. the opposing vehicle, was your head
turned or pointed straight at the time of impact and did you hit your head?
Also, we will ask, what were your immediate symptoms compared to 30 min., 60
min., 3 hrs, 6 hrs later, the next morning, and when did your symptoms peak?
What activities (including work) have been affected, and to what degree? What
self-management approaches have you tried, and how have they worked? The more
we can learn about the accident and your immediate symptoms, or delay in
symptom onset, the better we can address your problems. The physical
examination is also very important as we will observe your movement quality,
posture, pain expression, palpate for muscle guarding, trigger points, and
swelling of the injured joints. We will also evaluate your neck and back range
of motion, assess your neurological functions, and assess extremity issues that
might be present. X-rays will more than likely be done and may include “stress
views” where you bend the neck forwards and backwards to assess the stability
of your spine. Comparison to older x-rays can be very helpful, if they exist.
Depending on the degree and type of the injury, special tests will be
considered such as MRI, EMG/NCV, laboratory tests, and perhaps others.

            Treatment
will consist of: addressing the acute inflammatory painful symptoms by the use
of gentle massage, mobilization and/or manipulation, electrical stim or a
different anti-inflammatory modality, review how to apply ice and/or heat, how
to bend/lift/pull & push properly to avoid irritation. We’ll teach you
exercises, proper sleep positions, and other home applied, self-help
techniques. The goals of pain management, functional restoration, and
prevention will be applied. If needed, coordinating care between our office and
primary care, orthopedic, neurology, or others will be smoothly managed as the
need arises.

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
healthcare services.  If you, a friend or
family member requires care for whiplash, we sincerely appreciate the trust and
confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and
your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment with a whiplash specialist in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation in house or by telephone.

Serving local 94111 since 1992

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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