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Whiplash and how it damages the neck

Whiplash relief san franciscoWe have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco since 1992.

To better
understand Whiplash, let’s take a look at the anatomy and what is actually
injured in a whiplash injury.  Our spine
is basically a long chain made up of blocks that are larger at the bottom and
smaller at the top. This means the low back vertebra are huge compared to the
neck vertebrae. The vertebrae fit together in a way that “locks” them together
by the small joints in the back called “facets” and in the front by the disks.
These joints function as shock absorbers between the blocks or “vertebral
bodies.” Also in the front, there is a tough piece of tissue called the
“anterior longitudinal ligament” that provides a barrier so that when the neck
is bent backwards (into “extension”), it becomes tight and stops that movement
so it doesn’t over-extend, which could fracture the small facet joints in the
back.

            There are ligaments, or tissues that
hold bone to bone, in the back of the spine that connect between the “spinous
processes,” or bony “bumps” in the middle of the back. These ligaments check or
stop excessive forward motion of the neck during whiplash. Joint capsules
surround joints, which we all have seen when we separate a chicken leg from the
thigh. Remember how smooth and shiny the end of the chicken leg is? That smooth
surface at the end of long bones is call “hyaline cartilage”, and it allows for
slippery gliding between the ends of our bones when we move any joint,
including our fingers, wrists, shoulders, hip as well as the facet joints of the
spine. Joint movement is facilitated by the presence of an oily substance
called “synovial fluid” which acts like a lubricant for the joint allowing for
pain-free movement.

            A “sprain” occurs when we damage a
joint capsule or a ligament, or when the muscle or its attachment (tendon) is
injured. These are graded as mild, moderate or severe, or grades 1, 2,or 3,
with grade 3 being the worst at 75% or greater tearing, and healing takes
progressively longer with each grade.

            During a whiplash injury, the
classic rear-end collision results in over stretching of the ligaments in the
neck, and tearing can occur (sprain, grades 1, 2 or 3). If one of the nerves
gets pinched, then numbness, pain, and/or weakness can occur, radiating down
the arm to a specific location. When this occurs, the long-term prognosis is
worse. Concussion can also occur if the brain is slammed against the inside of
the skull. Chiropractic adjustments, when administered early, yield the best
results for treating whiplash, according to many studies.

            We realize you have a choice in where you choose your
health-care 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 one of our whiplash doctors 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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Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain

Neck pain treatment in san francisco, CAWe have been providing treatment for neck pain in San Francisco for over 21 years now. In fact, neck pain is one of the most common conditions we treat. Our chiropractic clinic is located in the SF Financial District so most of our patients spend the majority of their day in front of a computer, mostly in a static position.

This puts tremendous pressure on the structures in the neck such as the cervical spinal joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. What happens is the head has a tendency to move forward towards the computer screen as we do our work. The neck muscles react and adapt and have to work much harder than they should. This forward head posture (FHP) also puts abnormal stresses on the neck bones predisposing them to Vertebral Subluxations, which is the term chiropractors use to describe what we treat.

Subluxations in the neck are a combination of misalignment of the cervical spine, abnormal or restricted cervical motion, cervical muscle spasms, pressure on the cervical nerve roots, and loss of function. There may or may not be neck pain.

Chiropractors can tell if you have subluxations in your neck by checking your posture, your cervical range of motion, your muscle strength of your upper extremities and grip strength, as they are controlled by the nerves in the neck, the reflexes and sensation in the upper extremities, and any tenderness or swelling around the cervical vertebrae.

Once a chiropractor determines you have vertebral subluxations, also referred to as “Pinched Nerves”, they will make a determination of how long the problem has been there so they can grade it. This can be done by taking an x-ray of the neck to check for spinal degeneration, loss of neck curve, thinning of the disc, and anterior weight bearing of the skull on the spine. X-rays are not always necessary but are a very useful tool if indicated.

Chiropractic means “done by hand”. So most chiropractors will use their hands to correct subluxations and all it’s components. This is usually done on a chiropractic table or bench and there are hundreds of variations of this. The object is to re-align the cervical spine, restore neck joint motion, reduce muscle spasm, swelling and inflammation, take the pressure off the spinal nerves, and restore lost function such as lost grip strength.

And yes, of course…if there is neck pain or neck, shoulder, and arm pain or headaches, your chiropractor will want to rid you of this as soon as possible. The good news is…as the cervical subluxation corrects the neck pain subsides.

How long will it take to fix my neck pain?

Well, this depends on how long the problem has been there, your age, your level of spinal degeneration, your adherance to the treatment recommendations, your stress level, your diet, your exercise frequency, your work schedule, etc. Chiropractors take all this into consideration and depending on the chiropractors technique make recommendations that make the most amount of sense for you.

Some chiropractic doctors such as us, incorporate exercises into the treatment process or massage or deep tissue laser…but the main course is always the chiropractic adjustment.

So there you go. Done by hand 100% natural chiropractic for neck pain. It just makes sense. 

To schedule an appontment for neck pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Dr. Eben Davis is founder and clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic.

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 and Chiropractic Case Management

          
Whiplash treatment in san francisco 94111
We have been providing treatment for whiplash in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Whiplash
injuries occur as the result of a sudden acceleration followed by deceleration,
and the degree of injury is dependent on many factors. Some of these include:
the size of the vehicle, the conditions of the road, the angle of the seat
back, the “springiness” of the seat back, the position of the head rest, the
size of the patient’s neck, the position of the patient’s head and neck at the
time of impact, the awareness of the impending collision, etc. Hence, each case
must be evaluated and managed using a unique, individualized approach.

            The chiropractic encounter begins
with the history and examination. Here we will ask many questions and perform
tests that will give us clues to understand the mechanism of injury, identify
the primary tissues injured, and determine the best treatment approaches to
utilize.

            There are many different
chiropractic treatment approaches available for patients with whiplash
injuries. For example, manual therapies include spinal manipulation,
mobilization, manual traction, muscle relaxation and/or stimulation methods,
the assessment of the patient's physical capacities with issuing specific
exercises and, considerations of modifying work station issues and/or lifestyle
changes. Chiropractic manipulation is a very common approach utilized in the
treatment of joint dysfunction. That is, restoring normal movement to the
joints affected negatively by the whiplash injury. Terms such as, "stuck,"
"fixed," "subluxation," and the like are often used to
describe altered joint position or function. Typically, the manipulation (also
called “adjustment”) is applied well within the normal range of motion of the
joint using a “high velocity” (or fast) movement through a short distance in
the direction that attempts to correct the joint dysfunction. Because the
procedure is quick and of short distance, patients frequently state, “…that
felt great!” In fact, if the pre-adjustment position of the patient hurts or is
uncomfortable, we will instead use a slow, mobilizing movement.

            Exercise strategies are important
and typically employed as soon as possible. The type of exercise is (again)
case specific, but in general, exercises are initially prescribed in a manner
that restores movement with as little discomfort as possible. Following the
goal of increasing range of motion, strengthening the injured region with
stabilization exercises, and restoring sensory-motor activity to the muscles
becomes the primary focus in the management of the whiplash patient. When the
intervertebral disks are “deranged” or altered, directions that minimize
radiating pain are emphasized in the exercises. After careful in-office
training, the patient is instructed to perform exercises at home, often multiple
times a day, for stability of the spine and to re-establish motor control and
movement. Ergonomic and daily lifestyle modifications are frequently addressed
to avoid the possibility of the condition being irritated on a regular basis,
thus interfering with the healing process. If a patient is stressing the
injured area at work, job modifications can make or break the success of the
management program.

            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 one of our San Francisco Whiplash Doctors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Serving local zip code 94111 and surrounding areas 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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