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Pain Management : Whiplash

Pain Management : Whiplash

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged.

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward, and often occurs as a result of a car accident.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma. However, people who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, usually within the first few days after the injury.

•Neck pain and stiffness
•Headaches
•Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
•Low back pain
•Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
•Dizziness
•Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
•Difficulty concentrating or remembering
•Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
 
Don’t wait to seek treatment for whiplash. The sooner you’re seen, the sooner you can begin treatment! Call today for your FREE examination and spinal evaluation. 256-442-1441.

Car Accidents Are Bad News! But, You Can Get Help!

Car Accidents Are Bad News! But, You Can Get Help!

Unfortunately, car accidents are fairly common these days. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to seek treatment as quickly as possible after the incident. At McClellan Family Chiropractic we work with patients who have suffered automobile injuries and are looking for chiropractic treatment to begin the healing process.

Get Help

If you’ve been in a car accident and have suffered an automobile injury, we strongly suggest that you come in for a chiropractic evaluation as soon as you’re able to – especially if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

• Back or neck pain

• Headaches

• Muscle spasms

• Stiffness

• Insomnia

We believe that your health should be your top priority after a car accident. Even if there are insurance or lawsuit issues to deal with, the treatment you receive can be an important factor in the outcome of your case. To get help following an automobile injury, call us today to schedule an appointment for chiropractic evaluation and treatment. Our number: 256 442-1441.

Questions To Ask Your Surgeon Before Back or Neck Surgery

Many of our patients are facing surgery when they come to us. We have learned some good questions to ask your doctor before you go under the knife:

Why is this surgical procedure being recommended?
Are there alternatives?
What are the benefits of this procedure in terms of pain relief, functioning/mobility?
 How long will the benefit last?
What are the risks involved?
What is the success rate for this procedure?
Will this surgery solve the problem?
Will any more surgery be required in the future?
 What percentage of patients improve following the procedure?
What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
Are there possible after effects or risks?
What pain relief or pain control measures will I be given?
How long will the recovery take?
What are my limitations during recovery?
For how long?
Will I need physical therapy?
When can I return to work?
When can I drive my car?
Are there any written materials or videotapes about this surgery that I can review?
Surgery is serious business. Your doctor will want you to know what you need to know before you take that step.
We are always happy to examine any patient facing surgery, or pain-killing drugs, and provide additional  information for you to make an informed decision. Call us anytime : 256 442 1441.

Don’t Let Whiplash Whip You!

Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward — similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. These extreme motions push your neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe.

Most people recover from whiplash in just a few weeks, but some people may develop chronic pain after a whiplash injury.Most whiplash symptoms develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include:

• Neck pain and stiffness

• Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull

• Dizziness

• Blurred vision

• Fatigue

Some people also experience:

• Difficulty concentrating

• Memory problems

• Ringing in the ears

• Sleep disturbances

• Irritability

Contact your chiropractor promptly if :
The pain spreads to your shoulders or arms, if it becomes painful to move your head, or if you experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms
Our staff at McClellan Chiropractic is seasoned in treating whiplash injuries. Be sure to call us if you suspect you have a whiplash injury. Our phone number is 256 442 1441.