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St. Louis, MO Whiplash Treatment and Back Pain

Many people say they experience back problems after a motor vehicle accident. It's a common problem we see in our St Louis office.

A 2002 study conducted by scientists at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine examined the biomechanics of lumbar spine injuries from car wrecks and found that the car seat is most likely the root cause in these types of injuries.

Your spine has an innate curved structure that absorbs jolts and stress and also permits freedom of movement.

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of different styles of car seats with different forms, coverings, stiffnesses and geometries. If your carseat doesn't accommodate your spinal column precisely, the violent acceleration of the carseat during a wreck can cause some segments of your spinal column to shift much more than other parts.

This shearing action can stretch or tear the ligaments of your spine, producing discomfort, inflammation, scar tissue, nerve injury, and even long-term damage.

Chiropractic care is a tried and tested, effective way to help people with back pain, and we've been working with back pain patients in St. Louis, MO since .

If you have been in an auto collision and have symptoms of back pain, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help identify the root cause of your problem and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many patients in St. Louis, MO improve from these types of problems.

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or for more advice.

 

Radiating Pain After Whiplash Injury

Radicular pain, or radiating pain, is caused by interference or squeezing of the spinal nerves. This leads to pain, tingling, or numbness in parts of your body far from the real source of the problem.

If your spine is injured during a auto collision, there are a number of things that can affect the nerves.

Injured ligaments and muscles can cause swelling of the nerve root, which can affect the function of the nerve. If a spinal disk is injured, it can cause the disk to bulge or herniate, compressing the nerve. And if the vertebral joints start to calcify, it can trigger spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the channel that the spinal nerves travel through.

The key element to managing radicular pain is to identify the precise source of the problem causing the impingement and then work to alleviate the stress on the nerve.

If you've been in a crash and have signs of radicular pain, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help identify the underlying source of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many people in St. Louis, MO heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our St. Louis, MO office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more information.

 

St. Louis Whiplash Therapy and Shoulder Pain

We see many auto injury patients in our St Louis office, and shoulder soreness is a problem experienced by many car wreck patients. There are two common causes that we see regularly.

The first is direct damage to the shoulder during the wreck. If your shoulder hits something directly, it can injure the joint capsule. Also, if you are gripping the steering wheel tightly during a rear-end crash, your torso can lag behind the car, placing tension on your wrists and shoulders.

The second cause of shoulder pain is not so direct and can be tougher to diagnose. Trauma to the neck or back can produce pressure on the nerves that travel from the spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. This can be baffling, as the painful sensation or numbness is experienced in one part of your body, while the problem is actually in your spine.

Chiropractic is a proven, effective way to help men and women with shoulder pain, and we've been helping these types of injuries in St. Louis, MO since .

If you've been in a car wreck and have signs of shoulder injury, Dr. Holland is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in St. Louis, MO recover from these sorts of injuries.

Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or for more advice.

 

How Chiropractic Relieves Pain

We see many patients in our St Louis office who are suffering from acute or chronic pain, and we've found that our chiropractic approach is very successful and getting people relief.

Your body contains roughly 60 different chemicals and each one is responsible for very different functions and regulatory actions. For instance, calcium helps your muscles contract and potassium regulates your heartbeat. Sodium controls the balance of water in your system and fluorine protects your teeth against decay. There are also four chemicals associated with management of pain, and a study published in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy has found that chiropractic promotes almost all of them.

For purposes of this study, researchers chose thirty participants who weren’t actively in any sort of pain to see what effect chiropractic treatments had on their levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol—the four chemicals that impact how much pain a person feels. The subjects were separated into three different groups: ten engaged in cervical spinal manipulation (chiropractic involving the neck area), ten received thoracic spinal manipulation (manipulation to the discs and vertebrae in the middle and upper back), and the final ten subjects were the control group, so they received no spinal manipulation therapy whatsoever. Researchers drew each individual’s blood prior to, immediately after, and two hours post-treatment to determine the starting levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol, as well as to note any changes that may occur.

Immediately upon conclusion of the spinal manipulation sessions, researchers found “significantly higher” levels of both neurotensin and oxytocin in the participants who received either form of spinal manipulation. Cortisol levels increased only for the subjects who engaged in cervical spinal manipulation, and orexin A levels were unaffected by the chiropractic treatments entirely.

These findings suggest that engaging in regular chiropractic care can help your pain on a cellular level by changing the chemical makeup of your body. Not to mention, regular spinal manipulations also work to correct the spinal issue that is causing the pain in the first place. This makes chiropractic an effective two-prong approach to pain management.

If you're in pain, chiropractic care can help. We've helped hundreds of patients with auto injury pain, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, and more. Give our St Louis office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or more information.

Plaza-Manzano G, Molina F, Lomas-Vega R, et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9.

 

Should I Use Chiropractic for Whiplash?

If you were transported to the Emergency Room after a car accident, and prescribed pain killers or muscle relaxants, you may be wondering, “If this is all the relief I can get?"

The answer is no.

Chiropractic could be the best solution for you, and here's why:

When your head is “whipped” back and then thrust forward, there are delicate structures in your neck that have been through some trauma. The forces in the collision can overstretch the ligaments and muscles or displace your spinal vertebrae and discs. This may knock, pull or push the vertebrae out of place, or herniate a disc. This is the primary reason why chiropractic for whiplash is an excellent idea.

The vertebrae may have rotated as well – and all the medication in the world won’t de-rotate the vertebrae back into place. Only the hands of a chiropractor can do that. When there’s trauma in the area plus a misalignment, the inflammation will continue until the misalignment is remedied. This is why many people who don’t receive chiropractic for whiplash continue to feel the pain, stiffness, lack of motion in their neck, and headaches they felt after the car accident.

When you do see your St. Louis chiropractor for whiplash, one thing to remember is that you should feel better and better with each successive treatment. Your chiropractic treatment may be three treatments the first week or more depending on your individual case. Dr. Holland will determine how many appointments your body will need to promote maximum healing; the number of appointments depends on the seriousness of the condition.

Call our office in St. Louis, MO today to jumpstart your recovery from whiplash.

 

Chiropractic Cuts Headache by 50%

Cervicogenic headaches, or headaches that originate in the neck, are usually more than a little bothersome. Not only do they cause you a decent amount of pain, but they can also reduce your quality of life – especially if you start avoiding certain events or activities you used to love due to the hurt. Fortunately, according to a study published in The Spine Journal, relief may be just a few chiropractic visits away.

Researchers took 80 people who suffered with regular, chronic cervicogenic headaches and split them up into two groups, with some individuals participating in eight weeks of light massage and the rest receiving spinal manipulation therapy for the same amount of time. Then each group was split yet again with some members receiving treatment once a week and others receiving double that amount, or twice a week sessions, totaling 16 visits all together.

Individuals treated by a chiropractor were more likely to see a 50% improvement in the amount of pain they were experiencing. They also experienced a 50% reduction in headache frequency compared to the group who had light massage. Additionally, the gains experienced by the subjects who received 16 chiropractic adjustments were only slightly higher than those who received eight adjustments.

So if you’re suffering from cervicogenic headaches and want to find relief, call us at Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis. We’ll do what it takes to help you feel better!

Reference

Haas M, et al. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal. 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractors vs. Drugs for Neck Pain

When you have neck pain, about the only thing you can think about is how to stop it! You may be at work focusing on completing a project when you move your neck in a way that the pain practically brings tears to your eyes. That’s all it takes for your mind to switch to think about the neck pain and what you’re going to do to overcome it.

The two choices most people immediately think about are chiropractic vs. drugs for neck pain. (Of course, taking drugs for neck pain assumes you’ll have a medical doctor appointment and medical evaluation simultaneously.) What are the pros and cons of both choices?

Pros and Cons of Chiropractic Vs Drugs for Neck Pain

Chiropractic Pros:

  • Your chiropractor is a reputable health care.
  • Your chiropractor offers natural methods of pain relief without any side effects. These don’t although they won’t take it hurt.
  • Chiropractic manipulation restores the nervous system innervation to the spine and misaligned vertebrae, which bring nerve impulses to the different organs, muscles, and tissues so healing can begin.

Drugs for Neck Pain Pros:

  • Your medical doctor is a reputable provider.
  • Drugs may reduce pain but they won't take it away completely.

Chiropractic Cons:

  • You'll have to create time in your schedule for appointments.
  • Your chiropractor will evaluate your lifestyle, while looking for things that predispose your body to future injuries and aggravation of current issues. He may ask you to change unhealthy habits or other factors that could contribute to the issue, causing you to make the uncomfortable commitment to change.

Drug Cons:

  • Side effects from medications may include slowing down the intestinal tract, severe constipation, thinning the stomach walls and making them susceptible to ulcers, GI distress, and other symptoms. Internal bleeding and hemorrhaging may also result.
  • Besides pain suppression, nothing is done to restore the function of the damaged tissues such as the nerves, muscles and tissues. Thus, the damage ‘remains’ and your body has to adapt to it.
  • Drugs for neck pain suppress pain making it easier to aggravate the present condition.


In your decision of chiropractic vs. drugs for neck pain, consider the pros and cons and make your best decision. At Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis, Dr. Holland understands that pain medications may be necessary, especially in the initial phase after a car accident or work injury. His goal is to uses drug-free, non-invasive methods to decrease your reliance on drugs, while safely and efficiently easing neck pain over time.

 

 

Who Should Consider Chiropractic Care

While nearly everyone can benefit from regular visits to a chiropractor, there are some individuals who can especially benefit from chiropractic care. These individuals are at a higher risk of spinal conditions due to their occupation, physical activity level, or personal health history.

Physically Demanding Employment

If you have a job where you are on your feet most of the day or all day you should consider an adjustment. If you are lifting, moving and generally getting a full physical day in, an appointment with a chiropractor can help you maintain your healthy body.

New Mothers

If you have delivered a baby recently you should consider getting evaluated for adjustment. Delivering babies easily makes a woman’s hips get out of proper alignment. This can cause ongoing pain for years if left without treatment. Many women simply chalk it up to one of the pitfalls of becoming a mother and don’t realize they can go on without pain simply be getting adjusted. Additionally chiropractors can provide relief during your pregnancy to help you avoid back pain while you're expecting.

Those Who’ve Been in an Accident

Another group of people that absolutely benefit from chiropractic care are those who have been involved in an accident--whether in a car accident, work injury, slip and fall, or other traumatic personal injury event. For these individuals, getting the proper adjustment from a qualified chiropractor can take years off of the healing process for them. At Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis, Dr. Holland specializes in diagnosing and treating auto injuries, and has provided expedient rehabilitation and pain relief for hundreds of patients.

Athletes

People who live a busy, athletic life can be more prone to needing an adjustment. Whether involved in a sport that’s considered high-impact or simply doing light dance routines, getting regularly checked by a specialist can ensure you’re not doing any damage. It can also make sure that you stay at your best health to improve your athletic performance.

Adults Over the Age of 50

Aging causes the spinal disc to dehydrate and collapse, making you more prone to bulging discs, sciatica, and lower back pain. It's quite possible to injure a spinal disc or strain a muscle by simply bending the wrong way or lifting heavy objects. A bulging, herniated disc may pinch a spinal nerve, causing intense back pain, neck pain, and even symptoms of numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in your arms and legs.  Spinal discs can also be pinched due to spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, or from boney overgrowths caused by osteoarthritis. Seeking regular chiropractic adjustments from your St. Louis chiropractor will help to slow spinal degeneration and prevent painful spinal conditions associated with aging.

Anyone Interested in Improving their Overall Health

Research shows that chiropractors can help to reduce blood pressure, improve your immunity, and mediate stress --- all factors that can have a big impact on your overall health and wellness. The spine protects the spinal cord, a cable-line between your brain and the nerves to the rest of the body. Chiropractic adjustments will keep your central nervous system at top shape, so you can experience better health.

So while Dr. Holland can help you recover from auto accidents in St. Louis, his treatments will also boost your total body wellness. Contact Accident and Pain Relief of St. Louis to start feeling better today!

 

The Importance of Early Treatment after Auto Injury in St. Louis

Often, people walk away from car accidents, both severe collisions and minor fender benders, with no noticeably serious auto injuries. This fact is both a blessing and a curse; a blessing because it is obviously great news whenever someone escapes a car accident with no serious injuries to deal with, but a curse because a lack of broken bones or cuts can leave people thinking that their collision had absolutely no effect on their health.

In reality, a car accident can often lead to an auto injury that does not immediately make itself obvious. Here’s how it usually happens: someone will get in a minor fender bender, exchange insurance information with the other person involved in the crash, and then drive home thinking that nothing is wrong.

The next day or a few days after the fact, the driver will start complaining of back pain or neck pain. These pains, likely the result of whiplash and spinal misalignment, indicate that the car accident actually did cause an injury. If left untreated, these often-minor spinal injuries can escalate and worsen, leading to years of chronic back and neck pain, and potentially even causing decreased mobility.

See a Chiropractor to Prevent Chronic Pain from Auto Injuries

In order to catch minor auto injuries before they become major, drivers should schedule a chiropractic appointment right away after a car accident. At Accident Pain & Relief, we have doctors on staff that are specifically trained and experienced in handling auto injury patients. So if you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, call your St. Louis chiropractor today. Even if you don’t think you are injured, a simple visit to our offices might save you years of pain and hassle after an auto injury.

 

5 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be a grueling burden. Luckily there are a few easy rules you can apply to your life that will help you live without pain. Consider some of the following tips from your St. Louis chiropractor to ease your back pain.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet: Eating a healthy diet can help alleviate problems with inflammation. Inflammation is one of the biggest reasons people suffer immune issues and chronic pain issues. To help reduce inflammation, eat lots of healthy fats like walnuts, flax seed, and avocado. You will also want to avoid excess sugar, caffeine, and processed foods.

2. Stay Active: To help ensure your back is healthy and pain free well into your golden years, you’ll want to make sure to stay active. Perhaps the gym isn’t for you, but what about hiking or yoga? There is likely some activity that will get you up and about for an hour or so a day that you’ll enjoy. Gardening, bicycling, swimming and others are all great ways of fitting in some exercise.

3. Wear Supportive Shoes: Women suffer from a disproportionate amount of back trouble simply in relation to their shoes. If you wear high heels to work every day your body will start to groan with aches and pains. On the other extreme, ballet flats do not offer enough arch support, so can be another cause of back pain. Try opting for high-quality supportive shoes without a huge heel.

4. Visit a Chiropractor: Seeing your St. Louis chiropractor is an excellent way to prevent and relieve back pain. They will examine your back and general health to give you an idea of what needs to be done to keep your body aligned properly.

5. Watch Your Posture: Something your mother used to tell you about not slouching, ring a bell? There is truth to maintaining good posture to keeping a pain-free back. Work on sitting up straight, with your hips and shoulders aligned properly for best relief. Our St. Louis chiropractors can perform a postural analysis to make sure the way you carry your body isn't contributing to pain.

If you're searching for lasting back pain relief, contact our chiropractors at Accident & Pain Relief of St. Louis today.