What Kind of Pain are You Experiencing?
Neck Pain? Here’s How Chiropractic Can Help
Neck pain will affect most people at some point in their lives. Some people get better with very little to no intervention. Many, however, do not.
The onset of neck pain, in some cases, could be triggered by an accident. This could be a sports injury, a fall, or as the result of an auto accident. Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of neck pain and often leave accident victims suffering from whiplash, headaches, or herniated and bulging discs. However, the everyday stresses we succumb our bodies to such as working on a computer, texting on a cell phone, carrying a purse, or even reading a book can result in neck problems.
Here are a few of the most common causes of neck pain:
- An accident
- Degenerative structural changes due to aging
- Poor posture
- Repetitive stressful movements
- Emotional stress
- Herniated discs
If left untreated, these injuries can have expensive and long term consequences. Even small neck injuries can create muscle imbalances and degenerative bone changes over time.
As leading chiropractors in their field, the doctors Mountain View Pain Center, offer advanced non-surgical solutions designed to help your neck pain. The doctors use a highly successful combination of spinal decompression where applicable, electrical stimulation, and chiropractic treatment to decrease pain and speed up the healing process. By using this effective combination of services, many patients can avoid surgery, painful steroid and cortisone injections and the need for continuous pain medication.
Whether your pain has begun recently, or has been a problem for years, our experienced doctors can help.
When should I seek treatment?
It is important to consult a Chiropractor if you are suffering from frequent headaches or migraines, if you are experiencing recurrent pain in your head, neck, or shoulders, or if you experience tingling or radiating pain into your arms and hands (Yes! This numbness, tingling, and ‘pins and needles’ sensation can be caused by the nerves exiting your neck and is often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome). Our medical professionals at Mountain View Pain Center can properly evaluate your condition to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
If you are suffering from neck pain, contact us to learn how our Chiropractors can help you improve your health, eliminate your pain, and begin enjoying everyday activities once again!
Migraine Headache Treatment
A randomized controlled trial of 6 months’ duration in February of 2000 was done to look at the benefits of chiropractic care for the treatment of migraines. One hundred twenty-seven volunteers between the ages of 10 and 70 years old were diagnosed with having headaches based on the International Headache Society standard, with a minimum of at least one migraine per month. Participants were asked to complete a headache diary during the entire trial noting the frequency, intensity, duration, disability associated symptoms, and if they used any medication for each migraine episode. The results of the study showed that approximately 90% of participants reported significant improvement in the number of headaches and a decrease in the intensity and duration of each episode due to chiropractic care.
Diagnosis of Migraine
Treatment of theses types of headaches can vary from the two different types of migraines. A migraine without an aura is the most common form of the headache which, accounts for 80% of migraines. The less common but more painful migraine is with an aura. This type of headache will cause patients to see spots of white. Proper diagnosis of the type of migraine is very important in the treatment of this type of headache.
Our Chiropractors specialize in treatment of migraine headaches. We will design a treatment plan that will help you get out of pain and improve your quality of life. If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches and are looking for help, please feel free to give us a call. Our offices are located in Centennial, Littleton and Aurora CO.
Neck Whiplash Treatment
When whiplash injuries occur, the speed of the impact often has little correlation to the pain and symptoms. You may feel fine after a small impact in a car accident because whiplash injuries do not show up immediately. It is possible to be involved in a minor car accident and not know that you are suffering from whiplash until weeks after the initial collision. For these reasons it is important that you see a doctor of Chiropractic to make sure you are not injured.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is most commonly used to describe injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The sudden snapping motion of the unsupported head is what whiplash refers to. This is especially common in car accidents due to the fact that the seat belt holds the body in place while the head is forced into hyper flexion and extension.
Whiplash does not only occur in car accidents. It can also take place during sports such as hockey and football. An example of the whiplash injury occurring in football would be when the quarterback is getting ready to throw and is hit by a defensive lineman forcing the head into hyperextension just like a car accident. In hockey the whiplash injury usually occurs when a skater is hit from behind. The problem in both examples is that even with all of the padding there is no protection that restricts head and neck movement. Because of this, the head and neck are susceptible to whiplash injuries similar to those suffered in car accidents.
Whiplash is known by the technical term of cervical acceleration or deceleration injury, or for short CAD. Our necks have ligaments, musculature, nerves, intervertebral disc, arteries, vessels, as well as boney structures. Because of the complex structure of the neck there are many different ways for the whiplash injury to occur.
Causes of Whiplash
- Forced Hypertension – hypertension refers to the bending of the neck backwards, which can cause many different injuries. The anterior scalenes and the SCM (sternocleiomastoid) are the muscles that are usually strained during this type of whiplash injury. Ligament damage may also occur during forced hypertension whiplash injuries.
- Neurological Damage – During a whiplash injury the force of the brains impact on the side of the skull may damage the cortex or cerebellum. Forced hyper flexion can cause pressure on the brain resulting in a concussion.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The two most common types of whiplash injury symptoms are pain and limited motion of the cervical spine, also known as the neck. Other common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Impaired neck movement,
- Radiating pain into the arms, hands, and fingers,
- Low back pain,
- Ringing in the ears,
- Jaw pain,
- Pain between shoulder blades,
- Disc herniation’s,
- Loss of motion, and more.
Whiplash Treatment & Rehabilitation
Mountain View Pain Center provides a series of chiropractic treatments for the surrounding communities of Centennial,Aurora, and Littleton to help you on your path to recovery after a whiplash injury. First we relieve pain and inflammation through cervical spine adjustments, electrotherapy, and soft tissue mobilization. This portion of treatment requires patients to take a break from physical activity and allow the body to rest.
Once the pain and inflammation involved with your whiplash injury are under control you will begin your rehabilitation. Your whiplash rehabilitation will include exercises for your upper extremities and neck.
The treatments will be customized to meet the needs of your specific injury, our Chiropractors understand there are many different ways that whiplash injuries can occur. For example, if you are suffering from an auto injury our doctors will provide you with a customized treatment plan that addresses your specific pain issues. If you are an athlete that has suffered a sports injury, your treatment plan will look different from that of an individual injured in a car accident. Whatever the cause of your whiplash injury Mountain View Pain Center can restore your good health by using only the best chiropractic, massage, and rehabilitation treatments available. We also very closely with lawyers and most insurance companies to try and get your care covered and get you on the road to recovery. Call Today.
Yes – Poor Posture May Indeed Cause Back Pain!
Posture plays a greater role in the development of pain syndromes than most people realize. In the technological era we currently live in, most people find themselves sitting at a computer desk for a large portion of their day. The sedentary nature of the workplace really can set people up to develop postural dysfunction.
The human body in its design was not made to sit at a computer desk for 8 hours of the day. We were designed to move! We try to get a feel for a patients day as we go through treatment and many times their day can go something like this: drive to work for 30-40 minutes each way, sit at their desk for 5-8 hours per day, then go home, watch TV or use the computer and other devices at home for a few hours and then go to bed.
The point is that the majority of their day is spent sitting, and therefore, not moving. There are many times when a patient will come into the office and we will be able to identify their area of chief complaint just by looking at how they are sitting in the chair before they even tell us why they have come to see us.
Some of the common identifiers of postural dysfunction is the slouched posture when they sit in a chair, their body has literally been trained into this position due to being in those positions for 80 percent of their day. Often times we will see what is called anterior head carriage, or forward head posture, meaning that the head is being carried forward of the shoulder as seen from the side view of a person.
There may be pronounced rounding of the mid back spine, another classic sign of someone who sits hunched over a computer all day. All this postural dysfunction is a result of the era in which we live, everyone has a device on them at all times of the day, the majority of jobs in the workplace require extended periods of time sitting at a computer, it’s just the nature of the world we live in. However, the pain syndromes that develop can become chronic in nature due to the fact that these positions and bad postural habits are grooved day after day after day.
What Can You Do to Correct Your Posture
The first thing to do to correct postural dysfunction is to identify the dysfunctional tissues. Postural dysfunction in a very general sense is just a series of muscle imbalances. Some tissues are getting used excessively while others are rarely getting activated.
We use the analogy of the workplace to help people understand this concept: If someone in the workplace is doing all of the work eventually they will get burned out from doing all the work that the other employees are supposed to be contributing to. The same is true of the human body, it is one of the greatest examples of a “use it or lose it” system. If you don’t use your body in the manner it was designed to be used, it will break down on you.
If you aren’t getting any body work done, it’s going to be just like any machine, eventually problems will arise and it will break down in order to properly identify the dysfunctional areas an examination involving a postural assessment, a movement assessment and sometimes special imaging such as an X-ray is necessary to get an idea of where the system is breaking down.
We want to discover which tissues are not carrying their weight. Some of the things we find during a postural assessment have been mentioned earlier, slouching, anterior head carriage, anterior pelvic tilt, and rounding of the mid back spine. A movement assessment almost always identifies lack of mobility through multiple ranges of motion.
Once we have identified the areas of dysfunction, it is time to “reset” your body. We need to start introducing new information into your body’s tissues. We use a wide variety of techniques to help “reset” your system. We may use manipulation of various joints to start to break through restrictions in joint mobility, electrical stimulation to help decrease pain, various soft tissue techniques to break up adhesions in the muscle tissue, dry needling to help reduce trigger points, or stretching to lengthen the chronically shortened tissues.
After we “reset” your system we need to then “reinforce” your system with movement and corrective exercise in order to create a lasting effect in the body. There is a saying that is very true in regards to movement and the human body, “motion is lotion” for your body’s joints and tissues. Taking your joints through their designed range of motion every day actually can help lubricate those joints and keep your soft tissue from developing tight, tender spots.
Another way to help combat the chronic postural positions that are causing the pain to develop is to have an ergonomic specialist evaluate your work station to see if changes may be needed. As a general rule of thumb, the monitor height should be slightly above eye level in order to force you to look up and thus keep your head in a more natural position and to avoid straining forward with the head position. The feet should rest flat on the floor and if they do not, a foot stool can be helpful in keeping you in a more upright position. Keeping the keyboard low so there is no need to have hunched shoulders in order to type, can be very beneficial.
There is no quick fix to correcting postural dysfunction. It has typically developed over years of time so the body has been “trained” into these dysfunctions and it needs training to reverse them. It can be done with the help of trained professionals though. First get evaluated so the correct dysfunctions can be identified, and once identified follow the proper course of treatment in order to “reset” and “reinforce” your bodies tissues so that you can combat the chronic pain and postural positions that your body may be in throughout the week.
Treatment and Symptoms of Concussions
Deciding when an athlete has fully recovered from a concussion or concussions and can safely return to play is a difficult challenge… resuming activity before full recovery can dangerously exacerbate a head injury and/or result in an orthopedic injury. Using the state-of-the-art Biodex Balance System we can create a concussion management program that begins with objective neuro-physical baseline testing. This testing will provide a simple clinical guideline for sideline assessments of athletes and follow-up evaluations will provide insight to the question, “Can this athlete return to play?”
The decision to return an athlete to play following a sports-related brain injury is complex and requires the analysis of several sources of data. The decision can be determined by a chiropractor. Chiropractors receive extensive training in the recognition of concussion due to the high incidence of this injury amongst chiropractic patients. This is particularly true in those chiropractors who have received post graduate certificates in sports medicine and like Dr. Ihsan Erhuy, or have received post-graduate courses in neurology, like Dr. Niall McNally, who is a Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. At Mountain View Pain Center we can determine baseline and post-injury neuropsychological assessments with the help of the Biodex Balance System to help determine if a concussion was present. With a complex knowledge of the body, sports injuries, and neurology, our Doctors posses the training and skill sets necessary to provide the unique expertise in the assessment of cognitive functioning and post-injury neurocognitive and psychological assessment.
An often overlooked component of concussion treatment is the neck injuries that frequently accompany the concussion. Neck injury symptoms can be very similar to concussion symptoms and can be impossible to differentiate without the expert help of a doctor. Untreated conditions of the cervical spine will often linger in the same fashion as concussions.
The most important thing to remember about concussions is that early diagnosis is critical. If you have suffered a neck or head injury, consult with a medical professional as soon as possible. Do not participate in sports or other vigorous activity until you do so. Chiropractic physicians are well trained in concussion diagnosis and should be involved in treating neck injuries that frequently accompany concussions. Delaying treatment of neck symptoms until the concussion resolves is not advisable and may impede recovery.
Call our Chiropractic offices in Centennial, Littleton, or Aurora today to book an assessment for you or an athlete you know before it is too late.