Whiplash Neck Injuries

Whiplash Neck Injuries

What is Whiplash injury: Whiplash injuries refers to the injuries of the neck which are mainly caused by motor vehicle accident. It happened when the neck is suddenly jolted in one direction and then another. Some of the other causes of whiplash injuries are sports activities, fall or other work injuries. It is actually a descriptive term that defines the mechanism of injury. Whiplash injury can be caused by a strong side to side or backward and forward movement of the neck. Usually our neck muscles, ligaments and tendons are strong enough to sustain injuries but not enough to sustain extremely rapid extension followed by immediate excessive flexion of the neck. Which structures are involved: Whiplash injuries usually involve a combination of muscles, joints, ligaments and vertebral injuries. Sprain-strain injuries of the neck are common after road traffic accident. Our spinal column and head are supported by ligaments that also protect from excessive movement of the vertebrae. The sprain is caused when these ligaments are torn. The facet joints which are the joints of the vertebrae are covered with facet capsules that are common sites of whiplash injuries. Whiplash injuries also affect associated tendons and muscles. Disc herniation and vertebral fracture may also occur in case of severe strain. Signs and Symptoms of whiplash injury: Pain and stiffness in the neck are the most common symptoms of whiplash injury. The pain and discomfort worsen with the movement of the neck. Two third of the people also experience severe headache. The headache can be one sided or sometimes both regions are involved. You may feel pain and stiffness radiating to...
A Guide to Shoulder Pain Treatment

A Guide to Shoulder Pain Treatment

Shoulder Pain Treatment Program Rotator Cuff tears are a very common culprit to pain and should have special orthopedic testing to determine if tear is suspected before shoulder pain treatment is started.  These four tiny muscles are crucial for the stability of the shoulder.  Let’s take a look at what the rotator cuff does so we can understand why we need to approach the shoulder the way we do.  The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which means this joint will give up stability for mobility. The added mobility of this joint leaves the shoulder joint vulnerable to injuries. One of the many structures that can get injured is the capsular ligament.  This is a fibrocartilagenous ligament that can tear or weaken.  This ligament is considered one of the static stabilizers of the shoulder.  A static stabilizer is  any ligament or fibro-cartilagenous structure that connects the apposing bones and keeps stability. Another commonly injured structure in the shoulder joint is the labrum.  In the shoulder the labrum is fibrous  and deepens the shoulder cavity by 50% which adds some stability to this extremely mobile joint. Capsular ligament: is broken down into superior middle and the inferior complex. The Inferior is broken into anterior, posterior and inferior. This is the most important static stabilizer. Static Stabilizers of Shoulder= Ligaments / Cartilage Dynamic Stabilizers of Shoulder=  Muscles The 4 Ps of Shoulder Pain Treatment Plans Protector- These are your four rotator cuff muscles and part of you dynamic stabilizers (supraspinatus, teres minor, infraspinatus, subscapularis) Pivitor muscles- all of your scapular stabilizers (rhomboids, serratus anterior, levator scapula, trapezius) Positioner- The 3 different heads of the deltoid Propellor- Powerful movement muscles (pectoralis...
Best Exercises for Low Back Pain

Best Exercises for Low Back Pain

A common question that is asked in our practice is, what are the best exercises for low back pain.   Low back pain is an extremely common complaint that is seen frequently in hospitals, emergency rooms, as well as primary care physcians’ offices.  We have created what we feel are the best starter exercises for low back pain relief and prevention.  Keep in mind that exercise is just part of the problem and without knowing exactly what the structure of your spine looks like, it is hard to determine to what extent this form of exercise will improve your condition.  These exercises are common in physical therapy programs with a focus to increase the stability of the low back.  A commonly misunderstood belief of stretching is that daily stretching is good for keeping the low back healthy.  However, most people fail to realize the importance of keeping motion and stretching certain motions rather then making a gross statement that all stretching is good.  Stretching should be focused on joints that were designed for large degrees of range of motion (hip).  We want a majority of the motion to occur in the hips where motion should occur keeping the low back for stability and endurance. Bird Dog (3 sets of 10 reps) Starting picture above on the left, focus on brining opposite arm straight forward and your opposite leg straight back.  We want this to be a slow process in which we focus on keeping the back perfectly still during the entire time.  Imagine you had a cup of water on you low back and you had to perform the entire process of...
Preventing Running Injuries

Preventing Running Injuries

Running is a completely unique monster when looking to prevent injury.  Injury prevention will require you to start  a habit certain exercises, stretches, and protocols.  To understand what needs to be treated and why, we must look at the action of running and break it down into pieces. There are several injuries that are common with running that we will hope can be eliminated through the use of the preventative exercises and activities that are shown in this article. Plantar Fasciitis Shin Splints Stress Fractures ITBand Syndrome Hip Pain Knee Pain Preventing running injuries starts with looking at the training protocol that is being implemented.  Training usually requires high milage and a general increase in milage over time.  An injury when performing a protocol that increases milage every week prevents further training and could potentially put you behind in your training regimen.  This is why it is imperative to do the essential running exercises and actions. Warm Up: The Warm up should be used to do exactly that, warm up the body.  This means getting the temperature of the body up so the tissue can be at an optimal temperature to operate.  Typically a light jog for 5 minutes or so followed with some acceleration runs.  The acceleration runs are designed to increase you heart beat  to really get you ready for the run and also open up your lungs.  Getting the intensity up allows your to get a chance to get the lungs used to taking in larger amount of oxygen.  After doing 8-10 accelerators, you will be good to start your workout. Post Run Routine: Foam Roll: 20 times up...
Poor Posture as Cause of Neck Pain

Poor Posture as Cause of Neck Pain

Poor Posture as the Cause of Neck Pain Poor posture as a cause of neck pain is more popular then most might think.  In the eyes of millions of americans, posture is just a cosmetic reflection of the bodies position in space.  Rarely is it actually thought in our minds that poor posture as cause of neck pain.  Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain. Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Seek a chiropractor if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you’re experiencing shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.  This is a sign that a nerve root could be involved meaning that there is something causing irritation to the nerve.  This could be several things such as: bone spur, inflammation, or muscle spasm.  A common culprit of neck pain is posture.  As you can see in the picture above, for every inch the head moves forward, the pressure on the disc increases by 12 pounds.  This increase in pressure increases the stress on the bones which can lead to osteoarthritis, but also can cause the muscles to tighten up.  This tightness is usually found on the top of the shoulders and between the shoulder blades. Treatment: The treatment for postural related neck pain is chiropractic adjustments and postural correction exercises.  This treatment is done for several...

Scoliosis Treatment Chicago Illinois

Scoliosis Treatment Chicago Illinois is a unique place to correct scoliosis conditions that are approved by our physician.  We utilize an approach that not only looks to prevent scoliosis from getting worse but actually work to correct the scoliosis.  While it is not always possible to get the spine to normal spinal alignment, we can work to improve the structure and therefor the function of the spine and improve the nervous system. There are four different kinds of scoliosis including infantile scoliosis, which appears in children under the age of 3; juvenile scoliosis, which is seen in children between the ages of 3 and 9; adolescent scoliosis, which occurs when a child is 10 to 18 years old and adult scoliosis, which occurs after the skeleton has matured. In the initial evaluation the first hint that a scoliosis may be developing is the appearance of abnormal posture. Slouching, one shoulder higher than the other, one hip higher than the other, or uneven shoulder blades are all signs that a person might have a scoliosis. In children, it is so important to recognize these signs early as much can be done to help correct the scoliosis as they grow. In adults, scoliosis is known to contribute to chronic back pain and postural collapse. Our physician accurately measures the degree of curve and predict the likelihood of progression. There are special exercise and rehabilitation programs which have been designed to address the scoliosis curve and these have shown to be very effective in certain cases.  The newly innovated ScoliRoll, a specially designed rehabilitation aid for improving treatment results is highly effective at correcting...