Archive for the ‘neck pain’ Category

Whiplash Injury

October 27, 2009

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Retraining muscles after a motor vechicle accident will prevent future injury.

One of the most common injuries that occur during car accidents is Whiplash. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury of the neck that is caused by overstretching of the muscles, ligaments, and spine during impact.   Most people find it very painful and need medical attention.

Patients who suffer from whiplash can expect neck pain, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches, ringing in your ears, pain in your shoulder, mid and lower back.  Most of these signs and symptoms will go away quickly.  Yet neck pain and stiffness typically last about 4-8 weeks.  To prevent permanent damage or prevent future neck problems, it is highly suggested you visit a medical professional if you experience a whiplash injury due to a car accident.

Chiropractic care is one of many options available for the treatment of whiplash after a motor vehicle accident.

Chiropractic Care- Chiropractic care is an excellent treatment for whiplash.  Your chiropractor will use gentle spinal manipulation, soft tissue techniques (such as myofascial release, deep tissue massage, etc), ice, stretching, and rehabilitation to correct misalignments of the spine and heal the ligaments, tendons, and muscle damage caused by your accident.

One of the first thing will do after visiting a chiropractor is get a cervical (neck) x-ray, so your provider can access if their is ligament damage or broken bones.  Once severe cases are ruled out, you can treat the soft tissue damage and joint dysfunction caused by your injury. Chiropractor are doctors, so you can go directly to them after an accident.

Physical Therapy– PT is an effective way to treat whiplash.  PTs treat similarly to chiropractors.  They typically focus more on rehabilitation of muscles and usually do not adjust your spine.  PTs are not doctors, so you will need an physician referral to receive treatment.

Massage Therapy– massage therapist can provide relief by reducing muscle inflammation and damage.  Massage therapist are not medical doctors, so please visit a physician or chiropractor before you go to your therapist to rule out fractures, and other serious side effects from car accidents.

Medical Treatment- Visiting your medical doctor may be necessary after a car accident.  Physicians can prescribe anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxers to reduce pain and inflammation.

Legal Aid- In addition to the pain caused by motor vehicle accidents, many people have to deal with either their insurance company, or both the liability insurance and their own.  If you’ve been there, you know how frustrating this can be.  I suggest if you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you should consider hiring a Personal Injury attorney.  PI attorneys are professionals and are trained to act in your best interest.  Most will see you for a consultation, as well as, represent you at no cost.  They will work with your provider to make sure your medical costs are covered, so you can get well without worrying about money.

My recommendation for a PI attorney in Austin, Texas, is Jay Doyle with Kuhn, Doyle & Kuhn.

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Occipitial Neuritis

October 22, 2009

Recently I have had several patients come in with a burning sensation on one side or both sides of the back of their heads.  Usually the sensation is combined with neck pain, right at the base of the skull.  Many of these patients have already been diagnosed with Occipital Neuritis- inflammation or irritation to the occipital and suboccipital nerves.

Patients with this condition can benefit greatly from myofascial release of the posterior cervicals, suboccipitals, occipitalis, scalenes, and SCM muscles.  In addition to muscle work, spinal manipulation of the upper cervical (neck) area can reduces nerve irritation.

Check out the links above to learn more about chiropractic techniques that can reduce pain, inflammation, and headaches caused by occipital neuritis.

Dr. Misty Funk

Three Simple Neck Stretches to Relieve Neck Pain and Stress

August 25, 2008

Whether you sit at a desk all day, work for hours at a computer, and have experienced a past neck injury, you can benefit from these simple neck stretches! It will only take three to five minutes! So….you can’t use the “I don’t have the time” excuse. It’s also important to know that even though two of the three stretches don’t directly involve the neck (guess which ones), the muscles being stretched are attached to the neck itself!

Stretch 1: Neck Stretch

There are six ranges of motion of the neck. For best results, you should stretch your neck in all six ranges for 10-15 seconds, but if you are in a hurry, just stretch the ranges that are painful or tight! To begin, sit with good posture in your chair. Reach and hold the seat of the chair with your hands.

Neck Flexion (Chin to Chest) Slowly begin to lower you neck down by lower your chin down to your check and hold for 10-15 seconds.

Neck Extension (Lean your head back) Lower your head back as far as you can.

Right Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder) – Lower your right ear towards your right shoulder.

Left Lateral Flexion (Ear to Shoulder) – Lower your left ear towards your left shoulder.

Right Rotation (Chin to Shoulder) – Slowly turn your head to the right. Your chin with be close to your right shoulder.

Left Rotation (Chin to Shoulder) – Slowly turn your head to the left. Your chin with be close to your left shoulder.

Stretch 2: Shoulder Shrugs

This particular stretch combines stretching with a common muscle relaxation technique called “Progressive Muscle Relaxation”. It’s really effective to relax the shoulders and neck!

Shrug your shoulders to your ears (as shown in the picture) and hold tightly for 2-3 seconds, still holding tightly rotate your shoulders back (you should feel a stretch in the pectoralis muscles or chest muscles) and then relax them down into normal position. Repeat for 10 repetitions for best results!

Stretch 3: Upper Back Stretch

This great stretch works on the neck and upper back muscles.

Stretch your arms out in front of you and rotate your hands until your palms face away from each other. You can put both of the back of your hand together or you can put your palms together, which ever is most comfortable. Then bend over at the upper back like you are diving off the diving board. Be sure and flex your head (chin to chest) at the same time!

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To learn more about other good stretches to do at the office or home and the source of the images shown above, visit the website below located on About.com.

http://exercise.about.com/od/flexibilityworkouts/tp/officestretches.htm