FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens in a car accident? In most
cases, your body sustains a rapid acceleration or deceleration in an auto
accident. These rapid motions are too much for the body's stabilizers
(muscles, tendons and ligaments) to handle. There is a rapid
overstretching or injury to these stabilizers. This type of injury also
puts an enormous amount of stress on the joints of the spine. These
stresses lead to inflammation, decreased range-of motion and pain.
sprain/strain is a term that describes what happens to the joint and the
surrounding tissues. In a rear-end accident, the neck is thrown into an
extension and then a hyperflexion type motion. These motions stretch the
muscles, ligaments and joints of the neck. Sprain refers to
overstretching of the ligaments that hold and protect the joint.
Strain refers to the overstretching of the muscle. When you have a
sprain/strain, you will have decreased range-of-motion, pain and
What do medications do to help my back
pain? You can use many different types of medications to help back
pain. The 3 most commonly used are muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories
and analgesics (pain-relievers):
What is better , ice or heat?
Immediately following an injury, ice is best. The general rule is
icing for the first 24-48 hours after an injury. After 48 hours, heat
is most often suggested. It is very important that you have a layer of
towel between your skin and the ice/heat to prevent burning the skin.
- The chiropractor
adjusts the subluxation or misalignment when he mobilizes or manipulates
the bones of the back into their proper place.
Does it hurt when you get adjusted or
manipulated? Does it hurt afterward? When the chiropractor applies
an adjustment it generally does not cause discomfort. Some patients feel
some general soreness the first few treatments, similar to the feeling an
athlete gets when he first begins training. After the first few
treatments the adjustment relieves pain.
What is the cracking noise? The cracking
noise is not bones cracking but the release of nitrogen bubbles from the
space in-between joints.
- Muscle relaxants help calm down muscles that are spasming in the
- Anti-inflammatories decrease inflammation in the injured area.
- Analgesics relieve pain.
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