Posts made in March 2018

The Impact of Whiplash

While “whiplash” is not a medical term, it typically refers to the injuries that occur when your upper vertebral column, upper back, neck, and head are thrown suddenly backward then forward upon impact. This sudden movement is most commonly triggered by the impact of a rear-end car accident. When the head and neck are forced backward and then forward, the abrupt movement forces the joints beyond their normal range of movement. What results are injuries are made to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and/or fascia of the cervical spine (or neck area).

Injuries resulting from whiplash are problematic because the resulting symptoms interfere with our daily lives. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, neck stiffness, dizziness, headache, and memory loss. However, these symptoms don’t always appear immediately. While you may feel fine immediately after a car accident, the pain often sets in once the adrenaline has faded.

Early treatment of whiplash is essential to a faster recovery and the prevention of worsening or lasting damage. Treatment should be guided by a physician with car accident physical therapy in Brandon, FL. In the meantime, adequate rest, intermittent use of ice packs and heat pads, as well as anti-inflammatory medication may help alleviate pain.

Common Causes of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower back and continues down the back of the leg. If you have pain extending through this area, you may need to seek sciatica treatment in Brandon, FL. While there are many causes of sciatica, the following are some of the most common.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
As we age, chiropractors often see the degeneration of the vertebrae, discs, muscles and ligaments that combine to make the spinal column. When the spinal canal becomes narrow in the lumbar area, this is known as Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. This condition can compress portions of the nerves that combine to form the sciatic nerve.

Piriformis Syndrome
The sciatic nerve runs extremely close to the piriformis muscle, which is located deep in the buttock region. When this muscle becomes tight, it often puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing irritation and inflammation.

Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. If this protrusion compresses the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve, it can result in sciatica.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of sciatica, it’s important to get evaluated by your physician to determine the cause. Contact us to request an appointment with our sciatica chiropractor to start treatment today.