Aloha, Beaverton & Salem, Keizer Chiropractors Help Injured People

The doctors & staff at First Choice Chiropractic have been helping and treating the community of Aloha, Beaverton, Salem, Keizer & Hillsboro for many years. We specialize in helping people who have been hurt in car accidents and work injuries. We treat many conditions including whiplash injuries, neck and back pain, headaches, sciatica, pinched nerves, TMJ (Temporomandibular), shoulder & knee injuries, herniated discs, damaged muscles, and ligament as well as other medical conditions due to a car accident or work injuries.

We have treated thousands of patients over many years. We have a team of doctors and staff to help you. We offer Chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, and massage. We also have an insurance department to assist in the insurance process, so our patients can focus on getting better. In the following article, we will go over what can happen in a car accident.

Whiplash is an acceleration/deceleration mechanism of transfer of energy to the neck and other parts of the body. This may be as a result from a rear end type of impact or side impact crash. The impact may result in either damage to the connective tissue injury (whiplash injury) or bony injury. A connective tissue injury (whiplash injury) is generally speaking damage to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons of the body, whereas bony injury is damage to the bones resulting in fractures, dislocations or other injuries. A "whiplash injury" can lead to a variety of other clinical manifestations (whiplash-associated disorders) AKA WAD.

Even a minor crash can result in significant damage to your neck and spine. The manifestation of the injury may not appear for days or weeks, and on rare occasions months after the initial car crash. Sometimes it takes weeks even months for the inflammation and scar tissue from the whiplash injury to cause pain and suffering. In fact many people don't even associate it with the "little car crash". They often note a nagging neck and back pain with persistent headaches that seem to linger & "just don't go away", even though the person is taking 10 to 20 pills of Aleve, or Ibuprofen per day. The pain continues to worsen & they are left with a chronic degnerative condition if they do nothing about it. More than that, they have a risk of liver, stomach or kidney damage due to persistent & long-term use of medication.

Whiplash Injury Symptoms-Complaints

Neck sprain /strain (damage to muscles & ligaments) is the most often diagnosed condition when a person has been injured in a car crash. However, the injuries may not be so simple as a ‘strain-sprain’ would suggest. People suffering from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash might have these common complaints:

• Neck Pain & Headaches • Upper back pain  • Low Back Pain  • Numbness & Tingling of Extremities  • Cognitive Difficulties

• Visual Disturbances • TMD (Tempromandibular joints)  • Tinnitus

In 2000, approximately 901, 450 perople were treated for neckk sprain/strain injuries in US hoptial ER department.  For car occupants, neck strain/sprain was the most frequent type of injury, comprising 27.8% of all injuries.  

Motor vehicle (MV)-related trauma is the leading cause of injury-related death (National Center for Health Statistics, 2001) and the third leading cause of nonfatal injuries (CDC, 2001) treated in hospital emergency departments (EDs) in the US.

Soft tissue injuries of the neck are a frequent injury type among MV crash victims.26

Risk of Injury & Risk of Delayed Recovery or Chronic Impairments

The Whiplash event causes complex forces to act on the tissues of the spine: compression, bending, shear, and tension. These forces can cause micro-scopic tearing and in some cases visible tearing of the soft tissues of the spine. The most common injuries to the spine due to Whiplash are damaged spinal neck ligaments. These ligaments are the primary cause of many patient’s pain. The tissues that can be injured included:

• Vertebral Facet Capsular Ligaments,  • Intervertebral Discs, • Spinal Ligaments (ALL, PLL, ISL, SSL), • Cervical Muscles • Specific Upper Cervical Ligaments:

Pain originating from the joints & ligaments of the neck can be felt from the back of the head into the neck, upper shoulders and the upper back or shoulder blade area. The neck has 7 cervical vertebrae which are called C1 to C7. Injury to the different parts of the neck (ligaments, discs, muscles) causes pain in different locations. Many times people will get referred pain into the arms, fingertips, shoulders, upper back, even into the jaw area. This pain is often times referred pain and is coming from the damage to your neck. Many times you can also get "contra coup syndrome" from the auto accident as depicted in the figure above. This is when your brain slaps & collides with the front of the skull and in the back of the skull. This can injure the frontal & temporal lobes and injures the occipital lobe, as well as the cerebellum, are injured. These injuries can manifest as loss of memory, forgetfulness, irritation, visual disturbances, and a host of other symptoms.

Common Medical Interventions

The most common Medical treatment for whiplash injuries usually consists of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), muscle relaxants, and/or cortisone injections.

Whether prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter, these medications may initially help with pain, however when the drugs wear off, the pain usually returns sometimes worse than before. Many patients with chronic whiplash induced pain get no lasting relief from medications. The real big problem is the adverse risks associated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as stomach bleeding, kidney damage, liver damage, accidental deaths etc. as either a "side effect" from the drug, or toxicity of the drug.   Drug-related deaths are not uncommon.  

Chiropractic treatments along with physical therapy and massage providing a multi-dimensional approach to correcting the underlying cause of the injury and should be the treatment of choice. Why would you want to throw pills at a condition & risk injury to your liver, kidneys, stomach or possible risk of death, when you could correct the underlying cause of the problem. The Chiropractors at First Choice Chiropractic offer a complete and comprehensive treatment for auto and work injuries. The Chiropractors at First Choice Chiropractic specialize in auto accident and work injuries and have been treating the Aloha, Beaverton, Keizer, Salem & Hillsboro Community for many years and we get excellent results.

There have been many medical studies done that indicate that Chiropractic Treatment is Very Effective should be the treatment of choice. For example, the study by Woodward et al27 found that 93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain get relief from chiropractic even when medical care and physical therapy failed.

Significantly, Chiropractic treatments care has been found to improve patients suffering from chronic whiplash associated disorders and disabilities.29-31 If you have been hurt in a car accident, or have a work injury, call us today!!  You could should have 100% coverage, however, if you wait, the condition may become chronic, make it more difficult to treat, and you could have problems with your insurance company relating it to the car crash. So, call today!