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Whiplash: Causes and Treatment?

Whiplash Causes and Treatments by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterWhiplash! We have all heard the term, but what does it really mean?

According to Mayo Clinic:

Whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward — similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. These extreme motions push your neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion.

The most common cause of whiplash (or a more common term used in the literature, WAD – Whiplash Associated Disorders) is a rear-end motor vehicle collision. The actual tissue damage comes from shear forces that go thru the cervical spine; the body is thrust forward while the head whips backwards. These forces stretch and tear vulnerable neck soft tissues such as muscle, fascia, ligament, tendons, cartilage and discs. In severe cases, cervical fractures can occur.

The pain can be immediate or can take several days for the symptoms to develop. Whiplash symptoms are often described as a stiff and painful neck, dizziness, headaches, stiffness in the back, neck or shoulders, pain between the shoulder blades and pain and/or tingling in the arms. Patients may have a hard time concentrating, staying focused and sleeping and driving can be difficult.

According to the North American Spine Society statement on Whiplash Injuries:
We know the muscles and ligaments get strained and are probably inflamed, but they usually heal within six to ten weeks. Pain that lasts longer (than 6-10 weeks) is usually due to deeper problems such as injury to the disc or facet joint, or both.

Although the presenting symptoms might begin as a mild annoyance, without treatment by a knowledgeable healthcare professional, the injury and damage to the surrounding affected tissues may persist or get worse and become debilitating. Especially if your pain lasts more than 6-10 weeks.

Whiplash is considered a soft tissue injury, but as the North American Spine Society states, pain lasting longer than 6-10 weeks may be due to disc or facet damage. The “facets” are where the bones in your spine come together and form a “facet joint.”

The North American Spine Society goes on to say:
Facet Joint Pain is the most common cause of chronic neck pain after a car accident. It may occur alone or along with disc pain. Facet joint pain is usually located to the right or left of the center of the neck. The area might be tender to the touch, and facet pain may be mistaken for muscle pain. We cannot tell if a facet joint hurts by how it looks on an X-ray or MRI scan. The only (MEDICAL) way to tell if the joint is a cause of pain is to perform an injection called “medial branch block (MBB)”.

Chiropractic care focuses its treatment on the facet joints! We also treat discs, spine, nerves, muscles, ligaments, whatever structures are damaged we develop a treatment plan to accelerate its healing.
Consider chiropractic’s effectiveness:

93% of Whiplash Patients Improve with Chiropractic Care!

  1. 43 percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following ‘whiplash’ injury.
  2. If patients are still symptomatic after three months, then there is almost a 90 per cent chance that they will remain so.
  3. No conventional (MEDICAL) treatment has proven to be effective in these established chronic cases.
  4. Following (CHIROPRACTIC) treatment, 26 out of 28 (93 per cent!) of chronic patients had improved!

Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic ‘whiplash’ injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996.

Chiropractic Care is the Only Proven, Effective Treatment for Chronic Whiplash
“Conventional treatment of patients with whiplash symptoms is disappointing.”
Our results confirm the efficacy of chiropractic, with 69 of our 93 patients (74%) improving following treatment.

“The results from this study provide further evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms.”
The authors conclude:
“Whiplash injuries are common. Chiropractic is the only proven effective treatment in chronic cases.”

Don’t suffer any longer! Call 847-854-2000 to schedule your consultation to see if you can be one of the 93% that finds a better quality of life with chiropractic care from an Algonquin Chiropractor!

By Anthony Galante

Algonquin Chiropractic Center – We are Here to Help

We Are Here To Help at Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThere are a couple things that set us apart at Algonquin Chiropractic Center.  We develop individualized treatment plans depending on the specific needs of the patient.

One technique we use is the Cox Technique.  This technique has been around for over 40 years.  It was developed by Dr. James Cox from Fort Wayne, IN.  Dr. Cox has published dozens of professional papers, has over seen several federally funded clinical studies in conjunction with Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and is one of only two chiropractors to ever lecture at Harvard Medical School. I was personally taught by Dr. Cox, have consulted Dr. Cox on difficult cases and Dr. Cox has referred patients to OUR office in the past.

The Cox Technique allows me to work on the severe low back cases, the disc extrusions, the severe sciatica and the stenosis cases.  Before the Cox Technique, most of these cases would have to go to surgery.  Listen to what Margaret had to say on her Google review regarding her experience with the Cox Technique:

Margaret Herweg- “I cannot say enough about Dr. Galante. I had severe back and leg pain. I had so much pain I could barely walk. I saw several surgeons who recommended immediate surgery.  I was so frightened! Dr. Galante convinced me that his expertise and experience could help keep me from that surgery. I went with his program and treatments and am so happy to say that it has been 7 years and I am doing great and best of all, no surgery!. I truly feel he saved my life. Thank you Dr. Galante.”

The Cox Technique is a painless technique used in order to decompress the discs and nerves of the spine.  This is very different from the “decompression” techniques used in other offices.  This is a “hands-on” technique.  My hands are continuously on the patient’s spine detecting just the right amount of tension to be applied to the correct area of the spine.  There are no injections, no incisions, no recovery time and patients can continue to work during the treatment program.

The Cox Technique has been very successful in treating patients with lower back pain, leg pain and neck and arm pain in a non-invasive method.  It can be used as a holistic approach to well-being and pain relief.  The technique works very well for severe low back pain and works GREAT for every day, mild to moderate low back and neck pain.

In addition to the Cox Technique we may utilize manipulation, distraction, soft tissue techniques, massage, modalities, kineseotaping, rehab, diet and nutrition.  The combination of techniques works well for most people, and has little to no risks or side effects. For the small percentage of patients who do not respond to our treatments, we work with neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, pain management doctors and physical therapists if those services are needed.

Dr. Anthony Galante is an Algonquin Chiropractor who works individually with each new patient to understand their individual goals and needs.  The objective of the Algonquin Chiropractic Center has been to help patients achieve whole body health, return patients to long-term health and return patients to their normal activities as fast as possible.

By Anthony Galante

Algonquin Chiropractor Explains Spinal Stenosis

By Anthony Galante

Dr. Anthony Galante is an Algonquin Chiropractor who effectively treats spinal stenosis.

Spinal Stenois Explained by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterSpinal stenosis describes an abnormal restricting of the spinal canal that “pinches” the nerves which causes pain, burning, numbness in one or both legs. The symptoms get worse with prolonged standing and walking and are relieved by rest.  The part of the leg affected by this condition directly correlates to where the stenosis occurs on the spine.

Differences between Cervical Stenosis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The origin of the word stenosis hails from Greece and means choking. Speaking of the medical condition, spinal stenosis describes a compression of the spinal cord or never roots, rather than choking. The feeling patients describe includes numbness, burning, cramping, loss or balance, loss of muscular control, and pain that ranges from a dull ache to debilitating.

 There are two forms of spinal stenosis.

1.  Cervical spinal stenosis is a more serious condition because it compresses the spinal cord. This condition can develop serious symptoms, including weakness and paralysis. The more common symptoms are neck and upper   back pain with associated pain, burning and numbness in the arms. The underlying cause is usually chronic degeneration (arthritis).

2.Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when something compresses the nerve  in the lower back. The sensation is pain, burning and numbness that radiates from the lower back down through the buttocks and leg, and at times reaches the foot.  The symptoms are aggravated with standing and walking, the longer you stand and walk, the worse the symptoms.  Sitting usually relieves the pain.  There are occasions where lumbar stenosis advances enough where it produces severe and persistent disabling pain.

Diagnosis

Doctors will have a high degree of clinical suspicion of stenosis after a thorough consultation and history.

A complete exam with range of motion tests, othopedic and neurologic evaluation, posture  assesment, muscle testing, leg length evaluation  and palpatory assesment is necessary.

Depending on the history and examination diagnostic imaging will consists of radiographic evaluation (X-rays) and /or advanced imaging to include MRI and CT scans.

An accurate diagnosis can be made by an Algonquin Chiropractor with the information received from above.

What can I do for it?

Treatment options include painful injections and risky surgery.

Most people want to avoid these invasive procedures, especially if effective, non-invasive treatments are available.

At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we individualize patients treatment plans.

We may use any combination of manipulation, Cox Technic, moblization, physical therapy, topical analgesics, soft tissue techniques, massage, exercises and rehabilitation, diet and nutrition.

I have found the Cox Technic to be very effective for stenosis.  This painless technique decompresses irritated disc and nerve fibers which relieves the pain, numbness, burning and cramping in the legs.  Often, patients can stand and walk for considerably longer than before treatment.

For cases that don’t respond as anticipated, I work closely with radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management doctors and physical therapists.

Stenosis is a serious condition that can have a huge impact on your quality of life, don’t let the pain stop you!  Get examined today by an Algonquin Chiropractor!

What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterAlgonquin Chiropractic Center specializes in helping people suffering from sciatica. Sciatica is a painful set of symptoms caused by inflammation of the largest nerve in the body: the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts at the base of the spine and runs down the backside of the thigh, calf and into the foot. The sciatic nerve’s primary purposes are to receive signals from the leg muscles and send this information back to the brain, which is why patients with sciatica often experience burning, throbbing and cramping in the leg. Sciatic patients may also experience numbness and tingling, and with increasing pressure on the nerve, weakness. Sciatic symptoms can be severe, disabling and last for months.

Herniated Spinal Disc

A herniated spinal disc is the most common cause resulting in sciatica. Rotational movements such as bending to one side or reaching down awkwardly to pick something up can cause the cushion between the spinal vertebrae to rupture. The spinal nerves compress resulting in shooting pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness along one side of the back, hip, leg and foot. Squatting, coughing, laughing, sitting and sneezing can cause the condition to worsen. A radiating pain in one leg is the signature signal of a sciatica diagnosis. Sciatica is a not a disease. It is a condition of symptoms that develop over a period of time and is not necessarily associated with a one-time event specifically. Middle aged people (35-55 years of age) are most prone for sciatica; however, we do occasionally see sciatica in patients in their teens and patients over 60.

The Fastest Way to Surgery

According to Mayo Clinic back surgery is only needed in “a small percentage of cases.”  Mayo goes on to say “back pain is extremely common……surgery often fails to relieve it.” So what determines whether you have spinal surgery? The prestigious Spine Journal studied that very question and found an interesting answer. The type of health care provider you see first! Researchers found that patients who saw a surgeon first were much more likely to have surgery, 42.7% vs. patients who saw a Chiropractic Physician first at ONLY 1.5%! Clearly your path to surgical intervention is dependent on your first choice!

Treatments

Most doctors usually recommend anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, muscle relaxants, painful exercises, injections and, of course, surgery to treat sciatica.

We do things differently at Algonquin Chiropractic.

First, the staff. In today’s day of managed care, excessive paperwork, referrals and pre-authorizations patients can get treated like a number with impersonal service. How many of us had that sliding glass door shut in our face after we were handed paperwork? We refuse to accept that, our staff will treat you with individualized attention; you are treated like a person, an important person.

After a thorough history, a detailed examination and appropriate diagnostic imaging we will determine if you qualify for our treatment plans. If you qualify we may implement one or more of the following:

Cox Technic – This technique came about because of someone just like you. After unsuccessfully treating a female patient with low back and leg pain, Dr. Cox developed his own technique. The Cox Technique is used for disc herniations, stenosis, and sciatica as an alternative to painful injections and costly, time consuming surgery. In order to serve you better, I WAS PERSONALLY TAUGHT WITH OVER 100 HOURS OF STUDY BY THE CREATOR OF THE TECHNIQUE HIMSELF, DR. COX. I have consulted Dr. Cox on difficult cases in the past and Dr. Cox has referred patients to OUR OFFICE in the past.

Soft tissue techniques – We don’t just work on the skeletal system. Today you need to stretch your healthcare dollars as far as possible.  sing muscle therapy will get you better quicker and keep you that way longer. Muscular techniques are incorporated to speed healing, allowing YOU TO HOLD THE ADJUSTMENT LONGER AND FOR IMPROVED PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT DRUGS.

Modalities, nutrition, rehabilitation, and orthotic therapy are utilized when appropriate.

Patients can expect a gradual improvement in their symptoms with most cases resolving in 8-16 weeks. For the patients who do not respond appropriately, I work with very conservative surgeons, pain management doctors and excellent physical therapists.

Don’t let the pain control YOUR life. GET YOUR LIFE BACK!

By Anthony Galante

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