So What Does A Chiropractor Do?

At Advanced Care Chiropractic, our Chiropractor in Sydney CBD and Inner West Chiropractor takes great pride in providing the finest Chiropractic care to our patients. Below are some of the services we offer.

neck pain treatment sydney

Neck Pain

Neck pain, whiplash and general upper back stiffness are commonly treated at Advanced Care Chiropractic by Dr Zak, our Sydney CBD & Inner West Chiropractor.

The mains causes are usually the joints and nerves of the upper spine, as well as the muscles surrounding the shoulder, neck and jaw. These muscles which support the spine and keep it upright, tighten along there full length and may affect the nerves and neck joints causing headaches or stiffness.

Poor posture when working at a desk or overuse of technology devices like phone are also very common causes of neck pain. The forward head movement increases tension at the neck and whole upper spine. Our treatment of someone with neck pain is quite holistic involving the assessment of the upper back, posture and jaw. Not just the area of the pain.

 

Neck Pain Treatment

Neck pain treatment may include :

  • massage of muscles of the head, neck, shoulders, jaw and chest
  • reduction of inflammation of muscles and joints
  • stretching and strengthening of the neck and upper back
  • spinal mobilisation or manipulation to restore the normal movement of the spine and function of nerves. It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of a whiplash injury, especially in conjunction with massage, trigger point therapy and exercise rehabilitation.

 

Causes and Mechanism of Whiplash

Some causes of whiplash include :

  • a motor vehicle accident
  • a ride on the dodgem cars
  • jumping on the trampoline
  • coughing or sneezing

There a 4 phases of a whiplash injury. For example in a car accident, the following occurs.

Phase 1

During the first phase, the result in an upward force in the neck compresses your discs and joints. The head then moves backward.

Phase 2

During phase two, the head continues to move rearward. The seat back then recoils forward, much like a springboard and this occurs while the head is still moving backward. This results in a force in the neck which is one of the more damaging aspects of a whiplash injury. Many of the injuries to nerves, discs, joints and jaw are seen to occur during this phase.

Phase 3

During the third phase, the torso descends back down in the seat and the head and neck are at their peak forward acceleration.  Applying the brake causes the car to slow down even quicker and increases the severity of the hyperflexion injury of the neck.

Phase 4

This is probably the most damaging phase of the whiplash phenomenon. The torso is stopped by the seat belt and shoulder restraint and the head moves forward unimpeded, causing a violent forward-bending motion of your neck. This strains the muscles and ligaments, damaging discs, and forcing vertebrae out of their normal position. The spinal cord and nerve roots may get stretched and irritated. The brain can pound in the skull causing a mild to moderate brain trauma. If not properly restrained with a seat belt, a concussion or more severe brain injury may occur from striking the steering wheel or windshield.

Whiplash may cause the following :

Neck pain

Over 90% of patients complain of neck due to whiplash, which can spread to the shoulders, head and between the blades.

Headaches

Headaches affect more than 80% of all whiplash sufferers. Most are related to injury of the ligaments, nerves, muscles, and joints of the neck which refer pain to the head.

TMJ – Jaw Pain

A debilitating but less common disorder that resulting from whiplash is TMJ disorder. It usually begins as pain and may include clicking in the jaw during movement. TMJ dysfunction can lead to headaches, ear or facial pain.

Dizziness

Dizziness can result following a whiplash injury. Typically it is temporary and improves significantly with chiropractic treatment.

Low Back Pain

The low back is also commonly injured in more than half of rear end collisions and in almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes.  This is mostly due to the low back compression during the first two phases of a whiplash injury.

 

Recovery from Whiplash

Mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months with the correct Whiplash treatment. However, more than 20% of those who suffer from whiplash injuries continue to suffer from weakness, pain, or restricted movement for up to two years. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these people will continue to suffer from some level of disability or pain for many years after, if not for the rest of their lives.

Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash injuries is a combination of chiropractic care, rehabilitation of the soft tissues and taking care of yourself at home.

In some severe cases of whiplash, it may be necessary to have medical care as part of your overall treatment plan. The most common medical treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, trigger point injections or epidural spinal injections. These therapies should be used for short-term relief of pain and not be the focus of treatment. A drug cannot restore normal joint movement and stimulate healthy muscle repair. Fortunately, surgery is only needed in some cases of herniated discs, when the disc is pressing on the spinal cord, and in some cases of spine fractures.

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Advanced Care Chiropractic
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