Category Archives: Neck Pain

Loss of Neck Curve Effects Recovery From Whiplash Injuries – Square One- Fort Collins Chiropractor

Many people report being in one or more car crashes at some point in their lives.  And with advances in technology also comes additional distractions which has only led to increases in car crashes.   The increase in number of MVCs (motor vehicle crash), has both health and financial implications.

With the increase in MVCs there have also been advances in understanding what factors could impact the injures and recovery from MVCs.

What many lay people, (and physicians), do not realize is the extent your cervical curve plays in both the damaging effects a whiplash injury could have on you  and how  loss of a normal curve could effect your recovery form a whiplash injury

Normal Cervical Curve Protects You From Whiplash Injury

Research has shown that having a normal cervical curve actually protects you from injury.  A loss of a cervical curve or even worse a reversal of the curve (cervical kyphosis) has been shown to make you more susceptible to spinal injuries.   This means that if you lack a normal cervical curve you will have greater injuries and more severe damage to the spinal tissues following a whiplash injure compared to someone with a normal cervical curve exposed to the same whiplash forces. (1)

Obviously if you have a reduced cervical curve or a reversal of a cervical curve it would be wise to rehabilitate your normal cervical curve back towards normal before an injury takes place.

Whiplash Can Cause A Loss Of The Normal Cervical Curve

MVCs significantly reduces the normal cervical lordosis.  Research from Chiropractic BioPhysics has shown that the average person exposed to a MVC will suffer a 10˚ loss of the normal cervical curve, develop a mid-cervical lordosis (reversal of cervical curve), and have an increased head posture from the MVC. (2)

Watch This Video To learn More About Loss of Curve From Whiplash

Health Problems Related To Loss Of Cervical Curve

In terms of pain and suffering, research has shown that the individuals that suffer from longterm whiplash injuries following a MVC are those that have a loss or reversal of the cervical curve.  Straightened, S-curve or reversals of the cervical curve have been found to produce the following symptoms: (3-7)

  • Neck pain & stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Thoracic outlet syndrom
  • Arm pain
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Disc bulges & herniations
  • Dizziness & vertigo
  • Lack of concentration

What many people do not realize is a slight headache or neck pain and stiffness is usually a sign of a much more severe injury to the cervical spine and surrounding tissues.  Spinal misalignments as a result of sudden jerk in a whiplash injury may have symptoms immediately following an injury or make take a long time to appear.  But a lake of initial symptoms does not mean there is not injury so a proper examination to evaluate the spine for any potential injuries should be done regardless of symptoms.

What can be done to improve cervical lordosis?

If you have been involved in a car crash please see a highly trained corrective care chiropractor.  Small injuries become big injuries and the earlier they are addressed the easier they are to correct.

Before Treatment After Treatment
                    Before Treatment                                                                       After Treatment

Square One is an Advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics office.  Corrective methods using Chiropractic BioPhysics technique is the CBP Certificationonly true evidence based method shown to clinically and statistically improve cervical lordosis without surgery.  Chiropractic BioPhysics Certified Doctors are the most highly trained doctors for non-surgical structural spinal correction.

For a FREE consultation regarding your spinal injuries or condition give us a call at 970-207-4463.

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 10.23.13 AM

Learn more about Square One.

References:

1) Stemper et al. Journal of Biomechanics 2005: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15863116

2)  7 Harrison DE, Katz E. Abnormal static sagittal cervical curvatures following motor vehicle collisions: Literature review, original data, and conservative management strategies. Proceedings of the International Whiplash Trauma Congress 2006; Portland, OR, June 2-3, pages 24-25.

3) Kai et al. Journal of Spinal Disorders 2001: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kai+Journal+of+Spinal+Disorders
4 Hohl M. Journal of bone and Joint Surgery Am. 1974: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4434036
5 Norris SH and Watt I. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1983: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6643566
6 Giuliano V. Emergency Radiology 2002: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15290548
7 Kristjansson E, et al. JMPT 2002: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?

Chronic Inflammation Leads To Neck, Back & Joint Pain

Chronic low grade inflammation is one of the most common and most under addressed causes of chronic pain.

Inflammation is the first stage of the healing process after injury but is only suppose to last 48-72 hours.  This is not the type of inflammation I’m talking about.  Chronic low grade inflammation is an inflammatory response that continues for an extended period of time.

Causes of Chronic Inflammation

  • Injuries
  • Mechanical Stress (repetitive injuries, poor postures, etc)
  • Infection
  • Toxins
  • Decreased Exercise
  • Radiation
  • Allergies
  • Leaky Gut
  • Omega 6 : Omega 3 FA imbalance

Consuming a diet high in omega 6 FA (grains, sugars, etc) is probably the biggest culprit. A healthy diet should consist of 1 omega 6 FA for every 1 omega 3 FA.  The average person consuming a western diet comsumes 20-40 omega 6 FA for very 1 omega 3 FA.  Omega 6 FAs are very pro-inflammatory while omega 3 FAs are anti-inflammatory.

Chronic inflammation causes fibrosis which is a processes involving the thickening and scaring of connective tissue.  Fibrosis causes a build up adhesions in connective tissues and decreases movement in the joints and lack of joint mobility causes pain.

You have receptors on all of your joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, etc.  When joints and tissues are healthy and moving properly they send a positive signal to the brain call proprioception.  Proprioception decreases both stress production and pain signals in the body (to keep it very simple).  When joints and tissues are injured, damaged or do not move they send a different signal nociception.  Nociception triggers the stress response in the body and when this signal gets to the part of the brain for conscious awareness (prefrontal cortex) it causes pain.  Chiropractic adjustments reduce spine and joint pain by breaking-up adhesions in joints, decreasing nociception and increasing proprioception.

Properly consumption of omega 3 FA through supplementation is a must for most (all) people.  The average adult should consume 3000-3500mg of EPA:DHA daily.  This can vary for body size and diet.  Children should should consume about 1500 mg of EPA:DHA.

At Square ONE we offer a simple finger prick test that allows one to properly measure his/her levels of EPA:DHA so one can determine the proper levels of supplementation required.

More information about Square ONE.