Can I Really Be Hurt in a Fender Bender?

One of the most common things mentioned by patients when I meet them is “it was only a small car accident, I wasn’t really hurt.” Many times when people come in to see us they have been in pain for a long time, yet don’t have a major accident to explain why they were hurt in the first place. Often, it is not one trauma that causes problems with the neck or back, but many small strains or sprains.

Cars today are designed to have bumpers fly off, airbags to cushion the steering wheel, and engines to slide under the car rather than into our legs. Smaller car accidents may not allow these safety measures to deploy, leaving our bodies to absorb the shock. This can leave us with minor muscle strains or joint sprains to deal with after the accident.

A sprained neck, for example, can occur from a minor fender bender and leave us only feeling stiff for a few days to a few weeks. If the soft tissues heal in a way that leaves us without the proper curve in our neck, the next minor slip or fall can strain the neck even further. Over time, and with a few more of these strains (which can be caused by something as simple as sitting incorrectly in front of a computer), inflammation can build up over the months and years until we have headaches or neck and back pain that just don’t seem to go away. This is often the stage when a person seeks out chiropractic care. As Chiropractors, address the pain by improving the structure and function of the spine—undoing the damage that had occurred many years earlier. Essentially, we help improve your spine’s health.

Overall, many people who seek our care for relief of chronic pain have a history which includes minor car accidents. They would have been helped in a more efficient manner had they been treated shortly after their accident. Minor car accidents have a cumulative effect on the body, and the sooner they are looked into, the better chance we have of helping with them. No fender bender is too small, so if there is any stiffness or discomfort afterwards, please come in. This is what we help with.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC

Is It Finally Time?

Many of us deal with headaches after a long day at work. Others can experience neck pain and/or hand numbness after sitting at the computer for too long. Or maybe you develop a sore back after home renovations or yard work?

These problems usually start off infrequently and only bother us a little. But as time goes by, these aches and pains occur more often and take longer to go away. We keep telling ourselves, “Next time I will do something about this, for sure I will.” Yet weeks, months and years can go by while things slowly get worse. 

I was lucky enough to visit a chiropractor early in my adult life. I wish it had happened sooner, but I was still young enough to have my back strengthen and heal. Now that I am a chiropractor myself, I love helping people when they are young and can heal quickly. Unfortunately, most people wait until they are in their 50’s and 60’s to take care of their spines, and what was once a minor discomfort has become severe pain that interferes with their sports and recreational activities. Once they begin the journey toward healing their spine, I often hear: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

I can’t answer that question for them; all I can say is that the sooner someone comes in, the better chance we have of making a great change!

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd., Vernon
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

Minor Car Accidents & Your Spine

We all know that serious car accidents can cause severe injuries. But minor car accidents can also cause damage to our bodies, especially if we are sitting in a compromised position, like with the neck or back twisted to the side. 

These less severe injuries often leave us with irritating, lingering problems like headaches, neck aches, uncomfortable sleep, and backs that can become sore with high activity. These issues may not appear for weeks or months after the car accident.

To identify whether headaches, neck or back pain, or poor sleep may have been caused by a previous motor vehicle accident, a full chiropractic exam is required. Visit your chiropractor today to see if we can help!

Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd.
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

The Cost of Low Back Pain

A quick review from Statistics Canada shows that 4 out of 5 Canadians will be afflicted with low back pain at some point in their lives. Many of these people will develop chronic, long-lasting pain that will directly affect their lives.

The cost of this burden to Canadian society is estimated to be in the billions (yes—with a “b”) of dollars. This is seen in costly medical expenses, prescription drugs, and loss of income. For many of us, even more costly than the loss of income is the loss of time doing what we love. You can’t put a price on the ability to fully enjoy a vacation, play your favorite sports, or even have a full night’s sleep.

Chiropractic care has been shown to help with back pain. If you have back pain, let us help you before it ends up costing you your valuable free time.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC
Arise Chiropractic
7-100 Kalamalka Lake Rd., Vernon
250.275.7616
www.arisechiropractic.com

 

Chiropractic Care for Whiplash

By Dr. James Mayne, DC

Whiplash occurs when the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the neck and upper back are damaged from a sudden impact that whips the head forward and then backward, or from side to side.  The curve and alignment of the neck may be altered, causing pain and decreased neck movement.  This type of injury can have many causes, from sports impacts to slips on icy surfaces, but by far the most common cause is a motor vehicle accident.  Most people don’t realize that even low-speed, low-impact collisions can cause serious, long-term whiplash injuries.  In the health presentations I’ve offered my patients, I notice in the audiences with a show of hands that at least 60-70% of people have been in a car accident.  My experience shows that impacts as slow as 5 mph are enough to cause damage to the small joints in the neck, especially if the head is turned while the impact happens.

The most common symptoms for whiplash injuries are pain in the neck and upper back region.  A headache can often be the main complaint, interfering with a person’s ability to work or go about their daily activities.  Sometimes, when the damage irritates the delicate nerve roots of the spine, a person can experience pain, tingling, or weakness radiating into the shoulders, arms, and hands.  It is important to keep in mind that sometimes these symptoms take days or even weeks to be experienced.

The focus of chiropractic care for whiplash involves realigning the forward curve in the neck, re-establishing the normal position of the vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments of the spine.  This allows the tissues to heal with proper alignment of the neck—the goal being to restore full range of motion and to prevent any permanent damage from occurring.  If whiplash damage is left uncorrected, it is possible that the natural curve of the neck can be lost, leading to wear-and-tear of the neck joints.  Over time, this causes the disks in the neck to break down, and osteo-arthritis is the result.

If you have experienced a whiplash accident or suffer from any of the above symptoms, you would benefit from seeing a chiropractor for a neck and spine evaluation.

 

Helping Boomers Stay Active

By Dr. James Mayne, DC

Have you ever noticed that each decade of life seems to bring its own set of challenges?  In my 20s my metabolism slowed down, in my 30s I didn’t heal from injury as quickly, in my 40s I didn’t have as much energy, and in my 50s…well, I’m not quite in my 50s yet, but what I’ve learned over the years is that while we can’t stop the aging process, we can attempt to slow it down.

One of the biggest complaints we see in our offices is that a large number of baby boomers are hitting retirement age and are finding it difficult to keep up with their busy new lifestyles. Now that they have the time to golf, fish, play with their grandkids, ski, and garden, their bodies are holding them up. Years of sitting at desks, manual labour, and running the rat race have taken their toll. Often this shows up in the form of neck or back aches, fatigue, or postural strain.

Helping improve the body’s mechanics and straightening out posture lets the bones hold us up properly, allowing overworked muscles to be used for recreational activities. While this may not allow you to hit a 400-yard drive or suddenly ski the double-blacks, we would love to see if we can improve your health so you can better enjoy your later years.

Pain During Pregnancy

One big change a woman’s body goes through when she is pregnant is her center of gravity shifts as the baby grows. This can cause strain to the low back, pelvis, and neck muscles as they compensate for
this shift. These changes can also cause spine and pelvic misalignments, which are not only painful
for Mom, but may also put extra pressure on baby.

As posture changes to carry the weight of the developing baby, many women suffer from low back, pelvis, and neck discomfort. Many do not want to add pain killing drugs to their bodies at this time, and instead seek the help of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care can help to alleviate the strains on the neck, back and pelvis, allowing a woman’s body to better carry the weight of the baby and decrease discomfort. It can also help to create space for the growing baby by ensuring a more optimal pelvic and tailbone position.

We invite you to contact us to see how chiropractic care can help with pregnancy, or call to make an appointment to see if we can help.

Written by Dr. James Mayne, DC