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Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

Something that we often hear about when it comes to car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is bad, but what exactly is it? Why is it something that you need to see a doctor for? What kinds of treatments are available? There are hundreds of questions that get asked about whiplash and often they aren’t asked until after someone has already been diagnosed. While we obviously hope that you never need this information for yourself, we also believe that it is good to be well versed in these kinds of things so here are some basic facts about whiplash for you.

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by sharp, fast movement front to back much like the movement of a whip. This often occurs as the result of a car accident, but is also seen in abuse cases or some sports injuries. Normally, a case of whiplash means that the victim has neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. It can also include loss of movement, tingling or numbness, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, irritability, trouble focusing, memory issues, depression, tenderness, tinnitus, and sleep issues. While it is always important to see a doctor after a car accident, it is even more important to do so if you have or develop any of these symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and documentation.

Most people who develop whiplash can self-treat it before it becomes better within a few weeks, but you always want to check and make sure that the pain you feel isn’t from something more serious like muscle damage or even a fracture. It is especially important to seek medical treatment if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition that can be aggravated by a condition like whiplash. It is impossible to know how every person will react to a case of whiplash, so it’s always better to see a doctor and be monitored than to leave it up to chance.

Undergoing chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you were hurt in an impact, then you should definitely come into DiBella and let us help you with any pain you may have. Getting the proper care is so important and we will do everything we can to get you back to normal. There’s nothing like a chiropractor to help you feel better!

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is definitely unpleasant, but it has become more and more common. It is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm and down through the hand. It happens when the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the wrist to the hand, is compressed or pinched at the wrist. It tends to get worse over time if it is not treated, and so early diagnosis is extremely important. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can be treated with a wrist brace or not doing certain movements and actions. However, if it is left alone and the aggravating activity is continued, the damage will continue to get worse. It may reach a point where surgery is suggested to help reduce the pain and pressure that is effecting the nerve.

There are multiple theories as to why we are seeing an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses. The most common one is that more and more people are spending large amounts of time on computers. The fact that typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist lends itself to an increase in pressure on the wrist. Many people try to use cushions under the wrist on both their keyboards and mouse pads in an attempt to alleviate this added pressure. Although we know that this isn't a foolproof method for preventing carpal tunnel, we can definitely agree that it doesn't hurt to try and keep prolonged pressure off of your wrists. Keeping your wrists elevated slightly is a good way to reduce the impact on the medial nerve. While there are other factors that can cause carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to mitigate those extra factors is worth trying.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in your hand and wrist, especially in your thumb or middle fingers, you should call DiBella Chiropractic right away. If this is coupled with any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know when you call. We will do our best to get you an appointment quickly and see if you are experiencing symptoms related to carpal tunnel. Hopefully we can help you without you needing surgery to correct the pressure and swelling. You'll never know until you come in!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although a lot of us probably understand that sciatica comes with a lot of pain, it seems to be less common that someone knows exactly what sciatica actually is. With so many different pain conditions that someone can develop, it can be difficult to do your own research about them, or even keep track of some of them. When you have multiple disorders that you have learned about, it can be easy to mix them up on a fairly regular basis. This is why we want to help you learn about this issue and how you can identify it in yourself to see if you should seek chiropractic care.

The term sciatica references the sciatic nerve, which stretches from your lower back through to your hips, buttocks, and down both legs. When you have pain that travels along this nerve, it is called sciatica. There can be any number of reasons for this pain, but it is most commonly caused by either a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be relatively common, but that doesn’t mean they’re not painful. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, debilitating. The swelling and numbness that accompanies sciatica are concerning enough that you should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and not wait to look for medical care.

Normally, the symptoms of sciatica are strangely straightforward yet confusing at the same time. People often experience pain that radiates down their leg from the spine, but may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may have more than one of those symptoms in different spots in the leg. The pain can feel like anything from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, or a burning sensation, or even an electrical shock. It may feel more intense if you sit for extended periods of time, if you stand for too long, or if your body shudders, as if with a cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go see a doctor and get a proper diagnosis.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but having a doctor's care is necessary for something like this that has an impact on your life. If your back hurts, you are going to have trouble going through even your simplest tasks of the day. Come in and see how much better we can make you feel!

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the worst things to experience in regards to your body is back pain. Back pain can come in many different forms and be from any number of things, but regardless of whether the pain is chronic or acute, it is never fun to go through. The problem with back pain is that if your back hurts you can’t do much of anything. Walking, standing, lifting things, and even just turning over in bed can be enough to set it off. There also isn’t much that you can normally do to fix it except for time. While there may be some ice packs or heat packs that you can use, backs are difficult to rehabilitate after an injury on your own.

When your back pain is the result of something like a car accident, it can be especially difficult to work it out. There can be extensive damage that was done that doesn’t show up immediately, or even for a few months or years. These types of traumatic injuries often begin with acute pain that turns into a chronic issue that can stay with a person for the rest of their life. Naturally you want to catch these types of issues as soon as possible, but it isn’t always an option depending on things like life circumstances, insurance, and even your own perception of the pain. If you have the option, however, you should always be checked out by a doctor after any sort of impact to make sure that there isn’t any lasting damage.

Your back is one of the most delicate areas on your body. It is so important to any and all movement that you cannot afford to take any chances when it comes to the health of your back. Even if you don’t feel like the pain is severe, you should still see a chiropractor regularly for a spinal adjustment. It is massively important that you take care of your back so that you can take care of the things that you care about in your life.

When it comes to injuries like car accidents, backs are often some of the most affected areas. If this has happened to you, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference just a few appointments can make for you. You may just be amazed at how much better you feel after a month of appropriate treatment!

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor

According to recent statistics, an average of one person dies every 50 minutes in an automobile crash. This number is frighteningly high when you consider how many safety precautions we have in place in and around vehicles. Even if this was the only possible outcome of accidents, that number would be too high. As we are all aware, however, fatalities aren’t the only outcome that we see from crashes. The amount of non-life threatening injuries that result from car accidents is much higher and can range from minor bruising to things like paralysis or amputations. It is worth noting that these specific statistics also do not account for the mental toll that an accident can invoke, such as anxiety and PTSD. No matter how you look at it, car accidents are always serious.

As it stands now, the most common cause of car accidents is most likely distracted driving. This can be defined as anything from drinking a cup of coffee to texting while driving. It is dangerous to do anything that could split your attention while you drive, so it is always important to make sure you do your best to avoid as many of these things as possible. Leaving your phone on silent or waking up a little earlier to get that first cup in before you leave can be great ways to help reduce the likelihood of you becoming distracted as you drive.

When you are in an accident, there is a very small chance that you don't get hurt at all. More often than not, however, you will find that you are, at the very least, sore for the next few days. Even if you don't feel like you've been hurt right away, it often sets in once the adrenaline from the crash itself wears off. Problems like whiplash and even broken limbs or cartilage can take a while to register depending on how your body and mind reacts to the incident. Even if you don't notice pain right away, it is important to call a doctor and get checked out regardless of how hard the hit was.

If you have been hurt in a car accident, come into DiBella Chiropractic as soon as you can. Our early pain management and relief methods can make all the difference to your injury. We know how scary a crash can be, but your recovery doesn’t have to be. Give us a call and set up your first appointment today!

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Have you ever realized that when you have a headache, everything seems to be so much more difficult than it was before? It is extremely difficult to try and go about your normal day when you have even a mild headache, and it's often more tiring as well. One of the worst parts about headaches is that there are so many different kinds. That means that what works one day may not even touch the pain the next. If your headache is caused by stress, it could help to get outside and breathe some fresh air or listen to some calming music for a few hours while you unwind. If you have a headache that seems to be triggered by the light, laying in a dark room might help. While you may not know what to use at first, your headaches can be treated through any number of tactics.

The worst part about a headache is that they always seem to last forever. When you have a bad headache, it can seem like it never ends. You can get a headache from just about any activity, too. They can be caused by sleeping in a different position or looking at a screen for too long. It is always tough to work through a headache, but there are some treatments that you can try to use that may reduce either the severity or number of headaches you deal with on a normal basis.

Headaches are one of the most commonly treated problems here at DiBella Chiropractic. We know how much they can impact your day and how frustrating they often are, especially when they happen frequently. Headaches can feel isolating, but we see every day just how common they really are. Thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve headaches and extended care can help to reduce the amount of them you have.

If you struggle with headaches, you need to give us a call right away. We know that it can be tough to find the time, but you should certainly give chiropractic care a try if you lose hours or even full days to head pain. We can help you battle your headaches without medication, which is always a preferable alternative. We understand that headaches can be difficult to deal with, but we know that we can help you. Call us and schedule your first appointment today!

Pinched Nerves - Gastonia Chiropractor

Pinched Nerves - Gastonia Chiropractor

A pinched nerve may just sound like a tiny inconvenience, but it has the ability to heavily impact everything you do. The pain and multiple other symptoms that are associated with pinched nerves can, and often do, cause debilitating issues. While some people can work through pain for a while, many find themselves to be either bed bound or at least need to cut back on their physical activity with a pinched nerve. This obviously isn’t a sustainable treatment, especially if you still have to go to work or take care of someone. Being diagnosed with a pinched nerve doesn’t have to be frightening, but you do need to have a grasp of what your actual treatment options are.

Pinched nerves happen due to an excess of pressure that is applied to a specific nerve by the surrounding muscles, tendons, cartilage, and/or bones. This pressure can cause different problems in the area which can impact your movement, no matter how active you normally are. Pinched nerve pain isn’t something that can go away on its own, either. If you have symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should definitely see a doctor and call DiBella Chiropractic. If you aren’t sure what to look for if you think you may have a pinched nerve, here are a few of the common symptoms you may experience:

  • Muscle weakness in an isolated area
  • Pain that feels either sharp or aching, which often radiates out from a specific point
  • Numbness or decreased sensation in an isolated area
  • Tingling, or a feeling of “pins and needles”, as if a limb has fallen asleep
  • Any of these symptoms getting worse at night

In order to be diagnosed, you may have to go through a series of tests that your doctor can order. These are normally imaging tests or electrical pulse tests which help your doctor determine if the issue starts in your nervous system. From there, you may be prescribed physical therapy, medication, or even surgery depending on how severe the damage is.

If you would like to see what treatment options you have before you immediately turn to surgery, give us a call. We are here to help you feel better regardless of whatever nerve issues you may have. We know how painful a pinched nerve can be and will do everything we can to help you feel better, so call us as soon as you can!

Bulging vs. Herniated Discs - Gastonia Chiropractor

Bulging vs. Herniated Discs - Gastonia Chiropractor

Normally when we hear something about a back disc issue, we hear the term “disc herniation”. While the term “bulging disc” is also used, most people don't seem as familiar with the phrase or with the difference between the two. It can seem like the difference between them doesn't really matter, but we can assure you that from a treatment standpoint, they do. To understand the difference, it is important to remember what you know about the spine itself.

The spine has multiple parts that you need to know to understand the difference between herniation and bulging. Let's start by talking about the part between the vertebrae that acts as a cushion so the bones don’t rub together. This is called the disc. The disc itself has two separate parts, called the nucleus and the annulus. The nucleus, as you may be able to guess, is the center. It is soft and often compared to jelly. The annulus is the exterior part of the disc, and is a bit tougher. This is because it has to protect the nucleus from the vertebrae. Sometimes, however, the annulus cracks or gets a tear in it. When this happens, the nucleus can “seep” through and cause pain. If it hits a nearby nerve, it can cause anything from pain to numbness in almost any part of your body. This is a disc herniation.

Bulges, on the other hand, are caused by normal wear and tear to the disc and are often seen even if the person with one doesn't feel any pain. The main difference is the type of displacement that occurs between a bulge or a herniation. Without getting too in depth, there is actually less displacement from a herniation than there is a bulge, and yet the pain is more intense. This isn't to say that disc bulges should be allowed to continue to get worse, however. After all, anything involving your back will more than likely become serious after a short period of time. It is always a good idea to get it looked at sooner rather than later.

If you believe you may have a herniated or bulging disc, or are looking for an alternative to suggested surgery, call DiBella Chiropractic as soon as you can. We know that it can be difficult to find time in your daily life, but when it comes to your back you should never leave things to chance. Come in today, you may be amazed at how much better you can feel!

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