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Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most common injuries we see after someone is in a car accident is whiplash. I'm sure by now we all know whiplash is bad, but what exactly is it? What kind of treatment do you need to receive for it? There are dozens of questions that people have about whiplash, and they don't often get asked until after someone has already been diagnosed. While we obviously don't want you to end up diagnosed with whiplash, we always think it is a good idea to be familiar with the signs and symptoms, so here is a brief overview of the disorder:

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sharp, fast head movement front to back that resembles the movement of a whip. This usually occurs as the result of a car accident, but is also sometimes seen in abuse cases and sports injuries. Often, a case of whiplash will result in the victim having neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. It can, however, also include loss of movement, tingling or numbness, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, irritability, trouble focusing, memory issues, depression, tenderness, tinnitus, and sleep difficulties just to name a few. While it is always important to see a doctor after a car crash, it is even more important to do so if you suddenly develop even a single one of these symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and documentation for whatever you may need it for.

Most people who develop whiplash can often self-treat it until it gets better within a few weeks, but you always want to double check that any pain you feel isn’t from something like muscle damage or a fracture. It is especially important to seek medical attention 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 different for every person, so it is always a good idea to get checked by a doctor just in case you have more risk factors and don't even know it.

Receiving chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you were hurt in a crash, you need to come into DiBella and let us help you with your pain. Getting the proper care is important, so we will do everything we can to get you back to normal. Call us today and see what a difference it makes!

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor - 4/19/2021

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor

Auto Injuries

Far too many of us have been in car accidents or know someone else who was. The odds are unfortunately good that everyone reading this can think of at least one person. It is very common to at least be in a minor accident, or a fender bender, but severe crashes are sadly rather frequent as well. It can be hard to think of yourself as lucky when you're in a crash, but it is important to remember that things could have turned out very differently based on small changes such as the angle you were hit or the speed at which either party was going. It can be terrifying to think that something that most of us do every day can be so dangerous and deadly, but unfortunately it all too often is.

As it is, the most commonly documented cause of car accidents is distracted driving. This can mean anything from taking a bite of your bagel in the morning to adjusting your GPS to texting while you drive. It is dangerous to do anything that could take your attention off the road in front of you, so it is important to do your best to avoid as many of these distractions as possible. Leaving your phone in the backseat or waking up a little earlier in order to eat breakfast at home can be great ways to help reduce the chance of you becoming distracted while you drive.

When you are in a car accident, there is a chance that you won't get injured at all. Most often, however, you can count on at least being sore for the next few days. Even if you don't feel like you were hurt on impact, pain can definitely set in once the adrenaline from the impact itself has worn off. Problems such as whiplash and sometimes even broken bones can go unnoticed for any amount of time depending on how your body and mind reacts to the incident. Even if you don't notice a problem right away, it is important to call a doctor and get checked out regardless of how severe the accident was.

If you have been hurt in a car crash, come into DiBella Chiropractic as soon as you can. Our pain management methods can make all the difference in your injury. We know how frightening being in a crash is, but we know how important your recovery is. Give us a call, and set up an appointment today!

Bulging and Herniated Discs - Gastonia Chiropractor

Bulging and Herniated Discs

When someone complains about something being wrong with a disc in their back, we often hear the terms “disc herniation” and “disc bulge”. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we know that these two things are completely different problems, but we also know that not everyone will know the difference between them. It may seem like focusing on the difference between them is silly since both are painful, but there is a large difference when it comes to treatment options. In order to fully appreciate the difference, let's learn a little bit about the spine itself.

The spine has a few parts that you need to be at least somewhat familiar with in order to understand the difference between herniation and bulging. The first part is the disc. This is the element between the vertebrae that acts like a cushion so the bones don’t rub together. Looking closer, the disc itself has two parts. These are called the nucleus and the annulus. The nucleus is the center, which is soft and jelly-like. The annulus is the exterior part of the disc, which is tougher. The annulus protects the nucleus from the vertebrae, like a hard shell. However, sometimes the annulus cracks or gets a tear in it. When this happens, the nucleus can seep out, which causes pain. If a nerve is touched, it may cause multiple symptoms, including pain or numbness. This is a disc herniation.

Bulges, on the other hand, are simply caused by normal wear and tear to the disc. Often times, the person doesn't experience any symptoms. The main difference between a bulge and a herniation is the type of displacement that occurs. There is technically less displacement from a herniation than there is a bulge, yet the pain is normally more severe. It should be mentioned, however, that a bulge in your spinal disc will catch up to you. Anything that involves your back will need to be dealt with sooner or later. It is always important to get any pain checked out by a professional.

If you believe you may have a herniated or bulging disc and are looking for a way to deal with the pain, call DiBella Chiropractic as soon as possible. We know that it can be difficult to find time to see a doctor, but your back deserves the extra care. Come in today and be amazed at how much we can help you feel!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although most people know that sciatica generally means a lot of pain at the point, few people know exactly what sciatica really is. With so many different pain conditions that any one person can develop, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Even just the difference between acute and chronic pain can seem to blur, and this is especially true when it comes to pain that you experience with your back and neck. So what is sciatica and what do you need to watch for if you think you have it?

The term sciatica is based off of the sciatic nerve, which goes from your lower back down both legs. When you have any pain that travels along this nerve for any reason, it falls under the umbrella term of sciatica. There can be any number of things that cause this pain, but it is most commonly due to a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be fairly common, but that doesn’t mean they aren't painful. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, completely debilitating. The swelling and numbness that accompanies it is concerning enough that you should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and seek medical assistance immediately to catch it before it gets worse.

The symptoms of sciatica are straightforward, yet can be confusing at the same time. People often experience pain which radiates down their leg from the spine, but they may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may have one of those symptoms in one spot of the leg, and a different symptom in a different area. The pain can feel like anything from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, 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 spasms, as if with a strong cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but you do need medical confirmation. If your back hurts, you need to have a professional look at it. Come on in, and see how much better we can make you feel!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although most people know that sciatica generally means a lot of pain at the point, it seems like few people actually know exactly what sciatica really is. With so many different pain conditions that any one person can develop, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Even just the difference between acute and chronic pain can seem to blur, and this is especially true when it comes to pain that you experience with your back and neck. So what is sciatica and what do you need to watch for if you think you have it?

The term sciatica is based off of the sciatic nerve, which goes from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and down both legs. When you have any pain that travels along this nerve for any reason, it falls under the umbrella term of sciatica. There can be any number of things that cause this pain, but it is most commonly due to a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be fairly common, but that doesn’t mean they aren't painful. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, completely debilitating. The swelling and numbness that accompanies it is concerning enough that you should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and seek medical assistance immediately to catch it before it gets worse.

The symptoms of sciatica are straightforward, yet can be confusing at the same time. People often experience pain which radiates down their leg from the spine, but they may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may have one of those symptoms in one spot of the leg, and a different symptom in a different area. The pain can feel like anything from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, 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 spasms, as if with a strong cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but you do need medical confirmation. If your back hurts, you need to have a professional look at it. Come in and see how much better we can make you feel!

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is reportedly becoming more common, but that doesn't mean that it's any less painful. Carpal Tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling from the arm down through the hand. It happens when the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the center of the wrist to the hand, is compressed or pinched at the wrist joint. It gets worse over time if it is left untreated, so early diagnosis is key. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can be treated with a simple wrist brace and a lack of certain movements and careful hand positions. However, if it is not addressed and the activity causing the tension on the nerve to occur is continued, the damage will only continue to get worse. It often reaches a point where surgery is needed to reduce the pain and relieve the pressure that is harming the nerve.

There are a few theories as to why there is such an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses. The most common is that people are spending more time on computers. Typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist, which lends itself to an increase in pressure on the median nerve. Some people try to use cushions under the wrist on both their keyboards and mouse pads in an attempt to remedy this. Although this isn't a magic cure for preventing carpal tunnel, it certainly doesn't hurt to keeping prolonged pressure off of your wrists. Keeping your wrists elevated slightly is a good way to reduce the impact on the nerve. While there are other factors that can increase your chance of getting carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to reduce your risk is worth trying.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or hand and wrist pain, especially centralized in your thumb or middle fingers, give DiBella Chiropractic a call right away. If you are also experiencing any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know when you set up your appointment. We will do our best to get you into our office quickly and see if you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel. We will do our best to help you feel better without the need for surgery or medication, so give us a call today!

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most exhausting issues to deal with when it comes to your body is back pain. Back pain can be from any number of problems and take any number of forms, but it doesn't matter if the pain is acute or chronic. The fact remains that it is still terrible to deal with. The problem with back pain is that if your back hurts, nothing you do will feel good. Walking, sitting, standing, lifting something, and even just bending down to pet your dog can be enough to throw your back out. There normally isn't anything you can do to fix it except wait, either. While there may be some ice or heat packs that you can use to reduce the pain temporarily, backs are famously difficult to nurse back to health on your own.

If your back pain was caused by something like a car accident, it can be even more difficult to rehabilitate. There is often extensive damage but it doesn’t always show up immediately; it may take a few months or sometimes even years. These types of injuries often begin with acute pain that morphs into a chronic problem that then stays with a person for the rest of their life. You naturally want to start treating these issues as soon as you can, but that unfortunately isn’t always an option depending on issues such as insurance, scheduling problems, and even your own perception of pain. If you have the option, however, you should always be checked out by a doctor after any sort of serious impact to make sure that all damage done was temporary.

Your spine is one of the most delicate areas of your body. It is so important to everything you do that you really have no choice but to be proactive with your spine's health. Even if you don’t feel like the pain is severe, you should still see a chiropractor regularly for an adjustment. It is imperative that you take care of your back starting now so that you can continue to enjoy yourself as you age.

When it comes to injuries such as car accidents, backs are often one of the most affected areas. If you were in a crash, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference a few appointments can make for you. You only have good things to gain!

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Is it just me, or is it true that when you have a headache, everything is so much harder to do? It is difficult to go through your day with the same excitement and energy that you normally have when you are suffering from even a mild headache. It is also exhausting to try and work through the pain. One of the worst things about headaches is that there are so many different types. What works to relieve your pain one day may not make the slightest bit of difference the next. If your headache is brought on by lack of sleep, it may be as simple as taking a nap so that you can feel better. If you have a headache that seems to be triggered by light, having a nice, dark room with calming music playing may be just what you need. While you may not automatically know what to use to combat the pain, headaches can often be treated through trial and error.

The worst part about a headache is that they seem to stay with you forever. When you have a bad headache, it can feel like it's never going to end. You can get a headache from just about any activity, too. One can be brought on by sitting in the same position for too long or not drinking enough water. It is always difficult to work when you have a headache, but there are some tactics that you can try which may reduce the severity and frequency of headaches you deal with in an average month.

Headaches are one of the most commonly treated problems here at DiBella Chiropractic. We know how much they can sidetrack you in your daily life and how frustrating they are, especially when they are common. Pain might make you feel like you're alone, but headaches are not uncommon. Thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve headaches of all kinds.

If you suffer from headaches, give us a call. We know it can be difficult to find the time, but if you already lose productivity due to headaches, it is worth it to see just what we can do for you. We can help you combat your headaches without medication, which is a great solution for many people. We understand that headaches are difficult to work around, but we know that we can help you if you let us. Call and schedule your first appointment today!

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