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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!

The Long Term Effects of Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

The Long Term Effects of Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most common conditions when we're talking about car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is a bad thing to experience, but what exactly is it? Will it go away without needing treatment? What kind of treatments should you look into after you're diagnosed? There are dozens of questions you may have about whiplash, but they don't generally get asked until after you have been told you have it. While we obviously hope that you never experience this injury yourself, we also believe that it's a good idea for people to know about different types of injuries, so here are some basic whiplash facts for you.

Whiplash is an injury specifically of the neck that occurs when there is a sudden and quick movement of the head from front to back, much like the motion of the end of a whip when it's cracked. This often occurs during a car crash, but it is also sometimes seen in sports injuries and in different kinds of abuse. A case of whiplash often sees the victim dealing with neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Symptoms also may include loss of movement, memory issues, tingling or numbness, tinnitus, fatigue,  irritability, dizziness, trouble focusing, blurred vision, depression, tenderness,  and sleep issues.

While it is always a good idea to see a doctor after being in a car crash, it is even more important to seek medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms. Most people who develop whiplash can mostly self-treat it as it heals, which usually happens within a few weeks. However, you do want to see a doctor so they can make sure the pain you're experiencing isn’t caused by something more dangerous, such as muscle damage or a broken bone. It is increasingly important to get medical care if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition. Even if you think your case of whiplash will go away on its own, it's always better to get the all clear from your doctor so you know everything is okay.

Getting chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things you can do for your body. If you were injured during a crash of any kind, give DiBella Chiropractic a call and let us help you with your pain. We will do everything we can to get you back up and on your feet the way you were before the accident!

Relieving Neck Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

ieving Neck Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

When your neck hurts, everything becomes a lot more difficult. If you wake up and notice your neck hurts, you tend to spend the day trying to stretch your neck muscles out and possibly crack it yourself. Sometimes the pain was caused by the position you slept in. Other times you moved too quickly. Sometimes you don't have any clue what happened or why you woke up feeling like you were hit by a truck. All you know is that your neck hurts a lot and you to feel better. While a couple of over-the-counter pain killers may help for a little while, that's only going to be a viable solution for certain types of acute and temporary pain. Sometimes the pain is chronic, which means it keeps coming back no matter what you do. That's when you need to call DiBella Chiropractic for help.

If you have more days where your neck hurts than ones where it doesn't, you will definitely benefit from a call to the chiropractor. While we can help with more than just necks and backs, there's a reason we are best known for those two things! We know how much neck pain can influence your life on a daily basis and we will do everything within our power to help you feel better. Even if you don't think you deal with much pain on an average day, we can help you realize you shouldn't live with any pain at all. Many people who have chronic pains develop a tolerance which allows them to go about their days despite a certain level of pain. While this may very well be beneficial to some, we would prefer to see you without any pain at all as opposed to a level you can handle.

Your neck is important no matter what kind of movement you make. Things like driving or even just sitting up and watching television needs your neck to work correctly. You never realize just how much you use a body part until it hurts to do so. Everything you do, even while sleeping, uses your neck. If you have any level of pain, give DiBella a call. When you've been living in constant pain, it is always a good idea to seek professional help. After you visit, you'll wonder how you survived this long without chiropractic treatment. We know how much of a difference it can make, so let us help you feel better today!

How and Why We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Gastonia Chiropractor

How and Why We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not something anyone wants to be diagnosed with, but sadly it is becoming more and more common. Carpal Tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm that continues down the hand. These symptoms are caused by the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the wrist to the hand. When it is compressed or pinched in the wrist for an extended period of time, you can end up with severe pain and discomfort. This pain often gets worse the longer it goes untreated, so early diagnosis is extremely important in treating and curing it if you don't want to put a pause on your daily life. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can often be treated with a simple wrist brace or cutting back on certain movements and actions. However, if it is left untreated and the causative activity continues, the damage will only get worse. It may easily reach a point where surgery is needed to reduce the pain and pressure that is affecting the nerve. Carpal tunnel will not get better on its own.

There are multiple theories as to why we are seeing such a sudden increase in carpal tunnel diagnoses. The most widely accepted one states that people are spending more time on computers. Typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist which has been shown to cause an increase in the pressure that is put on the wrist. This is why you often see people use cushions under their wrists on both their keyboards and mouse pads. Although this small piece of foam won't completely prevent carpal tunnel, it is definitely a good idea to keep as much pressure off your wrists as possible. Keeping your wrists elevated is a good way to reduce the strain that the medial nerve often has to deal with. While there are other factors that can cause carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to prevent the disorder is worth it.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in your hand and wrist, especially around your thumb or middle fingers, call DiBella Chiropractic right away. If you also experience any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know immediately. We will do everything we can to get you an appointment quickly and see if you have carpal tunnel. Call us today!

How We Treat Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

How We Treat Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most difficult types of pain to deal with is back pain. Back pain can come in multiple forms, and may have been caused by any number of things. This is especially frustrating when you can't even figure out what caused the pain or how to fix it. Regardless of whether the pain is acute or chronic, it is not something anyone wants to experience at any point in their lives. The biggest problem with back pain is that if your back hurts, you often have trouble doing even the simplest of tasks. Things like standing, walking, or even sitting in certain positions can cause pain, but there isn't much you can do to avoid these actions. Back pain doesn't often go away on its own, and there isn’t a lot that you can do to fix it. You may be able to use some ice or heat for temporary relief, but backs are notoriously difficult to correct on your own.

When your back pain was caused by something traumatic, such as a car accident, it can be even more difficult to deal. The human body can go through something severely traumatic and not develop symptoms a long period of time, sometimes even years. These types of injuries are often the most upsetting, because acute pain can easily turn into a chronic problem which can continue to plague you through your whole life. While we know that certain issues may make it more difficult for you to see a doctor, you should always try to come into an office after you suffer any sort of traumatic injury to make sure that there isn’t any lasting and/or severe damage.

Your back is one of the most important parts of your body. It is imperative for all movement that your back is healthy and in good shape. Even if you don’t feel like you have severe pain, you should definitely consistently see a chiropractor for spinal care. It is always important for you to take care of your back so that you can continue living your life the way you enjoy it.

When it comes to injuries from issues like car accidents, backs are often one of the most impacted areas. If you have any back pain, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference an appointment with us can make for you. You will be amazed at how much better we make you feel!

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