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About the Doctors

Kevin DiBella
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DR. KEVIN DiBELLA

Dr. Kevin DiBella is originally from Long Island, New York, and a graduate of the prestigious National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. In addition to his doctorate degree, Dr. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

Dr. Kevin has extensive training in whiplash associated disorders through his studies at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He is also certified in Spinal Decompression Therapy, and is an active member of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Kevin is also involved in the Gaston County community through his affiliation with the Gaston Chamber of Commerce, past president of the United Arts Council, Gastonia’s East Rotary Club and member of the Gaston County Health Commission. Dr. Kevin is a member of Holy Trinty Lutheran Church. He is also a Board Member of the Gaston Country Club and Gaston College Foundation.

Larissa DiBella

DR. LARISSA DiBELLA

Dr. Larissa DiBella is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University prior to her studies at The National College of Chiropractic. Dr. Larissa holds a doctorate degree in chiropractic as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

Dr. Larissa certified in Spinal Decompression Therapy. She also practices acupuncture and was trained under world-renowned instructor, Dr. Richard Yennie. For more about the benefits of acupuncture, please visit our Acupuncture page.

Dr. Larissa remains active in the community with her work with the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. She is a fourth generation chiropractor and second female in her family to practice. She is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.




Car Wreck

What If I'm In An Accident?

Treatments

Returning To Work

Low Speed Collisions

Acute Risk Factors Checklist

Chronic Risk Factors Checklist


What Is Whiplash?

"Is 'whiplash' injury a real injury?"

Neck PainIt certainly is and a very well-documented one at that. Over 50 years ago whiplash injuries were seen in pilots who were launched from aircraft carriers by high power steam catapults. The rapid acceleration literally pulled their bodies out from underneath their heads, injuring their necks. Research shows that same type of injury at work today in whiplash injuries. A whiplash type of injury takes its name from the mechanism that causes it. A sudden impact to the body causes a whipping trauma to the neck and head. Today they are usually seen in auto accidents when one car hits another and the force is transmitted through the body of the car to the car seat and eventually into the person. During the impact, the moving car creates thousands of pounds of force in the blink of an eye. The result is a violent whipping of the spine, or "whiplash." The actual damage is a tearing of muscles and ligaments in the neck, upper back and sometimes lower back. But the most significant area of damage is to the nerves of the spine. The rapid impact and location of the damage is one reason some of the symptoms do not immediately appear or aren't immediately associated with the accident. The best research says that this injury is serious and takes great skill in evaluation and treatment.

Call Us To See If You're At Risk:  704.867.1010


What If I'm In An Accident?

If you want to prevent long-term damage, it is imperative that appropriate treatment begins immediately after an accident. But what constitutes appropriate treatment?

In general recover happens in three stages:

Relief: use ice to reduce swelling and calm muscle spasm. Correction: restore motion to tight spinal joints. Rehabilitation: strengthening and stretching exercises to improve core stability. Given the stages of recovery, "appropriate" treatment includes the use of ice, therapy, spinal manipulation/adjustments and exercise. Difficult cases may require advanced diagnostics like MRI or CT scan, and a possible referral to family practice physician or appropriate specialist. Our office maintains an extensive list of other medical professionals in case a referral is required.

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Treatments

DiBella Chiropractic offers numerous low and high tech treatments, therapies, and diagnostic tests to help you recover from your injuries. Treatments are safe, gentle, and effective. The literature consistently demonstrates the superior effectiveness of spinal manipulation for the treatment of soft tissue damage secondary to motor vehicle collisions. Diagnosis and treatments may include the following: • Consultation and examination• X-ray• Spinal manipulation/adjustments using Diversified, Activator, Thompson drop table, Impulse Adjuster• Therapeutic modalities: ice, heat, electric stimulation, mechanical traction, ultrasound, etc.• Rehabilitation using therabands, exercise balls, wobble boards, etc.• Trigger point therapy• Nutritional analysis• Scoliosis analysis

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Returning To Work

The primary goals of care include pain relief, spine correction, and rehabilitation. However, a very close secondary goal includes early return to work. It is commonly accepted that patients who return to their normal activities as soon as possible recover quicker than those who remain sedentary. As a result, our office works closely and cooperatively with both you and your employer to get you back to work. Most patients are able to return to work without complication, others require a work transition beginning with a few restrictions and limited hours. We will remain diligent in our efforts to restore your life to a pre-accident. If you follow our recommendations concerning home management, keep your appointments, and comply with your initial restrictions, you have a very good chance of returning to work in a very short time.

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Low Speed Collisions

The insurance industry often reduces the value of an accident case based on the erroneous belief that low speed collisions accompanied by minor vehicle damage cannot cause an injury. The question: Is there a correlation between Vehicle Damage and Injury potential? The short answer to this question is: NO. Vehicle damage is not a reliable indicator or predictor of injury potential. To date, there have been no credible studies suggesting that one can predict injury based upon vehicle damage. The entire myth of "No Crash-No Cash" should be abandoned forever as it continues to mislead the public, injured patients, and the courts. The threshold of soft tissue injury is much less than the force required to damage a bumper/vehicle.

Significant Facts

• There is no relevant science that equates injury potential to vehicle damage.

• No accident reconstructionist can predict an individual's INJURY THRESHOLD.

• The presence of an injury is best determined by the examining physician and is based on the CORRELATION between history, examination, x-ray and other diagnostic tests.

• No MD, DC, DO or other medical professional was ever educated to consult an accident reconstructionist to determine the presence or absence of injury. • Strong research exists correlating RISK FACTORS and injury potential. • Strong research exists demonstrating that chronic pain is often the result of Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions (LOSRIC). • The "6-8 week natural healing time" is a myth that should forever be abandoned. • "No Crash-No Cash" is a concept that should be forever abandoned.

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Acute Risk Factors Checklist

The following risk factors (based on solid scientific research) help explain why some patients involved in Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions (LOSRIC) get injured and others do not. These risk factors are associated with the potential to develop acute pain after a LOSRIC. Other issues to consider include, change of velocity, G force, threshold of injury, vehicle mass, and examination findings. • Female gender• Weighing less than 130 lbs.• History of neck injury• Head restraint below head's center of gravity (males & females); large topset.• History of CAD injury• Poor head restraint geometry/tall occupant (e.g., _80th percentile male)• Rear vs. other vector impacts• Use of seat belts/shoulder harness (i.e., standard three-point restraints)• Body mass index/head neck index (i.e., decreased risk with increasing mass and neck size)• Out-of-position occupant (e.g., leaning forward/slumped)• Non-failure of seat back•Having the head turned at impact• Non-awareness of impending impact• Increasing age (i.e., middle age and beyond)• Front vs. rear seat position• Impact by vehicle of greater mass (i.e., _25% greater)• Crash speed under 10 mph• Rear Struck Occupant, when bullet vehicle has longitudinally mounted motor• Other issues: DMX Findings, PT Age and the life expectancy chart for future meds, ROM good predictor of pain and disability, muscle strength or imbalance, military spine / reverse curvature, length of time after the accident pt was first seen, symptoms that come and go

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Chronic Risk Factors Checklist

The following risk factors (based on solid scientific research) help explain why some patients involved in Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions (LOSRIC) get injured and others do not. These risk factors are associated with the potential to develop chronic pain after a LOSRIC. Other issues to consider include, change of velocity, G force, threshold of injury, vehicle mass, and examination findings. • Female gender• Rear vector vs. other vectors• Body mass index in females only• Immediate/early onset of symptoms (i.e., within 12 hours) and/or severe initial symptoms• Ligamentous instability• Initial back pain• Greater subjective cognitive impairment• Greater number of initial symptoms• Use of seat belt shoulder harness. For neck (not back) pain; non-use had a protective effect.• Initial physical findings of limited range of motion• Neck Pain on palpation• Muscle pain• Initial neurological symptoms. Radiating pain to the upper extremities.• Past history of neck pain or headache.• Headache• Initial degenerative changes seen on radiographs• Loss or reversal of cervical lordosis• Increasing age (i.e., middle age and beyond)• Front seat position• Target vehicles manufactured from late 1988s through the 1990s (OR=2.7 vs in the early 1980s vehicles. (Rear Impact Only)

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Back PainChiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all the nerves of the body. Everything that happens inside you starts as a nerve signal inside the brain. All the information and power to run a healthy, pain-free body comes down from the brain through the spinal cord, over spinal nerves to every organ, tissue and cell. These cells, tissues and organs send messages back, forming a two-way communication or flow that is the essence of life and health.

Because of the way your spine is designed, improper motion or position of the spinal bones can irritate or choke delicate nerves -- interfering with the function of the tissues they control. Doctors call this subluxation.

 

 

 

VertebraeWhen vertebrae go out of their normal position and put pressure on nerves and cause subluxations, that communication or "life flow" is distorted, damaged or cut off. Chiropractic is a natural method of health care based on maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system. The stress of modern day life, poor diet, inadequate exercise, too much sitting and accidents have led to many spinal disorders.

 

 

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health.

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in the detection, reduction and prevention of nervous system interferences.

GymnastThe Chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy. With improved spinal function, there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic doctor can help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health. 

Doctors

Kevin DiBella
HNS

DR. KEVIN DiBELLA

Dr. Kevin DiBella is originally from Long Island, New York, and a graduate of the prestigious National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. In addition to his doctorate degree, Dr. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

Dr. Kevin has extensive training in whiplash associated disorders through his studies at the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He is also certified in Spinal Decompression Therapy, and is an active member of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Kevin is also involved in the Gaston County community through his affiliation with the Gaston Chamber of Commerce, past president of the United Arts Council, Gastonia’s East Rotary Club and member of the Gaston County Health Commission. Dr. Kevin is a member of Bethlehem Church. He is also a Board Member of the Gaston Country Club and Gaston College Foundation.

Larissa DiBella

DR. LARISSA DiBELLA

Dr. Larissa DiBella is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University prior to her studies at The National College of Chiropractic. Dr. Larissa holds a doctorate degree in chiropractic as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology.

Dr. Larissa certified in Spinal Decompression Therapy. She also practices acupuncture and was trained under world-renowned instructor, Dr. Richard Yennie. For more about the benefits of acupuncture, please visit our Acupuncture page.

Dr. Larissa remains active in the community with her work with the North Carolina Chiropractic Association. She is a fourth generation chiropractor and second female in her family to practice. She is a member of Bethlehem Church.


Staff

 
Sharon Wallace

Wendy Strowhouer

Wendy joined our chiro team with over 15 years experience in the healthcare field. She is a Certified Chiropractic Assistant and X-ray Technician by the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She is passionate about exercising and the importance of stretching and is also a certified Turbo Kick instructor. At DiBella Chiropractic Center, she conducts patient consultations and assists with all patient therapies. Her personal goal is to help serve our patients with integrity so they can reach their maximum health potential with chiropractic treatment.

Melynda Usery

Melynda has worked in the medical field since 1994 and has been a chiropractic assistant since 1998. She is a certified nursing assistant and x-ray technician. Melynda comes to our office with experience in acute, chronic and wellness care. She enjoys educating patients about the many health benefits chiropractic care. She helps with patient consultations, x-rays, laser, ultrasound, and other therapies.

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Amy is originally from Charlotte. She attended Appalachian State University and FTCC. She is a certified Medical Administrative Assistant and handles all your insurance needs. In her free time, Amy enjoys riding her motorcycle!

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