How Chiropractors Can Help with a Variety of Pains and Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly three million people are injured on the job each year. Another two million will be injured in car accidents. Chronic pain and injury-related disability take a toll on every aspect of your life, but you don't have to resign yourself to lifelong pain or lack of function after an accident. See how chiropractors can help a variety of pains and injuries.

How chiropractors help whiplash

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury in the neck that occurs when an accident jars the body suddenly. The trauma experienced may cause great pain, including headaches. It may also limit neck movement. Dr. Weddle applies chiropractic techniques to restore range of motion, enhance muscle tone, and reduce pain, speeding recovery from an accident and reducing risk of lifelong recurring pain and complications. If you have neck pain not related to an accident, your doctor at DMC can apply similar techniques to relieve that pain and stiffness as well.

How chiropractors reduce knee pain

Often times, knee pain results from misalignments in the spine, knees, ankles, and other joints. Your chiropractor applies techniques to realign the body for more natural and smooth function. In addition, Dr. Weddle may deliver therapeutic exercise as well as developing a customized home exercise plan to restore muscle tone, reduce inflammation, and best of all, decrease or eliminate the incessant pain. 

How chiropractors help you recover from an injury

A lot of serious injuries happen on the job or while on the road. Among them, sprains, strains, contusions, whiplash, and even nerve damage. Without proper treatment, these injuries often lead to chronic pain and the possibility of dependence on highly addictive prescription opioids. Dr. Weddle applies chiropractic technique to support your own body's ability to heal rather than masking pain with addictive drugs.

How chiropractors help sciatica suffers

Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down back of each leg, becomes compressed and inflamed, causing sharp, shooting pain and numbness in the back and lower extremities, often on only one side. Your chiropractor may use a combination of electrostimulation, chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, and rehabilitative exercise to reduce the pressure on this nerve and alleviate pain.

How chiropractors treat a herniated disc

Between each bone of your spine lies a soft, fluid-filled disc that pads the spine so that bones don't pinch the nerves radiating out from your spinal cord when you move. When these "tire-like" discs get compressed, they may herniate, which not only causes them to deflate, compressing the nerves; it also leaks fluid all over the nearby nerves, causing irritation. This results in numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the upper body if the herniated disc is high on the spine or lower body if the disc is lower.

Dr. Weddle applies spinal decompression to relieve the pressure on the disc so that it will stop leaking fluid and can heal. A herniated disc needs time to rest so that it can restore itself, after which your chiropractor will likely have you start a home exercise program to strengthen the surrounding muscles and reduce the risk of future injury.

How chiropractors help you with worker's compensation injuries

Worker's compensation through your employer can be acquired for a one-time injury, but many don't realize they are also often entitled to worker's compensation for overuse and misuse injuries that may happen over a period of time like carpal tunnel, shoulder arthritis, or lower back pain. State laws vary, so if you think you have such an injury, you need to see a chiropractor to determine the nature of the injury. Dr. Weddle examines you and establishes a treatment plan for your injury, which may include:

Have you been injured or are you dealing with pain from years of overuse? Know that long-term dependence on painkillers isn't the answer. Chiropractors can help restore function and reduce pain in a wide variety of injuries as well as help those with chronic pain. Book online today.

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