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Chiropractor for Whiplash Orange County

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Looking for an Orange County Chiropractor for your whiplash injury? Consider Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor and car accident injury specialist in Orange.

Chiropractic is the Best Treatment for Whiplash Injuries

Many studies have been done over the years proving that neck and back injuries caused by automobile accidents respond best to chiropractic treatment. Because chiropractor pain relief treatment focuses on healing and restoring spinal joint function, it is getting to the root cause of whiplash pain. Medicines merely mask or cover up the pain leaving the joint injured and allowing it to deteriorate over time. And although physical therapy does work on movement of the muscles and joints, physical therapy does not address underlying biomechanical misalignment and malfunction making the treatment incomplete.

Did You Know There are Chiropractors Specializing in Car Accident Whiplash?

Many chiropractors treat whiplash, but there are a handful of chiropractors who have dedicated their professional lives to the specialty of whiplash and brain trauma. Like any other specialist, these doctors spend years in the classroom learning the intricate details of not only spinal trauma, brain injury, rehabilitation and other medical topics, but they also study forensic principles, legal issues, courtroom procedures, depositions and trials, admissibility of evidence and more to be fully capable of handling a case from first treatment all the way to providing expert witness testimony in court if needed. It is estimated that less than 10% of chiropractors actually specialize in whiplash through formal specialized training.

What to Expect When You See a Chiropractor for Whiplash?

Car Accident Paperwork

Like any professional, you will be asked to complete the usual demographic paperwork, but if you are seeing a car accident injury specialist, you will also complete forms asking about the details of your accident and how you felt immediately after and what you did following the accident. You will also be asked to fill out specialized questionnaires that are designed to determine what level of injury you have and its affect on your daily activities. These questionnaires are sued by specialists world-wide and document such complaints as stress caused by the collision, dizziness, headaches, sleep disruption, neck pain, back pain and others. The questionnaires are repeated after a period of treatment to assess your recovery. Objective forms like these are used by specialists to inform insurance companies, lawyers and juries that an injury did take place, how the injuries responded to treatment and if there are any residual or left over impairments in your daily activities.

Car Accident Examination

Once you have completed paperwork, your chiropractor will discuss the accident and your answers to questions before performing an examination. The examination of a traumatic injury needs to be thorough. It should encompass evaluating your muscles, bones, joints, nerves, brain, and motion. The exam should also include a specialized chiropractic spinal function exam to determine where any malfunctions are occurring in the spinal joints. The exam should be the equivalent of getting an examination by an orthopedic specialist, a neurologist as well as a chiropractor. It will take some time; you will be asked to move in certain positions, the doctor will touch (palpate), move various joints, push and pull on your body, and various other activities to find injured tissues. If your exam is a 5 minute touch here and there and hit your knee reflexes and then done, you have not had a proper examination. There is no short cuts in an auto accident injury exam, every possible injury must be looked for and if found, properly documented.

Car Accident X-rays

X-rays are mandatory after a car collision. Mandatory. Fractures and dislocations can occur, but are not common, but the reason x-rays are mandatory is that a whiplash expert will analyze your x-rays, take measurements and categorize the severity of your injury based on the findings. Many non-specialist doctors do not know the proper method of x-ray analysis and documentation that is acceptable in courts as evidence and often miss the opportunity to document a serious injury that requires specialized treatment and deserves a higher settlement.

Car Accident Spinal Motion Testing

Actual measurements of your spinal motion using an electronic device is a very good practice. Most medical doctors and chiropractors merely analyze motion by observation and make “guesstimates” of degrees of motion by eye. This is unacceptable. Motion analysis in this manner is easily defeated by insurance medical defense experts and will not carry any weight in a courtroom if it is even allowed into testimony. Objective verifiable data using accepted methods is the best procedure.

Car Accident Report of Finding and Recommendations

Once your exams and x-rays are completed, your specialist chiropractor should then sit down with you and explain all the findings, explain in common language what is wrong with you, what the severity is, what treatments are available and what your prospects for recovery are. Please note that at least half of all whiplash injuries involve some degree of permanent injury. Your chiropractic doctor must explain this to you fully. An agreement should then be made to commence treatment.

Treatment for Whiplash from a Car Accident

Many pages can be written on chiropractic treatment for whiplash injuries from a car accident. The basics are that any treatment given needs to be accepted by mainstream chiropractic standards, must be acceptable and defensible in court and must provide relief of treatment AND as much as possible repair or restore normal mechanics and function to the injured spine. There are scores of chiropractic “techniques” or systems of analysis and treatment. Many are well respected and acceptable in a car accident injury case. Some however, are not. This is not to delegitimize some chiropractic theories. Some theories of practice that are not well received by courts of law may well work, but you do not want to complicate your case by having to defend the use of controversial treatments when a car accident case is already an uphill battle. Again, this is where a specialist in auto accident trauma is your best bet because they will only use accepted forms of treatment. After your case you may return to your general chiropractor and pay for any treatments you feel comfortable with.

Treatment should include therapy modalities to relive pain, decrease inflammation and muscle spasm and promote healing. Heat, ice, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser are all modalities that are not only effective in relieving your condition, but also make the treatment more tolerable and relaxing. Exercises should be given immediately and the intensity of exercise should gradually increase throughout care. Of course the main treatment that separates chiropractic from all other forms of care and is the number one reason it is so successful is chiropractic spinal manipulation or adjustments. Gentle movements of your spinal joints by hand unlock stuck joints, give motion to areas that are lacking motion and stimulate the nerves to reduce pain. It may seem counter intuitive to have someone move your spine around when you are in pain, but a good chiropractor will be able to move your spine with little discomfort and restore motion when other methods cannot. Adjustments allow the spine to function more optimally which allows the body to heal. There may be times your chiropractor decides not to adjust based on your symptoms and exam findings, that is up to the individual doctor and he or she should have a compelling reason to avoid adjustments. Treatments will start out at multiple times per week then scale down as you improve. Total treatment duration for whiplash depends on many factors, but very mild injuries may be resolved in 1-2 months, moderate injuries in 3-6 months and more severe injuries can take a year or more.

Chiropractor for Whiplash Orange County

You have just learned why chiropractic is successfully used for car accident whiplash injuries. You have also learned that not all chiropractors are the same and that a small percentage of chiropractors actually specialize in this field. Lastly you learned what to expect when visiting a chiropractor for a whiplash injury. You are now able to make a more educated decision on who you want treating your painful injuries.

Orange County residents suffering from a whiplash or brain injury after a car accident should consider Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor and whiplash specialist. For a now up front cost visit with Dr Marks to see if you can be helped, call (714) 938-0575.

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Car Accident Pain

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Pain After a Car Accident
Orange County, CA

Pain after a car accident may be mild or more severe and may begin immediately or take days to weeks or longer to fully emerge.

What Happens to Your Body During a Car Accident?

A car crash is a very traumatic event. Even slow speed crashes that leave little vehicle damage, causes a great deal of energy to be transmitted to your body. Upon impact your body will feel as it is being jolted or thrown towards the striking vehicle. The jolt or jerk is extremely quick and sudden. When your body twists and turns so quickly due to the crash, your muscles and ligaments ability to protect your spine is exceeded and they become damaged.

What Becomes Injured After a Car Accident?

The sudden impact of a car wreck causes damage to the following tissues:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Discs
  • Joint cartilage
  • Brain
  • Nerves
  • Bones

Where is My Car Accident Pain Coming from?

Each tissue that becomes injured has a particular pain pattern or sensation

Muscles usually exhibit injury by a burning, cramping, spasming or grabbing pain usually on movement.

Ligaments are often the cause of sharp pains or deep burning pain within a joint at rest and on movement. If your ligament is badly damaged you may feel a popping, clicking or clunking on movement.

Disc pain comes in two varieties; if the disc itself is torn or damaged it will cause a deep ache around the midline of the spine near the site of the injury. If the disc is damaged and becomes herniated (an inner gel substance pokes out) it can irritate nerves causing numbness, tingling, sharp shooting pain, electric shock sensations, burning into an arm/hand or leg/foot. Neck discs cause arm/hand pain. Low back discs cause leg/foot pain.

Joint cartilage can be damaged when joints suddenly collide together due to force. The pain is commonly an ache, burn or poking sensation when the joint is compressed. If you bend your neck backwards and sideways simultaneously and you feel pain poking into the shoulder blade or upper back, then it is likely you have a damaged joint.

Brain injuries can cause wide ranging symptoms, the most common are headache, daytime sleepiness, dizziness, lack of mental clarity, anger, sadness, forgetfulness and more

Nerves can be irritated by disc herniations or your nerves can be injured by being stretched or compressed by excessive motion of the spine. Nerve pain is electric, shooting, burning, tingling or you may have areas where you feel nothing at all, numbness.

Bones can be fractured in an auto accident due to the extreme forces involved. You could have a fracture and not have extreme pain. Bone pain is mostly deep aching, burning, boring in nature.

Pain Intensity Has Nothing to Do With Injury Severity

Some people experience very little pain despite the fact that they have suffered ligament damage or a concussion. Others feel severe pain, but show very little actual tissue damage. Pain is an individual experience; no two people experience it the same way. Your pain is yours only and you should not compare yours to others, even people who may have been in the same car as you. What matters is that you explain and describe your pain clearly and completely so your doctor will be able to determine what tissues are damaged and perform the appropriate examinations and tests. It is only through a competent, specialized exam and imaging studies can the severity of your injury be found.

It doesn’t matter whether your car accident pain is mild or severe after a car accident, the important thing is to seek an examination with a doctor specializing in car accident injuries.

For an evaluation by Dr Marks, one of Orange County’s most experienced car accident injury specialists, call (714) 938-0575.


Forward Head Posture (FHP)

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Headaches, Neck and Upper Back Pain?

You Might Have Forward Head Posture (FHP)…

Forward Head Posture (FHP) is very common after a car accident.  It’s a postural problem where the head is too far forward of the body causing neck and upper strain. If left untreated, pain increases over time and eventually your spine begins to degenerate causing a wide range of problems down the road.

forward head posture exercises The Problem with Forward Head posture

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It’s been shown that for every inch your head is forward increases the relative weight of your head by 10 lbs. The average head weighs 12 lbs. so if you have 2 inches of FHP then your neck feels as if your head weighs 32 lbs. This causes great stress on your neck and upper back. The longer you stay this way, the more damage is done, until at some point it may be difficult of impossible to get it to go back to normal.

The causes of forward head posture include:

  • Car accident whiplash injuries
  • Prolong computer use
  • Chronic poor posture
  • Lower neck and upper back injuries

Your Neck Posture is a Delicate Balance

The neck curve looking from the side should be a nice round shaped curve with the head resting directly in line with the lower neck where it meets the shoulder. When an imbalance occurs due to chronic poor posture or an injury to the ligaments and muscles of the neck as in a car accident, the weakness of the back of the neck and increased tension in front pulls your head forward resulting in FHP.

Diagnosing Forward Head Posture

Your head posture can be observed on a routine examination. Your doctor will look at your head, usually your ear is a landmark and see if it is directly above the shoulder. If it forward, then your have FHP.

X-rays are good to have, because your doctor can measure how far forward your head is. This is important to judge your improvement with treatment. At a later date a comparison x-ray will be taken to see how much progress has been made to restore your neck posture.

Forward Head Posture Correction Treatment

The basic principle is to strengthen the muscles in the back of the neck and upper back and loosen the muscles in front. As the strength is shifted more towards the back, the head will begin to gravitate backwards.

forward head posture exercises

Neck exercises video for Forward Head Posture can be found here. These simple exercises done daily will gradually improve your posture and correct FHP.

Your head posture may have difficulty moving backward if your neck has blockages to movement, what chiropractors call “subluxations.” A subluxation is when the spinal bones are not freely moveable due to injury or chronic muscle tension. Locating and correcting these areas of blocked movement allows your head to gravitate backward normally.

It is recommended to undergo at least 2 weeks of chiropractic adjustments to the neck area before beginning exercises to correct FHP. The results you see will be drastically different than just doing neck exercises alone.

Now what?

If you have questions about Forward Head Posture or want Dr Marks to evaluate you, CLICK HERE to request an appointment to meet with Dr Marks to find a solution to your problem.

dr barry marks chiropractor car accident expertDr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, Car Accident Specialist has been providing relief to car accident victims since 1986. He is a former Associate Clinical Professor at a leading Chiropractic College and has years of post-doctorate specialty training in orthopedics, whiplash trauma, brain injury, auto crash reconstruction and more.

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Labor Day Safe Driving Tips

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Orange, CA
Car Accident Doctor of Orange County, Dr Barry Marks

Labor Day is the official end of summer and one last chance to hit the road and visit friends, go for a picnic or have fun at the beach. Just remember, you are not alone. Everyone else has the same thing on their minds, so here are a few safety tips for driving during the Labor Day weekend.

It’s 2016, do I have to say “Don’t Drink and Drive?” Yes.

There are still too many people who think drinking and driving is a good idea. A mere 2 beers on a hot day within an hour of driving can impair you, and result in a DUI. Always designate the driver before any drinking takes place.

It’s going to be crowded on the roads and freeways, so leave early.

If you rush around and not account for traffic, you are much more likely to have an accident, get a speeding ticket or just stress yourself and everyone else around you and ruin your day.

Enjoy the drive.

If you’re in California, it’s a beautiful weekend, so take the time to relax and enjoy the drive. Play games with the kids, listen to an audio book, sing… think of drive time as part of the holiday and make it fun!

Be patient and courteous.

Most people will be stressed out, in a hurry or intoxicated because they didn’t read this post :-/ Don’t sink to their unenlightened level. Be the calm and courteous one. Kindness is contagious. If you put your patience and courtesy out there, others will follow suit.

Remember the goal: Arrive Alive

It’s a holiday, have fun and make sure it’s not your last! By taking these tips to heart, you more likely to arrive alive and have fun.

Happy Labor Day from Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, Car Accident Doctor Orange County





Car Accident Doctor Orange County, California 92868

Car Accident Doctor Orange, CA 92868

Suffering from a car accident is bad enough, but it is only the beginning…

You now have to deal with:

  • How to fix your car
  • How to get a rental car to get to work
  • My neck hurts, what kind of doctor do I see?
  • Who is going to pay for all this?
  • Do I need a lawyer?

These are all reasonable questions to ask after a car accident in Orange County, California.

Instead of worrying about ALL these things, concentrate on a couple of the most important points that will let all the other things fall into place without as much stress.

Tips from an Orange County California Car Accident Doctor:

Day 1, Hour 1:

Call the responsible party’s auto insurance and open a claim. Give them only the details of the accident, what happened and emphasize it was the other party’s (their insured’s) fault. Make a note of the time, date and name of person who takes your info. Write down the claim number if they give you one. Tell them you are injured and seeking medical attention and also you need a rental car ASAP because you need to work, go to school, drive kids around, etc.

Call your insurance and report the accident, give them all the details about what happened and the responsible party.

Confirm with your auto insurance company that you have UNINSURED MOTORIST coverage in case the other party ends up not having insurance and conform if you have and the amount of MEDICAL PAYMENTS COVERAGE. The insurance adjuster may say it’s going to be handled by the other insurance and you don’t need to make a claim. This is incorrect and they are just trying to get out of doping their job, which is represent you and make your entire policy available to you to take care of your needs.

Even if you have a mild headache or just stiffness in the neck, tell them you want to open a bodily injury claim and you are going to or already have seen a doctor.

Ask if you have RENTAL CAR INSURANCE, you need to get to work, school, etc

Day 1, Hour 2:

Call a car accident doctor, a doctor who specializes in only car accident injuries. This is a field of specialty more specialized than general medicine or chiropractic, orthopedics or neurology. Make an appointment to be seen ASAP. It should be within 3 days of the accident to prevent any problems later.

Day 1, Hour 3:

Make arrangements for a car to borrow, share or download Uber app on phone to get to important appointments. If you rent a car on your own, you will get reimbursed but a very small amount so get the cheapest car you can and when the other person’s insurance offers make a switch to a rental car place of their choosing to avoid any out of pocket costs.

Day 2 or 3:

Go to the Car Accident Doctor appointment. Take your car insurance info and health insurance info, yes both. Auto insurance is almost alwasy secondary to health insurance. You will be given a thorough examination and asked to complete questionnaires about how you feel and how the accident has affected your daily activities. You may be given a referral for x-rays or other diagnostic work. Follow the doctors advice in treatment, home care, etc. and make sure they are accessible in case you have questions later.

Day 3-4:

Things are progressing. By now, you should have a car accident injury specialist picked and an appointment or have already been to them and are under care. You should also have made contact with the other insurance and possibly have a place to take your car for an estimate. You may have already procured a rental car at the place the estimate is being done at depending on how bad your car is. By now you will know what insurance you personally have to cover your bills. Whether you need to contact an attorney at this early stage or not depends on the severity of your injuries, damage done to the vehicle and cooperation (or lack of) by the responsible insurance company. Everything is falling into place.

The difficult part of being in a car accident is knowing what steps to take.

This article is a just a brief overview of the things you need to do in order to manage your auto accident case properly. For the average person there is a lot to do and know, things most people have no clue about. This is where having someone on your side to guide you through the process comes in handy. A specialist who knows all the ins and outs and who’s focus is on assisting you through the maze. Many people think that’s why you call a lawyer, but you;d be surprised that most personal injury lawyers don’t get all that involved in your case. They help you make a settlement at the end of the case, but they do not do much about gettign your car repaired, find specialists to provide medical services, answer questions, etc. They are too busy and run too many cases to do that.

You Need a Car Accident Concierge.

A concierge is the “go to person” in a hotel who has all the connections, can call you a cab, get you a hard to get table at a restaurant, give you the inside scoop of whats going on in the area. For car accident injuries there is someone who is basically like a concierge for accident victims. He knows all the rules, knows the good lawyers, has contacts with the good doctors in the area who work with accident victims and actually provides car accident treatment services that are second to none. So you get a great car accident doctor AND a personal injury concierge to help you figure out your car stuff, insurance questions, lawyers, imaging and specialist centers, etc. Your expert is accessible via email and often text and voice to help you when you’re out of the office. Many chiropractors treat car accident victims, but few if any provide the expertise and experience and provide these “special” services the way Orange County Car Accident Doctor Barry Marks DC does.

“Orange County Car Accident Concierge”

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Dr Barry Marks is a chiropractor with  over 30 years experience in personal injury. He has completed hundreds of hours in post-doctorate specialty training programs in orthopedics, brain injury, whiplash, crash reconstruction, forensic examinations, disability evaluations, impairment rating, MRI interpretation, and much more. You can compare Dr Marks’ experience and credentials to any other doctor, medical or chiropractic in Orange County and you won’t find anyone more qualified. All this in a comfortable and welcoming office environment with a kind and empathetic bedside manner.

Car Accident in Orange County California? Call Dr. Marks (714) 938-0575 Now

Dr Barry Marks, DC Car Accident Doctor Orange County, California 92868

1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575