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Chiropractic for Car Accident Injuries

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Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, car accident doctor in Orange, CA has specialized in car accident whiplash and brain injury since 1986. Few Orange County Chiropractors can compare with Dr. Marks' credentials and experience. When you've been injured in a car accident, you have one chance to get things right; don't trust your care to just any doctor, call Dr. Marks at (714) 938-0575 for the specialized care you deserve.

 

Why Chiropractic for Car Accident Injury?

Why Chiropractic for Car Accident Injury?

Chiropractic for car accident injuries

Chiropractic treatments safely help millions of Americans recover from car accident injuries each year.

Many ER physicians, family practice doctors and even personal injury lawyers, do not know what many accident victims learn each year:

Chiropractic is the most effective form of treatment for auto accident injuries.

Medical studies show that chiropractors provide treatment that is more effective and safer than medicine, physical therapy or a combination of both. Researchers indicate that because chiropractic addresses early movement of the joints, and direct treatment to the muscles and nerves, it is a quicker and more effective treatment.

Immobilization, total rest and medication have shown not to be effective for whiplash and other car crash related conditions. Physical therapy alone or in combination has been shown not to be as effective either. Some studies even report that accident victims treated initially by physical therapists actually worsen.

Chiropractic treatment is safer than taking Tylenol for your accident injuries.

Insurance studies have shown that chiropractic interventions are extremely safe. It takes millions of adjustments to see a serious adverse reaction. On the other hand, over the counter Tylenol alone is responsible for upwards of 100,000 hospital visits each year. A difference of only 1 too many tablets over a short period of time (1-2 weeks) can result in death. That does not take into account the prescription Tylenol or other anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Another aspect that makes “medical” management of whiplash risky is the epidemic use of opioids for these injuries. Drugs like hydrocodone are among the fastest growing abused drugs in America. They are given out freely, yet are very addictive and the cause of many fatalities each year-- and they have never been scientifically proven to help whiplash injuries.

A chiropractor well versed in these specific types of injuries will address the structural and functional aspects of your injury and provide relief, but also restore normal function to help alleviate problems down the road. The key here is “well versed.” Car accident injuries are not the same as sports injuries or injuries caused by work. There are aspects of car crash injuries that require specialized knowledge and because it is a medical AND legal situation, your chiropractor must fully understand the law and what your lawyer and the courts require in order to reach a fair settlement.

Car accident chiropractor in Orange County CA : Barry Marks, DC Orange, CA 92868

Call (714) 938-0575 for a free car accident injury consult or to begin treatment with one of Orange County's most experienced and credentialed car accident doctors.

References:

Khan, S, Cook, J, Gargan, M, Bannister, G, A Symptomatic Classification of Whiplash Injury and the Implications for Treatment, J Ortho Med., Vol 21(1) 1999

Mealy, K, Brennan H, Fenelon, GCC, “Early Mobilization of Acute Whiplash Injuries,” Brit. Med. Journal,  Vol. 292:8 3/1986

ICA Literature Review on Safety of Chiropractic

Rose A. Rudd, MSPH1; Noah Aleshire, JD1; Jon E. Zibbell, PhD1; R. Matthew Gladden, PhD1 Increases in Drug and Opioid Overdose Deaths — United States, 2000–2014, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report January 1, 2016 / 64(50);1378-82

Car Accident Concussion Treatment Orange County

Suspect a Concussion After a Car Accident? Diagnosed with a Mild Brain Injury? Think You Have a Concussion but Your Doctor Says No?

car accident concussion treatment

Mild brain injuries and concussions are common after car accidents

Many doctors fail to recognize a brain injury in the office unless there was a frank period of unconsciousness. After a car accident that involved jerking or jarring of the head and obviously if you felt your head hit the head restraint or other portion of your car, look for these symptoms:

Feeling dazed or stunned immediately after the collision
Feeling like you are in slow motion or are under water soon after the accident
Wanting to be alone
Sleepiness
Nausea
Difficulty concentrating
Day dreaming/staring
Agitation
Sadness
Blurry vision
Double vision
Disoriented
Confused
Difficulty speaking/tongue tied
Feelings of isolation from others
Attention problems
Appetite change
Pupils different sizes
Room spins, woozy
Balance problems
Difficulty focusing
Very tired
Dozing during day
Personality changes
Can't remember numbers
Reading problems
Writing problems
Difficulty with adding/subtracting
Poor attention
Difficulty learning new things
Difficulty remembering things
Re-reading to understand things
Anger
Difficulty making decisions
Change in sexual functioning
Reduced confidence
Helplessness
Apathy (Don't care)
Irritable
Change in sense of smell or taste
Flashbacks to accident
Impatience
Frustration
Hearing problems
Difficulty planning

If you have more than a few of these symptoms after a car accident or other injury in which your head was either struck or jerked quickly, you may have a brain injury or concussion.

Despite the reluctance of many general practice medical physicians and chiropractors to diagnoses a head injury, the fact is, they occur everyday and in most instances there is no loss of consciousness. If you believe you have some of these symptoms, even if your doctor says you are alright, seek evaluation from a concussion expert right away.

Detecting a Concussion

There are questionnaires a concussion expert or mild traumatic brain injury specialist will ask you to complete. These written tests evaluate certain aspects of brain function in everyday life and can alert the doctor that a possible brain issue exists.

A specific physical examination can then be performed to assess the different areas of the brain for damage and/or malfunction. The exam will test your general neurologic status (reflexes, strength, sensation), your coordination (hand and leg movements, walking), ability to perform simple tasks with eyes open and closed,  your ability to memorize and relay simple information through speech and test your eye movements.

A competent doctor who evaluates and treats many brain injury patients will be able to determine if a concussion exists fairly quickly.

So You've Been Diagnosed with a Concussion... Now What?

Car Accident Concussion Treatment

Many general doctors and even neurologists will tell you there is no treatment for concussions, that it just takes time to heal. That's simply not true.

When the NFL began admitting they had a concussion problem and were taking steps to prevent and treat their players with brain injuries, trainers and sports injury doctors began implementing "a new type of treatment." In fact, a few years back they actually showed this treatment in a segment during the Superbowl. The "new treatment" was actually a treatment that auto accident injury doctors had been using for several years for their concussion patients.

"Newer Treatment for Car Accident Concussions"

Oxygen Therapy

Supplemental oxygen is given to "super oxygenate" the blood stream to get optimum levels of  oxygen to the brain. Oxygen is a basic fuel used by the brain to function. Without proper levels, the brain cannot function let alone heal after an injury.  Oxygen is supplied by a simple oxygenator machine that takes atmospheric oxygen, concentrates it down to 95% oxygen and then pumps it through a nasal cannula for the patient o breathe in. Treatments are typically 15-30 minutes.

Another system of delivering optimum oxygen levels to the brain is hyperbaric oxygen. This is a tube or enclosure that the patient lies down in and is pressurized to 4-7x the normal atmospheric pressure. While in this compressed enclosure, an oxygenator is again supplying supplemental oxygen through a nasal cannula or mask. The high atmospheric pressure makes more oxygen reach the blood.  Typical treatments are about an hour. The only draw backs are discomfort in the ears like flying in an airplane due to altitude and the enclosure can be difficulty for people with claustrophobia.

Cold Laser Therapy

Low light therapy using a laser, so-called "cold" laser because the wavelength of light does not produce heat, has been around for some time. The light stimulates certain components within the cells to enhance their activity.  In essence, the cells are supercharged to effect nerve repair faster and relieve pain and inflammation. Sessions are quick, painless and can be performed at the same time as oxygen therapy.

Brain Exercises

Proprioceptive Exercises may involve movement of the arms or legs, walking with arms and legs swinging in a specific sequence, balancing on one leg or on a ball and others are all aimed at getting the brain to function more normally. These exercises are designed to get the left and right halves of the brain to talk to each other more effectively because many brain injuries from car collisions are centered at the part of the brain that links left and right halves called the corpus callosum.

Vestibular Exercises may include eye exercises in which your eyes track a moving target, or being spun in a chair are used to help with dizziness caused when the brain and/or inner ear are disturbed by trauma.

Cognitive Exercises are things like crossword and word find puzzles that improve thinking performance. Memory games may be given to bolster memory function and concentration often impaired after a concussion.

Brain Rest

Imagine tearing a muscle and instead of resting it, you lifted very heavy weight with it. What would happen? More damage and it would not heal obviously. The brain is no different. With a concussion there is actual physical damage to nerve cells. In order to heal in the best manner possible, the cells need rest so your body can tend to the damage.

While suffering from a concussion avoid:

Computer and TV use ( if you must use them, no more than 30 mins at one time with several hours between uses)

Over thinking, if your job involves high levels of thinking and concentration or you're a student you might want to limit your hours at work or school to avoid over stressing your brain

Any activities that involve bouncing of the head and body such as jogging, running, stair climbing, aerobic exercises, martial arts, cross training, off road vehicles, etc

Take total brain rest at least once each day

Total brain rest means lying in a darkened room with no music or other sounds for 30 to 60 minutes daily. The goal is to limit all input to the brain as much as possible so that it rests.

Dietary Supplementation

The brain needs oxygen and other nutrients to heal. Studies have shown key nutrients are successful at speeding the repair of the brain if taken in correct dosages.  Supplements such as Vitamins A, C, D and E, omega-3 fatty acids, certain B vitamins, lecithin and others can be very helpful in recovering from a brain injury. There are also key food items to avoid if you've suffered a concussion. Artificial sweeteners (Aspartame), MSG, calcium and other items confound brain healing and can prolong recovery.

Concussions and Brain Injuries Take Time

The rate at which your brain recovers depends on many factors, but severity of injury, age, prior history of brain injuries, general health status and willingness to follow treatment plans all play a part. Very mild injuries can resolve in a matter of weeks, while more pervasive injuries may take 2 years. The advice of take it easy and your brain will get better is passe. Today, we know much more about how the brain works, how it becomes injured and what steps can be taken to maximize healing in as short a time as possible. Experience tells us that a positive pro-active approach is superior to sitting back and waiting.

If You've Suffered a Brain Injury as a Result of a Car Accident or Other Trauma, Call (714) 938-0575 and Speak with Dr. Marks.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor has an extensive background in brain injury and spinal trauma and has successfully cared for concussion victims in Orange County since 1986.

Learn more:

Can you suffer brain damage without a concussion?

 

Neck Curve Restored After Car Accident Injury

Orange County Auto Accident Victim's Neck Curve Restored After Treatment

Orange County Car Accident Chiropractor Dr Barry Marks shares what a spine looks like after treatment in his Orange CA Chiropractic Office.

Car accidents cause changes in the curve of your neck because ligaments have been damaged. See this previous post for more information on ligament damage due to  car accidents.

neck traction after a car accidentHow neck curves can be restored after a car accident:

Dr Marks uses a multi-treatment approach to restoring neck curves consisting of "in-office" treatments and "at-home" exercises. Combined, the therapies help compensate for ligaments that have been damaged by remodeling the neck and creating better muscles balance in the neck.

In Office Treatment to Restore Neck Curve

The neck is molded over a wedge with a choice of different "orthotics" or active neck traction devices depending on the patient's tolerance.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments are made at the point where the curve is altered.

This treatment is usually 2-3 times each week for a period of about a month and then reduced in frequency.

At Home Exercises to Correct Neck Curve

An orthotic or traction device is used at home daily for 5-20 min. to mold the neck curve

2 exercises are given to improve strength of the muscles in the back of the neck and to unlock the upper neck area to allow movement of the neck into the correct position.

Have a Neck Curve You'd Like Corrected? Call Dr Barry Marks (714) 938-0575 for an evaluation to see what can be done to restore your neck and relieve your pain.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575
http://drbarrymarks.com