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7 Reasons To See a Chiropractor After An Accident

7 Reasons To See a Chiropractor After An Accident

After a car accident, people often suffer aches and pains for days and weeks. They continually reach for the OTC pain reliever, thinking it is the only way to get relief. But as days wear on, and the pain isn’t going away, it may be time to consider another option.

Chiropractic care is a holistic and natural approach to many of the injuries commonly suffered in a car accident. In fact, seeking care immediately following an accident – even if you do not feel symptoms right away – is one of the best ways to prevent long term injury and discomfort.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

  1. Reduce Inflammation: When someone is in a car accident, the impact may cause micro-tears in the ligaments and muscles. Often people experience severe pain after an accident, but are baffled as to why, because the x-rays looked normal. (Micro-tears cannot typically be seen on an X-ray.) The spinal manipulation which a doctor of chiropractic performs realigns the spinal cord, allowing your body to release an anti-inflammatory which will reduce inflammation caused by these injuries, as well as relieve pain.
  2. Enjoy Non-Invasive Care: After a car accident, seeking immediate chiropractic care to realign the spine and joints will not only relieve your pain, but may promote enough healing to avoid later surgeries. As chiropractic treatments are non-invasive, avoiding surgery would be a powerful benefit. 
  3. Reduce Scar Tissue: After an injury, scar tissue often forms on the injured musclesScar tissue will cause stiffness and makes life very uncomfortable for a patient.  A chiropractor can target these areas and break up the scar tissue, providing relief and faster healing.
  4. Relief Without Medication: Pain relief medications only mask the symptoms of injury. They do not heal damage done to your body. In fact, some prescription pain medications are highly addictive and could cause even greater issues. But even over the counter medications can cause health issues for some. Chiropractic care provides pain relief without having to resort to any type of medication.
  5. Get Overall Relief: Spinal manipulations and adjustments will not only reduce the pain from the car crash injury, but the pain-reducing hormone that is released during these treatments will help with any minor ache or pain you may be experiencing, whatever the cause. 
  6. Avoid Long Term Issues and Pain: The typical injuries sustained after even a minor car accident can become much more serious if left untreated over a long period of time. For instance, whiplash can typically be healed in a couple or weeks with chiropractic care, but may linger for years if not addressed. Over time, the physical and emotional pain of chronic pain can take its toll.
  7. Restores Normal Range of Motion: The inflammation which occurs after many neck or back injuries causes more problems than the injury itself. The inflammation blocks your blood, carrying nutrients your body needs to heal, from reaching the injury. This makes it difficult to move normally. A spinal adjustment mobilizes your spine, restoring range of motion and allowing a faster healing process to take place.

An added benefit of seeking immediate chiropractic treatment is that you will have the diagnosis and treatment records you’ll need to successfully file an insurance claim.

At West Coast Wellness, we specialize in the treatment of car accident injuries. If you have been in a car accident, no matter how minor, your body may have suffered trauma which can cause pain and discomfort. Don’t suffer a day longer than you need to – call West Coast Wellness today.

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Comparative Fault Chiropractic Treatment

After a car accident, there tends to be plenty of confusion. Between making sure no one is hurt, checking out property damage, and speaking with the police – there is a lot going on. While it may be tempting to speak with the other parties to the accident, it is important to not say too much.

The reason for this is that although Florida is a no-fault state, anything you say after an accident may be considered an admission of guilt. This may come into play if you find yourself in a legal battle when the dust settles.

What is a No-Fault State?

Florida is a no-fault state. This means that each motorist’s personal  insurance will provide coverage for property damage or medical expenses – regardless of fault. So even if the other motorist caused the accident, you will make a claim to your own insurance company for reimbursement.

However, motorists do have the right to pursue a claim against the other party’s insurance company should their own coverage not be sufficient to cover their expenses. This often happens when an individual has sustained injuries which cause them to :

  • miss a substantial amount of work
  • sustain a major injury which will require extensive treatment or rehabilitation
  • lose the ability to provide an income for themselves or dependents
  • have a long term negative prognosis

The family of someone killed in a car accident may also seek damages from the other party.

Typically, the injured party will reach the extent of their personal coverage, then move to file a claim with the opposing insurance company. Should an agreement not be reached, a lawsuit may be filed. Very few accident claim cases actually proceed to a courtroom, with nearly 95% of them negotiated out of court.

What is Comparative Fault?

Comparative fault is a legal structure here in the state of Florida. It allows the fault for the accident to be divided between parties, as well as permitting someone with some fault to still collect damages.

For instance, it may be determined that Motorist 1, who was driving drunk, was responsible for 80% of the “fault”. However, Motorist 2 was speeding, and so is assigned 20% of the fault. If motorist 2 sues for negligence and is awarded $10,000, they can collect $8,000, the amount of the award minus their personal liability.

Who Pays for Chiropractic Treatment?

After the accident, it is recommended that you seek treatment, even if you only feel minor aches and pains. Chiropractic treatment is popular after the type of trauma which can occur in a car accident, as the spine can be misaligned due to the impact of the crash.

Under no-fault rules, your own personal insurance company will typically pay for your chiropractic treatments after the accident. However, you may find it necessary to pursue an additional claim – or legal action – if your prognosis reveals ongoing treatment is recommended.

The professionals at West Coast Wellness are here to help. After a car accident, you may be experiencing whiplash, neck or back pain, or headaches. If these symptoms are a result of damage to your spine or spinal column, chiropractic treatment is a viable option.

Located in North Port, West Coast Wellness specializes in the treatment of injuries due to car accidents. Call today for a consultation and to discuss your treatment options.

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Drowsy Driving Statistics

Drunk driving is in the news often, but you don’t hear about drowsy driving quite so frequently. You may be surprised to learn that statistically speaking, a driver who is overtired causes and is involved in accidents at roughly the same rate as those who are intoxicated.

Fast Fact: A driver who has not slept for 20 hours exhibits the same reaction times as a driver with a 0.08% blood alcohol count, which is the legal limit.
(Source: National Safety Council)

However, most people are too fatigued to be behind the wheel of a car long before the 20 hour mark. Drivers who are tired have slower reaction times, can make poor judgements, and lose focus. Unfortunately, as is proven every day, it only takes a split second of distraction to change your life forever. That is why it is so important to remain alert behind the wheels in all circumstances – including feeling well rested while driving.

Statistics  – Drowsy Driving

Because driving is an everyday occurrence, many people do think they can “do it with one eye closed.” All of us have been tired after a long day of work, and driven home, because driving has become so second nature. However, we forget that there are literally hundreds of events and circumstances we must react to over the course of every mile we drive.  From stop signs to pedestrians, from changing traffic signals to construction cones – it is imperative a driver is alert to his or her surroundings. These statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA highlight the issues with drowsy driving.

  • 100,000 drowsy driving accidents are reported annually across the United States
  • Because people often don’t report drowsy driving as a cause, AAA estimates that a more accurate number is likely 328,000
  • Drowsy driving costs Americans $109 billion dollars annually, and that doesn’t even include property damage
  • According to a poll of drivers, 4% admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past 30 days.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused by Drowsy Drivers

When a driver is overtired, they are more apt to make a driving error – such as drifting  into another lane, making an illegal turn, or failing to notice the car turning in front of them.

While you may not consider drowsy driving a crime, a driver can legally be held negligent if it can be proven that they were too tired to be behind the wheel of a car.

How do you know if you are too tired to drive safely? Drowsy drivers will experience many of the same symptoms, including

* Head bobbing, nodding off
* Difficulty keeping one’s eyes open
* Driving past exits or turns, missing signs or signals
* Drifting into other lanes or onto safety strips

If you were injured by a drowsy driver – or a driver exhibiting any form of negligence on the road – their insurance company is typically liable to pay for your injuries, expenses and medical bills (after your insurance company pays out on your policy, as Florida is a no-fault state.)

If the negligent party was not covered by the required insurance at the time of the accident, you may be able to file an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim. To recover compensation, you will be burdened with proving the defendant driver’s fatigue was the cause of the accident.

Seeking Chiropractic Treatment

If you have been involved in any type of auto accident, the chances are that your body suffered some form of trauma. Because even a small misalignment can cause pain and discomfort, it is important to seek treatment to align your spine, reduce compression or pressure on your vertebrae and discs, and maintain optimum health.

If you were in a car accident in the North Port area – even if you are not feeling pain today – call West Coast Wellness. We will work with you to ensure that the health and wellness of your spine is looked after today,  in order to prevent any further complications in the future.

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Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Care You May Not Know

Chiropractic care is typically sought out when the patient is suffering from neck or back pain, or perhaps whiplash after experiencing a car accident. Because chiropractic treatment is the primary way that many people choose to correct these issues for pain relief, they may not realize that spinal manipulation is also beneficial for a host of other ailments which you may not associate with chiropractors.

The spine stretches from the base of the skull to the coccyx bone. The spine supports the upper body’s weight and posture; and permits optimal movement and flexibility. Because the spinal cord projects the nerves which are connected to virtually every area of our bodies, you may be surprised at just how effective spinal manipulation can be in treating a wide variety of ailments.

Cancer Support: The side effects of many cancer treatments can be debilitating and can significantly affect your quality of life.  These issues may include pain, nausea, sleep disorders and insomnia, depression and anxiety. Increasingly, chiropractic  is looked to as one of the most effective alternative medical treatments for these medical side effects.

Bells Palsy: The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics recently reported the benefits of chiropractic treatments over time for the issues involved with Bell’s Palsy, which include facial paralysis, hearing disorders and problems with the jaw and associated muscles.

Tinnitus & Hearing Loss:  TMJ, head injuries, or neck injuries are believed to be associated with tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss. Ligaments, muscles and nerves in the jaw can be manipulated to help ease these conditions.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Canadian chiropractors have reported anecdotal success in treating IBD, colitis, and other bowel disorders.

High Blood Pressure: Elevated blood pressure is a chronic and common problem among Americans. Spinal manipulation has been reported successful as a treatment for hypertension, as an alternative to powerful medications.

Sinusitis: You may not associate sinus issues with chiropractic care, but a study from 2012 found that patients experienced quantitative relief after only one adjustment. This is because typically the sinus passages cannot drain due to nerve-related issues, which spinal manipulation can treat.

Arthritis: The pain of arthritis torments many older adults, stealing range of motion and quality of life. A study by the University of Virginia Center for the Study of Complementary Alternative Therapies reported that those who frequent a chiropractor care experience better health and less pain than those who do not.

ADHD: The standard of care for ADHD is psychotropic medications, which are often associated with severe and even possibly fatal side effects. One recent study looked at treating boys (aged 9-13) diagnosed with the syndrome. Spinal manipulation was combined with nutritional supplements and resulted in decreased hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsivity, behavioral, social and emotional difficulties.

Cervicogenic Headaches: Based on recent studies, manual manipulation of the spine can effectively treat migraines and headaches which are often the result of problems in the nerves, bones or muscles in the neck.

Range of Motion Issues: Rotator cuff injuries can result in serious functional inconvenience, pain and soreness. Chiropractic care, combined with massage and exercise, is proving to increase strength, mobility and pain relief.

Because the spine is so critical to the overall health and wellness of any human being, it is reasonable and practical to seek natural healing through chiropractic care – no matter your affliction.  Call West Coast Wellness today to learn more about how we can help you to treat and overcome your medical affiliations.

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Treating Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches may be caused by stress, eyestrain, fatigue, or trauma – but whatever the cause, they are miserable to have to live with. Sometimes, however, the answer to stopping a headache in its tracks is isolating what is actually causing the pain. However, cervicogenic headaches are caused by an entirely different set of problems, dealing with the nerves, bones, or muscles in your neck. Although the pain shows up in your head, the source of your pain is not there at all, but is instead “referred pain” from another part of the body.

Cervicogenic headaches are rooted in the cervical spine, neck, or base of the skull. Because they often feel like migraines, they can often be misdiagnosed. But a migraine originates in the brain, and is an entirely different ailment. Knowing which is which can allow you to more successfully alleviate the pain.

Symptoms of a Cervicogenic Headache

Because cervicogenic headaches (CH) originate in the neck, they often occur when you move your neck too quickly, or if your neck has been in the same position for a long time, such as after a long drive. CH pain may manifest as a pain in the side of your head or face, a steady pain which does not throb, increased pain when you cough or sneeze, pain lasting for days, or a stiff neck with limited range of motion. You may also experience pain that remains and reoccurs in one spot, like over the same eye.

You may also feel similar symptoms to classic migraines, such as nausea, sensitivity to bright light or sounds, or blurry vision.

What Causes a CH Headache?

There is no one cause for CH. you may experience these types of headaches if you have problems with

  • Neck vertebrae
  • Neck joints
  • Neck muscles
  • Compressed nerves

CH can afflict people who have certain jobs, such as hairstylists or truck drivers; and is a direct result of how people hold their heads. come from problems with the bones in your neck (vertebrae), joints, or neck muscles that happen over time. For example, people in certain jobs, like hair stylists, carpenters, and truck drivers, can get CH from the way they hold their heads when they work.

Sometimes people hold their heads out in front of their bodies in a forward head motion which puts extra weight on your neck and upper back. CH can also be a result of a fall, sports injury, arthritis, or whiplash due to a car accident.

In extreme circumstances, these types of headaches can be caused by a small break in the spine, or even a tumor.

It may be difficult for an individual to self-diagnose a cervicogenic headache, and it is typically best to consult with a chiropractor for advice. He or she will need to know if:

  • The headache tends to gets worse as it goes along
  • You suffer a fever or rash along with the pain
  • You have been in an accident or hit your head recently

The above may indicate that you have a more serious health problem which requires different treatment.  You should seek emergency medical care if severe headache pain comes on rapidly and is accompanied by dizziness.

If it is determined that you do have CH, there are several ways you can alleviate or eliminate the pain completely.

  • Although no longer considered the best option for anything but temporary relief, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (aspirin or ibuprofen), muscle relaxers, or other pain relievers may give rapid relief.
  • Stretches and exercises can help to alleviate the pain in your neck. Be sure to check with your chiropractor as to exercises which may be safe and appropriate for you.
  • Spinal manipulation to realign the nerves, bones and muscles in your neck.

If you are suffering from headaches, don’t keep suffering or taking endless OTC medications. Call West Coast Wellness and come in for a consultation to discuss how we can help ease your pain.

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3 Things You May Not Know About Chiropractors

When you consider seeing a chiropractor for the first time, a few things may come to mind. You may envision a doctor who cracks your back, aligns your spine, and sends you on your way. But you may not realize that a professional chiropractic firm provides a much more intensive service than that. The goal of chiropractic care is to promote full-body wellness, ensuring that patients stay as healthy as possible.

While there are still circumstances that a traditional medical doctor should be seen, chiropractic care can revolutionize your healthcare to ensure your total body health through holistic and natural methods. New patients typically have many questions about the exact benefits of chiropractic treatment.

Here are just a few of the more common questions we hear, presented to help educate our potential patients on how our services may enhance their lives.

Chiropractic Care is Safe for Every Age

The majority of people don’t realize that chiropractic care is safe for every age. From babies to the elderly, everyone can benefit from chiropractic treatment. While you may think that babies may be too delicate for this type of care, rest assured that the techniques used on adults are entirely different from those used on babies.

However, the beneficial results are the same. Because a baby’s spine and nervous system work in the same way, many of a young child’s ailments can be cured and relieved through spinal manipulation, adjustment, and even massage.

Chiropractors Restore Range of Motion While Reducing Scar Tissue

Range of motion issues are a common reason for someone to seek treatment. However, did you know that while restoring the range of motion, you can also reduce scar tissue, ensuring pain doesn’t return to that area? Chiropractors work to break up that scar tissue much faster than can be accomplished with other forms of therapy.

Depending on the injury, range of motion and flexibility cannot be fully restored without breaking up scar tissue. Chiropractors typically have five techniques to break up the scar tissue. They will consult with you to determine the best method to treat your injury and help to design a custom treatment plan.

Chiropractors Prevent Chronic Conditions from Occurring

Remember, chiropractors strive for complete health and wellness. When the body is in aligned and well-taken care of, it is easier for it to fight off diseases and ailments from occurring. Common conditions such as allergies, asthma, anxiety, and even obesity can all be treated with chiropractic care. Since chiropractors don’t use medications to treat these diseases, they find holistic ways to help you control your diseases. The goal is to treat the nervous system and get it in alignment so that your immune system can properly moderate everything else.

A common fear is that once you start chiropractic treatment, you must have frequent visits to maintain your balance. While you will have frequent visits in the beginning, once you achieve your initial goals, you will transition to a maintenance plan, much like you do with your six-month dental cleanings.

As you can see, chiropractors do a lot more than treat back and neck issues. While those are still the most common reasons for new patients to begin their treatment, that is often just the beginning of their path to wellness. Whether you are calling West Coast Wellness to seek treatment after a car accident or simply want to find a more holistic way to take control of your health – we are here to help.

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The Most Common Causes of Neck & Back Pain

As chiropractors, we see a lot of people in pain. Many times this neck and back pain is the result of a sudden trauma such as a car accident or slip and fall. However, there are also millions of people who suffer from chronic pain which has built up over months or years – typically caused by mundane daily tasks and bad habits.

Neck and back pain can be dull or achy, causing only mild inconvenience. But you may also experience acute, severe pain which restricts mobility and affects your quality of life.

Causes of Neck and Back Pain

Pain which is a result of an accident is easy to diagnose. The exact origin of most back and neck pain can be difficult to pinpoint, however, and may include one of more of the following:

* Overuse or strain, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.
* Repetitive poor posture, such as sitting at a computer every day
* Obesity, as increased weight will put pressure on the spine, discs and vertebrae
* Poor muscle tone, which prevents muscles from holding the spine and vertebrae in
* Muscle tension, spasms, sprains or strains
* Degeneration of vertebrae, often a result of aging
* Infections or abdominal problems
* Tears in the muscles or ligaments
* Arthritis, osteoporosis  and other similar conditions
* Protruding or slipped disks, or pinched nerves

What You May Experience

Pain in your back may be localized, or seem to affect a large portion of your body. In addition to this identifiable pain, you may also experience leg numbness or tingling in proximity to the knee; stiffness along your spine; or sharp pain that radiates from your lower back down the back of your leg and into your calf and toes.

Important: If you are suffering from loss of bladder and bowel control, or weakness in both legs simultaneously – please seek help right away. These may indicate a serious medical condition. Sharp pain or dull aches in your neck might be accompanied by arm numbness or tingling, headaches, or shoulder pain

Treating the Pain

Acute back or neck pain may improve with rest and over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Individuals should move slowly and carefully while their bodies helm with no rapid or jerking movements which could cause a further loss of mobility. Chronic neck or back pain may be successfully treated with a variety of methods.

A chiropractic regimen is considered to be an effective way to ease many types of neck and back pain, as it addresses the source of the problem – not the symptom. If spinal alignment or slipped disks are causing the issues, adjustments are likely to not only stop your immediate pain, but prevent it from recurring.

It is always recommended that you visit a chiropractor or medical professional before you embark on any treatment plan, as you could do more harm than good if there is a serious problem. In addition to adjustments and alignments, the following may work for your pain:

* Hot or cold packs
* Exercises to strengthen muscles and alleviate pain (ie  stretching/ flexing of muscles). *  Aerobic exercise to help with overall fitness and strength
* Braces or corsets
* Acupuncture

Preventing Pain from Everyday Activities

Keeping the pain from occurring at all is the most preferable course of action. To proactively protect your neck and back:

* Learn proper lifting techniques: avoid heavy lifting; bend your legs, maintain a straight back; slowly lift your body and the object.

* Be aware of posture when sitting, standing, or lying down. Consider specialized head or body pillows to help ease pressure on the spine while sleeping.

* Exercise regularly, incorporating strength exercises for your back. Strong back muscles help to support your spine. Exercises which strengthen the core and improve balance are also important.

* Establish ergonomic designs for your computer height, keyboard, chair and phone usage.

* Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a healthy weight, minimize emotional stress, quit smoking, and incorporate Vitamin D and calcium in particular into your diet.

For more information on how you can relieve neck and back pain – or avoid it entirely – call West Coast Wellness. We are committed to your holistic health and overall wellness, proving natural and safe solutions.

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Why Chiropractic Care & Spinal Manipulation Is So Important

For those who have been injured in a car accident or suffer from chronic pain, the spine is the key to overall health and wellness. While chiropractors have been treating many types of illness and injury naturally and holistically for years, the general public still understands very little about the role of the spine in seemingly unrelated conditions.

In this blog we will take a look at the anatomy of the spine, in an effort to better understand why chiropractic care and spinal manipulation is so important.

The spine, also known as the backbone, runs from the pelvis to the base of the skull, and is instrumental in supporting an individual’s body weight, as well as protecting the spinal cord within. The spine does have natural curves which allow for an even distribution of body weight, and give it the ability to withstand significant amounts of stress.

The spine is made up of a series of discs and bones stacked on top of each other. Discs, made up of very strong tissue and a gel-like interior,  are located in between each bone to reduce friction and act as shock absorbers.

The spinal cord runs through the spinal column. It is a network of nerve fibers arranged into 31 nerve roots which are responsible for transmitting messages to all parts of the body. Without this network, movement and even organ function is not possible. This is why a spinal injury can cause a host of other issues such as organ failure, sinus issues or headaches.

Spinal Cord Arrangement

These bones are divided into three regions:

Neck: Also known as the cervical region, the neck contains 7 vertebrae, numbered C1 through C7. Vertebrae C1 is located between the base of the skull and the rest of the spine, and together with C2 it allows for the free and pain-free movement of the neck when healthy. A slight curve, bending inward, is located in the area of the cervical spine.

Thoracic: The thoracic spine is located in the chest region, and is connected to the rib cage. Vertebrae T1 through T12 reside in the thoracic region, which is where the second natural curvature of the spine is located.

Lumbar: The lumbar legion is your lower back, and contains vertebrae L1 through L5. Lumbar vertebrae are the largest and strongest, as they bear the bulk of the body’s weight. The lumbar spine connects the spinal cord with the pelvis.

Did You Know? Vertebrae are made up of bones and joints, the latter allowing for movement, stability and strength. Facet joints connect the vertebrae and allow them to move against one another without damage. Without these joints we would not be able to twist, bend over, or move from side to side. In the middle of each single vertebrae is a hole which allows the spinal column and nerves to pass through.

Other Definitions to Know:

Sacrum: The sacrum are several vertebrae which fuse together in the womb, forming the bottom of the spine and the back of the pelvis.

Coccyx: Also known as the tailbone, the coccyx is also formed by the fusion of bones in utero. It is located directly below the sacrum.

When a vertebrae, joint, disc or nerve bundle is misaligned, proper bodily function is compromised. That is why seeking the expertise of a chiropractor can bring such relief. By gently manipulating the spine to bring it back into alignment, it relieves the pressures,pinches and rubbing of spinal bones and discs which are not meant to touch.

For more information on how your spine affects your health, and to discuss how we can help get you back to feeling great – call West Coast Wellness today.

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