The Long Term Effects of Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

The Long Term Effects of Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most common conditions when we're talking about car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is a bad thing to experience, but what exactly is it? Will it go away without needing treatment? What kind of treatments should you look into after you're diagnosed? There are dozens of questions you may have about whiplash, but they don't generally get asked until after you have been told you have it. While we obviously hope that you never experience this injury yourself, we also believe that it's a good idea for people to know about different types of injuries, so here are some basic whiplash facts for you.

Whiplash is an injury specifically of the neck that occurs when there is a sudden and quick movement of the head from front to back, much like the motion of the end of a whip when it's cracked. This often occurs during a car crash, but it is also sometimes seen in sports injuries and in different kinds of abuse. A case of whiplash often sees the victim dealing with neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Symptoms also may include loss of movement, memory issues, tingling or numbness, tinnitus, fatigue,  irritability, dizziness, trouble focusing, blurred vision, depression, tenderness,  and sleep issues.

While it is always a good idea to see a doctor after being in a car crash, it is even more important to seek medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms. Most people who develop whiplash can mostly self-treat it as it heals, which usually happens within a few weeks. However, you do want to see a doctor so they can make sure the pain you're experiencing isn’t caused by something more dangerous, such as muscle damage or a broken bone. It is increasingly important to get medical care if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition. Even if you think your case of whiplash will go away on its own, it's always better to get the all clear from your doctor so you know everything is okay.

Getting chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things you can do for your body. If you were injured during a crash of any kind, give DiBella Chiropractic a call and let us help you with your pain. We will do everything we can to get you back up and on your feet the way you were before the accident!

Relieving Neck Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

ieving Neck Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

When your neck hurts, everything becomes a lot more difficult. If you wake up and notice your neck hurts, you tend to spend the day trying to stretch your neck muscles out and possibly crack it yourself. Sometimes the pain was caused by the position you slept in. Other times you moved too quickly. Sometimes you don't have any clue what happened or why you woke up feeling like you were hit by a truck. All you know is that your neck hurts a lot and you to feel better. While a couple of over-the-counter pain killers may help for a little while, that's only going to be a viable solution for certain types of acute and temporary pain. Sometimes the pain is chronic, which means it keeps coming back no matter what you do. That's when you need to call DiBella Chiropractic for help.

If you have more days where your neck hurts than ones where it doesn't, you will definitely benefit from a call to the chiropractor. While we can help with more than just necks and backs, there's a reason we are best known for those two things! We know how much neck pain can influence your life on a daily basis and we will do everything within our power to help you feel better. Even if you don't think you deal with much pain on an average day, we can help you realize you shouldn't live with any pain at all. Many people who have chronic pains develop a tolerance which allows them to go about their days despite a certain level of pain. While this may very well be beneficial to some, we would prefer to see you without any pain at all as opposed to a level you can handle.

Your neck is important no matter what kind of movement you make. Things like driving or even just sitting up and watching television needs your neck to work correctly. You never realize just how much you use a body part until it hurts to do so. Everything you do, even while sleeping, uses your neck. If you have any level of pain, give DiBella a call. When you've been living in constant pain, it is always a good idea to seek professional help. After you visit, you'll wonder how you survived this long without chiropractic treatment. We know how much of a difference it can make, so let us help you feel better today!

How and Why We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Gastonia Chiropractor

How and Why We Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not something anyone wants to be diagnosed with, but sadly it is becoming more and more common. Carpal Tunnel is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm that continues down the hand. These symptoms are caused by the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the wrist to the hand. When it is compressed or pinched in the wrist for an extended period of time, you can end up with severe pain and discomfort. This pain often gets worse the longer it goes untreated, so early diagnosis is extremely important in treating and curing it if you don't want to put a pause on your daily life. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can often be treated with a simple wrist brace or cutting back on certain movements and actions. However, if it is left untreated and the causative activity continues, the damage will only get worse. It may easily reach a point where surgery is needed to reduce the pain and pressure that is affecting the nerve. Carpal tunnel will not get better on its own.

There are multiple theories as to why we are seeing such a sudden increase in carpal tunnel diagnoses. The most widely accepted one states that people are spending more time on computers. Typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist which has been shown to cause an increase in the pressure that is put on the wrist. This is why you often see people use cushions under their wrists on both their keyboards and mouse pads. Although this small piece of foam won't completely prevent carpal tunnel, it is definitely a good idea to keep as much pressure off your wrists as possible. Keeping your wrists elevated is a good way to reduce the strain that the medial nerve often has to deal with. While there are other factors that can cause carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to prevent the disorder is worth it.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or pain in your hand and wrist, especially around your thumb or middle fingers, call DiBella Chiropractic right away. If you also experience any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know immediately. We will do everything we can to get you an appointment quickly and see if you have carpal tunnel. Call us today!

How We Treat Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

How We Treat Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most difficult types of pain to deal with is back pain. Back pain can come in multiple forms, and may have been caused by any number of things. This is especially frustrating when you can't even figure out what caused the pain or how to fix it. Regardless of whether the pain is acute or chronic, it is not something anyone wants to experience at any point in their lives. The biggest problem with back pain is that if your back hurts, you often have trouble doing even the simplest of tasks. Things like standing, walking, or even sitting in certain positions can cause pain, but there isn't much you can do to avoid these actions. Back pain doesn't often go away on its own, and there isn’t a lot that you can do to fix it. You may be able to use some ice or heat for temporary relief, but backs are notoriously difficult to correct on your own.

When your back pain was caused by something traumatic, such as a car accident, it can be even more difficult to deal. The human body can go through something severely traumatic and not develop symptoms a long period of time, sometimes even years. These types of injuries are often the most upsetting, because acute pain can easily turn into a chronic problem which can continue to plague you through your whole life. While we know that certain issues may make it more difficult for you to see a doctor, you should always try to come into an office after you suffer any sort of traumatic injury to make sure that there isn’t any lasting and/or severe damage.

Your back is one of the most important parts of your body. It is imperative for all movement that your back is healthy and in good shape. Even if you don’t feel like you have severe pain, you should definitely consistently see a chiropractor for spinal care. It is always important for you to take care of your back so that you can continue living your life the way you enjoy it.

When it comes to injuries from issues like car accidents, backs are often one of the most impacted areas. If you have any back pain, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference an appointment with us can make for you. You will be amazed at how much better we make you feel!

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines

According to the WHO, headache disorders are among some of the most common nerve related disorders in the world. In fact, it is believed that over half of all adults have had at least one severe headache in the past year. This means that if you have recurrent headaches or migraines, you are definitely not alone. These types of disorders are not only common, they are sadly debilitating. In fact, headache disorders were ranked the top third reason for Years Lost to Disability (YLD) in 2013. To further complicate matters, headaches are rarely the only problem brought on by headache disorders.

Many people who suffer from headaches and migraines also deal with issues like anxiety and depression. This is at least partly due to the concern of when a headache will strike and derail plans. This affects family, friends, and work obligations and may actually impact your ability to lead a typically active life. If you have severe enough headaches, you may even qualify for social security disability. Having a headache disorder can most definitely interfere with what it most important to you and that often leads to frustration and other negative feelings. Regardless of the specific kind of headache disorder that you have, we understand just how isolating they can be.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different kinds of treatments that are available for headache disorders. Some people find that medication works for them while others try multiple types and never find one that works for them. Some people swear by acupuncture. Others still just use rest and a cold compress across their forehead to help combat the pain that can be caused by noise and light sensitivity. Dealing with the additional symptoms, such as nausea, can sometimes be easier than the original cause.

If you are interested in trying out another method of treating headaches and migraines, give DiBella Chiropractic a call. Regular chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve the frequency and severity of headache disorders over time. It may not be the most common treatment method, but with a non-invasive technique and no medication, we have one of the lowest risk systems you will ever find. When it comes to headache disorders, you won’t find anything that is quite like chiropractic care. Set up an appointment with us and see how much it helps. You have nothing to lose but the pain!

Motorcycle Accidents - Chiropractic Care

Motorcycle Accidents - Chiropractic Care

While they are less common a sight as the weather gets colder, motorcycles are still on the road. It is important to remember that you should always keep an eye out on the road for people on bikes. After all, they don’t have quite as much protection against a collision as those of us in cars do. While there are pros and cons to riding a motorcycle, you should always make an informed decision about whether or not you want to ride. Getting on a bike is just as much of a responsibility as getting into a car is, so let’s talk about riding.

You probably know that to ride a motorcycle, you need a special license to operate a motorcycle in the state of North Carolina. To get the learners permit, you must have a full provisional, regular, or commercial driver license. You must also first pass a motorcycle knowledge test, a road sign identification test, and a vision test. If you are 16-18, you must also have parental permission and pass a motorcycle safety course. To get an endorsement to ride you must pass a motorcycle knowledge test and an off-street motorcycle skills test. These extra requirements are because it is a very different experience between driving a car and riding a motorcycle.

While it takes extra testing to ride a motorcycle, driving with bikes on the road only takes a regular license. While it is important for the person operating the motorcycle to know how to do so safely, it is also important that the other drivers on the road keep their eyes open and actively pay attention to who they are sharing the road with. This is especially true if the driving conditions are less than ideal, such as nighttime or in inclement weather.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, whether you were on the bike or in another kind of vehicle, calling DiBella Chiropractic should always be at the top of your To-Do list. We can help you get back to how you felt before the crash without invasive procedures or the use of medications. Our methods are time tested and proven and with years of experience, you can rest assured that you are in good hands when you walk through our doors. Come in and see how much we can help you no matter how bad your motorcycle accident was.

Scoliosis - Chiropractic Treatment

Scoliosis - Chiropractic Treatment

Scoliosis is one of the most common spine disorders with more than three million cases in the United States alone each year according to the Mayo Clinic. It is believed that at any given point, around three percent of adolescents have a form of scoliosis. However, just because it is common doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. Scoliosis is something that you should always watch out for in your children and even yourself if possible. Most cases develop around the time of puberty in the growth spurt that directly precedes it. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t double check for it at any age, however, especially if you are experiencing back pain without any obvious reason.

Scoliosis is defined as a sideways curvature of the spine. Except for a few situations, the majority of scoliosis cases do not have a specific known cause. While there does seem to be evidence that there may be a genetic connection, it has not been proven one way or the other. Thankfully, most cases of scoliosis are mild and may even go undiagnosed throughout the person’s entire life. In this situation, the scoliosis is normally monitored through x-rays to make sure the curvature doesn’t get worse. If it does, however, a back brace may be needed to try and correct the deformity. If the curve is severe enough, surgery may be entertained. This normally occurs only in extreme circumstances where the scoliosis is causing pain and possibly even breathing and cardiovascular issues due to the rib cage pressing against the lungs and heart because of a severe curve and/or twist in the spine.

If you think you may have scoliosis or are concerned about your child developing the disorder, call DiBella Chiropractic today. It is important to catch an issue like this early, so if you have children living with you that are around the age that puberty begins, be sure to bring them in to be monitored. We can check the spine regularly to see if any change occurs. If you have a mild case that develops, you want to make sure that it doesn’t progress further. If it does, we can talk about your options to help mitigate any damage that may be done to the spine for the future. Set up an appointment with us so that you can put your mind at rest. You can never be too careful when it comes to your back!

Why A Chiropractor?

Why A Chiropractor?

Many people have a misconception that chiropractors only crack joints but nothing can be farther from the truth. As chiropractors, yes, we do pop a lot of joints. However, there are dozens of other services we can (and do) provide as well! You need to remember that a chiropractor is a licensed doctor just like anyone else who graduated from medical school.This means that we are certified to do a bunch of things that extend beyond what you may think of when you hear the word chiropractor.

For example, your chiropractor can give you guidance about your dietary habits. If you come to us stating that you want to lose weight, we can give you some ideas of how to eat healthier to accomplish your goal weight and measurements. Although we may not have the word “dietician” on our degrees, we are still fully capable of letting you know what you should keep doing and what you should change when it comes to food.

Another thing that we are can do is create a personalized workout plan for you. One main cause of pain in your joints, especially the hips, knees, and ankles, is extra weight. While there may be other factors such as arthritis, old injuries, or nerve disorders, reducing your weight may also help to reduce the pressure that is placed upon your joints. It is true that muscle weighs more than fat, but the thing that really matters is your personal fat percentage and the measurements of your body. If you feel like you are at an unhealthy weight or have been told by your doctors that you need to lose weight, we can help you work out a system that will help you get down to a weight that you are comfortable with and that is appropriate for your height and age.

While it is true that your general practitioner can help you with your diet and exercise as well, we can also help you deal with any aches and pains that you may be having. We do this without medication or surgery, so we are the ideal people if you are uncomfortable around things like opioid painkillers. We are like the one stop shopping center of doctors if you need help with multiple things. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and see how much of a difference we can make in your life!

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