Don’t Delay care after a Car Accident

Don’t Delay care after a Car Accident

By Dr. Jennifer Green

The human body was not designed to handle the sudden impact and force that most automobile accidents can generate.Even a low-speed crash can cause lasting damage to the neck and back. In stressful situations, our bodies release adrenaline, dopamine and norepinephrine to cope with the shock and trauma that may mask the pain.

Being involved in an accident, even a minor one, causes some type of initial shock. Nobody is ever prepared to be in an accident, and even if you realize it’s going to happen and cannot prevent it, you are still pretty shocked right after it occurs. If you are not in immediate pain after your accident, it may not cross your mind to see a chiropractor. However, if you are injured and do not realize it, not being treated could hurt you in the long run. When you seek immediate chiropractic care after a motor vehicle collision, you could avoid years of chronic pain.

Not all car accident injuries are immediately apparent; the body will go into survival mode, releasing endorphins that mask your pain.Many accidents cause harm to the joints, ligaments, and other internal issues in the body which can lead to significant pain, reduced range of motion, and other future problems. One of the most common car accident injuries that may take 24 hours or more to present symptoms is whiplash.

Common symptoms of whiplash include blurred vision, neck stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and tingling in the extremities. When you see a chiropractor immediately following your accident, they will be able to diagnose and treat whiplash symptoms early on. This is the best way to avoid the worst of the pain and to have the injury resolved, so it does not linger into the future.

Chiropractors promote pain management without the use of addictive pain medications. By utilizing non-invasive chiropractic adjustments and corrective exercises to strengthen muscles, we are able to reduce pain from car accident injuries and promote the body’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spine and joints, which reduces pain and promotes healing.

If you are in a car accident see a chiropractor to get you out of pain and help you heal properly. Through chiropractic care you can avoid the use of harmful painkillers, surgeries, and avoid future problems.

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How Safe is Your Car in a Car Accident?

How Safe is Your Car in a Car Accident?

By Jennifer Green

Car accidents happen – we know we need to wear seat belts, it’s the law. It is widely accepted and documented, that with the introduction of mandatory seat belt laws, there is a reduction in deaths and serious injuries after motor vehicle crashes, but there is a significant INCREASE in neck sprains.

A seat belt actually increases pain in the soft tissues of the neck tissues after a car accident to remain. It does this by anchoring the body in place and thus allowing the head free.The sudden jerking motion of the head forces muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head to move past their normal physiological limit and can overstretch or tear these structures. Additionally, the impact can force vertebrae out of their normal alignment causing the muscles to naturally spasm as a protective mechanism to limit your range of motion.

What about my headrest – isn’t it supposed to protect my neck in a car accident?
That is a great question, the headrest only protects your neck if your head it touching it or is close to it, you can check your headrest for something called Head-Restraint Geometry.

Head-Restraint Geometry has to do with how close or far the headrest of the vehicle, was located with relation to your head. More than two inches away from the head and the efficacy of head restraints drops off significantly. You can go to (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) to find out if your car’s headrest is properly aligned to protect you in an accident.

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Car Accidents

Car Accidents

By Dr. Jennifer Green

Car accidents happen. Consulting a chiropractor after the accident should always be one of your first steps. Even if you are not feeling any pain. Delays in the onset of pain are very common. Joint injuries in auto accidents may cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis, which is a speeding up of the arthritis process and develops at an earlier age than in people who have not had traumas relating to automobile accidents.

Often times, injuries suffered during an auto accident cannot be seen externally, such as soft tissue injuries (injuries to muscles, ligaments and discs) and can heal with scar tissue, which can ache years later. This damage to the spine can lead to recurring headaches, neck pain, stiffness, chronic muscle tension and spasms, lower back pain, spinal disc degeneration, inflamed arthritis, sore and tight inflexible muscles, greater chance of repeat injury and contribute to poor posture.

Most people assume that injuries only occur during high-speed accidents, but a change in speed of just 2-3 miles per hour during an accident can cause injuries. When the body goes through a trama like an auto accident, the muscles naturally spasm as a protective mechanism.

Additionally, the actual spinal cord and/or nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated causing even more pain that we call “radiculopathy.” All of this damage and instability can result in pain in the entire neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine) and even the low back (lumbar spine).

When you treat an injury like this right away, you are putting the body in the best possible position to heal and recover quickly.Chiropractors can help put the spine in line and help the body start healing right away. Chiropractors also help relieve pain and can provide exercises that can act as physical therapy for injuries.

Foreman & Croft, Whiplash Injuries: Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2002.


93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)

Chiropractic is THE BEST therapy for whiplash injuries. It’s criminal that doctors don’t prescribe it first. And it’s a pity that more people don’t see chiropractors for these types of injuries. Please tell anyone you know who has a whiplash injury to see a chiropractor first.

It’s also useful to know that in Pennsylvania, if you are injured in any way involving a car (whether it’s your car or not…whether you were at fault or not, even if you smash your thumb in the door, for example), YOUR own auto insurance is responsible to pay based on the medical benefit you bought on your policy. And you can seek care from the health care provider of your choice. Make the smart choice to avoid chronic pain…choose chiropractic! Just call our office and we will help you…(717) 392-6606.

Here is my food journal for the last several days:

Monday June 27, 2016

7:00 AM: coffee with butter, 3 pcs of turkey sausage

10:00 AM: 1 apple with pb

5:00 PM: 2 chicken sausages

8:00 PM: potato chips, hummus & carrots

8:45 PM: coconut milk & whey protein

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6:00 AM: coffee with butter

7:30 AM: coffee with half and half, scrambled eggs, creamed chipped beef

2:30 PM: carrots & hummus, celery & pb

4:00 PM: SP berry bar

9:00 PM: chicken meatballs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter

8:00 AM: more chicken meatballs, carrots & hummus

2:00 PM: tuna salad from Lemon Street Market, 1/2 cucumber, sliced, 1/3 bar of stevia-sweetened dark chocolate

3:30: SP berry bar

8:00 PM: @ DipCo (Wing Night!) Greek salad with feta, cucumber, onion, spinach, artichoke, and black olives – Greek dressing. No roll! 1/2 dozen wings with Jamaican jerk sauce and blue cheese on the side w/celery, 1 Murphy’s Irish stout



Pain Relief

Both Acupuncture and Chiropractic are well known for how effectively they provide pain relief; unfortunately one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain is motor vehicle accidents. Whether you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian or bicyclist and you have been involved in an automobile collision, there are options to help you get care.

In the state of Pennsylvania, any medical bills resulting from the motor vehicle accident are paid for by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Pennsylvania requires at least $5,000 in PIP coverage for you, and all passengers in your car. Most importantly, you are allowed to seek care from the health care practitioner of your choice, including chiropractors and acupuncturists.

When it comes to a motor vehicle accident, there is almost always a back injury involved.  People won’t always feel pain right away, but might start to experience symptoms a few days after the accident. The most commonly reported injuries are:

  • whiplash
  • low back pain
  • extremity pain with numbness or tingling
  • general muscle pain

Patients with whiplash may experience neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, trouble concentrating, dizziness, balance issues, restless sleep and irritability. Being involved in an auto collision also usually will have a large emotional component, it is important to address any resulting stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture helps relieve pain by releasing endorphins in the brain that block the transmission of pain signals, reducing inflammation and calming the autonomic nervous system. This helps the body relax and stimulates the healing processes. We combine traditional acupuncture with Trigger Point Therapy, a more aggressive, direct manipulation of the musculature that causes repeated, involuntary twitching, from the muscles that usually leads to an immediate reduction of the tightness and pain. Using TPT, we are able to directly target the tight areas in your body to help release the muscles and dissolve adhesions that cause pain. This allows for better circulation in the musculoskeletal system, increased range of motion and immediate pain relief.

Our staff in Lancaster can help navigate the process with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your treatments and the process of getting better.

Auto Accident Alert

We have recently seen an increase in patients seeking help for neck pain and back pain after an auto accident. It seems that driving in a car is one of the most dangerous things you can do. I have learned that the long-term effects of soft tissue injuries due to motor vehicle crashes (even at low speed) are one of the biggest public health problems today.

The best thing to do to avoid injuries from a motor vehicle crash is stay out of traffic altogether! This is one big reason I live above my office. However I realize this is not possible for many people. So here is an useful article on how to avoid an accident. But if you do get into a crash, and your injuries only seem minor, it is very important to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are  equipped to relieve your pain and prevent the long-term effects such as arthritis.

Here is another very useful article that explains insurance procedures and the role of chiropractic if you have been involved in an auto accident: What You Should Know if You Have Been Involved in A Car Accident

If you are ever-so-slightly nerdy (like me) and would like to read up on whiplash injuries (or “Cervical Acceleration Deceleration Injuries”), here is an excellent web site with a ton of very well-researched data. For example this tidbit: 45% of persons with chronic neck pain attribute the pain to a past motor vehicle crash injury.

Most importantly, stay safe out there! It goes without saying, don’t text and drive (here’s what can happen if you do), stay off your phone, and watch out for the other guy who is not following the above advice. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


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