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.

For more blog posts on Auto Accidents click here!

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

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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

A car accident can happen – we know we need to wear seatbelts, 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 in 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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Porter K, “Neck Sprains After Car Accident,” Brit. Med. Jour., 1989, 298 (973-974); Evans, R, “Some Observations on Whiplash Injuries,” Neurologic Clinics 1992, 10 (4): 975-997.

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.

Intro to Drugless Healing – What Put Chiropractic On the Map

What put chiropractic on the map? Chiropractic is an interesting subject, and also a relatively new healing method. There is nothing more interesting to me than drugless healing. Did you know that Chiropractic is the largest drugless healing method in the world?

Many people go to chiropractors, but many others still have not experienced this method of healing. In this blog post I would like to discuss a little bit about the history of chiropractic. How did it become so successful and well-known?

The first chiropractic patient was cured of his deafness in 1895 by the first chiropractor, D.D. Palmer. You can read his story here.

After that Dr. Palmer began to train others, and the chiropractic method began to spread. People began to report amazing recoveries and results.

But what really put chiropractic on the map is its incredible successc treating influenza patients during the Epidemic of 1918. Take a look at chiropractic’s great statistics helping influenza patients in this link.

Chiropractic remains one of the safest, most effective methods of health care. And chiropractic is not just for neck and back pain. Did you know, we have seen patients get well from infertility, bladder infections, carpal tunnel, insomnia, and have even stopped smoking, just from getting adjusted?

And here is my food journal for the last couple of days:

Monday 1/31/17

8:30 AM: 2 cups of coffee with heavy cream, 2 pieces of meatloaf, celery w/hummus (4)

12:30 PM: more meatloaf with Oasis ketchup (4)

3 PM: SP berry bar (20)

6:30 PM: slice of sourdough cinnamon raisin break with butter (Malinda brought it for me, I couldn’t resist) (12)

8:15 PM: Cesar salad with cheesesteak meat from Pasquale’s (10 maybe?)

total carbs: 50

Tuesday 2/1/17

8AM: coffee with cream

9AM: 1 hamburger (plain, no bun), guacamole, carrot and hummus (4), celery and pb (4)

12:30 PM: SP berry bar (20)

2:45 PM: Latte from Lemon St. Market, 6 oz. jerusalem artichoke soup (maybe 18 g of carbs?), slice gf bread with butter (12), SP chocolate (4), tuna salad

7 PM: Dinner at DipCo! 1 martini (10), 1 greek salad with blackened catfish (0), stuffed mushroom caps (0?)

Total carbs – 72

Man looks shocked; have you heard this chiropractic myths?

6 Chiropractic Myths EVERYONE Wonders About

If you’ve heard about chiropractic doctors, chances are you’ve heard at least one of the many chiropractic myths.

Read on for the truth!


Myth #1:

Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you need to see them for life.


Most people start seeing a chiropractor for a specific pain in their body, and see quick improvement.  My patients also notice that they tend to sleep better, digest better, and get sick much less often.

As a result, when they are healed of whatever brought them into my office, they tend to still like to get regular adjustments (between once a month, and once a week).  Some decide to only be seen when they have “problems”.  How often a person gets adjusted is always up to them.


Myth #2:

Chiropractors “crack” bones.


Chiropractors NEVER crack bones!

This is what I thought before I saw a chiropractor, and nearly stopped me from seeing him!  Thank God I didn’t give in to my fear, and saw the chiropractor!  I’d still be in pain today if I didn’t!

A chiropractic adjustment creates traction in joints, just like when you “crack” your knuckles, or open a can of soda.  There is gas under pressure in the fluid in your joints.  When this negative pressure/traction is applied to a joint, the gas escapes, causing an audible “pop”.

It’s the traction of the joint that resets the nerve fibers as they come out of the joint, which stops pain, and increases function.  The “pop” is just a cool side effect.  Within about 20 minutes, the gas re-enters the fluid in between the joints. So a chiropractic adjustment is perfectly safe, it just sounds scary.


Myth #3:

Chiropractors are not “Real” Doctors


We’re real doctors all right, but we’re specialists in spinal and bone health and injuries.

Just like you wouldn’t see a chiropractor if you had a cut, or a bone break, or a bad infection, you wouldn’t see an MD for most pain syndromes (although unfortunately, a lot of people still do, hence the epidemic of painkiller addiction and multiple surgery syndrome in our country).

The truth is, Medical Doctors and Chiropractors have roughly the same number of classroom hours.  It’s just that the Medical Doctors focus on Immunology, Pharmacology, and Surgery, while Chiropractors focus on Kinesiology (the study of movement), Chiropractic Manipulations and Adjustments.  Here’s a couple of websites you can see the exact breakdown of our respective educations:


Myth #4:

Chiropractic adjustments hurt


Hardly anyone ever says that their Chiropractic Adjustments hurt-they wouldn’t be coming back if they did!

People who haven’t been adjusted THINK that Adjustments hurt based on the noise they sometimes make, but like I explained above, this is nothing to be concerned with.

The most people tend to feel is a stretching sensation in the area being adjusted, but that’s about it.


Myth #5:

Chiropractic is expensive.


Chiropractic is way cheap compared to drugs and surgery (and way more effective too!)  A chiropractic adjustment costs less than a person’s copay most of the time.  There’s been numerous studies showing how much cheaper chiropractic is then drugs and surgery.

The one I like best is this quote “A prospective cohort study of Washington state workers found that 1.5% of workers who saw a Chiropractor first for work related back pain review later had surgery, compared to 42.7% of those who first saw a surgeon.” Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). May 15 2013;38(11):953-964.

Here’s a link to a bunch of different study summaries:


Myth #6:

Chiropractic can cause stroke.


This one has been around for a while.  The debate rages on and on.  I just reviewed the web, and everyone has their own opinions.

Mostly, people who are obviously biased against chiropractic say yes, while people who are pro-chiropractic say no.

Even totally conservative Web MD says the if there even is a correlation, you’re 500x more likely to die following neck surgery, 53x more likely to die from narcotics given for neck pain, and 153x more likely to die if you take NSAID’s for neck pain.  That’s freakin’ WebMD!

So here’s my take on it, and my experience with strokes:

About 10 years ago, I had an sweet elderly lady come into my office pleading with me to adjust her neck because it hurt so much (in the beginning stages of a stroke, people often have neck or head pain, that, guess what?  They go to the chiropractor for !).

Normally, I would’ve just adjusted her.  But using kinesiology, her body said that her neck did not need to be adjusted, so I refused.

That night, she had a massive stroke, resulting in balance issues, and an inability to speak.

The point is, if I had adjusted her, I would’ve been blamed!  I really think that chiropractors get blamed for causing strokes, when really the case is that the person was already having a stroke.

I read that you’re twice as likely to have a stroke after a visit to your MD.  Does that mean that MDs cause strokes?

Not at all!

It just means that the two events happened close to one another, like my patient seeing me.

There’s a saying that says “Correlation does not mean causation”.  I think this is the case with chiropractic.


As you can see, there are many chiropractic myths.

But the truth is found it our results! Find out for yourself today what chiropractic can do for you: call (717) 392-6606 to book your appointment!


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.

Interesting Facts About Chiropractic

  • Spinal stiffness was linked to visceral pathology with nearly 100% accuracy based upon sympathetic innervation.
    (Medical Times, 1921)
  • 1,000 capsules of Tylenol in a lifetime doubles the risk of end stage renal disease. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1994)
  • The average time for a whiplash-injured patient to achieve maximum improvement is 7 months 1 week. (Spine, 1994)
  • 93% of patients with chronic whiplash pain who have failed medical and physical therapy care improve with chiropractic adjustments. (Injury, 1996)
  • Taking the correct drug for the correct diagnoses in the correct dose will kill about 106,000 Americans per year, making it the 4th most common cause of death in the US. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for rheumatoid and/or osteoarthritis conservatively cause 16,500 Americans to bleed to death each year, making that the 15th most common cause of death in the US. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1999)
  • Glutamate and aspartame can cause chronic pain sensitization, and removing them from the diet for 4 consecutive months can eliminate all chronic pain symptoms. (Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2002)
  • Chiropractic spinal adjusting has been shown to be better than 5 times more effective than the NSAIDs pain drugs Celebrex and Vioxx in the treatment of chronic neck and low back pain. (Spine, 2003)
  • In patients suffering from chronic pain subsequent to degenerative spinal disease, 59% can eliminate the need for pain drugs by consuming adequate levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids. (Surgical Neurology, 2006)
  • Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to significantly lower blood pressure. (Journal of Human Hypertension, 2007)
  • The estimated incidence of chronic pain from whiplash trauma is 15-40%. (Jour of the Am Academy of Ortho Surg, 2007)
  • Meniere’s Disease has been linked to a disorder of the upper cervical spine facet joints. (International Tinnitus Jour, 2007)
  • Supplementing with vitamin D3 has the potential to reduce cancer deaths in America by 75%. (Ann of Epidemiology, 2009)
  • Potentially, the largest exposure of Americans to the neurotoxin mercury is through the consumption of products containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. (Environmental Health, 2009)
  • Those who consumed the highest amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain drugs increased their risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s dementia, by 66%. (Neurology, 2009)
  • The newest estimate for the incidence of autism is 1 in 91 US children. (Pediatrics, 2009)

— list compiled by Dr. Dan Murphy