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Greenville Chiropractor Wirth Chiropractic

GROUND BREAKING FOR WIRTH CHIROPRACTIC SHOWCASES PLANS FOR NEW 4,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY.

Greenville—Wirth Chiropractic, conducted a ground breaking ceremony for a new facility opening in October, 2017.

Construction on the new 4,000 sq foot building is being handled by Tideland Construction with Jack Cobb serving as Architect.The project’s groundbreaking was held on March 16 at the building site. The new facility will add two new jobs to the local workforce. The Greenville location is 704 E Arlington Blvd near the intersection of Red Banks and Arlington Blvd and beside BB&T.

According to practice founder, Dr. Brian Wirth, “we are excited to continue on the next step of our commitment to improving the quality of life of the people we serve. Last year, we added Dr. Jerome Lewis to our practice. His energy and experience has made for a perfect fit for our mission. Moving to a larger, more convenient and state-of-the-art facility gives us greater opportunity to hear the noise of children playing and people laughing because they feel better due to Chiropractic care!”

With years of experience in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Wirth is the premier chiropractor in the Greenville area for athletes of all ages and competition levels. He specializes in an all-natural approach and employs natural and safe techniques to treat a wide range of other conditions as well: neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, and sports-related injuries.




Welcome

Welcome to Wirth Chiropractic & Active Living Center in Greenville, NC. Dr. Brian Wirth and the staff here have helped hundreds of patients improve their quality of life by providing a natural method for the treatment of pain. 

Our advanced diagnostic and treatment options allow us to employ natural and safe techniques to treat a wide range of conditions: neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, sports-related injuries, injuries that have resulted from repetitive and stress motions, and automobile injuries. Our approach does not require drugs or surgery. This means that the treatment procedure is absolutely safe, carries no unpleasant side effects and is convenient, comfortable, and cost-effective.

Our Treatment Methodology
Wirth Chiropractic provides individualized attention and care to our patients. We interview our patients during one-on-one sessions to obtain as much information as possible about their current conditions and symptoms. This helps us to formulate a customized and effective care approach designed to address the root cause of the patient's discomfort.

We also educate our patients on their particular condition(s) and offer practical advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle both during and after treatment.

Our 360-Degree Services
We specialize in treating victims of automobile accidents and those that have been injured in the workplace or by slip-and-fall mishaps. Our patients' long-term health and wellness are our foremost priorities. So, our obligation doesn't end with diagnosis and treatment. We also work closely with attorneys on insurance claims and provide accurate information to ensure that our patients receive just compensation.

If you or a loved one needs chiropractic care in Greenville (NC), call us at 1-800-BACK-DOC to schedule a free initial consultation session. You can also use the form on the right to get in touch with us.

 

     

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  2. We are in the winter months now and many people are becoming sick with sore throats, the flu, colds, and even ear infections. Ear infections are very common and can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of an ear infection are drainage from the ear and nose, fever, not being able to sleep or eat, and the most common symptom is ear pain. Ear infections are caused from the blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The tubes allow equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. Due to the Eustachian tubes being blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones that stick out the sides of a vertebrae run next to the Eustachian tubes. When a vertebrae is misaligned the tissues will become swollen causing the tubes to be blocked. Chiropractic works by relieving pressure off the Eustachian tubes and reduces the tissue swelling allowing the inner ear to drain. To see if chiropractic may help call 252-756-6111 today for your free consultation.

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  3. Are you experiencing pain in your low back and maybe down the back of your legs? If you are this could be a sign of sciatica. It is due to the irritation of the sciatic nerves, which is the largest nerves of the body. The pain will usually start in the low back and then radiate down the back of either or both legs. Sciatica can lead to numbness, tingling, burning, pain in the back of calf, weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty walking, and the inability to move the foot or bend the knee. If the vertebrae in the low back is misaligned or out of place, the result is pressure on the nearby nerves. This is where Chiropractic comes into play. Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned, out of place vertebrae and also can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve. Which result in reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. If you feel that this a condition you may have please call Wirth Chiropractic at 252-756-6111 for your free consultation.

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  4. Are you experiencing fatigue, body aches, chronic muscle pain, or even numbness in the hands? If so, this could be a sign of fibromyalgia. It can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus. To be diagnosed you would of have to been experiencing widespread pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites for at least three months. Out of the 18 tender spots it usually includes tissues or muscles of the neck, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, thighs, knees, arms and buttocks. The pain you experience could feel something along the lines of a deep aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning pain. Chiropractic care can help work on relieving pain and symptoms with fibromyalgia just by making an adjustment to the neck and spine. Call Wirth Chiropractic at 252-756-6111 and get your adjustment today.

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  5. Bring out the bats, balls, and gloves because baseball is back. Injuries are very common in any sport but one injury that is known in baseball is Little League Elbow. It is most common among pre-teen and early teenagers who play baseball or even softball. It develops from the repetitive throwing that creates a strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow. Symptoms that may develop are swelling or soreness to the elbow, and experiencing pain while catching, throwing overhand, or locking of the elbow. Here are some ways that you can try and prevent the Little League Elbow injury. Always warm up and stretch your muscles before you start pitching or playing any game. Recommend not throwing curve balls until high school when the growth plate in your elbow is fully fused with the bone. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we can offer guidelines on exercises, conditioning techniques, nutrition, and general fitness. Chiropractic is also able to correct misalignment in the vertebrae and can remove pressure that is placed on the nerves, reducing pain and improving flexibility. If you think this injury is something your child or even you make have please give us a call at 252-756-6111 so we can set up your FREE consultation.

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  6. Everyone has experienced some type of headache. Whether it be just a normal headache or a migraine. Migraines can be the worst and most miserable feeling ever. They are most common among females who range from the age of 10 on up to 46 years old. Migraines come about when blood vessels dilate, which then lead to a severe headache. Symptoms of a migraine can be a throbbing, pulsating pain, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of appetite, and even neck pain. Migraines occur on the sides of your forehead or just may appear on one side. Usually, migraines last from about 6 hours to about 48 hours. If you are experiencing a migraine or headache that just want go away, chiropractic treatment can help.

    Wirth Chiropractic can correct the underlying causes of headaches and relieve symptoms associated with migraines. Call today and we will get you back on the right track!

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  7. School is back and it is time to start lugging around those heavy book bags again. Did you know that the excessive weight of textbooks and school supplies can cause your child or you to have a spinal injury or a vertebral subluxation. A vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the spinal column, which then causes irritation to the nervous system. If you or your child is going to carry a book bag make sure that you carry it over both shoulders or one that has wheels. Carrying it over one shoulder puts all the weight on one side of your body. Also, if you are carrying it over both shoulders make sure you do not wear it too low, so it does not put majority of weight on your neck and spine. If you or your child continues doing these bad habits it could eventually lead to headaches, dizziness, and severe back and neck pain. If your child or you are experiencing any of the following systems a chiropractor can help. We specialize in headaches, neck pain, and back pain. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we can help you or your child get back on the right track.

    Tips for carrying a book bag:

    -No more than 10% of your body weight

    -Heaviest items closest to your spine

    -Use a book bag that has wheels if you can

    -Use both straps

    -Make sure the straps are fit snug to your back

    -The bottom of the book bag should rest in the curve of the lower back

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  8. Okay so this blog today is for the ladies out there who love to wear high heels. How many of you love going shopping and getting you a new pair of high heel shoes? Well we all know that those pair of heels will go great with that outfit, but have you ever thought about how bad they are for you feet, knees, and low back? As we all know high heel shoes of course raise your heels which therefore put more pressure on the front of your foot. Most of your weight is shifted forward in the lower body and the upper body compensates by shifting the weight back. The weight that is being shifted increases the curve in the lower back, which can lead to several problems.

    The first problem is foot pain. The increased pressure on the front part of your foot can lead to pain itself. As you are walking in heels you may not notice that your steps are more frequent and shorter, which will then increase the number of impacts the foot takes while at the same time compromising its ability to absorb the shock. Bunions will also develop from high heels just due to the small space allowed for your toes.

    Knee pain is caused from the ongoing impacts that are not absorbed well in the foot which therefore will increase the stress in the knees and knee caps.

    Low back pain is caused from the position change in the low back and the increase of pressure on the posterior joints of the spine. Staying in this position uses muscles that are not normally used and can lead to muscle pain.

    Here are a few side effects for wearing high heels:

    1.) High heels change your posture unnaturally, and therefore increases the angle of the lower back.

    2.) The higher the heel, the more pressure on the front foot. Which can lead to bruising, stress fracture, hammertoes, metatarsalgia, dropped arches, and bunions.

    3.) Tightness in the calves

    4.) Ankle injuries

    5.) More pressure on the knees which cause joint degeneration. Also leads to osteoarthritis.

    So the next pair of high heels or shoes you decide to get, make sure they are good for your feet to prevent injuries. If you are having problems with the injuries that were discussed, please give us a call at 252-756-6111! Chiropractic treatment helps by adjusting the extremities and also correcting joint dysfunction. Also we are able to do a full evaluation to see how wearing high heels has affected the rest of the body. So make sure the next time you go shopping for a new pair of shoes that they are comfortable for you and your body.

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  9. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we specialize in headaches, neck pain, back pain, and auto accidents. Car accidents occur every day and no matter what speed you may be going your body may still sustain an injury. If you are to get into an accident, call you chiropractor right away. If you don’t your insurance company may try to separate your accident from your injury, allowing you to not be able to get the treatment you need.

    If you have never been to a chiropractor before, here at Wirth Chiropracic for your first visit of course you will have to fill out some paperwork. Following the paperwork Dr. Wirth will discuss with you the accident. He will want to know how fast the vehicle was going and what type of impact it was. He will also go through each area that you are experiencing pain allowing him to start treatment.

    After the evaluation, Dr. Wirth will set up a treatment plan. The plan will require you to return back on a weekly basis to make sure your body is able to readjust  correctly back to its normal state.

    Our patients care is the number one priority. Dr. Wirth and the staff will be with you every step of the way, making sure that you are taken very good care of. If you have any questions regarding an auto accident, please give us a call. Your body may be in more damage than you think.

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  10. Did you know living an active lifestyle could increase your chances of living longer and having more energy? Exercising is good for everyone, regardless of your sex, age, or physical ability. Here are a few ways exercise can improve your lifestyle:

    -Exercising which everyone knows controls your weight. You burn calories, burn fat, and lose weight. As you are out doing your daily activities try making better decisions like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or eating something a little healthier instead of the very easy fast food restaurants.

    -Exercising also helps preventing health conditions and diseases. Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein, which is good cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. Doing physical activity helps prevent many health problems like stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis, and even certain cancers.

    -Being active also increases your mood. Have you ever been so stressed out or mad about something, you feel like you need to let off a little steam? Try going for a run on the treadmill or lift a few weights at the gym. You can even take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You will also feel better about yourself and have more confidence.

    -Exercising will also help you sleep at night. One thing you do not want to do would be to work out shortly before you are about to go to bed. Working out gets you energized and you may have to much energy to fall asleep.

    -Does your sex drive happen to be a little down? Exercising leaves you feeling more confident and feeling better about yourself. Physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for woman and men are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.

    -Exercising is also fun especially if you have a friend or family member to participate with you. It is a way to make new friends or bond with the friends and family you already have.

    Daily physical activity and getting involved with Chiropractic treatment is also important in managing low back or neck pain. Exercising and chiropractic treatment helps strengthen the low back, promotes proper digestion, keeps the muscles in proper tone and promotes better circulation. Here at Wirth Chiropractic we demonstrate several exercises that help strengthen your lower back and even other areas that you may be experiencing problems. Call today and we will help you get back on the right track.

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  11. A lot of you may already know what Chiropractic is. Some of you may have no idea. Well for those who don’t know much about Chiropractic care it is a health care profession that focuses a lot on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic treatment tends to, but are not limited to, neck pain, back pain, pain to the joints of the arms and legs, and even headaches.

    Doctors of chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands on approach to healthcare. Chiropractors are also able to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Also, chiropractors can give you a nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.

    One of the most common procedures done by a chiropractor is something called a spinal manipulation, which is also called a chiropractic adjustment. The reason for this procedure is to restore joint mobility by applying a controlled force into the joints that have become tissue injuries. Tissue injuries can be caused by various cases, lifting a heavy object, sitting in a awkward position for a long period of time without good posture, a slip and fall, or even a car accident that has given you whiplash or injured your body in some way. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that causes inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Performing an adjustment restores mobility, which will alleviate some of the pain and muscle tightness which will then allow the tissues to heal.

    After an adjustment you may have a little bit of soreness or may become achy but in about 12 to 48 hours it should ease off. Chiropractic adjustment hardly ever causes discomfort.

    Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine whether chiropractic treatment is necessary.

    If you feel chiropractic treatment may help you or you have any questions, please give Wirth Chiropractic a call today.

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  12. Stress can sometimes play a big role in peoples lives. Especially with the holidays coming up, getting that perfect gift can be stressful. Getting bills paid, your work, family and friends can be challenging situations that create stress in our lives. According to a study done by The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, indicates that there is a relationship between chiropractic and the effect it can have on dealing with stress situations in your life.

    Out of the study that was done one in three people viewed their lives as moderately to severely stressful, and more than 50% felt that stress had a moderate to severe impact 0n their health problems.

    Symptoms include headaches, backache, fatigue, also cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis), digestive problems (ulcers and colitis), and sleeping difficulties.

    If you would like some advice on how to deal with stress come and make a visit to Wirth Chiropractic. Dr. Wirth will sit down with you and talk about all the stressful situations that you have going on in your life. He can help you get through this stressful time in your life. Improving nerve and spinal function has a dramatic impact on improving emotional, mental, and physical function. Talk to your chiropractor today about advice on how to deal with stress and be sure to talk about your personal situations that you have going on.

    Call Wirth Chiropractic today so you can be stress free and on the road to feeling great.

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  13. Everyone has whats called a spine. It runs all the way up and down your back. People tend to forget that you only have one, and there are no transplants for a new spine. So in order to keep it healthy you have to take care of it. So here are a few tips that you can do, given by the American Chiropractic Association, to a better spine:

    Standing:

    • When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other, with your knees slightly bent. Doing this takes pressure off your low back.
    • Do not stand bent at the waist for a long period of time.

    Lifting:

    • Avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your spine, especially while lifting.
    • If the item is to heavy to lift, push it instead. Never lift with your back. Whenever possible lift or push with your legs.
    • Get someone to help you if the item is too heavy.

    Sitting:

    • Keep your hips slightly lower than your knees, with your head up and back straight.
    • Avoid slouching, or rolling your shoulders forward.
    • Try to maintain the natural curve in your low back.

    Reaching and Bending:

    • If the item is above shoulder level, get a stool. Reaching for an object can cause neck, back, and shoulder issues.
    • Do not bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or table.
    • Kneel down on one knee to pick the item up, with the other foot flat on the floor.
    • You can also bend at your knees, keeping the item close to the body, and lift with your legs.

    Carrying:

    • Keep the item as close to your body as possible.

    Healthy Diet and Exercise:

    • Extra weight puts strain on the spine.
    • Beer belly is the worst, putting unwanted pressure on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your low back.
    • Eat healthy.

    Sleeping:

    • Sleeping on your back puts about 50 pounds of pressure on your spine.
    • Placing a pillow between your knees may reduce the pressure on your back.
    • Make sure you sleep in a position that your body likes and is not painful.

    Quit Smoking:

    • Smokers heal slower when they experience back pain because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around your spine.

    If you are experiencing any lower back pain, please give Wirth Chiropractic a call today so we can get you on the road to feeling better.

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  14. Kinesiology taping was invented by a man named Kenzo Kase. It is a therapeutic way of correcting muscle function and joint movement without the use of a brace or cast. The tape works like a brace holding your muscles and joints in the proper position allowing your muscles to relax. The tape can be applied all over the body. Including your shoulders, neck, back, hamstrings and calves. Many athletes use Kinesio taping because the tape can be applied before, during and after activity so you are able to still perform at the same time preventing any further injury. Kinesio tape is latex free and waterproof so you are able to wear it more than a day. Kids and older aged patients should wear the tape for about a day. Middle-aged patients are able to wear it up to five days. If it starts to become irritated with a rash or redness take it off immediately.

    Here at Wirth Chiropractic we use Kinesio taping everyday. From taping the neck and shoulders, to the lower back and calves. Patients are truly amazed with the outcome of the tape. Allowing them to sleep better, ease the pain, and on the way to a quicker recovery.

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  15. Did you know that according to the American Chiropractic Association that more than 20 million Americans experience osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes the cartilages between the bones to break down, causing pain, swelling, and even loss of motion.

    Many people who experience osteoarthritis are females and are usually 65 years or older. The following causes could be by a family history, obesity, not exercising and previous joint injuries.

    If you think you could be at risk or might be experiencing osteoarthritis, here are a few signs:

    • The feeling or sound of bones gliding together
    • Swelling or tenderness in the joints
    • Joint stiffness after sitting, sleeping, or not moving for a period of time

    To help relieve some of the pain, exercising is the best treatment. Exercising daily helps strengthen the muscles allowing more mobility and function in the joints. Exercising may include walking, light weight training, stair climbing, and even water aerobics. While you are working out don’t push yourself to hard. Listen to your body and know when to stop.

    Another route that you can take is chiropractic treatment. Here at Wirth Chiropractic, Dr. Wirth can detect degenerative changes in the joints and help relieve the pain, increasing joint function through different types of therapies. Dr. Wirth will also provide you with exercises that will help ease the pain.

    If you are struggling with osteoarthritis, call Wirth Chiropractic today!

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  16. Have you ever had the experience of low back pain? Having the inability to bend, sit, stand, or barely walk? Back pain is the single leading cause of disability all over the world. In many situations of back pain, most cases were not caused by serious conditions. Many are minor and can be treated over a period of time. Statistics show that 80% of the population will experience a back problem.

    You back consist of bones, ligaments, joints, and muscles. Back pain can be caused by many different injuries. You could experience a sprained ligament, a strained muscle, a ruptured disk, or even a irritated joint. All of these injuries could lead to serious back pain. Other causes could be arthritis, poor posture, obesity, or even psychological stress.

    The safest and most cost effective treatment for back pain is chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic spinal manipulation helps reduce pain, decreases medication, and may require a small amount of bed rest. Before any type of surgery always try chiropractic treatment first.

    Majority of people will experience back pain at least once in their life. A couple of ways to help prevent back pain are:

    • Eat a healthy and clean diet
    • Watch your weight and make sure you are not over or under your recommended weight
    • Stay active
    • Warm up and stretch before exercises
    • Have good posture
    • Try to restrain from wearing high heels
    • Always lift with your knees and don’t twist while lifting
    • Quit smoking

    If you are experiencing back pain give Wirth Chiropractic a call today! Don’t live with the pain and let surgery be your last option. Let us help you!

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  17. Every year, there are thousands of auto accidents that take place all over the United States, with many people becoming injured because of these terrible accidents. Many people believe that in order to sustain major damage to your musculoskeletal system, you need to have been in a severe auto accident. But this isn’t the case.

    Even speeds as low as 5 mph can cause painful injuries such as whiplash, where the cervical spine is knocked out of alignment. Since a fender-bender is usually considered to be a minor auto accident, people rarely seek treatment from a chiropractor. But the truth is, that consulting with a chiropractor in a prompt manner can make actually make all the difference in taking care of serious injuries so that they do not escalate, and lead to a lifetime of problems in the future. 

    Common Indicators of Whiplash

    Whiplash is one of the most common results of a car accident. It causes the spine to destabilize, leading to severe pain. The following is the most common signs that a person is suffering from whiplash:

    • Blurred vision
    • Neck pain
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Shoulder pain
    • Reduced range of motion in the neck
    • Arm pain
    • Neck stiffness
    • Low back pain

    What to do Next?

    The very next step after you have been in a car accident is to consult with an experienced chiropractor. These professionals can help loosen stiff muscles and treat whiplash, soft tissue injuries, neck injuries, and back injuries which are a result of a vehicular accident.

    What a Chiropractor Does

    A chiropractor will begin by diagnosing what your injuries have been due to and will go on to create a treatment plan for the best possible way to help you heal. Following this treatment plan to the tee will be the key to ensuring that your injuries are short-term, and do not cause you any harm in the future. Most injuries caused due to auto accidents such as soft tissue injuries are not visible externally.

    These might not even begin to pain you immediately. So you may think that there is no reason to see a chiropractor. But visiting a chiropractor after an auto accident injury is the first step in the right direction.  

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  18. When a person suffers an auto injury such as whiplash, they are most likely to experience pain in their back and neck. This happens when the musculoskeletal system of the person is whipped out of proper alignment due to the force of an auto accident. But with outstanding chiropractic care, the harmful effects of whiplash may be minimized.

    How Whiplash Occurs

    When the force of a rear-impact accident causes a person’s cervical spine to whip backwards or forwards, a whiplash injury might occur. This abrupt movement strains the muscles in the neck, leading to stiffness, pain and soreness, and also knocks the spine out of alignment.

    Symptoms of an Accident Injury

    An accident injury could cause several symptoms in a persona such as neck and back pain, shoulder pain, migraines, headaches, weakness in limbs, sleep disturbances, dizziness, blurred vision, and forgetfulness to name a few. 

    Medication for Whiplash Injury

    Usually, medication is administered to the victim of a whiplash injury so as to ease their pain. This medication takes the form of prescription pain killers, which can be quite effective in providing immediate, but short-term relief to patients. These drugs however, do not work as a long term solution. In addition to that, medication isn’t able to assist patients in regaining mobility after a spinal injury. That is where chiropractic care comes in.

    Chiropractic Care & Whiplash Injury

    Chiropractic care can go a long way in providing long term relief to patients suffering from whiplash injury. The underlying whiplash injury is treated by chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments work by relieving pressure on the muscles and nerves, and by realigning the spine back to its original position. Other therapies such as corrective exercise are used along with chiropractic care to help the body bring back a full range of motion.

    How a Chiropractor Helps

    If a person has been a victim of a whiplash injury, they should consult with a chiropractor immediately to avoid long term damage. A persona suffering from chronic and acute pain can benefit from immediate chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor will be able to diagnose the issue in question, and formulate a custom treatment program which supports the natural healing process of your body.

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  19. When a person experiences an auto injury such as whiplash, their musculoskeletal system is whipped out of proper alignment due to the force of the accident. This causes pain in the back and neck. The immediate course of action involving an auto injury such as whiplash is to consult with a qualified and experienced chiropractor.

    The right chiropractic treatment is unique to every whiplash injury that is sustained. These are directed at the primary dysfunctions which are usually detected during the chiropractic exam. But there are a few treatments for whiplash that chiropractors commonly employ such as:

        Manipulation

    • The most basic chiropractic treatment for whiplash is spinal manipulation, which involves the joint to be gently moved into the direction in which it is restricted. This is also called chiropractic adjustment and may involve a short thrust to be applied in that direction. In some cases, a slow mobilizing movement is used instead of a thrust.

        Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation

    • To treat muscle dysfunction and to aid relaxation and/or stimulation, a chiropractor gently stretches the muscle with excessive tension or repeated contractions of the muscle that is inhibited. A chiropractor may apply a more vigorous stretch if the muscle is extremely tight. To relieve pain associated with the tightening of muscles, a chiropractor might apply gentle finger pressure to trigger points.

        Exercises

    • There are many different exercises that chiropractors use to treat patients with whiplash injuries. Two of the most common are McKenzie exercises and stabilization/sensorimotor exercises. McKenzie exercises help reduce the disc derangement that is related to a whiplash injury. Stabilization/sensorimotor exercises are designed to correct erroneous movement patterns in everyday life and routine activities.

        Ergonomic and lifestyle changes

    Finally, the chiropractor may suggest certain ergonomic and lifestyle improvements that the patient can make so that everyday activities have minimal strain on their bodies. Factors in the patient’s workplace, home or their recreational activities which may further perpetuate dysfunctions are taken into consideration. Spinal care professionals also teach the patient better "use of self" and stress reduction techniques to keep chiropractic problems at bay. 

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  20. Chiropractor can help with auto injuries

    Every year, there are thousands of auto accidents that take place all over the United States, with many people becoming injured because of these terrible accidents. Many people believe that in order to sustain major damage to your musculoskeletal system, you need to have been in a severe auto accident. But this isn’t the case.

    Even speeds as low as 5 mph can cause painful injuries such as whiplash, where the cervical spine is knocked out of alignment. Since a fender-bender is usually considered to be a minor auto accident, people rarely seek treatment from a chiropractor. But the truth is, that consulting with a chiropractor in a prompt manner can make actually make all the difference in taking care of serious injuries so that they do not escalate, and lead to a lifetime of problems in the future. 

    Common Indicators of Whiplash

    Whiplash is one of the most common results of a car accident. It causes the spine to destabilize, leading to severe pain. The following is the most common signs that a person is suffering from whiplash:

    • Blurred vision
    • Neck pain
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Shoulder pain
    • Reduced range of motion in the neck
    • Arm pain
    • Neck stiffness
    • Low back pain

    What to do Next?

    The very next step after you have been in a car accident is to consult with an experienced chiropractor. These professionals can help loosen stiff muscles and treat whiplash, soft tissue injuries, neck injuries, and back injuries which are a result of a vehicular accident.

    What a Chiropractor Does

    A chiropractor will begin by diagnosing what your injuries have been due to and will go on to create a treatment plan for the best possible way to help you heal. Following this treatment plan to the tee will be the key to ensuring that your injuries are short-term, and do not cause you any harm in the future. Most injuries caused due to auto accidents such as soft tissue injuries are not visible externally.

    These might not even begin to pain you immediately. So you may think that there is no reason to see a chiropractor. But visiting a chiropractor after an auto accident injury is the first step in the right direction. 

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  21. chiropractor after auto injury

    Whether you have been in a minor or a major car accident, you could benefit from seeing a chiropractor. According to research, a persona can suffer from serious injuries such as whiplash, even if a vehicle is going as slow as 5mph. Just because there aren’t any external injuries after you have been the victim of an auto accident, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek the expert advice from a registered chiropractor.

    Your back and neck are sensitive regions of your body, whose symptoms may manifest even after a few weeks. If ignored, these symptoms could worsen over the years and lead to a debilitating injury.

    Benefits of Visiting a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

    There are three main reasons that a person injured in a car accident should visit a chiropractor:

    • To Decrease Pain
    • To Increase Mobility
    • To Prevent Further Injury

    After a car wreck, there might be a good chance that your spine might get misaligned. These injuries might not cause you to experience much pain initially, but if ignored over time, they tend to worsen and become more painful. When you visit a chiropractor, this pain is kept at a minimum. There are pain medications to decrease pain, but these are short-term solutions which have no long-term effects. Pain medication is also said to be addictive and should be avoided over an extended period of time and should be used in compliance with the proper dosage.

    Injuries caused by car accidents tend not only to cause pain, but also hamper the range of mobility in your spine and joints. Soreness and stiffness in the affected area is one of the most common side effects. A chiropractor will be able to exercises and a treatment program which is designed to restore a full, healthy range of motion.

    Your body can be weakened and more susceptible to damage in the future with the injuries you sustain in a car accident. If you have already been injured, something as simple as a minor fall, could trigger off major damage in the long run. Chiropractic care can ensure that your body transitions back to normal as soon as possible, with the least long-term issues possible.  

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  22. reasons to see a chiropractor

    Chiropractic treatment is practiced by professional chiropractors. The chiropractor helps to detect, treat, and relieve disorders related to the muscular and skeletal systems that often hampers individuals in their daily life. They diagnose and help in treatment of joint malfunctions in various parts of our body. Common types of chiropractic treatment are used for back, neck, shoulder lower back, and knee pains and disruptions.

    While experiencing headaches, migraines

    All parts of the body are interconnected, and a pain in the lower or upper back can often result in severe migraines. With proper treatment of muscles and the spinal cord, these migraines and headaches can be prevented and treated by chiropractors.

    While experiencing back and neck pains

    Since chiropractors work in a major way with the spinal cord, back, lower back, and neck pains can be treated with therapy, exercise, and preventive measures for these aches. The spinal manipulation techniques can help reduce and even cure the pains experienced by a patient.

    When experiencing chronic period pain

    Even severe period pains can be caused by interference in the central nervous system which severely deters a woman’s health. Intense menstrual cramps can be lessened or relief can be provided through spinal realignment and other chiropractic treatments.

    When experiencing knee or joint pains

    Arthritis often affects knee joints causing a person acute pain. Other knee problems can also be caused by tear or ligament pulls that a sportsperson or obese people may often face. If you are unable to bend or move your knees or have been advised to rest because of your arthritis, consulting a chiropractor may provide alternative diagnosis and possibly a cure.

    When experiencing pain due to posture

    While working long hours or even while sleeping, our posture may be the cause for enduring discomfort due to back, neck, and shoulder pains. A chiropractor can help in correcting bad posture movements by deep massaging the muscles and tissues and activating exercises that strengthen the skeletal muscles.

    When experiencing sciatica

    Sciatica brings about numbness or acute pain in the back of one’s legs and is generally a symptom of other problems like disc bulge and spasms of muscles. According to your condition, a chiropractor make require tests to be done and would gauge the kind of treatment required for your problem.

    When experiencing shoulder pains

    Severe shoulder pains due to tendons being pulled, frozen shoulder(s), and even neck pains can hamper normal movement. Depending on the extremity of your pain, chiropractic treatment can be used to reduce the pain through muscle enhancement techniques, exercising, and even nutritional diet plans.

    Chiropractic treatment depends on the medical condition of an individual and the degree and nature of their problem. One must visit a certified chiropractor to know if their medical problems can be treated.

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  23. auto accident and chiropractic care

    Many problems arise after auto accidents. Even minor accidents result in severe problems. Some auto accident injuries may take weeks or even months to manifest themselves. Owing to this, most injuries are not taken care of properly and this results in long-term health issues. It is incredibly important to get yourself checked by a doctor who is trained in dealing with soft tissue injuries. The professional you need is a chiropractor.

    1. Who is going to pay to fix my car?
    2. Who should I see first – a chiropractor or an attorney?
    3. What if my car hasn’t been damaged at all – do I still need to see a chiropractor?
    4. My insurance company wants to settle. Should I accept?
    5. Isn’t seeing a medical doctor enough? I’ve been examined by a medical doctor; do I still need to see a chiropractor?

    This is simply the wrong question to ask! Most people who go through a car accident have only one thing in mind – their car! The important question that needs to be answered first is – Are you hurt or in pain? Your health has to be top priority, everything else comes after that.

    Before you visit an attorney, you need to know exactly how the accident has affected you. This is pertinent information that your attorney will ask for. This information will be available to you after the chiropractor does a check-up. So it logically follows that you need to visit your chiropractor before calling your attorney.

    The state of your car has no co-relation with the state of your body. Research and experience shows that even minor accidents that leave your car undamaged can cause whiplash and other injuries to the people inside the car.

    Not before you see a chiropractor. Do not sign a waiver or settlement until you meet with the chiropractor who will be able to determine the extent of your injuries. If you settle before seeing a chiropractor, your insurance will no longer cover any fees. This means that you will have to pay out of your own pocket for any needed treatment.

    Medical doctors focus on discovering life-threatening conditions and checking vital signs. While these doctors are well-trained in examining broken bones and visible injuries, they are not trained in examining musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries. The pain medication offered by the medical doctor might help you feel better in the short-term but for long-term palliative relief, you need the expertise of a chiropractor. 

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  24. Car accident & injury & Back pain

    Car accidents start and finish in a matter of seconds. However, these seconds often to seem to last a lifetime. After the car accident, keeping a rational mind and a sane head on your shoulders might be more difficult that you think.

    Maintain Your Emotions

    Adrenaline is most likely coursing through your veins and the sheer amount of stimulus you are facing is incredible. However, there are a still a few things that need to be done immediately after a car accident. It might be easier on you to understand what needs to be done beforehand so that you will be able to follow the steps even without really thinking about it.

        Be prepared. Always keep a pencil and paper in your glove box. In case of a car accident or a hit-and-run, you might need to jot down pertinent information at a moment’s notice. Also ensure that you have all necessary medical information in your car.

        Stay calm. Though it may sound difficult to be calm when every nerve ending in your body is telling you to panic, it has to be done. Try to stay focused and attentive, and take in all the information.

        Are you injured? This is perhaps the most crucial thing to do after an auto accident – check if you or any of the passengers in your car are injured. If you are injured or are not sure, call for an ambulance. It is better to be safe than sorry in such a situation. Your health and the health of your passengers has to be top priority.

        Document it all. Even if you were in a minor car accident, insurance claims will require you to document every single thing that took place. Notify the police officials who will document the accident and put it on record.

        Don’t sign any documents unless it is official police work or a document given to you by your insurance agent. Of course, do not sign any waiver.

        Don’t tell anyone that you were at fault in the auto accident. This is information that you should share only with your attorney.

        Take care of yourself. After the immediate aftermath of the car accident is over, make an appointment to see your chiropractor. Even if you are not feeling injured, chances are that your body has suffered through significant whiplash and strain. A visit to the chiropractor will ensure that even the smallest of injuries are discovered before they have serious long-term effects on your health.

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  25. Myths about auto accident injuries

    When it comes to car accidents, myths abound. In case of severe car accidents where cars are totaled and bones are broken, the case is fairly simple. However, the truth is that even minor fender-benders can and do cause extensive injuries.

    Myth No. 1 Everyone who claims to be injured in a car accident is faking it. If you can’t see the injury, it isn’t there!

    This can’t be farther away from the truth. Many severe injuries like concussions and whiplash have no physical manifestations. This doesn’t make them fake. The truth is that while there are people out there who abuse the system to make a quick buck, it doesn’t mean that everyone is. Picture this – cars that weight thousands of pound in cold hard metal collide with each other, and a person is caught between all this! It would be abnormal if you were not hurt!

    Myth No. 2 It’s just a sprain. Leave it alone, and it will heal within 6 – 12 weeks.

    People around you as well as insurance adjusters would love for you to believe this one! It is important to remember that insurance adjusters are not medical professionals and have no medical training whatsoever. Their primary interest lies in getting you to agree to a settlement. The truth of the matter is that injuries to soft tissue often last for an average of 10.8 years, as per research by Gargan and Bannister. Soft tissue injuries require all the medical attention that other injuries get. This is where a chiropractor comes in. Just like you would go to a dentist if your tooth was hurting, a chiropractor is needed for treating injuries to joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.

    Myth No. 3 Your car is fine! There is almost no damage to your vehicle, therefore, you could not possibly be seriously injured.

    Car accident injuries do not work in proportion to the extent of damage that the car has suffered. Therefore, the understanding that if the car is fine, you must be too is wrong. Studies show that even 8 mph car collisions cause whiplash. In fact, research by Martinez in “A Model for Whiplash” shows that at 8 mph, a collision would produce twice the normal force of gravity while the occupants head will experience acceleration of 5 times!

    After an accident, one of the first things you need to do is visit a chiropractor who will be able to tell you what the exact extent of your injuries is. 

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  26. what to expect at a post auto accident chiropractor visit

    Most people are more concerned of the legal implications of being in an auto accident. The health concerns that arise with auto accident injuries are generally pushed to the back of the mind. Particularly, if the injuries are not considered sever or there are no visible signs of the injury (broken bones, bleeding), they are more liable to be ignored.

    Never Assume

    Your car may not be damaged in the fender-bender you were involved in because you were driving at no more than 8 – 12 mph but your body is a whole different ball game. Even at these low speeds, whiplash injuries are a distinct possibility.

    Even if you are not feeling any pain or injury after the auto accident, you must visit your chiropractor immediately. If you do not do so, chances are that your insurance adjuster will claim that the visit to the chiropractor at a later date had nothing to do with injuries caused by the auto accident.

    At the Appointment

    Get all the information that you can about the auto accident before you visit the chiropractor, because they will have lots of questions for you. These questions include the sequence of the accident, what exactly happened during and after the accident, the angle at which the car was hit, what speed did the collision take places at and more.

    Most importantly, the chiropractor will want to know whether anything is hurting in your body to determine how your body reacted to the car accident. If there are any parts of your body that are in pain, be sure to mention this to your chiropractor. Also, describe the severity of the pain.

    Most chiropractors will use technology to check the muscle tension in the neck and spine to determine if any of these areas have been affected in the auto accident. The data produced during the evaluation will also serve to strengthen your auto accident case, if one exists.

    Proper Rest

    Finally, the chiropractor will recommend a treatment plan to readjust your body. You may need to return for another visit or more in the course of the next few weeks to ensure that the treatment plan is working. You may also be asked to refrain from lifting a heavy object or putting any strain on the affected areas of your body during this time. This will serve to hasten the process of healing.

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  27. Chiropractic care for back pain after an auto accident injury

    There are many causes of back pain. Sports injuries and muscle pulls are a couple of them. Most people who have suffered through auto accidents end up with severe back pain that may show up weeks after the accident took place. One of the most effective ways of dealing with back pain is by opening the door to chiropractic care. Every year, more than 22 million Americans choose to visit chiropractors for a variety of ailments. Of these, approximately 7.7 million face back pain issues owing to auto accidents and other injuries.

    What is Chiropractic Care?

    A chiropractor or DC is one who has completed an undergraduate degree along with 4 years of study in a chiropractic college. Such a professional is well-versed with manual spinal manipulation and other alternative treatment options like massage therapy. Chiropractic is basically a palliative treatment or pain relief treatment for musculature, bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in sync with other conventional medical methodology.

    The primary theory behind chiropractic is that if the musculoskeletal structure of a body is aligned properly, the body will manage to heal without the need for surgery or medication. With this end in mind, chiropractic care for back ache is aimed at manually manipulating the spine to bring mobility to the tissue that has become restricted due to auto accident injuries.

    Benefits of Chiropractic Care Post-Auto Accident

    Acute back pain that may arise due to a sudden injury is common and generally lasts approximately 6 weeks or so. Chronic back pain lasts much longer, and is more debilitating because of its constant presence. Chronic back pain that is caused due to auto accident injuries have been known to be treated effectively through expert chiropractic care. Research also shows that chiropractic helps in the alleviation of other allied problems like neck pain and headaches. A safe and effective treatment option, chiropractic care is best left to the experts.

    A chiropractor will first ask for your medical history to ensure that none of the spinal manipulation techniques are at odds with your history. After a thorough physical examination, chiropractors will most likely ask for further lab tests and diagnostic imaging tests to determine the extent of damage done by the auto accident. Along with back pain relief manual adjustments, chiropractic care also includes exercise, rehabilitation, and proper nutritional counseling. 

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  28. car accident whiplash and injury care

    When a body is put through rapid deceleration or acceleration, it reacts by hyperextension of the neck. This phenomenon is known as whiplash. Whiplash is a common and dangerous physical reaction that causes plenty of injuries. If you have been in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken care of immediately.

    The symptoms of a whiplash injury may take a few weeks or months to show a physical manifestation. This may fool you into believing that you are not really hurt. If you find yourself suffering from symptoms such as neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, shoulder pain and fatigue, after a car accident, a visit to a chiropractor is imminent.

    Whiplash Injuries

    • Neck Pain: Perhaps the most common complaint that car accident victims have is neck pain. There can be many causes of neck pain. Whiplash injuries affect all areas around the neck, vertebrae discs, muscles, nerves, and ligaments. For example, if the outer wall of a disc has been torn during whiplash trauma, the result is a disc injury that causes chronic neck pain, amongst other issues.
    • Headaches: Another common complaint after whiplash injury, headaches can be debilitating if they are the result of muscle injury, cervical spine facet injury and even direct brain injury.
    • TMJ: Somewhat less common than the other two symptoms, TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is infinitely more debilitating. Pain is coupled with mandibular (jawline) pops and clicking in TMJ. This may make it very difficult for you to continue your life as you normally would. Chiropractors are medical professionals who are trained in every aspect of soft tissue, ligament, muscular damage, and more.

    Other injuries include back pain, specifically lower back pain. Particularly in cases of collisions caused by rear and side impact, lower back pain is almost always reported by car accident victims. The compression experienced by the lower back during and even after the collision is responsible for the pain.

    Care for Whiplash Injuries

    Chiropractic care coupled with proper rehabilitation of soft tissues is the most effective treatment for whiplash injuries. It is even more effective when massage therapy, rehab exercise and other therapies are added to the chiropractic care plan. Most people try to take these common symptoms in their stride, expecting the symptoms to take care of themselves. However, the truth is that these symptoms need to be dealt with immediately and with the precision that only chiropractic care can offer.

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  29. Chiropractor in greenville, role in an auto injury

    Unfortunately, automobile accidents are becoming more common, and when you are lucky, you suffer only some cuts and bruises. However, your injuries may not be as minor as they seem, as certain injuries may remain undetected and cause severe problems later. Therefore, it is best to consult Chiropractor Greenville, NC after an auto accident.

    Why Certain Auto Injuries Remain Hidden?

    In most automobile accidents, the person could be jerked sideways, or could be thrown violently forward or backwards. These sudden movements could cause the spine to misalign or could create tears in the muscles of the back and/or neck. The doctor who attends to you in the emergency room will check your body for wounds and cuts, and ask you if there is any pain. In most cases, the doctor will prescribe a standard painkiller or muscle relaxant. Generally, after an accident, most people do not suffer severe pain and therefore the doctor may not conduct a thorough examination. In such instances, the muscle tear or spinal misalignment can remain hidden and cause severe issues later.

    The Chiropractor's Role

    Chiropractor Greenville, NC is a medical professional trained in detecting and treating hidden soft tissue injuries, especially the ones suffered after an auto accident. This professional is also an expert on evaluating the spine for abnormalities or damage. If after the auto accident, you start experiencing neck or back pain or you suffer from consistent headaches, you definitely need to get yourself checked by a chiropractor. These symptoms should not be ignored even if they are mild, as they can worsen with time if they are not treated.

    An experienced Chiropractor Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough examination at the very first consultation and may take some x-rays or scans to determine the extent of your injuries. Based on the results and examination, an assessment is made for formulating an effective treatment plan.

    Treatments

    Depending on the type and extent of your auto injuries, chiropractor Greenville, NC will prescribe a suitable treatment option. For instance, if there is minor misalignment of your spine, the chiropractor might correct it with manual manipulation. Equipment that generate heat or sonic vibrations might also be used for stimulating blood vessels, muscles, and bones. This will improve circulation and hasten the healing process. The chiropractor might also instruct you to do certain breathing and stretching exercises that are conducive for your healing. You might also have to undergo deep tissue massages, and application of heat packs, depending on your auto injuries. 

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  30. chiropractor in Greenville, NC for whiplash injury

    In most car accidents, the victim suffers from whiplash auto injury, as the car would have been rear-ended. When another automobile hits your car from behind, your body will experience a sudden forward movement, but your neck and head will be thrown back. Even though this movement might not seem serious, it can cause severe pain in the neck, back, and in the head.

    The condition is also quite serious, since the sudden movement could have caused tears in the neck muscles or created issues in the upper part of the spinal column. Painkillers prescribed by a regular doctor might provide some relief initially, but you need to get this condition diagnosed by Chiropractor Greenville, NC as soon as possible after the accident, to receive proper treatment and alter the condition from worsening. 

    Proper Treatment

    A whiplash auto injury is not going to go away on its own in most cases, and you need the condition diagnosed correctly and get proper treatment from a qualified chiropractor Greenville, NC. Only a chiropractor will have the expertise to figure out the issue correctly and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan for managing pain and correcting the problem.

    Starting Out Right

    Each whiplash injury is different and therefore the treatment should be adjusted accordingly. First, the chiropractor will be thoroughly examining the accident victim, inquire about the different symptoms experienced by the patient, and might take x-rays to assess the auto injury in detail. Only when all this is done, the doctor will be able to formulate an effective treatment plan.

    Depending on the type and extent of the whiplash injury, the chiropractor might opt for different techniques such as manual manipulation, stimulating the muscles with sonic waves or heat, and may also prescribe certain stretching and relaxation exercises. Chiropractor Greenville, NC will also recommend the activities that are to be avoided in the daily routine of the patient to quicken the healing process and for making sure the injury does not become worse.

    Finding a fabulous Chiropractor Greenville, NC is not at all difficult. Many of your friends and family members will know of a genuine one, as soft tissue trauma and auto injuries are quite common, and they would have consulted a chiropractor before. Your regular physician or the lawyer who is going to file your injury claim will also know about an outstanding chiropractor in the Greenville, NC area.

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  31. Consult a Chiropractor in Greenville, NC Immediately after an Auto Accident

    After you are rear ended, you will most probably sit in your car for some time out of shock, and then venture out to find the contact and insurance information of the other driver. You will check your vehicle for damages and wait for the emergency services to arrive. Usually the pain will hit you after some time, and you will start becoming aware of the different injuries you have sustained. The first thing you are likely to notice are the cuts and bruises, since they will be clearly visible. However, you will also have aches and pains in different parts of your body, which need to be checked.

    A Specialist

    Usually, most people consult their regular physician after an auto accident. However, there are certain auto injuries that can remain undetected by regular physician's examination, and therefore it is important to consult chiropractor Greenville, NC. The chiropractor is a specialist, who can correctly diagnose and treat problems relating to connective tissues, spine, nerves, and certain organs.

    Your Doctor does not Know Everything

    Auto injuries that remain undetected by regular examination are easily detected by an experienced chiropractor. It is very important to detect these auto injuries at an early stage, as they can cause severe problems later if they remain untreated. In many cases, the accident victim may not show any symptoms of tissue damage, and injury might take weeks or even months to surface.

    Therefore, you need to consult a chiropractor Greenville, NC immediately after an accident, to make a correct evaluation of your condition. Minor symptoms like tingling sensations, numbness, coldness, stiffness, or even irritability are important clues for a chiropractor, who will be able to gauge the extent and type of auto injuries that you may be suffering from these symptoms.

    Your Priority

    It is important that you do not ignore any symptoms after an auto accident and consult a Chiropractor as soon as possible, even if you are not in pain or feel "fine". Auto injuries may take time to surface, and when they manifest symptoms quite late, the injury would have become quite serious. By such time, it will be more difficult to treat the injury, and it might result in some permanent damage as well. Therefore, consulting an experienced chiropractor Greenville, NC, specializing in auto injuries should be your priority after you have suffered in any accident. Do not be complacent or wait for symptoms to surface, since that can cause more damage and make the issue more serious.   

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  32. There are over six million automobile accidents every year in the US and in around fifty percent cases, the victims suffer serious injuries. While cuts and bruises are quite common, the main type of auto injury is whiplash, and it can have serious effects on the person's health if it is not detected and treated early. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a chiropractor in Greenville, NC, even when you have suffered minor injuries.   The Response of the Body after an Accident  It may seem quite surprising that a possibly serious injury like whiplash can go undetected. However, this could happen, since the reaction of the body after an accident is unique. Usually, after an accident, most people are worried about the damage done to their car and getting insurance information from the other driver, rather than their own physical condition.   This is because the body secretes adrenaline during the accident, which numbs the pain and you are able to carry on as though nothing has happened. This adrenaline can also mask auto injuries quite effectively, and sometimes the victim may not experience any symptoms for as long as a week or even months. Therefore, chiropractic care Greenville, NC is very important for early detection and timely treatment of auto injuries.   The Genuine Nature of Chiropractic Care  Auto accidents can cause various types of injuries. The person can suffer from spinal misalignment, torn ligaments and muscles, damaged nerves, bulging spinal discs, and damage to the spinal column. These injuries apart from causing pain can have adverse effects on the overall health of the person. Apart from these effects, auto injuries can also lead to degeneration of spinal discs, and early onset of osteoarthritis. A chiropractor Greenville, NC is expert in detecting auto injuries and can formulate effective treatment plan for arresting and curing the condition.   Several studies have also shown that chiropractic care plays a major role in diagnosing and treating whiplash injury, which is the most common type of auto injury. Journal of Orthopedic Medicine has clearly stated the high success rate of 74% to 93% that chiropractic care has had on persons suffering from whiplash injuries.   If you are involved in an auto accident, you need to first pay attention to your physical condition and seek medical attention. If you are not feeling any pain, you should remember that it could be the adrenaline in your body, and it does not necessarily mean that you are not injured. Secondly, a regular physician is not enough and you need chiropractor Greenville, NC to diagnose and treat your auto injuries effectively.

    There are over six million automobile accidents every year in the US and in around fifty percent cases, the victims suffer serious injuries. While cuts and bruises are quite common, the main type of auto injury is whiplash, and it can have serious effects on the person's health if it is not detected and treated early. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a chiropractor in Greenville, NC, even when you have suffered minor injuries.

    The Response of the Body after an Accident

    It may seem quite surprising that a possibly serious injury like whiplash can go undetected. However, this could happen, since the reaction of the body after an accident is unique. Usually, after an accident, most people are worried about the damage done to their car and getting insurance information from the other driver, rather than their own physical condition.

    This is because the body secretes adrenaline during the accident, which numbs the pain and you are able to carry on as though nothing has happened. This adrenaline can also mask auto injuries quite effectively, and sometimes the victim may not experience any symptoms for as long as a week or even months. Therefore, chiropractic care Greenville, NC is very important for early detection and timely treatment of auto injuries.

    The Genuine Nature of Chiropractic Care

    Auto accidents can cause various types of injuries. The person can suffer from spinal misalignment, torn ligaments and muscles, damaged nerves, bulging spinal discs, and damage to the spinal column. These injuries apart from causing pain can have adverse effects on the overall health of the person. Apart from these effects, auto injuries can also lead to degeneration of spinal discs, and early onset of osteoarthritis. A chiropractor Greenville, NC is expert in detecting auto injuries and can formulate effective treatment plan for arresting and curing the condition.

    Several studies have also shown that chiropractic care plays a major role in diagnosing and treating whiplash injury, which is the most common type of auto injury. Journal of Orthopedic Medicine has clearly stated the high success rate of 74% to 93% that chiropractic care has had on persons suffering from whiplash injuries.

    If you are involved in an auto accident, you need to first pay attention to your physical condition and seek medical attention. If you are not feeling any pain, you should remember that it could be the adrenaline in your body, and it does not necessarily mean that you are not injured. Secondly, a regular physician is not enough and you need chiropractor Greenville, NC to diagnose and treat your auto injuries effectively. 

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  33. chiropractor-car-accident-greenvilleAccording to a special study, only a third of auto accident victims choose to consult a chiropractor. These are not impressive statistics, since most accident victims suffer from whiplash auto injuries, and they need specialized care of chiropractor Dr. Wirth of Greenville, NC. With the increasing number of auto accidents, people should know about the importance of chiropractic care, especially when many auto injuries are likely to remain hidden, and manifest only after some time. 

    Knowing Where to Look

    Various factors can help determine the risk of possible injuries. Experts will usually take into account which part of the vehicle suffered the impact, the speed of the two vehicles, and the health and other physical conditions of the victim. A chiropractor will be looking out for the following main symptoms to determine the extent and type of auto injuries.

     

    • Arm pain
    • Neck pain
    • Leg pain
    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Tingling sensation
    • Numbness
    • Ringing sound in the ears
    • Loss of memory
    • Irritability

     

    Whiplash Injuries and Their Effects

    Whiplash is the most common auto injury, and it can remain undetected if a chiropractor is not consulted after the accident. In technical terms, whiplash is referred to as flexion extension injury, where there can be severe stretching or tears in neck ligaments and muscles, the spinal discs can bulge and protrude, and in most severe cases, the brain can be damaged. 

    What Youshould do After the Accident?

    After you have been checked by a regular physician, it is very important that you immediately consult chiropractor Dr. Wirth of Greenville, NC. This will ensure detection of any hidden auto injuries, and timely treatment of serious issues. Sometimes symptoms of auto injuries can crop up after a week or even months after the accident and the condition can deteriorate rapidly. It is therefore very important to detect the injury even when no symptoms are apparent, and only a chiropractor has the expertise and equipment to do this.

    Consulting chiropractor Dr. Wirth of Greenville, NC

    At the first consultation, the chiropractor will ask about how the accident took place, the symptoms you are experiencing, and will also conduct a thorough physical examination and may used various equipment such as x-rays and scans to detect the type and extent of auto injury. Special tests like motion X-ray or MRI scans might also be done. chiropractor Dr. Wirth of Greenville, NC will then prescribe an effective treatment plan or might refer the patient to a surgeon if surgery is the best option.

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    wirth-chiropractor-car-accident-whiplashWhiplash is the most common type of auto injury, and could remain undetected, when you do not consult Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC after your accident. Since each whiplash case is unique, there is no generalized chiropractic treatment for this injury. According to recent studies and research, when the car suffers an impact from behind, it can result in the worst form of whiplash injuries, resulting in serious health issues.

    Chiropractic Examination in Greenville, NC for Whiplash Injury

    During the initial consultation, the chiropractor will take a case history of the patient, which includes dietary habits, psychological history, occupational history, and previous chiropractic treatments if any. The chiropractor will ask about the symptoms, whether there is any tingling, throbbing or burning sensations, and the areas affected by the pain. The patient will also be asked if the pain is more in a particular position or while doing certain activity.

    Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC will then conduct a thorough physical examination, which might include motion and static palpations to determine the fixity or mobility of spinal segments. Usually, diagnostic tests are also conducted that includes X-rays for locating the altered points on the vertebrae, and detecting temperature variances in spinal areas by using special devices.

    Chiropractic Treatment in Greenville, NC for Whiplash

    The treatment for whiplash injury will mainly depend on what was diagnosed by the examination and the extent of the auto injury. Depending on the type of injury, the chiropractor could implement any of these treatment plans:

    • Stimulation and/or relaxation of muscles
    • Manual manipulation
    • Different types of exercises
    • Lifestyle changes and use of ergonomic devices

     

    Manual spinal manipulation is the primary treatment option for dysfunction of the joint. This mainly involves the chiropractor moving the particular joint gently, in the direction where the movement is restricted. The manipulation might also include short thrusting movements in the restricted direction.

    In stimulation or relaxation technique, the chiropractor will gently stretch the muscle, which is excessively tense or repeatedly contract the inhibited muscle. Pressure with fingers is also applied at strategic points for relieving pain that is caused due to muscle tightness.

    Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC might also recommend certain set of specialized exercises to help patients recover from whiplash injuries. These include McKenzie exercises, which are for reducing disc derangements, or sensorimotor and stabilization exercises that are meant for correcting improper patterns of movements while doing routine activities.

     

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  35. Greenville Chiropractic CareAuto injuries can be terribly serious, since the accident could cause misalignment in the spinal column, which can result in irritating or damaging nerves, making the spinal discs bulge out, and/or distorting the posture of a person. Therefore, even after encountering a minor automobile accident you need to get yourself checked by Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC. Having a spinal and full checkup done by a chiropractor will ensure no auto injury remains hidden, and your spine is free of dangerous abnormalities.

    Aspects not Considered

    Most people think that visiting a general physician is perfectly adequate after an auto accident. No doubt, this physician is important, as he will be able to treat serious conditions like bleeding, organ damage, shock, hemorrhages, loss of fluids, and so on. However, he may not be able to detect tears in the neck muscles or spinal misalignments, which can cause serious overall health issues later.

    In many instances, auto accident victims suffer damage to the spinal column and the effect lasts over a long term or even for the entire life. Many such patients are not able to recover completely with general medical care, because their spinal structure has been ignored. The surprising fact is that new medical terminology has emerged, which is acknowledging the inadequate healing of people who have sustained auto injuries.

    These terms include WS (Whiplash Syndrome), PCS (Post Concussion Syndrome), MHI (Mild Head Injury), and MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries). Therefore, a visit to Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC is extremely important after an accident to acquire a complete diagnosis of the injuries and the best possible course of treatment to avoid serious health issues in future.

    Getting Your Body’s Alignment Back

    A chiropractor will inspect the spinal column, and do further tests with x-rays and scans to determine whether there is any misalignment, and whether any nerves are pinched or under pressure cause by spinal stress or vertebral subluxations. The chiropractor will make it a priority to correct the misalignments and other issues. Several effective techniques are used ranging from manual adjustments, massages, and application of sonic vibrations and heat to manage the pain, and quicken healing.

    Plenty of Incentive to See a Chiropractor

    When auto injuries are diagnosed and treated in time, there is no risk of the condition deteriorating and becoming worse. Sometimes an accident victim will not even experience any symptom but the condition will be worsening inside due to a lack of timely treatment. Hence, never ignore the opportunity and duty that you have to yourself to see Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC after an automobile accident.

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  36. An accident is a traumatic experience and auto injuries can be quite serious. After an auto accident victims are generally rushed to a hospital where the physician mainly focuses on treating lacerations, bleeds, damage to organs, and broken bones. Even though these things are very important, the condition of the victim's spine and neck muscles is often ignored. Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC can correctly diagnose these conditions and provide timely treatment, by which the victim can avoid serious health issues later on in life.

    The Back is Complicated

    The back area, especially the spinal column is made up of many joints, bones, muscles, and ligaments. The back can be injured in many ways, including ruptured discs, strained muscles, ligament tears, and misalignment of the column. When the back is susceptible to injuries even by doing certain simple movements, you can imagine the extent of injuries possible in a car accident. Studies have shown that people seeking chiropractic care after auto accidents are much better off than people who have ignored this.

    Back pain and spinal misalignment can be treated effectively with chiropractic manipulation and when used in conjunction with other physical therapy and exercises suggested by the chiropractor, it speeds up recovery quite dramatically.

    Back Pain Requires a Specialist

    Another common auto injury is to the neck area. Commonly referred to as whiplash injury, the victim can suffer pain, headaches, and other serious symptoms. Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC can effectively treat this injury by first diagnosing the type and extent of injury, and accordingly suggesting a treatment plan. Manual neck adjustments done by the chiropractor and wearing of support devices will not only hasten the healing process, but also the patient will have to depend less on medications and analgesic drugs.

    The seriousness of whiplash injuries often goes unnoticed. In most accidents, where the impact to the vehicle is from behind, the vehicle would have sustained minimal damage, whereas the person inside could suffer considerable injury to soft tissues. The impact can cause ligaments in the neck area to stretch or tear and the discs in the spine to bulge or rupture.

    This serious injury often goes unnoticed when the victim does not consult a chiropractor after the accident, until the symptoms start to show clearly such as blurred vision, dizziness, severe headaches, pain the shoulders and arms, reduced mobility of the neck, and even pain radiating to lower back areas. Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC can diagnose the extent and type of whiplash injury and provide the appropriate treatment before the condition worsens.

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  37. According to statistics a third of all automobile accidents are rear end collisions. These accidents might not seem serious, since the vehicle sustains minimal damage, but such accidents can cause whiplash injuries to people inside the vehicle. Whiplash is considered one of the serious types of auto injuries and should be treated in time, before the condition worsens. Therefore, visiting Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC is very important after an accident, especially a rear end collision.

    When your car is hit from behind, your torso, which is supported by the seat, is propelled forward suddenly. However, in that instance, your head remains stationery, and forced backward violently. This sudden movement causes severe injuries such as tears in the ligaments and front muscles of the neck, spinal disc herniations, and fractures.

    When your car has been rear ended, you need to follow these points:

    • An accident report stating the injuries should be filed with the police within 10 days of the accident.
    • Seek treatment from your PHCP (Primary Health Care Provider), and Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC.
    • Usually the PHCP will prescribe pain medications and will treat you for strained or sprained muscles. However, even if your PHCP does not consider your whiplash injury serious enough, it is better to consult a chiropractor to make sure.
    • Check your insurance coverage to see if chiropractic care is covered. It is best to make sure your coverage includes chiropractic care, as it is integral after auto accidents.
      • Stiffness or pain in the neck
      • Stiffness or pain in shoulders or arms
      • Headache
      • Pain in the jaw
      • Weakness in arms
      • Fatigue
      • Dizziness
      • Blurred visions or other issues in seeing
      • Back ache
      • Ringing sound in ears

    Detecting Problem Areas

    Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC will give you a thorough examination and manipulate your neck and spine to see whether different positions are able to relieve or cause pain. In most cases, the doctor will also take x-rays of the neck to determine the extent of the injury. If x-rays do not provide enough information about the condition, the chiropractor might obtain dynamic x-rays, with the patient's head leaning backward and forward, or order an MRI scan. Normal x-rays may not reveal instability, which is clearly detected with MRI or dynamic x-rays.

    Symptoms that are Serious

    If you are involved in an auto accident keep a look out for the following symptoms of whiplash, and consult Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC immediately.

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  38. The ankle is a joint that is quite susceptible to injuries, especially when you are involved in a car accident. However, many people who have been involved in auto accidents fail to mention the pain they might feel in their ankles, presuming that it will go away after some time. Most accident victims are more affected by bleeding and cuts, and do not pay much attention to ankle and neck pains. However, these injuries are serious and you should consult with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to attain timely and tremendous treatment.

    Ankles are Susceptible

    The ankle is a crucial joint in the body and has a complex design meant for absorbing high level of force when we jump, run, or walk. This force absorbing capacity of the ankle protects our back, hips, and knees from injuries. When you simply walk, your ankles would be absorbing more than 100% force of your bodyweight. In an auto accident, there are more chances of your ankle being injured, when the ligaments in the joint are overstretched or torn. Ligaments are connective tissues to the bone, and are made of fibrous substance.

    In auto accidents, most people suffer from inversion sprain to the ankle. This type of ankle sprain is caused when the foot is on the floorboard or on the brake pedal, and the car is hit from the side or from behind. During such an impact the foot with downward pointing toes, will roll outwards, causing the sprain. It is fantastic to have any type of ankle sprain properly evaluated by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. A proper diagnosis of the injury will ensure that the correct treatment plan is prescribed for the ankle.

    Three Grades

    Ankle sprains from auto accidents are usually categorized into three grades depending on how seriously the ankle is injured. There are certain indications that might reveal the seriousness of the ankle injury such as rapid swelling, much bruising, or a popping sound. However, to determine the severity correctly, it is best to have the ankle checked by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    The three grade categories for ankle sprain are:

    • Grade 1: In this category, the sprain is mild caused by overstretching of one of the ankle ligaments. With such a sprain, the person will be able to walk or even run without much pain.
    • Grade 2: This grade covers moderate to severe stretching or mild tearing of certain ankle ligaments. The person might be able to walk with some difficulty, but lateral motions will be very difficult or not possible.
    • Grade 3: Here there is moderate to severe ankle ligament tears, and the person will not be able to stand without some type of support.
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  39. Whiplash trauma can occur when the body is reacting to an acceleration or deceleration force. Such forces are quite common during auto accidents, and the persons head is whipped forward and backward violently. These types of injuries are commonly referred to as whiplash injuries, and are quite common when the vehicle has received even a minor impact from behind or from the side. Therefore, when you are involved in auto accident, it would be wise to consult Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC, to have your auto injuries correctly diagnosed and treated.

    Manifestation of whiplash injury can include neck pain, shoulder pain, upper or lower back pain, headache, and even fatigue and anxiety. Various factors play a role in the severity of the whiplash trauma, including car speed, direction of the impact, physical and medical condition of the victim, sex, and age. Another reason why you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident is because whiplash injury can have delayed onset of symptoms, and it could even take months before the symptoms are evident.

    However, the common symptoms of whiplash are the following:

    Neck Pain

    Neck pain is the most common symptom of whiplash trauma in most accident victims. The pain could radiate up to the head, and down and across the shoulder blades. The whiplash momentum can affect various tissues, nerves, and ligaments in the neck, and vertebrae discs and facet joints. Injury to the vertebrae disc usually causes the neck pain, and the pain can become chronic.

    Headache

    Headache is another common symptom of whiplash injury. Most of these headaches are due to pain radiating to the head, due to injured facet joints, ligaments, and muscles of the cervical spine area. Sometimes the headaches could be caused by direct injury to the brain, which is much more severe condition.

    Back Pain

    Mainly lower back pain can be the result of whiplash injury, especially when the vehicle has been hit from the side or from behind. The force of the impact causes the tremendous compression in the lower spine area, resulting in the injury and pain.

    TMJ Dysfunction

    TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) dysfunction is a debilitating disorder that can occur due to whiplash trauma. The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction usually start with jaw pain accompanied with popping and clicking sounds with jaw movements. If you experience these sounds or even minor pain in the jaw area after an auto accident, you should immediately consult Wirth Chiropractor located in Greenville, NC to start the correct treatment.

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  40. Q) I have been treated at the hospital after my auto accident; do I still have to consult a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC?

    A) Yes, even when you have been treated initially in the emergency room of a hospital after your auto accident, it is always fantastic to consult a chiropractor. The physician at the hospital will mainly take care of cuts, bruises, broken bones, and bleeding injuries. You will be prescribed regular analgesic or painkiller medications for your pain. Such medication will provide short-term pain relief, but the main cause of your pain could remain undiagnosed.

    Sometimes, when you have suffered whiplash injury, you might not even experience symptoms for days, weeks, and even months, and your condition could remain undetected. Therefore, for detecting all your auto injuries and for receiving the right treatment, you must pay a visit to the chiropractor.

    You should not look at this at being a punishment but more of a privilege. You want to be healthy right?

    Q) What is whiplash injury, and is it quite common in auto accidents?

    A) Whiplash injuries are the most common types of auto injuries, especially when the vehicle has been rear-ended. Even if you car has suffered minimal damage, or you were travelling at less than 10 mph at the time of accident, you are most likely to suffer from whiplash.

    As the name suggests, you cervical spine is "whipped" by the external force, which jerks your neck backwards and then forwards, causing cervical misalignment or neck ligament sprains and tears. Even if the symptoms are not evident at first, the whiplash can deteriorate into chronic pain condition, and limited neck mobility. If it is left undetected, it can also cause osteoarthritis and other severe conditions later on―none of them you want to experience.

    If you do not think this situation can become worse, you are certainly mistaken.   

    Q) Will chiropractic treatment help with my neck pain?

    A) Chiropractic treatment will treat the main injury, and therefore it is much more effective than painkillers and analgesic medications. Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC will first detect the type and extent of injury and accordingly prescribe an effective treatment plan. If the cervical area of the spine has become misaligned, the chiropractor will use various techniques to align the spine correctly, relieve pain, and restore full range of motion of the neck, arms, and shoulders.

    Depending on the extent of injury, you might have to undergo message therapy and do corrective exercises as well. Massage therapy is very helpful in relieving muscle tension in the neck area, and relieving pain. The prescribed exercises will help in hastening the healing process, and in restoring your body’s ability to move, twist, stretch, and pivot like it should.  

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  41. Automobile accidents can cause serious injuries, and sometimes certain injuries are not so apparent such as cuts and bruises. Even when your car hardly suffers any damage, there are chances of suffering whiplash injuries, especially when there is a rear end collision. Your regular physician may not be able to detect such injuries, and therefore you need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Common Symptoms

    Usually in a car accident when the victim has not suffered any broken bones or the head has not collided with the windscreen, there is not much apparent physical damage. However, according to statistics, about 95% of such victims complain of neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, or arm pain. Some accident victims might experience other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, jaw pain, excess fatigue, or stiffness or pain in the lower back.

    The interesting fact about auto injuries, especially whiplash is that the symptoms can surface after a few hours, few days, or even after a few months after the accident. In certain cases, it might take a few years for the symptoms to surface. Apart from the symptoms, whiplash injuries can also cause serious health issues like premature degeneration of spinal discs, and early setting of osteoarthritis. Therefore, it is very important to detect whether you have suffered whiplash injury and get timely treatment from Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC before the condition deteriorates and becomes more serious.

    A Superior Analysis

    The chiropractor will ask the patient if he or she is experiencing any of the symptoms, and then conduct a thorough examination to rule out whiplash. Whiplash injuries are particularly hard to detect by general physicians, especially when the symptoms have not yet manifested. On the other hand, a chiropractor is qualified and has the expertise to not only detect whiplash injuries but also provide timely treatment, which will rule out further complications.

    The chiropractic approach to treating whiplash injuries consists mainly of manual adjustments and massages, and rehabilitative exercising programs. The length of treatment will mainly depend on the type and extent of auto injury. For managing pain, the chiropractor might use sound waves or heat application to reduce pain, and might prescribe pain medications.

    Do not Assume

    However, medications are kept to a minimum, since the chiropractor will be treating the core issue, and once that is corrected, the pain will dissipate and be gone. Consulting Wirth Chiropractor in Greenville, NC is therefore highly recommended after being involved in an automobile accident, even when there are no apparent injuries. 

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  42. Q) Is Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC qualified to treat auto injuries?

    A) Yes, in fact, a chiropractor is more qualified than a regular physician is, in treating musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, which are quite common in auto accidents. The chiropractor is a medical professional who is licensed in this field of medicine, and can detect and treat whiplash injuries effectively. While whiplash is the most common injury in auto accidents, it can remain undetected, as the symptoms may not occur for several hours, days, or even months. Therefore, it becomes important to detect this type of injury immediately after the accident to avoid severe complications later.

    Q) Is chiropractic treatment safe?

    A) Chiropractic treatment is not only safe, but also highly effective in treating spinal misalignments and various types of soft tissue injuries. The chiropractor will perform gentle spinal adjustments manually, to correct the misalignment, and provide massage therapy to relieve pain and hasten the healing process. Chiropractic adjustments are very safe even on children and senior accident victims, when performed by licensed chiropractors at Wirth Chiropractic of Greenville, NC.

    The treatment plan will also depend on the type and extent of auto injuries. The chiropractor may recommend several corrective exercises, multiple massage sessions, and even certain medications for managing the pain. If the auto injury is very severe, the chiropractor might also recommend a surgical procedure to expedite healing and prevent the condition from deteriorating further.

    Q) Who will pay for the chiropractic treatment of my auto injuries?

    A) Your insurance company or the insurance company of the party at fault for the accident is responsible for covering the cost of all types of treatments for your auto injuries, which includes chiropractic treatment as well. Consulting a chiropractor after an auto accident becomes even more important, as you need complete diagnostic evaluation of all your auto injuries, when you are claiming insurance benefits. The emergency room or your usual physician might send you home with a prescription of painkillers or analgesic medication, which does not reveal the true nature of your auto injuries.

    Only a chiropractor will be able to conduct a thorough examination and provide a correct diagnosis of the musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries you have suffered. When you do not consult a chiropractor, your whiplash injury could remain undetected, as you may not experience any symptoms. By the time you start experiencing the symptoms, it could be too late to connect the symptoms to the auto accident, and the insurance company can refuse your claim. Therefore, you need to consult a chiropractor immediately after the accident to record the right diagnosis of all your auto injuries.   

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  43. There are many myths about auto injuries, and it is necessary to know the right facts, so that you can obtain the right treatment and recover from your injuries. Typically, the injured person visits his or her physician and fails to consult a chiropractor which could be a major mistake. Here are some of the myths and facts connected with auto injuries, especially whiplash injuries, and the importance of consulting a chiropractor.

    Myth: You cannot be injured when the speed of the vehicle is below 12 mph, or when the car has not suffered any structural damage. 

    Fact: This is a common misconception, as over 60% whiplash injuries occur at very low speeds of 6 to 12 mph, and 15% whiplash injuries have been reported even at speeds below six mph. Secondly, most modern vehicles do not sustain any damage and can withstand crashes of less than 12 mph. This means there is no damage to the vehicle, but the people inside would have suffered whiplash injuries.

    Myth: Symptoms of whiplash injuries are experienced immediately after the crash.

    Fact: Accident victims might not experience any pain after sustaining whiplash injury, and the symptoms might not surface for several hours, a few days, weeks, and in some cases the symptoms are not experienced even for months. Therefore, it becomes paramount to consult Wirth Chiropractor in Greenville, NC, to detect a whiplash injury, determine the extent of the injury, and start the right treatment. If the whiplash injury remains undetected, it can cause severe health issues later.

    Myth: Whiplash will only cause neck pain.

    Fact: Even though neck pain is a major symptom of whiplash injury, there are many other symptoms as well. Over 55% victims suffer from headaches, 45% suffer shoulder pain, 55% suffer fatigue, and many suffer from anxiety, sleep disturbances, lower, and upper back pain as well. Hence, you cannot rule out whiplash, if you are not suffering from neck pain, and you need to visit Wirth Chiropractor in Greenville, NC to have your condition diagnosed correctly.

    Myth: Your usual health care provider can take care of all auto injuries.

    Fact: Your physician is not an expert for treating musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, which are quite common auto injuries. Therefore, you need to visit a chiropractor to have your injuries correctly diagnosed, and have them treated accordingly. As mentioned earlier, auto injuries such as whiplash can remain undetected, since you may not experience symptoms, and therefore it is important to detect such injuries at an earlier point in time. 

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  44. Posttraumatic osteoarthritis is occurrence of osteoarthritis after a trauma or an auto accident. This condition is becoming common, since more than 12% osteoarthritis cases of ankle, knee, and hip are the result of some type of accident or trauma. However, relating an osteoarthritis condition to an auto accident can be very difficult, especially when you have not been diagnosed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after your car crash that you are trying to put behind you but you really cannot.

    Even though you may not have osteoarthritis before a car accident, it does not necessarily mean that this condition is caused by the accident.

    Understanding Osteoarthritis

    There is cartilage at the ends of our bones, which prevents the bones from rubbing together at the joints. When this cartilage erodes or wears off, the condition is called osteoarthritis. It causes pain in the joint, as the bones start to rub together. Osteoarthritis mostly occurs in joints of the spine, hips, knees, and hands. 

    Understanding Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis

    Posttraumatic osteoarthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that occurs due to some type of trauma to the joint. The initial injury occurs at the joint, which can then deteriorate and develop into osteoarthritis. The cartilage can erode or deteriorate, when the supporting muscle or ligament in the area receives a trauma, which is quite common in auto injuries. Such trauma and injury to the ligament can remain undetected, until the condition has deteriorated to osteoarthritis. Therefore, it is very important to consult with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident.

     

    Posttraumatic Osteoarthritis Symptoms

    The symptoms of posttraumatic osteoarthritis will obviously not manifest immediately, as it will take time for the cartilage to erode after the accident. Usually early symptoms will manifest as stiffness or slight pain in the affected joint, especially when the person is inactive. Over time the pain will increase, and will be felt while moving or resting the joint. Other symptoms include stiffness in the joint and increasing instability. The person will become less flexible and start losing normal motion range, and will start experiences grating sensation of bones moving against each other.

    Your Auto Injury Claim

    When you are claiming for auto injury from the insurance company, you have to be sure that all your injuries have been detected and diagnosed. Therefore, you need to consult with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident. Wirth Chiropractic will make sure the proper diagnosis of your musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries are included in your medical records. Later if you happen to develop posttraumatic osteoarthritis, it is will be easier to receive the appropriate settlement from the insurance company. 

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  45. Ankles are quite vulnerable to a number of musculoskeletal injuries, especially when you are involved in an auto accident. The most common type of ankle injury a person experiences is a sprain, where the ligament/s of the ankle is injured. Due to the particular nature of this injury, it is necessary that you consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after being involved in an auto accident.

    It does not matter whose fault the accident is.  

    Understanding a Sprained Ankle

    The ankle joint comprises of three bones and a set of ligaments and tendons. The tendons are responsible for ankle movement, as they connect the bones with muscles, whereas, the bones in the ankle are attached to one another with ligaments. A sprain is usually caused when an extreme stretching force acts on the ankle. Most ankle sprains occur when the ligament connecting the fibula is injured.

    In many auto accidents, the foot of the person is forcefully turned inwards, or is inverted. The twisting action causes a sprain, and in severe cases, the ligaments could tear as well. You cannot ignore an ankle sprain, since there will be pain and swelling in the ankle area. Swelling occurs when the fluid in the tissues increases due to the injury.

     

    Treating Sprained Ankles

    Many times in a car crash, when you have suffered severe cuts and bruises, the physician will mainly attend to these injuries and the ankle sprain is not given much importance. However, neglecting ankle injury and not treating the symptoms immediately can lead to chronic pain and chronic ankle joint instability. Therefore, it is integral to consult with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, to find out the extent of your ankle injury so you can obtain the right treatment and get on the right path to a full recovery.

    Usually, the treatment plan for most ankle sprains is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). The injured person will also have go through physical therapy, which is mainly used for promoting movement, reducing the pain, and inducing faster healing. Apart from exercises prescribed for improving range of motion, the chiropractor will also manually adjust the ankle joint for promoting healing. If the ankle injury is serious and there are multiple tears in the ligaments, the chiropractor might also recommend surgery.

    Seeking the Truth

    Auto accidents are traumatic events, and you might overlook ankle injuries. Your physician will usually prescribe painkillers and analgesic medicines, which might bring the ankle pain down, but you might not know the extent of the injury, until you have it checked by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC.

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  46. Car accident victims will usually suffer from cuts, bruises, and broken bones, depending on the severity of the accident. However, other common symptoms of car accident victims include muscle stiffness or numbness, neck pain, tingling sensation, back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and even anxiety and irritation. All these are in fact symptoms of whiplash injury, which is quite a common auto injury. Therefore, it becomes very important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, after you have been involved in an accident, since he is the right health professional for these types of injuries.

    A Common but Terrible Injury

    In almost all auto accidents, the vehicle suffers an impact from another vehicle or from a stationery object. The impact causes a whiplash motion where the shoulders, head, and neck are thrown forwards and backwards violently while the trunk of the body remains relatively in the same position. This motion can cause harsh injuries, including straining or tearing of ligaments, tendons, and even muscles.

    Wearing of seat belts will not prevent whiplash injuries, and certain studies in fact suggest that seat belts could cause these injuries, since your torso is locked tightly in place with the belt, and your head and shoulders can move freely (you are not driving a certified NASCAR race car). However, you should always wear seat belts, since they can save you from other much serious injuries during an accident. The seat belt prevents you from slamming into the dashboard and steering wheel, which can cause even more serious injuries.

    The Right Move

    Even a minor accident where the car has not sustained any damage can cause whiplash injury. Secondly, injury to ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves will not show clearly on X-ray tests, and therefore they often remain unnoticed during examination by a regular doctor. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will have the necessary skills and expertise to detect these injuries and prescribe the right course of treatment. Sometimes whiplash injuries will not exhibit any symptoms for a long time, and when they surface, the condition would have deteriorated to quite an extent. Therefore, an examination by a chiropractor after an accident is essential.

    A chiropractor will employ various techniques to detect the type and extent of whiplash injuries, which could include physical manipulation, reviewing medical history, checking posture, and so on. Once the injury is detected, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might also take some X-ray tests and scans to diagnose the injury correctly, and for prescribing the best form of treatment and exercises you may have to employ to retain a full and faster recovery. 

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  47. Back pain can be caused due to many reasons, and auto injury could be one of them. Some of the soft tissue injuries and the ensuing pain, after an auto accident can be quite debilitating and can seriously affect your life. However, the good news is that most soft tissue injuries can be treated effectively when you have consulted Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC immediately after your auto accident.

    The majority of auto injuries are whiplash injuries, and they can be quite painful and deteriorate into complex health issues, if you do not get the correct treatment in time.

    Auto accidents can be traumatic events, and you should keep your wits together and follow these important steps:

          First, call the emergency service and seek medical attention. A hospital visit would be ideal, where you will be examined for broken bones and other serious auto injuries.

          After release from the hospital, consult Wirth Chiropractor in Greenville, NC, as he is the right health professional for detecting, diagnosing, and treating all types of soft tissue injuries, especially whiplash injuries that are the most common type of auto injuries.

          Follow the treatment plan and attend all physical therapy sessions prescribed by the chiropractor for your injuries.

    A Strong Possibility

    In certain instances, the accident victim might not feel pain or any other symptom. This is quite common in whiplash injuries as the symptoms might surface after a few days, weeks, or even months. However, this is another important reason for consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as undiagnosed and untreated whiplash injury can deteriorate into complex health issues, including chronic pain.

    Possible Routes to be Taken

    Depending on the type and severity of your soft tissue injuries, the chiropractor will suggest an appropriate treatment plan. In case of back pain, the chiropractor can recommend physical therapy, certain types of exercises, electro stimulation muscular therapy, ultrasound therapy, heat therapy, and even surgical procedures in serious back injuries.

    Do not Assume

    Following an effective treatment plan from the start greatly improves your chances of a quick and complete recovery, without any complications. Back and neck injuries should not be taken lightly, and you should make sure that you follow the treatment plan prescribed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC precisely. The chiropractor is an expert on soft tissue auto injuries, and will be able to not only treat the main cause of the injury, but also help you in managing pain. Therefore, always get yourself checked by a genuine and professional chiropractor after being involved in an auto accident. 

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  48. After an auto accident, you should seek medical help immediately. Your body would have generated adrenaline during the accident, which will mask pain for some time. If you see that you are bleeding, secure the area, and go to the ER as soon as possible. After the visit to the ER, make sure you have yourself examined by a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, within 24 hours. Even if your car has sustained minimal damage, and the ER doctor has provided the required treatment, a visit to the chiropractor is still paramount.  

    In most auto accidents, people in the vehicle suffer from whiplash injuries. Even a small impact can cause this injury, and the accident victim might not even know that he has suffered this injury, because the pain and other symptoms might take hours, days, or even months to set in. If such auto injuries remain untreated, it can cause long-term issues to the spine and the overall health of the person can deteriorate rapidly.

    Necessary Advice

    The ER doctor will usually prescribe some muscle relaxants and pain medications; however, such medication will only mask your injuries. The body can communicate that something is wrong through pain. Hence, reducing pain with painkillers is not treatment for the injury, as it does not correct the issue that is causing pain. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first be able to detect and correctly diagnose the type of auto injury you have suffered, how badly you have been injured, and then will recommend the best treatment plan for your auto injuries.

    Take Care of Yourself

    You also have to stick to the treatment plan, and not miss any of the scheduled appointments with your chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective and you will start feeling better with the first session, but it is important that you carry out the complete treatment regimen. Leaving chiropractic treatment halfway and not finishing the exercises that are prescribed to you is dangerous, as your injury would not have fully healed, and it could cause various issues in the future. Secondly, when you do not maintain your scheduled doctor appointments, it creates the impression that your injuries are not serious, and the insurance company may not settle your case in the way that you have hoped for.

    Auto injuries can have far-reaching effects on your life, if you are not careful. Basically, since whiplash injuries can remain undetected it is imperative that you consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after the accident. You are then assured of the right treatment for your condition, and you can expect a full recovery.    

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  49. Did you know that a person could suffer whiplash injuries, even when his car is travelling at 5 mph? Secondly, the amount of damage suffered by the vehicle may not have anything to do with the level of injuries sustained by the car occupants. Even when the car has suffered a small dent, the driver could suffer a serious whiplash injury. Therefore, it is very important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after even a minor auto accident.

    Car Damage may not Correlate with the Occupant’s Injury

    Pain is usually the main symptom for any type of injury, but surprisingly, you might not experience pain for days and even months when you have sustained a whiplash injury. This is another important reason why you should visit a chiropractor after an auto accident, as early detection of the injury can reduce the risks of various types of health complications later. Whiplash injury can cause a ruptured disc, or soft tissue trauma in the cervical spine region, which can cause pain and restrict your mobility.

    After being involved in a car accident, you can figure out if you are injured by the following questions:

    Are you suffering from headaches or muscle spasms?

    Do you have a stiff neck or pain in the neck area?

    Is the motion of your head restricted?

    Do you have ringing in your ears, or is your hearing capacity diminished?

    Have you become more sensitive to light or do your eyes get strained easily

    Do you feel light headed or become tired easily

    Are you experiencing numbness or cold feeling in your feet, shoulders, legs, arms, or hands?

    Is your concentration or memory capacity diminished?

    Is your heart beating rapidly or do you feel tremors in your back or shoulders?

    Pain Medication is not Enough

    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you could be suffering from dislocation or spinal misalignment because of whiplash. You should immediately consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC who is qualified to diagnose these types of injuries and provide an effective treatment plan. Muscle relaxants and painkillers may provide some pain relief, but they do not treat the injury.

    If you do not take the right treatment from a chiropractor, the damage done to your spine will not heal and will cause chronic pain in the future, and might lead to other complications such as arthritis and early onset of degenerative diseases. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to provide the right diagnosis for your auto injuries and prescribe an effective treatment plan.

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  50. Many times auto accidents can be deceptive, since they might cause minimal damage to the vehicle, and yet cause serious injuries to the occupants of the car. After an auto accident, emergency services will come to the accident spot, and provide first aid and other required assistance if there is serious injuries and lot of bleeding. When the driver appears fine, a checkup is done at the hospital and the physician will usually prescribe some painkillers for the minor cuts and bruises the driver might have suffered.

    No Assumptions should be Made

    However, whiplash, which is a common auto injury, may not be detected by the doctor, as sometimes pain and other symptoms, appear several hours or even days after the accident. Therefore, it is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after being in an auto accident.

    A chiropractor is an expert, and is qualified to treat such types of auto injuries effectively. In an auto accident, the sudden jarring movement causes the head to be thrown forward and backward, or from side to side. This can destabilize the neck and spine areas and can cause spinal misalignment, and sprains or tears to ligaments and muscles. Some of the common symptoms of this type of auto injury include:

    • Headache
    • Neck pain
    • Arm or shoulder pain
    • Stiffness in the neck and/or reduced motion range
    • Pain in the lower back
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision
    • Irritability and memory loss

    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms even mildly, after an auto accident, you should immediately consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. The seriousness of the injury may not be apparent from the start, and major symptoms might show up much later. When you consult a chiropractor, all your injuries are detected even if you are not experiencing any major symptoms. Once your injuries are correctly diagnosed, the chiropractor will design an effective treatment plan. When the right type of treatment is given from the start, your condition does not deteriorate into something serious, and you recover much faster.

    There is not any guarantees and there are some extreme cases but almost every time you or someone else seeks a chiropractor out after an accident the chances of the situation becoming severe or acute are mitigated.  

    Not Managing Your Body Well

    On the other hand, if you do not consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, your auto injury might remain undetected and cause you serious health issues later. When the right treatment is not given from the start, auto accident victims usually develop chronic pain and as the condition deteriorates, it can develop into various types of serious overall health issues, and the neglected injury could accelerate degenerative processes in the body.

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  51. Certain injuries caused due to auto accidents can remain invisible for a long period of time. Such injuries could also be misdiagnosed, by a regular physician. Due to lack of treatment or incorrect treatment for such injuries, the accident victim can develop chronic pain, and suffer various health issues. These are mainly soft tissue injuries and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be the right medical professional for detecting and treating these injuries.

    The Wrong Assumption to Make

    Often times, many people, who are not involved in very serious auto accidents, do not seek medical treatment because they do not feel much pain. The physician in the ER will usually prescribe some painkillers, and he may not be aware of the type and extent of soft tissue injury the accident might have caused.

    Unfortunately, whiplash is the most common injury in auto accidents, where the head is jerked violently forward and backwards, resulting in sprain or tears in the ligaments, supporting tissue, or muscles of the neck and upper back area. Since, this injury can remain undetected; it can develop into chronic pain and other serious complications later on.

    According to different studies and surveys, more than half the auto accident victims having whiplash injuries, suffer from chronic pain after their insurance claim has been settled. This is because they have not consulted the right doctor. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will make sure you receive the right treatment, and all your auto injuries are properly documented in your medical records. This not only ensures a better and quick recovery, but also the right insurance settlement for your auto injuries.

    You are not going to have another chance to make this right. You have to get your medical ailments in order so your attorney can make a stronger case for what you are going through and have to deal with in the future.

    Not a Guessing Game

    If you want to avoid chronic pain and other serious health complications, do not ignore consulting a chiropractor after an accident. Even when the accident has hardly damaged your vehicle, your whiplash injuries could be serious. You will not know the extent of your injuries, until the chiropractor has given you a thorough examination. Even with the right treatment, milder auto injuries can take six to seven months to heal. Whiplash is a unique injury that needs to be treated by a skilled expert who is qualified and trained to treat such injuries.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will not only correctly diagnose whiplash injury, but also provide effective treatment that significantly reduces the risk of chronic pain, restricted movements, and weakness over a long period. Such treatment will include chiropractic manipulations, stretching exercises, rehabilitative exercises, advice on ergonomic movements, and various therapies depending on the type of injury.    

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  52. Certain injuries caused due to auto accidents can remain invisible for a long period of time. Such injuries could also be misdiagnosed, by a regular physician. Due to lack of treatment or incorrect treatment for such injuries, the accident victim can develop chronic pain, and suffer various health issues. These are mainly soft tissue injuries and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be the right medical professional for detecting and treating these injuries.

    The Wrong Assumption to Make

    Often times, many people, who are not involved in very serious auto accidents, do not seek medical treatment because they do not feel much pain. The physician in the ER will usually prescribe some painkillers, and he may not be aware of the type and extent of soft tissue injury the accident might have caused.

    Unfortunately, whiplash is the most common injury in auto accidents, where the head is jerked violently forward and backwards, resulting in sprain or tears in the ligaments, supporting tissue, or muscles of the neck and upper back area. Since, this injury can remain undetected; it can develop into chronic pain and other serious complications later on.

    According to different studies and surveys, more than half the auto accident victims having whiplash injuries, suffer from chronic pain after their insurance claim has been settled. This is because they have not consulted the right doctor. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will make sure you receive the right treatment, and all your auto injuries are properly documented in your medical records. This not only ensures a better and quick recovery, but also the right insurance settlement for your auto injuries.

    You are not going to have another chance to make this right. You have to get your medical ailments in order so your attorney can make a stronger case for what you are going through and have to deal with in the future.

    Not a Guessing Game

    If you want to avoid chronic pain and other serious health complications, do not ignore consulting a chiropractor after an accident. Even when the accident has hardly damaged your vehicle, your whiplash injuries could be serious. You will not know the extent of your injuries, until the chiropractor has given you a thorough examination. Even with the right treatment, milder auto injuries can take six to seven months to heal. Whiplash is a unique injury that needs to be treated by a skilled expert who is qualified and trained to treat such injuries.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will not only correctly diagnose whiplash injury, but also provide effective treatment that significantly reduces the risk of chronic pain, restricted movements, and weakness over a long period. Such treatment will include chiropractic manipulations, stretching exercises, rehabilitative exercises, advice on ergonomic movements, and various therapies depending on the type of injury.    

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  53. Whiplash injury is quite common in auto accidents, and a chiropractor is the right medical professional for treating these injuries. If you are involved, even in a minor auto accident, it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Here are some essential facts about whiplash that you should know.

    Whiplash Injury is Possible Even when the Vehicle is Travelling at 5 mph

    Whiplash is a serious injury, but many people find it hard to believe that it can occur when their car is travelling at a very slow speed of just 5 mph. However, research has shown that whiplash can occur even at speeds as low as 2.5 mph. In addition, you need to know that the speed at which the collision takes place does not have much bearing on the degree of injury you will suffer.

    There are certain items and details that you will find out about how to wage a legal case but some things you want to know beforehand. You will never know as much as your attorney in terms of the law and how to employ certain tactics and if you do you should probably seek another attorney. But if you know what is trying to be conveyed here you can increase the odds of you experience something to smile about when this case unfolds and is over with.

    Whiplash Injury could Cause Different Symptoms

    Pain may not be the only symptom of whiplash injury, and sometimes the victim may not experience any symptoms for days and even weeks after the accident. Therefore, it is very important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to diagnose correctly the type and extent of the whiplash injury you might have suffered. Other symptoms of whiplash include, tingling sensation or numbness in the arms, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, headaches, restricted neck movement, and even irritability and forgetfulness.

    Right Diagnosis

    General physicians usually use X-rays for detecting auto injuries. However, in whiplash, the X-ray will be negative for any fractures and the doctor might not be able to interpret other signs in the X-ray that suggest whiplash. A chiropractor on the other hand is an expert on these types of injuries and he will know the indications of whiplash in the X-ray.

    In most whiplash victims, the X-ray will show the cervical curve to be straighter, which could be caused by muscle spasms. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be submitting the patient through a thorough examination and X-rays and scans are usually taken to confirm the diagnosis deduced from the examination.

    Chiropractic Treatment is the Best Option

    For whiplash injuries, the chiropractor would be the right medical professional for diagnosing and treating these injuries. After correctly diagnosing the type and extent of your injury, Wirth Chiropractic will formulate a treatment plan, which will include chiropractic manipulations, exercises, massages, and advice on proper ways of performing regular activities. The course of treatment will depend on the extent of injury, and the time frame could run from two to six months or more.  

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  54. The ankle is a vulnerable joint, so you need to be careful when it is injured in an auto accident. The most common injury to the ankle is a sprain, which is actually an injury to the ligaments or tendons in the joint. Depending on the severity of the auto injury and the resulting symptoms, the sprain is graded as Grade 1, Grade 2, or a Grade 3 sprain. Ankle sprains of Grade 1 and 2 types can be treated by physical therapy provided by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, whereas Grade 3 sprains are more severe and might need surgery.

    The Ankle

    In an auto accident, there is an abnormal amount of stretching force acting on the ankle, which causes the sprain. The ankle consists of three main bones that are connected together with ligaments and tendons. The injury caused by the auto accident usually sprains the ligament that connects the fibula and talus bones, which is the front and outside area of the joint.

    Common Accident Results

    The accident can also cause the foot to turn or invert violently, which causes the injury by spraining the ankle ligaments. In most cases, the symptoms of a sprained ankle are redness in the area, swelling, and pain. It is important to seek Wirth Chiropractic care in Greenville, NC, when you are suffering these symptoms, especially after an auto accident. Neglecting such an injury can result in chronic pain, and chronic instability of the joint.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will thoroughly examine your ankle, to determine the type and extent of your injury, and then provide a suitable treatment plan. Chiropractic treatment will usually include physical therapy, application of ice, and rehabilitative exercises and movements. It is better to seek a place where comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program is provided at a single location, as the patient needs to make minimal movements and take a lot of rest during the treatment period.

    The Smart Move to Make

    Sprains and other soft tissue injuries to the ankle joint should be treated by a chiropractor, since this doctor is not only qualified, but also an expert at treating these types of injuries. After the accident the general physician attending to your injuries in the ER, might only prescribe painkillers and analgesic medications to bring the swelling and pain down. However, for correctly diagnosing the extent of injury and for receiving effective treatment it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

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  55. The ankle is a load-bearing joint, which makes it highly susceptible to injuries. This joint has to be strong, stable, and flexible for supporting body's entire weight. In an auto accident, there can be high amount of stress put on this joint in a miniscule amount of time, which can put your ankle in a position where it can fail because the pressure is overwhelming. Even when a car comes to a sudden stop and an accident is avoided because of driver wherewithal, drivers or passengers can brace their body weight with their feet, causing undue stress on their ankles.

    At the least, the tendons and ligaments can become severely strained, or they may even tear if the force is strong. Therefore, after being injured in an auto accident it is prudent to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, to detect and know the type of soft tissue injuries you might have suffered.

    Possible Complications in the Future

    When the ankle is injured in an auto accident, the joint will be swollen and you will be experiencing pain. However, the extent of the injury will be hard to diagnose by a general doctor, attending to your injuries in the ER. This doctor will mainly look to see if you have suffered any fractures. If none is found, he will mainly prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications for your ankle injury. This may provide symptomatic relief, but the true nature of the injury could remain undetected, which may lead to medical issues later.

    Avoiding those Complications

    On the other hand, when you consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, you are assured of a thorough examination and correct diagnosis of your ankle injuries. Once the type and severity of injury is ascertained, the chiropractor will be able prescribe the right treatment plan that would ensure quick and complete recovery. Depending on the severity of the injury, the duration of treatment could take days, weeks, or even months. However, when you have consulted a chiropractor, you are assured of not only the right treatment, but also the progress of your treatment will be closely monitored to ensure quicker recovery.

    Ankle injuries can have severe repercussions later, if they are not treated correctly. Lack of proper treatment can cause weakening of the tendons and ligaments, or it may even cause a permanent limp, when the ankle joint is unable to support the body's weight. The person might have to rely on crutches all through life, which can seriously affect employment opportunities and overall happiness. To avoid these circumstances and serious health issues later, it would be best to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident.   

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  56. There are about six million auto accidents in a year in US and about three million victims suffer from whiplash injuries. A whiplash injury is an injury to the neck and back caused due to rapid acceleration or deceleration. So many auto accident victims suffer from these injuries because it takes only 250 milliseconds for the deceleration/acceleration movement of the neck to be completed.

    A Top Priority

    A whiplash injury is quite serious, but sometimes the victim may not experience any symptoms for many hours, days, or even weeks. Therefore, after an auto accident it is essential to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Does not Require High Speeds

    Another important fact is that whiplash injuries can occur even when the vehicle is travelling as low as 5 mph. The neck is not protected in any way, when there is rapid acceleration and deceleration, which mainly occurs when the vehicle is rear-ended or it slams into an object. This injury happens quite commonly because the neck muscles do not have adequate time to brace for the impact.

    Spine and Neck Damage

    Impact from the side will also cause a whiplash injury, which is sometimes more serious, as it can cause misalignment of spine. Even in minor whiplash injuries, the ligaments in the neck are sprained, and therefore the victim needs specialized attention, which only a chiropractor can provide. The sudden acceleration and deceleration, jerks the head side to side or from front to back, which makes the ligaments in the spine and neck stretch beyond their physiological limit.

    This will cause a sprain or a tear in the ligament, depending on the severity of jerking motion. In very severe whiplash injury, the nerve roots in the neck or the spinal cord can be stretched severely, which can cause more pain and long-term effects.

    Accident victims suffering from neck pain, dizziness, arm pain, blurred vision, shoulder pain, nausea, or face pain, must be examined by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. The doctor in the emergency room can only provide symptomatic relief by prescribing painkillers and analgesic medication. Only a chiropractor will be able to diagnose correctly the extent of the injury and prescribe an effective treatment plan.

    If whiplash injury remains undetected or if it is not correctly diagnosed, it can cause chronic pain and other serious health problems later. To avoid such situations it is imperative to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will be able to prescribe an effective treatment, based on the severity of the whiplash injury.   

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  57. Most injuries to the ankle are considered soft tissue injuries, as the ligaments in the ankle are stretched beyond their normal capacity. Such abnormal stretching can happen while playing sports or in an auto accident. In an auto accident, external forces acting on the ankle or due to the foot slipping from the pedal, the ankle can be twisted, which will cause the sprain in the ankle ligaments.

    Sometimes the twisting motion can be very severe, which can result in a torn ligament. If you experience pain in your ankle or it is swollen after an accident, you should immediately consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Walking without Pain

    One of the major issues with ankle injuries is that the pain might disappear, even when the ligament or tendon has not healed fully. This untreated damage can cause severe complications later and even lead to chronic pain. Therefore, after an auto accident it is not only vital to get rid of the pain, but also treat the ankle fully. Usually, an accident victim is treated in the ER by a regular physician, who will prescribe pain medication.

    This doctor does not specialize in soft tissue injury and hence may not be able to diagnose correctly the type and extent of the ankle injury. A chiropractor on the other hand is not only qualified to diagnose soft tissue injuries, but also knows the right course of treatment for such injuries.

    Your History Matters

    For diagnosing ankle injuries, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first take the full history of the patient, and inquire about the accident. For confirming the diagnosis, the doctor might also order x-rays and scans. The treatment will mainly depend on the type and severity of the ankle injury, and it usually includes chiropractic adjustments, pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications, and he may also suggest certain exercises and movements for quickening the healing process.

    The accident victim might also have to undergo prolonged therapy to completely heal the injury, and prevent long-term issues.

    Solving the Problem the First Time Around

    Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms of ankle injuries, and if you experience these symptoms after an auto accident, it would be best to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Ankle injury might seem minor, especially when the pain and swelling has subsided; however, it is important to have such an injury diagnosed by a chiropractor, who is a specialist in soft tissue injuries. Partial or incorrect treatment can cause issues that are more serious, later.        

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  58. Many health experts are of the opinion that seeking chiropractic care after being injured in an auto accident would be the best choice. Conventional treatment is required for cuts, bruises, broken bones, and bleeding, but ignoring to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC could be a huge mistake. Most auto accidents cause whiplash injuries that can go undetected for days and even months. The accident victim might not feel pain initially, and even if he does, regular physician will prescribe some muscle relaxants and painkillers.

    The problem is that many people who are in a crash who do not feel any pain afterwards assume that everything is OK. This is a major mistake that sometimes can haunt someone for years or perhaps their entire life. If you begin to experience some unusual pain, even if it is months or even a year after an accident, you may want to see a doctor. On top of this, this is why after any type of accident, you should gather the pertinent facts. You may need them later!

    Pills are not a Panacea

    Moreover, these medications do not affect a cure, since they are mainly used for suppressing pain. When the underlying cause for the pain remains untreated, it develops into serious health conditions and chronic pain.

    Timely treatment by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is critical after an auto accident, especially for whiplash injuries. Even a small impact that hardly damages the vehicle can cause whiplash injury, and the accident victim can suffer from blurred vision, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and irritability, apart from pain and weakness in upper body area.

    Chiropractic treatment will not only manage these symptoms effectively but also support the natural healing process of the body. This will ensure safe and effective treatment for these types of auto injuries, which have a tendency to deteriorate and develop into serious health problems, if the correct treatment is not provided in time.

    Knowledge is Power

    When you consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, you are given a thorough checkup for detecting the type and severity of your injuries. Further tests, such as X-rays and scans are done to confirm the diagnosis, and the doctor will formulate a custom treatment plan most suited for your type of injuries. The chiropractic examination will reveal primary dysfunctions, and the treatment will be mainly directed at treating these dysfunctions. Even though each chiropractic treatment is unique, the treatment will usually consist of:

    • -Chiropractic manipulations
    • -Muscle stimulation
    • -Muscle relaxation
    • -Custom exercises for stretching and strengthening the affected areas
    • -Advice on conducting activities more ergonomically
    • -Lifestyle changes

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will only recommend painkillers if the pain is severe, and will mainly focus on treating the core issue that is causing the pain. Chiropractic manipulation and adjustment techniques are highly effective in treating whiplash, and the recommended exercises speed up the healing process. Following lifestyle changes and suggestions provided by the chiropractor will reduce the strain while performing everyday activities, and will prevent the injury from deteriorating any further.

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  59. In an auto accident, injury to the ankle is quite common. The foot can slip from the brake pedal or the force of the impact can cause the ankle joint to twist abnormally. An ankle injury will usually result in pain and swelling, and hence it is quite easy to detect. However, the nature and extent of the ankle injury may not be clear with the checkup by a regular doctor.

    The Right Move at Inception

    The accident victim is usually taken to the ER where a doctor attends to wounds, bruises, and broken bones. However, this doctor is not a specialist for soft tissue injuries, and may not be able to diagnose the problem correctly. Therefore, consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC becomes essential after an auto accident.

    Most people think that chiropractors treat only spinal problems, and they feel that an ankle injury is minor to need specialized attention. However, this is a big mistake, as an ankle injury can develop into a major issue and chronic pain, if it is not treated properly.

     

    Knowing What to Look For

    While the regular doctor might send you home with anti-inflammatory and pain medications, the chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination to find out the type and extent of ankle injury you have suffered. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will test the range of motion of your ankle joint and palpate the area to find out if there are any small bones in the joint that are broken, or if any ligaments are torn.

    The treatment plan will depend on the severity and type of ankle injury. While rest and medication play a major role in reducing the swelling, it is important to test the range of motion of the ankle after the swelling has subsided, as that will reveal underlying issues that need further treatment. Chiropractic adjustments will play a major role in treating misaligned bones in the ankle, which forms a vital phase of the treatment.

    Fixing Your Foot

    There are 26 bones in the foot, and the chiropractor through palpation will be able to find out, which ones are misaligned and need adjusting. If misalignment in the ankle joint remains untreated, the patient can develop chronic pain, and range of motion can be increasingly impaired.

    Therefore, it is not wise to ignore an ankle injury after an auto accident. Consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who is a specialist in detecting, diagnosing, and treating these types of injuries. Timely and correct treatment goes a long way in avoiding severe issues later on. 

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  60. For any injury to heal faster, the root cause has to be correctly diagnosed, so that an appropriate treatment plan can be prescribed to the patient. In auto accidents, more than half the victims suffer from whiplash injuries, which may not be diagnosed after the accident. In whiplash, the head is jerked forward and backwards violently, even when the vehicle is travelling at around 5 mph, and is rear-ended.

    Possibly Initially Unnoticeable

    In many cases, the person might not even be aware that he has sustained a whiplash injury, as there might not be any pain or other symptoms. The regular doctor in the ER may not be able to detect this injury, and even when there is pain, the person is usually prescribed some pain medications. Therefore, to diagnose auto injuries correctly, especially whiplash, it is necessary to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, after the accident.

    The chiropractor will thoroughly examine the accident victim and inquire about the accident. The doctor through palpations and manipulations will try to find out if the normal range of motion of the head and neck is inhibited in any way. If the range of motion is restricted, it could indicate the person is suffering from a whiplash injury. To rule out other factors that might be inhibiting the motion of the neck, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, could also order X-rays and scans to confirm the diagnosis.

    Your Body will Benefit

    Once the actual cause of the pain or restricted movement is diagnosed, the chiropractor will prescribe the required treatment, which could include chiropractic adjustments, particular exercises, physical therapy, and even certain medications. Since the chiropractor is a specialist in treating soft tissue injuries, and is able to diagnose the type and extent of the injury correctly, the treatment prescribed will also be very effective, and healing will be much quicker.

    Certain Injuries Require Certain Skills to Heal

    On the other hand, a regular doctor may not be able to diagnose the root cause of the pain, and might only prescribe painkillers and analgesic medications. Such medicines will provide some relief from pain, but the main cause of the injury will remain untreated.

    An untreated whiplash injury can cause severe health issues later, and the patient can end up with chronic pain and permanent disabilities. Therefore, a correct diagnosis and effective treatment plan is very important for treating auto injuries, and only a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can provide such treatment that will heal the injury quicker. 

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  61. Many auto accident victims suffer from ligament sprains and tears, and musculoskeletal injuries. Unlike bruises, open wounds, and broken bones, soft tissue injuries cannot be diagnosed easily, unless the person consults a health care provider who specializes in such injuries.

    The Right Avenue to Take

    Therefore, individuals who have been in an auto accident should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Many accident victims who have followed this advice have not only acquired timely treatment, but also healed much quicker.

    A Predictable Injury

    Most accident victims suffer from injury to the neck, head, and upper cervical area. This type of injury is commonly termed as whiplash, where the head of the person is violently jerked forward and backwards due to the impact, especially from the rear or side. Even a minor impact that hardly dents the vehicle can jerk the cervical spine beyond a range of motion that is considered normal.

    Symptoms such as soreness and stiffness are common for whiplash injury, and the whipping motion can result in muscle spasm, strained ligament, and even spinal misalignment that can cause headaches, neck pain, dizziness, and disorientation.

    Wirth Chiropractic Care is around the Corner

    Chiropractic care for auto injuries not only provides quicker healing, but it is also a non-invasive and safe form of treatment. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will target the root cause of the pain, by providing chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, and provide rehabilitative programs for rebuilding stability, balance, and strength. The doctor will ascertain how far the range of movement has become restricted due to the injury, and prescribe a suitable treatment plan.

    He will also assess the general physical condition of the patient, and identify existing muscular issues for developing a customized rehabilitative program that is most suited to the patient.

    On a Path Towards a Full Recovery

    A chiropractor not only identifies the root cause of the pain and other symptoms, but also takes into account other physical factors of the patient to design a treatment that would be most effective for that particular person. As soon as the treatment starts, most patients find substantial relief from pain. However, the length of treatment will depend on the type and extent of injury. Nevertheless, when an accident victim consults a chiropractor, he is assured of a right diagnosis and an effective treatment plan that will heal the injury quicker and not leave anything untreated.

    Finding Salvation

    For whiplash victims, the major concern is long-term health issues, if the injury remains untreated. Simply taking painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are not going to treat the root cause of this injury. Hence you need expert, salient, and suitable help of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.  

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  62. A whiplash injury typically results from an auto accident or while playing contact sports. In the whiplash trauma, the head is violently thrown backwards and forwards in quick succession, resulting in damage to the cervical spine, and to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons of the neck.

    Unfortunately, in many accident cases, the victim does not experience any symptom of the whiplash injury for days, weeks, and even months. Therefore, after an accident, it is not enough to be examined by a general doctor, but you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as well.

    This is why you should not sign any paper work with any insurance company. The other side is going to approach you and is going to sweet talk you. You do not know the extent of your injuries so just wait before you sign off on anything.

    The Right Person

    A chiropractor is the only health care provide who is an expert at detecting, diagnosing, and treating whiplash injuries effectively. The regular doctor will most probably prescribe painkillers and analgesic medications to the accident victim without going to the root of the problem, whereas, a chiropractor knows the systematic procedure for detecting the extent of the whiplash injury, in order to provide a suitable treatment plan. Depending on the level of injury, whiplash victims take about three to six months to get back to normal.

    However, if whiplash injury is not properly diagnosed or if the correct treatment is not given on time, the accident victim can suffer many types of complications. The major complication of this injury is chronic whiplash syndrome, which consist of a set of disorders that will persist for more than six months. Such people would have suffered extensive damage to the ligaments in the neck, and damage to the discs or joints of the cervical spine.

    Not an Overnight Recovery

    This type of conditions will result in chronic pain and the patient will take a very long time to recover fully, even after receiving the right treatment. In certain severe cases, the whiplash injury can cause lifelong debilitating effects and persistent neck pain.

    Prolonged and sever pain will make it difficult for the person to do day-to-day activities and quality of life will diminish considerably. Complications of whiplash injury will also affect the work of the individual to quite an extent, and the person might not receive the compensation claim he deserves.

    The Right Move for You to Take

    Therefore, in order to avoid complications, always consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, especially after an auto accident. Do not delay the right treatment, as the condition can deteriorate rapidly, and then it takes much longer to recover. Even a minor whiplash injury, where the neck ligaments are affected, will take few weeks to heal. In severe cases, the injury can last more than a year.

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  63. Whiplash is the most common type of trauma in auto accidents, where the head of the driver or passenger is jerked forward and backward violently, which causes damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the neck. This jerking action might seem insignificant, but whiplash can cause severe injuries that can cause chronic pain and disabilities, if it is not treated in a timely manner by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Manifestation of whiplash injuries can take place in various ways, including pain in the lower back, changes in cognitive behavior, shoulder pain, upper back pain, fatigue, headaches, and neck pain. However, in many cases, the symptoms of whiplash may manifest after some time, and therefore it is always better to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, after an auto accident. Here are some of the main types of injuries resulting from whiplash trauma.

    Neck Pain

    More than 90% whiplash victims will complain of neck pain. This pain can also radiate across the shoulder, down the shoulder blades, or up to the head. Most tissues in the neck are likely to be affected by whiplash, including upper vertebrae discs, facet joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles. In many cases, the facet joint is affected, and the pain is felt at the back of the neck. Disc injury is also quite common, and it could result in chronic pain, if it is not diagnosed and the proper chiropractic treatment is not given in time.

    Headaches

    After neck pain, headache is the most common symptom of whiplash. Most such headaches are due to the injury to the facet joints, ligaments, and muscles of the cervical spine, but in some people, the headaches could be much more serious resulting from direct injury to the brain. 

    Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

    TMJ dysfunction is a less common injury from whiplash injury, but it is quite debilitating. Initially, the person will feel pain and there will be popping and clicking sounds while moving the jaw. It is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, if these symptoms are noticed, as TMJ can worsen rapidly and cause ear pain, facial pain, headaches, and difficulty while eating. Chiropractic treatment is the only effective solution for this type of injury.

    While these injuries are relatively less serious, whiplash can also cause serious injury to the brain. Therefore, after an accident it is important to have yourself diagnosed by an experienced chiropractor. This may be the best decision you ever made and help you out with your case.  

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  64. Receiving an ankle injury is common in auto accidents, since the ankle can be strained, sprained, or broken. When you have sustained an ankle injury, you need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, instead of a general health practitioner. A chiropractor is a specialist in treating soft tissue injuries, and therefore can provide the most effective treatment.

    You need to seek chiropractic treatment for ankle injury when:

    You are unable to move the injured ankle

    You experience pain when you try to put your body weight on the ankle.

    You hear a popping sound at the injured area

    The ankle or the area surrounding it, is very tender to touch

    Your leg buckles when you try standing on the injured ankle

    You experience numbness in the injured area

    The ankle is swollen or appears red

    You should consult a chiropractor if you have injured your ankle in the past, and even if you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms after the accident.

    What the Chiropractor will Focus On

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will take your detailed medical history, physically examine your ankle, and could order an X-ray to chart out an effective treatment plan. Treatment will mainly include soft tissue techniques, alignment of bones, and physical therapy that will help in quick healing of the supportive tissue. The doctor might also recommend certain exercises for rebuilding and strengthening the ligaments and muscles surrounding the ankle.

    Not an Actual Fix

    After you accident when you are examined by a regular doctor in the ER, you will most probably be prescribed some painkillers and analgesic medication. Pills may take care of the pain temporarily but they will not treat the damaged soft tissues of the ankle. Therefore, you need specialist care of a chiropractor, who will not only correctly diagnose the injury but also provide the most effective course of treatment that will result in quick healing and avoiding further complications and onset of chronic pain.

    The swelling and pain associated with injured ankle is known to respond best to chiropractic care. Apart from the treatment, effective rehabilitation is also important in ankle injuries, which will enable the victim to regain full mobility and avoid further complications later. Therefore, when you have injured your ankle in a car accident, consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC immediately.

    Nothing to Take Lightly

    The ankle joint is critical if you want to remain mobile and not vulnerable, as the whole body weight rests on it and is needed if you want to move around. If the injury is not treated correctly and in a timely manner, you can lose mobility and develop several other complications. 

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  65. Many auto accidents occur when the vehicles are travelling at slow speed, and there is minimal damage to the vehicles. The people in the car sustain minor injuries, meaning these injuries are not life threatening. However, the passengers and driver of the vehicle that is hit can suffer significant trauma. Therefore, even people who have suffered "minor" injuries can end up with chronic pain and disabilities.

    One such common auto accident injury is whiplash, where the head of the victim is violently jerked forward and backwards due to the impact from another vehicle. The impact might be minor, but the resultant movement induced to the head and neck is quite severe. This injury can only be diagnosed and treated effectively by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, rather than a general physician.

    The Wrong Shape

    Unfortunately, whiplash injury cannot be avoided by any safety feature in the car. The seatbelt will only stop the movement of the body, but there is no stopping the neck snapping back and forth. The effect of whiplash trauma not only affects the cervical spine but the rest of the spine too. Due to the impact, the spine is pushed out of its normal position of a C shape, and takes on an S shape. The unnatural shape that takes place shortly will cause trauma to the spinal discs and ligaments in the back.

    Known Symptoms

    Symptoms of whiplash injury include headaches, pain, and sore spots in the neck, shoulders, and back, nausea, and many more. However, the accident victim might not experience these symptoms for a day, weeks, and even months. This does not necessarily mean the victim is not suffering from whiplash, and therefore a thorough examination by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is very important after an auto accident.

    Apart from whiplash trauma, many accident victims suffer injury to their ankles. The ankle is a weak spot, and the injury can occur when the foot slips from the pedal, or when the interior cavity has caved in. In accidents where the vehicle is travelling at over 45 mph, injury or trauma to the spine usually occurs. The force of the impact will jar the body, and the spine will absorb most of the impact. This invariably results in bruising of ligaments, disc herniation, and in severe cases, the vertebrae will be broken. 

    The Body can only Take so Much

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is a specialist in treating all types of soft tissue trauma, and these injuries mostly occur in car crashes. Therefore, apart from a general health practitioner, you must consult a chiropractor as well after auto accident. 

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  66. Q) Since I have been examined at the ER by a doctor after the accident, do I need to consult any other doctor?

    A) Yes, you need to see a doctor who specializes in soft tissue trauma such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. The hospital doctor or even an MD will treat life threatening and visible injuries such as cuts, bruises, broken bones, but they are not qualified for treating injuries such as whiplash, which are most common in auto accidents. Just because you may not realize that you have sustained a whiplash injury, your body knows. On top of this, your body may not reveal that it was injured by being whiplashed to you after a couple of months have marched on by.

    Q) After receiving treatment from the doctor, I feel fine. Do I still need to consult a chiropractor?

    A) Yes, it is paramount to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, since certain injuries may remain hidden, and you may not experience any symptoms for days, weeks, and even months. Secondly, the general physician would have given you some painkillers, which would temporarily suppress the pain. However, these medications do not treat the root cause of the problem, and injury could deteriorate and cause you many health issues in the future. The chiropractor is trained to detect and diagnose hidden auto injuries, and provide the right course of treatment.

    Q) Is the treatment from a chiropractor going to cost me extra?

    A) The chiropractor will be charging his fees, but it will be covered by your insurance. Since all medical expenses are usually covered by your insurance, it therefore makes more sense to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to obtain the proper treatment. If you do not consult a chiropractor and your case is settled by the insurance company, then you cannot pursue another claim for injury symptoms that might surface later.

    Therefore, it is vital to have yourself checked out by an experience chiropractor, who is able to detect hidden injuries that are certainly superficial and could have debilitating consequences for years to come. Once your injuries are diagnosed, they will be included in your medical records, and you can inform your insurance company about this issue.

    Q) Do you need permission of the insurance company prior to consulting a chiropractor?

    A) No, you are legally entitled to seek any accepted medical care for treating your injuries after an auto accident, and that includes chiropractic treatment.

    Q) When do I accept a settlement from the insurance company?

    A) You should first have your injuries thoroughly evaluated by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, and know about the treatment plan. You should also find out if there are going to be any long-term effects or permanent disabilities due to your injuries, so you can claim a reasonable settlement amount that correlates with your accident injuries―everyone of them.

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  67. Auto accidents not only cause injuries but can also be quite stressful. There are certain auto injuries that remain hidden and they may not be detected for weeks, months, and even years after the accident. This will result in two major issues. Your injury will not receive the required treatment, and it could develop into major health issues later.

     

    Smart Moves Post an Accident

    Secondly, you will be settling your accident with the insurance company, which means you, will not attain adequate compensation. Therefore, after the accident it is essential to consult a doctor trained in soft tissue injuries like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    The Right Person is not Who You Think it Is

    Once you have settled your accident case, you no longer the right to file a claim for additional compensation for the injuries that had not surfaced. The insurance company is also not responsible for paying anything more than what your medical records suggest. Hence, you are responsible to have a thorough checkup for hidden accident injuries and avail the medical care you require. Consulting a general physician may not be enough after the accident. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is a specialist in diagnosing and treating these types of injuries.

    Many accident victims do not pay much attention to symptoms that they feel are minor. They are mainly concerned about cuts, bleeding, and broken bones. These injuries are no doubt serious, but at the same time, other minor symptoms should not be ignored. Even if you feel a slight soreness, numbness, headache, or stiffness, you should consult a chiropractor immediately.

    Once cuts and bruises are taken care of by a general physician after the accident, victims start to stress about the damage to their vehicle. They are worried about the repairs and their insurance rate going up. However, your primary concern should be your health and not the state of your vehicle. If injuries resulting from whiplash trauma are not diagnosed and treated in time, the accident victim will face many health issues down the road.

    Post-traumatic osteoarthritis is a common occurrence in people who have not received treatment for their hidden auto injuries. This condition can ruin the person's posture, and can cause accelerated degeneration of spinal discs. This will result in impaired mobility, chronic pain, and stiffness.

    You may believe the soreness and funny feeling will go away but it may not and in fact, it may become worse. If you did not enjoy playing basketball before the accident you are going to be distraught that you cannot play it all with this current ongoing injury. Now it is more than just a choice, you physically cannot move your body properly.

    Not the Doctor’s Specialty

    Remember most physicians are not trained to detect hidden auto injuries, and therefore after an accident, you must consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who specializes in the biomechanics of the body and soft tissue trauma. 

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  68. Whiplash trauma is most common in auto accidents, and there are more chances of complications if this injury is not effectively treated in time. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is the specialist; you should be visiting after an auto accident, after the regular doctor has treated you for other injuries such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones.

    Waiting is the Wrong Decision

    You might not even know that you have suffered a whiplash injury because sometimes the symptoms like neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain will not surface for days, weeks, and even months. Therefore, if you do not get yourself checked by a chiropractor and receive the required treatment, you can end up with severe complications.

    Better Days

    There are some people who believe it cannot get any worse or they cannot be any busier than they are now. The problem with this line of thinking is you have to be healthy to be busy. If you are unable to move your body properly you cannot function and then you cannot do anything. Your days of being busy after an accident seem like a trip to Cabo San Lucas.

    When whiplash is not treated in time, it can result in chronic pain that can seriously affect your work and the quality of your life. Even when you consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, the duration it takes to recover fully from your whiplash injury will depend on the severity of the trauma and the extent of injuries. Whiplash trauma causes your head to be snapped backwards and forwards violently, which will result in injuries to your tendons, ligaments, and spinal column.

    Healing can take Months – Perhaps Longer

    If the trauma is minor, and the tendons and ligaments in your neck are slightly injured, it will take few weeks to recover fully with the right chiropractic treatment. However, in case of severe injuries treatment could last for several months and even over a year to recover fully.

    The main complication of this type of injury is called chronic whiplash syndrome, which is actually group of disorders that can persist for more than several months. These symptoms could persist despite lack of any anatomic evidence and sometimes may not respond to standards treatment. Therefore, it is very important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after you have been in an auto accident to receive the right treatment.

    Apart from taking care of your health, a chiropractor could also help in resolving issues with your insurance company regarding your claim. Sometimes, the soft tissue injuries that are detected may cause disproportionate chronic symptoms, compared to what is usually expected from the injury.

    Critical Information

    Therefore, a specialist such as a chiropractor will be required to provide an expert opinion on the matter. When you have consulted a chiropractor, your health issues and the extent of your injuries will be written in your medical records, which will be the main evidence for receiving your insurance claim. 

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  69. In most auto accidents, victims suffer from whiplash trauma, which is a violent jerking of the head forwards and backwards due to rear end or side collision. The resultant injury damages the ligaments, tendons, and sometimes causes disk herniation. You need a specialist such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to treat these types of injuries.

    Therefore, if you have been in an accident, it is highly advisable to consult a chiropractor, as the general doctor may not be able to provide effective treatment for such injuries. Sometimes when you have sustained whiplash injuries, you may not experience any symptoms for days, weeks, and even months. A chiropractor will be able to detect this injury and provide the required treatment, by which you can avoid complications later.

    Since each whiplash injury is different, the chiropractic treatment cannot be generalized. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough examination of the patient and may order further tests such as x-rays or scans to confirm diagnosis. The treatment will depend on the type and extent of whiplash injury. It will be mainly focused on treating the primary dysfunctions that were detected during examination.

    Usually the following treatments are used for treating whiplash:

    Manipulation

     

    Spinal manipulation is the primary treatment for treating joint dysfunction. In this treatment the chiropractor will gently move the joint in question, in the direction that it feels restricted. This treatment is also called chiropractic adjustment and it might involve slow mobilizing movement or even a short thrust.

    Muscle Stimulation and/or Relaxation

     

    This is the primary treatment for muscle dysfunction caused by whiplash injury. Stimulation and relaxation treatment mainly consists of repeated contractions to inhibited muscles, or gently stretching muscles with excessive tension. Very tight muscles may be given vigorous stretches, and pressure with fingers is applied at specific points to relieve pain related to the tightness.

    Exercises

     

    Depending on the type of whiplash injury, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might also prescribe certain types of exercises for reducing disc derangement and for correcting faulty movement patterns. These exercises will have simple movements and they will be taught at the doctor's office, and the patient is asked to continue with them at home.

    They can be done during commercials when you are watching your favorite show or when you are watching the show itself.

    Lifestyle Changes and Advice on Ergonomics

     

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will address issues concerning the patient's work and recreational activities. Advice will be given on how to perform various routine activities without causing undue stress to joints and muscles. Several methods to reduce stress on the body will also be taught to quicken recovery. 

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  70. Ankles support the entire weight of the body while standing or walking; however, these joints are also most susceptible to injuries in an auto accident. Trauma to the ankle is possible from the foot slipping from the pedal or from direct impact to this region during the accident. When the ankle is injured, the most common problems are strains, sprains, and fractures.

    In case of strain or sprain, after an auto accident, it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to pick up the right treatment and ensure quick recovery. If you leave an ankle injury unattended or provide the wrong treatment, it can result in long-term problems and cause chronic instability.

    Possible Ankle Injury Results

    A strain is the most common ankle injury, where there is soft tissue damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the joint. A strain is caused when there is forcible overstretching or contraction in response to the accident trauma. When the foot slips from the car's pedal during an accident, it can be twisted, where an abnormal amount of stretching force is applied to the joint. Symptoms of acute strain of ankle muscle could include swelling, muscle spasms, pain, bruising, limited range of ankle motion, and loss of joint strength.

    Finding a Treatment Methodology

    During the examination, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to diagnose the severity of the ankle strain. If there is minimal swelling, the strain is considered mild. Ankle strain is considered moderate to severe; when there is partial or complete tear of a muscle or muscle group in the ankle.

    Sprains on the other hand are acute injuries where the trauma has caused overstretching. Sprains mainly affect the ligaments in the ankle. The severity of the strain will depend whether the trauma has cause a mild stretching or a complete ligament tear. Sprains can be due to an impact to the joint from an outside force, which displaces the joint's alignment. Common symptoms of a sprain are instability, swelling, bruising, and it becomes painful to move the joint even slightly.

    Waiting for Treatment may Invite a Physical Risk

    In a mild ankle sprain there is minor hemorrhaging of the capsular fluids. In moderate to severe sprains, the ligaments are torn, and there is quite a bit of swelling. If moderate to severe sprains are not treated in a timely and correct manner there are much more chances of re-occurrence. Therefore, after an auto accident consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, for quick recovery and reducing the chances of long term issues.

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  71. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC provides a natural way to heal auto accident injuries, as chiropractic care is considered the most natural type of health care. When you have suffered an auto accident, the regular doctor in the ER will most probably prescribe pain medication for soft tissue injuries.

    Not Quite Enough

    In fact, this doctor will not be in a position to diagnose the various types of soft tissue injuries correctly that you might have suffered in the accident. The pain medication will help in relieving your pain to some extent, but it will not be permanent, as the main issue is not diagnosed and the right treatment is not yet provided.

    Consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, would be ideal after suffering injuries in a car accident because he will not only diagnose soft tissue injuries, but also provide the most natural treatment. Just by chiropractic manipulations and movements, restrictions that block normal self-regulating functions of the body can be freed largely. Chiropractic care also involves other treatment options such as electronic or sonic stimulation of muscles and ligaments, which can quicken the recovery process.

    These are methods that a doctor of medicine is not cognizant of and would not even know how to employ. This is entirely different skill and knowledge set.

    If you need some new tires for your car you do not see an optometrist and if you did the optometrist may try to help you but they would be derelict in their duty and probably not give you the right advice on how to handle your tire problem. This is not a perfect analogy but if you are in a car accident and you do not feel right a doctor is not the person you want to see certainly if you have already seen one. You should seek out a chiropractor who can help you deal with your physical liabilities that may only grow worse.

    Types of Auto Injuries

    Auto accidents can cause different types of injuries, but mainly most victims suffer from whiplash, joint pain, back pain, jaw pain, headaches, or numbness in the hands, legs, or arms. Different types of chiropractic therapies are available for treating all these injuries, and they include chiropractic adjustments of joints, electric muscle stimulation, therapeutic massages, and even low-level laser therapy.    

    In most cases, auto accident victims suffer from headaches and/or neck pain due to whiplash trauma. Most times the headache is caused due to restriction in the base of the skull or neck, or due to structural misalignment. Simple chiropractic adjustments are highly effective in relieving these symptoms. This treatment is least invasive, and very natural. The chiropractor will correct the alignment and remove restrictions by simply moving you head, neck, arms and your back in a particular way.

    Superlative Chiropractic Care

    In most cases, the patient immediately starts feeling better after chiropractic adjustments, and there is no necessity for pain medications. Only in severe soft tissue injuries where the victim is suffering from severe pain, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will prescribe pain medications. Otherwise, most of the time, the treatment is restricted to chiropractic techniques that are most natural and the least invasive.

    If you were injured in an auto accident, it would be highly advisable to set up an appointment with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as sometimes symptoms take a long time to manifest. A delay in treatment can cause major health issues and long-term problems which may certainly undermine your quality of life. 

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  72. In most auto accidents, the victim is subjected to whiplash trauma, especially when the vehicle is rear-ended or there is an impact from the side. This trauma causes the head to be snapped backward and forward violently, and unfortunately there is no way to prevent this injury. Whiplash injury causes damage to soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, vertebrae joints, nerve roots, and muscles. Therefore, it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to have a correct diagnosis of your injuries and receive the right treatment.

    After being injured, the victim might feel certain initial symptoms that could include:

    ü  Stiffness or pain in the neck

    ü  Pain or weakness in the arms

    ü  Shoulder pain

    ü  Pain in the lower back area

    ü  Pain in the jaws

    ü  Dizziness

    ü  Headaches

    ü  Blurred vision

    ü  Ringing in ears

    ü  Fatigue and disturbed sleep

    However, in many cases, the victim might experience any symptoms and the whiplash injury could remain undetected for a long time, if the victim is not checked up by an experienced chiropractor.

    Whiplash symptoms could last for a long time, depending on the severity of the injury and timely treatment. In majority of accident cases, it takes about six weeks for the person to recover from whiplash injuries. However, about a third of accident victims experience neck pain even ten years after the accident. Some victims develop chronic symptoms that remain for the rest of their lives.

    The Proper Course of Action

    Early detection of whiplash injury, correct diagnosis, and timely treatment plays a big role in faster recovery and avoiding long-term health issues. Therefore, after an auto accident it is not enough to consult a general doctor, but it is critical to visit Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as well. The chiropractor is a specialist qualified to deal with such injuries and prescribe the right treatment.

    Usually, the initial level of pain experienced by the accident victim is a prudent indicator of the seriousness of the injury. Victims experiencing very severe pain have greater chances of taking longer to recover, or they might not recover fully. This is why you do not want to sign any paper work with the insurance company representing the opposing side. You are not clear to live a healthy, free life yet. You may never be but you want to be financially compensated for whatever long-term problems you face.

    Preexisting Conditions

    If the accident victim already has, preexisting conditions such as headaches, arthritis, osteoporosis, or neck pain, then the whiplash injury can worsen these health issues and recovery takes much longer. Whiplash injury can also lead to permanent or partial disability, and therefore it is important to receive professional care and treatment from Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. 

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  73. Auto accidents are stressful events and unfortunately, there are over six million auto accidents in a year in the country. In most cases the drivers or passengers in the vehicles suffer from whiplash injuries, even when the accident has been minor and the damage to the vehicle is minimal.

    Crash victims suffering from whiplash trauma often experience neck pain, back pain, stiffness, headaches, blurry vision, and dizziness. Since the ER doctor is not actually qualified to detect or treat soft tissue injuries like whiplash, it becomes vital to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Pain Experience Thwarted

    It is surprising to see that most people involved in auto accidents are more worried about their vehicles and their insurance, rather than their physical state. Actually, during the accident the body would have produced adrenaline, which numbs the pain and helps the body cope with the trauma. Therefore, many accident victims do not experience the symptoms of whiplash injuries, since the adrenaline would have masked the pain.

    Many people involved in an accident are also worried about their jobs and the tasks they have to do that day and how those plans have not been affected. The concern over their physical well-being is sometimes secondary.   

    Another problem with whiplash injuries is that the victim might know the full impact of the injury for days, weeks, and even months. Therefore, it becomes essential to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident, as he is fully qualified and equipped to detect these types of injuries.

    Injuries from even Minor Accidents

    Even a minor impact to the vehicle from the back or side can cause whiplash trauma, where the head of the victim is violently thrown backwards and forwards. This momentum can cause tears in the ligaments, damage nerves, and cause spinal misalignment.

    The extent of the whiplash injury will depend on the severity of the trauma, and age of the victim. People who already have problems like arthritis or osteoporosis might be more severely affected, while younger and healthier people might sustain minimal injuries. However, it is important to avail the right treatment for quicker recovery, and avoiding severe health issues later. 

    Know what to Look For  

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough examination and might take x-rays or scans to confirm diagnosis. Whiplash injuries are treated mainly with chiropractic adjustments, massages, and special exercises. The doctor will also check to see if the spine has suffered any misalignment and will take steps to correct the problem.

    If you do not consult a chiropractor after an auto accident, and your whiplash injury remains hidden, you could end up with chronic pain, disabilities, and aggravation of related symptoms later. Hence, make sure you consult with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an accident to ensure quick recovery.

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  74. Auto accidents are quite common and most are considered minor accidents where the car may be slightly dented and the driver may receive a few minor cuts and bruises. Considering the minor damage to the vehicle, most people think it is a minor accident, but in most cases, the people in the car would have suffered whiplash injuries, which may be quite severe.

    Misguided Assumptions

    Whiplash injury could remain undetected and will cause several problems later on, and therefore you need a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to treat these types of soft tissue injuries. There are many people who believe just because they do not feel any pain they are good to go. There are others who believe anything that is wrong with them will just heel over time. This is not always the case.

    Even a slight impact to your vehicle from behind or from the side, can throw your head backwards and forwards violently, even if you are wearing a seat belt. In fact, there is no way you can prevent whiplash trauma in an auto accident. The violent movement of your head and the intense stretching of your neck could cause severe sprains or tears in the ligaments, or even spinal misalignment.

    Not a Permanent Fix

    After the accident, the doctor in the ER will be mainly checking for obvious wounds and bleeding, and may prescribe some pain medications to relieve the discomfort you might be feeling in your neck. However, this will only provide temporary relief and will not treat the whiplash injury. Only a chiropractor is qualified to treat soft tissue injuries and will be able to provide the right treatment. 

    A Terrible Situation Brewing

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is experienced specialist in detecting and treating different types of soft tissue injuries that may be caused by auto accidents. Therefore, after an auto accident, it is critical to diagnose the type of injuries you have suffered and the severity of your problems. If you have not been to a chiropractor after the accident, you might suffer from persistent pain in the neck and shoulder areas, and may suffer frequent headaches. Do not ignore these symptoms, since they may seem mild, but they can cause severe health issues later.

    Sometimes the accident victim might not even feel pain or other symptoms for days, weeks, and even months, even after sustaining a whiplash trauma. When whiplash injury remains hidden, it can develop into major health issues, chronic pain, and even disabilities later. Therefore, even when you feel you have not been injured in the accident, you should still consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who is capable of detecting these injuries and in providing the right treatment.

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  75. If you have been in an auto accident, you should let the medics check you and take you to a hospital, even if you feel you have not been injured. The doctor in ER is going to treat you mainly for cuts, bruises, bleeding, and broken bones. However, in most auto accidents the driver or passengers suffer from whiplash injury. General doctors are not qualified to diagnose and treat these type of injuries, and hence you need to consult Wirth chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Timing is an Issue

    Typically, whiplash trauma will cause pain in the neck, head, shoulders, or upper back, but sometimes this injury can remain hidden and symptoms may not surface for days, weeks, or even months. Whiplash injury can cause severe health issues, disabilities, and chronic pain, if it is not diagnosed and treated in time.

    Therefore, when you have been in an auto accident, the doctor in the ER is most probably going to prescribe some medications for your pain, and will not be treating the root issue. If you want to recover from a whiplash then it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will be able to correctly diagnose the extent of your injury and provide the right treatment.

    Knowing What to Look For

    Chiropractic treatment is not complicated and it is one of the most natural forms of treatment. The chiropractor will move your limbs manually to see if your movements are restricted and if it is causing you any pain. This is called chiropractic adjustments, and it is one of the most effective ways of restoring normal movement and speeding up the recover process. The chiropractor may also provide massage therapy, and prescribe certain stretching and strengthening exercises.

    The time it takes to recover from whiplash will mainly depend on the severity of your injury and taking the right treatment. If you want to avoid long-term health issues and want to recover fast, it is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an accident. A visit to the ER is not enough, even though you may feel that the ER is equipped to handle all types of injuries. The ER is for acute or obvious issues such as a sliced hand due to cutting some carrots where the threat is imminent and the solution is quick.

    Having back or neck pain will take much longer to correctly diagnose and to find a cure. Only a chiropractor can put you on the right track.

    Waiting is Illogical

    In fact and furthermore, the ER and the doctor who attends to you is not a specialist in treating soft tissue injuries, while a chiropractor is qualified to do so. You should not take any chances with whiplash injuries, since even though these injuries are common, they can have a debilitating effect on your health if they are not treated immediately.

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  76. Even though there are millions of auto accidents happening each year, most of them are considered minor. However, the accident is mainly judged minor because there is minimal damage to the vehicles involved. The statistics do not reflect the extent of injuries suffered by the driver or passengers of the vehicle.

    You might think that since there is only a small dent in the vehicle, the people inside the car would have not experienced any injuries that would have any long term implications and probably not even any short term implications.

    All Accidents can Lead to this Type of Injury

    Unfortunately, this is not the case always. In most minor accidents, the people inside suffer from whiplash injury, which is a soft tissue injury caused by the violent backwards and forwards movement of the head at the time of impact. Even when the vehicle is travelling at less than 10 mph the people inside can suffer from severe whiplash injuries, and hence it becomes important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    This injury is not visible. You are not going to be bleeding which would lead to this type of injury. That is why so many people are ignorant when it comes to this type of injury and its ramifications for your quality of life.

    Fender Bender Accidents

    Unfortunately, even safety devices in the car like seat belts or special design of the seat cannot prevent whiplash injuries. Fender benders are the most common type of accidents, where you rear end the vehicle in front or somebody crashes into your vehicle from behind. The impact will throw your head forwards and backwards, which will flex your neck severely. This is typical whiplash trauma, and the ligaments in your neck are severely strained or even torn.

    Whiplash trauma can also cause spinal misalignment and nerve damage. Even though, whiplash is a serious injury, most victims may not experience any symptoms for a long time. Since people do not feel much pain, they might simply take some pain medication to get relief.

    However, the main injury could remain hidden and the person might experience severe symptoms and other health issues later. Therefore, it is important to get yourself checked by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after the accident.

    The Training and the Resources

    Compared to a general doctor, a chiropractor is a specialist in soft tissue injuries, and is better qualified and equipped to detect and treat whiplash injuries. After an accident, you are usually taken to the ER in a hospital and a general doctor will attend to your injuries.

    However, this doctor may not be able to diagnose the extent of your soft tissue injuries, or provide the correct treatment. Therefore, after an auto accident, even if it is minor and your vehicle has sustained minimal damage, you should still consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

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  77. There are numerous auto accidents happening all over the country each year, and the majority of them are rear end collisions. Amongst these, many are considered minor accidents, since the vehicle would have sustained minimal damage.

    Nothing to Laugh About

    However, even when the vehicle is moving between 5 to 10 mph, the driver or passengers inside the rear-ended vehicle can sustain serious whiplash injuries. Hence, it is important to seek the care of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for quick recovery and avoid future complications.

    Contemporary Studies Reveal

    A few decades ago, whiplash was viewed in simplistic manner, where you head could have snapped back causing damage to tendons, muscles, and ligaments, or your head could have snapped forward, which could cause some additional injuries. Now research has confirmed that are rear-end collision is quite serious, as the upper neck goes into flexion, and the lower part of the neck undergoes hyperextension.

    This means the top and bottom areas of your neck are literally going in opposite directions during the first phase of the whiplash trauma. The injuries occur very fast, and tests have shown it takes under a tenth of a second for the damage to take place. In order for the muscles to react and protect the joints, it takes a minimum of two tenths of a second. Since the injury happens in less than a tenth of second, the dynamics of our muscles are useless for protecting the joints in a whiplash trauma.

    Even if you are wearing a seat belt or your vehicle has the best-designed seats, you cannot avoid a whiplash injury. At the time of the whiplash trauma, the neck goes into an "S" shaped configuration that lays immense stress on the discs and facet joints. The best way to treat this type of injury is biomechanically through adjustments done by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Not the True Answer

    After the auto accident, when you are taken to the ER, the general doctor will most probably prescribe some pain medications and muscle relaxants. However, this will only ease the pain and mask other symptoms. Pain relievers do not treat whiplash injuries, and if the victim does not receive specialist chiropractic treatment, the condition will become worse and the patient is likely to suffer chronic pain and even disabilities.

    Therefore, if you have been in an auto accident, even if it is considered minor, you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Chiropractic adjustments are one of the best treatments for whiplash, and it can save you from other serious complications from setting in later. 

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  78. Fender bender as the name suggests is a minor auto accident where the vehicle sustains some miniscule dents or a bent fender. Even though fender benders cause minimal damage to the vehicle, it can cause serious injury to the driver or passengers travelling the in the vehicle.

    Opening the Right Door

    Secondly, many times these injuries remain hidden and the injured persons may not even know that they have suffered injuries that require treatment. Fender benders mainly cause whiplash injuries, which damage the ligaments, muscles, and nerves in the neck, and may even misalign the spine. Therefore, after sustaining auto injuries, it is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. A chiropractor is a specialist doctor who is an expert in detecting and treating these types of bodily injuries.

    When whiplash injuries are not detected and treated, the injured victim could develop chronic pain, and might even develop certain disabilities. However, timely chiropractic treatment can significantly reduce the chances of long-term serious health issues.

    The chiropractor main approach will be to treat whiplash injuries with chiropractic adjustments and manipulations, which will restore mobility and spinal functions. This biomechanical approach is the most natural approach at treating an injury, and your recovery is much faster. However, recovery time is also genuinely influenced by the severity of the injury.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first consider the patient's medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination. The doctor might order further tests, such as x-rays and scans to confirm his diagnosis, and then draw out an effective treatment plan.

    Early Detection is Pivotal

    Early detection of whiplash injury can greatly reduce the occurrence of chronic pain, inflammation, and formation of scar tissue. Not treating whiplash injury it time could also cause early deterioration of spinal column, ligaments, and muscles. It could also lead to early onset of arthritis, osteoporosis, and other musculoskeletal issues. Therefore, the early detection and the right treatment of whiplash injuries is vital.

    After a car accident, the injured victim is usually taken to the ER, where the doctor checks for bleeding, broken bones, bruises, and damage to organs. However, this doctor is often ill equipped and under qualified to detect and treat whiplash injuries.

    The Right Route to Take

    If you are suffering from neck pain, this doctor might prescribe some pain medication, which might relive the pain, but it is not going to treat the underlying whiplash injury. Therefore, when you have been in a car accident and even if you do not experience pain or other symptoms, it is always prudent and bright to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. 

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  79. A minor rear-ended collision of your vehicle can cause some serious whiplash trauma. The injuries and physical damage caused by this type of trauma can only be treated effectively by a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Hence, after an auto accident, even if it were minor, it would be wise to seek chiropractic care. Here are certain factors that magnificently influence the seriousness of whiplash injuries.

    The Size and Speed of the Vehicles

    When the size and weight of both vehicles are similar, even a collision occurring at 8 mph could generate 2-G acceleration of the vehicle, and 5-G acceleration of the driver or passenger's head. Hence, the lower speed and size of vehicle does not matter, and the injury could be quite serious.

    Position of Headrest

    Unfortunately, even when the headrest is at the correct height, it will not be close enough to catch the head before the injury can occur. If the headrest is low, if the seat is in a reclined position, or the person is maintaining a poor posture then these factors will increase the distance further and increase the seriousness of the whiplash injury. The position of the head is critical because when the G forces are concentrated on one side of the spine the severity of injury substantially increases.

    Children and Women

    Children and women sustain whiplash injuries that are more serious because they are shorter than men are, and the headrest might be further away from their necks when the accident occurs.

    Age

    Advanced age plays a major role because as the body becomes old, muscles lose their flexibility and become weaker, the ligaments lose their pliability, and there is general decrease in the range of motion. All these factors can increase the seriousness of whiplash injury dramatically.

    Pre-existing Health Issues

    A person suffering from a health issue like osteoporosis or arthritis will be much more at risk of suffering a serious whiplash injury.

    The Best Approach

    It is quite clear that nobody can fully eliminate the risk of whiplash injury when his or her vehicle is rear-ended or hit from the side. The above factors will only increase the severity of the injury. Therefore, the best approach would be to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, after an accident, since this doctor is a specialist in detecting and effectively treating soft tissue and whiplash injuries, via treatment such as chiropractic adjustments or spinal manipulations, and massages. 

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  80. Over three million people are injured while performing their jobs every year in US. Work injuries can be debilitating and prevent workers from not only do their jobs but also their routine daily activities such as throwing a baseball with their son or kicking a soccer ball around. Most work related injuries are caused by overexertion or repetitive movements, and some are caused by traumatic accidents.

    It is advisable to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as soon as there is pain or discomfort. Timely chiropractic treatment greatly improves the chances of full and quicker recovery. On the other hand delaying the matter could result in long-term complications and onset of chronic pain.

    Neck & Back Injury Resolution

    The most common injuries for industrial workers are to their neck and back, as most of their work places a lot of strain on their spines. However, office workers are also vulnerable to these types of injuries but they will occur because of poor posture, improper ergonomics, and strain. Studies conducted all over the world have shown chiropractic treatment and care is the best option for treating neck and back pain. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, uses physical therapy, trigger point therapy, and chiropractor manipulations to effectively treat neck and back injuries.

    Repetitive stress injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome are the other most common injuries for employees. People working on computers, typewriters, and on the assembly line need to flex their wrists repeatedly for a long time. This type of repetitive stress puts extra pressure on the median nerve, which is a major nerve running from the forearm to the wrist.

    Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    This nerve is compressed after years of repetitive work movements, and this condition is called carpal tunnel syndrome. Employees can prevent this condition or reduce its severity by consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will provide ergonomic training and various effective therapies.

    Repetitive headaches is another most common work related injury that can be caused by poor posture, overexertion, muscle tension, and stress. Employees with neck injuries can also develop headaches if the nerves in the cervical area are getting compressed or irritated.

    Chiropractic Care for Headaches

    Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for correcting issues in the cervical spine. This allows the affected nerve to heal, which in turn will reduce and ease headaches. Studies have shown that receiving the right chiropractic treatment is known to reduce frequency and severity of migraine headaches as well.

    Other common work related injuries are rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis, and numbness in the arms and legs. Wirth Chiropractic care and treatment are your best options for full and quick recovery from work injuries.   

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  81. Repetitive stress injury causes carpal tunnel syndrome, and many industrial workers and office employees suffer from this type of injury. The continuous stress could be caused by repetitive motion like working on an assembly line or by typing.

    A Vital Solution

    The sheer repetition of the same motion over a long period causes the strain and injury. The best chance for quick and full recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome is early diagnosis and proper chiropractic treatment. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first diagnose a repetitive stress injury by physical examination and taking x-rays.

    Usually, chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome will include manipulation of the affected joint such as the elbow and wrist, and of the upper spine. In many cases, spinal misalignment is known to contribute to symptoms of repetitive stress injury. The chiropractor will perform spinal manipulation to align the spine correctly. This is usually done manually by applying controlled pressure on the joints. Same type of manipulations is done for the arm and wrist as well.

     

    Making You Healthy Again

    Ultrasound therapy is also used extensively for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. The chiropractor uses a device that emits focused sound waves that are high or low energy waves falling outside the range of human hearing. These waves penetrate deep within the body tissues and reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and relax muscles.

    For preventing carpal tunnel syndrome or for treating an early-diagnosed condition, use of wrist supports is quite effective. The support will keep the wrist in the intended alignment, which certainly reduces the risk of strain and injury.

    Chiropractic is the best option for treating carpal tunnel syndrome, as it is non-invasive and natural form of treatment compared to surgery and taking medications. Many studies have shown that chiropractic is as effective as any allopathic treatment and that too without any side effects.

    However, the length and type of treatment will absolutely vary between individuals, depending on the severity and the parts affected by the repetitive stress. Even in chronic cases, chiropractic treatment has sufficiently helped patients in reducing pain and maintaining mobility of the joints.

    Working with Your Body

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC focuses on the structure of the body, especially the spine, and its relative functions. Most problems are caused by spinal misalignments, and they can be corrected with chiropractic manipulations. Secondly, the chiropractor will mainly aim to stimulate the body's natural capacity to heal itself, and therefore it is considered the most natural form of treatment.

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  82. Tendonitis is a condition that occurs when a tendon that connects muscle to bone is injured, strained, or not used properly. The result is pain, discomfort, or soreness that could become chronic. Some of the common examples of tendonitis are runner's knee, tennis elbow, and pitcher's shoulder. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is an expert at treating tendonitis and is your best option compared to a general physician. 

    A Baseball Injury

    First, a fine and acute chiropractor will try to diagnose tendonitis by ruling out other causes that might be causing pain such as arthritis or bursitis. This is an important stage in diagnosis, as soreness and pain of tendonitis is quite similar to these conditions. Usually, X-rays, MRI, or CAT scans are used for confirming the diagnosis.

    One of the main advantages of chiropractic treatment for tendonitis is that it addresses the main cause rather than simply treating symptoms. The chiropractor will initially use a brace to provide support to the pulled or injured tendon, as the inflammation and stiffness needs to reduce. Depending on the severity and type of tendonitis injury, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might prescribe different treatments including manual trigger point therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and application of ice, massage, or simple temporary immobilization.

    Strengthening Your Body

    After the injury has healed to a certain extent, strengthening exercises and physical therapy could also be prescribed. For people whose joint mobility has decreased, the chiropractor will perform joint manipulations to restore motion.

    Usually, in the initial three weeks of proper treatment, the inflammation and pain will reduce to a considerable extent. However, full recovery in most cases takes around six weeks or more. When the injury is healing, there is formation of scar tissue when the bonding is taking place.

    However, this scar tissue will have to be broken down for the muscle and tendon to regain full flexibility, and lessen the chances of further injury. Breaking down of the scar tissue can be done using ultrasound waves or manual massage. Ultrasound treatment could be used also for applying pain solutions and topical nutrients deeper into the affected tissues.

    Getting You Back into the Game of Life

    If there is no improvement in tendonitis by six months, then it is a chronic condition and treatment becomes much more difficult. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is an expert at treating chronic conditions and has many effective approaches for relieving pain and restoring mobility. The chiropractor will check for misaligned joints in the body, as sometimes the pain could be compensatory for injury that might have occurred in some other place in your physical biological structure.

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  83. Participating in sports is excellent for staying fit and maintaining impressive or at least decent health. However, most athletes suffer injuries regularly or at least once in a while. These injuries occur mainly due to overstraining and not wearing the required safety gear for the sport, not stretching out properly, trying to do too much, or just some terrible luck.

    Even Athletes need Help Staying Healthy

    While athletes try to break records and improve their own potential, there is marvelous chance of musculoskeletal issues and injuries. Unfortunately, even a minor injury can be a serious setback for an athlete who has managed to maintain a sterling record. Timely treatment from expert Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would the best option for a faster recovery.

    Sports injuries need special type of attention and treatment, which may not be possible for all chiropractors. First, the chiropractor should be able to recognize the value of competitive sports and its importance to the patient. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC not only provides expert treatment for sports injuries but also appreciates the ambitions of players, and works hard to keep their spirits up.

    This is not just for professional athletes but also for recreational ones as well. Anyone who is injured and wants to “get their game back” and be as productive in life as possible can benefit from outstanding chiropractor help.  

    Offering Clear & Judicious Advice

    Even though fast recovery is important for an athlete, an acute chiropractor will not be influenced by outside pressure to compromise on sound judgment. The athlete will be eager to compete, the coach will be unwilling to accept the extent of the injuries, and the parent will want to see their child or even young adult excel. A resolute chiropractor will not allow all these pressures to cloud his judgment, and their patient’s health and fitness will be his highest priority.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is highly experienced and decides promptly on the best mode of treatment. In sports injuries, delays could not only mean jeopardizing the person’s career but also extending the time of recovery and chances of further complications. The chiropractor will have to select quickly the treatment that will work best for the particular injury. There are many methods of treating a particular injury, and an experienced chiropractor will be able to tell which method would work best and in under what situation.

    Making the Hard Decision

    Lastly, the main goal of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is to achieve complete recovery of the patient. Sometimes the chiropractor might have to take a tough decision and embark on a lengthy treatment plan that will guarantee complete recovery, compared to a treatment that is shorter but where there are chances of long term health issues.

    If you have suffered an injury while exercising or playing a certain sport, either from just a pick-up basketball game or if you are playing in an official league in any type of physically demanding competition, it is best to have the injury examined by a chiropractor instead of a regular doctor. The chiropractor is a specialist in treating musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, which are quite common while engaging in competitive activities.   

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  84. Running can cause pain, which may be something much more than soreness. If you are experiencing constant discomfort or severe pain after running then you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. A period of physical therapy is highly beneficial for rebuilding muscle strength and repairing any soft tissue damage.

    Requirements for Runners

    Most runners like to get back to running as soon as they can. However, sometimes physical therapy, which is the first line of defense, may not be enough to set right a severe problem quickly. Physical therapy is mainly aimed at improving coordination and strengthening muscles and tendons, but some runners might need further chiropractic care for improving joint mobilization, as well. With Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, you can expect highly advanced care incorporating the best techniques for soft tissue repair and joint mobilization.

    In a healthy body, all aspects work well together, and a chiropractor will see if all body joints are moving correctly and in co-ordination with the soft tissues. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC does a thorough evaluation of body biomechanics including how you move, stand, and the way your foot arches. The chiropractor will also check the alignment of your hips and knees.

    Evaluation and Treatment

    After a thorough evaluation, a sports chiropractor will decide the specific treatment or therapy that is required for the person, according to his needs. All chiropractic healing techniques are mainly natural, which means they are designed to jumpstart the natural healing mechanism of the body for regeneration of health cells.

    For running injuries, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will mainly apply four types of treatment:

    EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation)


    As the name suggests, electrical pulses are applied for stimulating and contracting surface muscles, with the objective of releasing tension. This technique will also complement the other healing techniques. 

    ART (Active Release Technique)


    In this technique the chiropractor will apply pressure while moving the joint of the patient through ranges of motions. ART is a combination of stretching and massaging techniques mainly used for deep muscle adhesion.

    Dry Needling

    Deep stimulation is provided to muscles with needles for triggering deeper points and releasing tension. There is flexor muscle in the hip, critical for runners, which usually needs this type of treatment.

    Graston Technique

    This is a therapeutic technique mainly used for releasing adhesion and breaking down scar tissues. The chiropractor uses stainless steel tools for breaking scar tissues at the surface level.

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  85. Many people think sciatica is a small issue and try out different treatments on their own. This can in fact be terribly dangerous and aggravate the issue further. It is fundamental to consult a specialist such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will make the right diagnosis and provide the correct treatment option.

    No Reason to Wait

    It is crucial to make the right diagnosis in the beginning because sciatica can be caused due to different reasons in different people, and the chiropractor will be able to detect early if the person might be progressing towards a serious problem.

    Depending on the diagnosis, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will formulate a customized treatment plan for each patient, since there are different conditions that are responsible for compressing nerve roots and causing sciatica. Most of the time multiple treatment alternatives have proved to be the most effective and such options could include:

    • Chiropractic manipulations and physical therapy for relieving pressure on the nerve
    • Application of heat and ice for relieving severe pain
    • Anti-inflammatory medications such as naproxen, ibuprofen for relieving inflammation
    • In certain cases epidural steroid injections might also be given for reducing inflammation around the root of the nerve

    Surgery is usually the last step and is the route to consider when non-invasive treatments have failed, or when the patient has waited too long to see an expert and the condition has worsened.

    A Treatment for every Patient

    With the right treatment, most people suffering from sciatica recover within a few weeks. However, depending on the severity of the problem, some patients might take much longer. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, keeps a watch on the recovery process, and accordingly adjusts the type and intensity of the treatment according to individual patient needs.

    It is advisable for people who suffer from sciatica, not to have surgery very soon or very late. Most patients like to avoid surgery, but in certain cases, it might be the best avenue to walk down for relieving intense pain quickly. Surgery could also be the most prudent choice when the patient has lost considerable function and mobility due to sciatica condition.

    The type of surgical procedure will also depend on the underlying condition that is causing the pressure on the nerve. For instance, for treating spinal stenosis, lumbar laminectomy is recommended, whereas for herniated disc it is usually microdiscectomy.

    Not doing anything is not a Viable Solution

    Many people believe that bed rest can cure sciatica; however, this is a misconception. Bed rest may be tremendous for a couple of days when the condition flares up initially, but continuously avoiding all activity can lead to more pain and even worsening of the condition. Therefore, you need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as soon as you experience pain. 

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  86. One of the most common injuries in auto accidents is whiplash injury. This injury is sustained when the vehicle receives an impact from behind or side, and there is no way to prevent this injury even if you are wearing a seat belt. Secondly, this injury can occur even when the vehicle is travelling at around just 5 mph.

    Symptoms of whiplash injury might not surface for quite some time, and therefore it makes complete sense to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC when you are involved in a car accident.

    Unfortunately, many accident victims suffer from chronic neck pain after suffering a whiplash injury. A chiropractor will be able to detect chances of the victim developing chronic pain based on thorough examination and history of the patient. On detecting easy susceptibility to chronic pain, aggressive treatment and preventive measures are adopted to avoid or reduce this possibility.

    No Wasted Time

    The general treatment approach of the chiropractor plays a major role is preventing chronic neck pain. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will try to reduce pain and other symptoms of whiplash rapidly, right from the start of the treatment.

    The next major objective of the treatment will be to restore functions that were inhibited because of the injury. This means, the chiropractor will ensure the patient is able to do his normal daily activities, attend work, and take part in recreational activities. This process will be gradual depending on the severity and extent of the injury.

    The treatment process will also include doing certain exercises, which are meant for building fitness levels, correcting faulty movements, and reducing instability. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will chart out a customized treatment plan after conducting a thorough examination of the patient and studying his medical history. Different treatments can be combined and various strategies are used to reduce the recovery period and avoiding the setting of chronic pain.

    Quality of Life Reduced Drastically

    After a car accident, timely and correct chiropractic treatment could mean the difference between early recovery and suffering chronic pain. Many times the accident victim will not experience pain or other symptoms of whiplash for a days, weeks, and even months. However, once the symptoms surface there could be a rapid deterioration in the condition and cause severe and apparent health issues.

    Remove all Doubt and see a Chiropractor

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will not only detect whiplash injuries but also provide the most effective treatment plan for avoiding chronic symptoms. Whiplash injury should not be taken lightly, and must been diagnosed by an experienced chiropractor immediately after an auto accident. Assumptions about your health should not be made by you if you do not have the medical expertise of a chiropractor.

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  87. Your spinal column is a stack of vertebra bones that have discs between them to provide support and cushioning. These discs are made of a tough outer layer with a gelatin-like center. When the outer layer cracks, the inside material will bulge out causing the condition of a herniated disc.

    A number of factors can cause undue stress, which can result in a crack of outer surface of the disc. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can provide expert treatment for symptoms and pain caused by herniated disc.

    During the first consultation, a chiropractor will try to find out through different neurological and orthopedic exams:

          If your reflexes are intact

          If your muscles are starting to waste away or you have lost strength in your muscles

          If you have lost sensation along a nerve's path

    Chiropractor will check your posture, evaluate your spinal column, and may order MRI or x-rays to confirm your diagnosis. One affected spinal area can cause pain and other symptoms to other spinal or body parts. For instance, if you are suffering from lower back pain, the chiropractor might conduct a thorough checkup of your neck as well.

    Not just One Professional

    The thorough examination will reveal the disc injury, and depending on the type and severity of the herniation, a chiropractor will formulate a customized treatment plan to address your particular symptoms. Most types of herniated disc problems can be treated by a chiropractor. However, if you have lost bladder or bowel control, or your reflexes, sensations, and muscle strength is severely affected, you will have to consult a spinal surgeon and other medical experts.

    Here are certain effective chiropractic techniques used for treating herniated discs:

    Flexion-Distraction 

     

    This technique involves gentle stretching and flexing of the spine using a special table. The chiropractor uses a pumping rhythm to flex the affected areas. With this technique, the nerve can be moved away from the bulging disc, thus reducing inflammation and associated pain. A series of sessions may be needed to make a difference in the condition, and this technique is usually used along with other treatments and physiotherapy.

    Pelvic Blocking

     

    In this technique, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC places cushioned wedges under both side of the pelvis. Certain movements might also be exercises with the objective of moving the disc away from the nerve.

    A chiropractor does not offer a magic fix for a herniated disc; however, these low-force treatments are effective in reducing any symptoms. If there is not any improvement, a chiropractor will recommend a spinal surgeon for exploring any plausible surgical possibilities.  

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  88. An auto accident is considered minor, when there is very little damage to the vehicle and the driver and passengers riding in the vehicle have suffered minimal visible injuries. However, whiplash is the most common trauma in minor rear end and side collisions.

    Even though whiplash is a common injury, it is often mistreated or ignored in most cases, which can lead to more severe and chronic issues later on. Therefore, a trip to the ER is not enough, and you need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, even after a "minor" auto accident.

    The Conventional Medial Diagnosis not up to Par

    Whiplash trauma occurs when there is sudden acceleration and deceleration forces acting on the person's neck. A person can suffer severe whiplash trauma even when the vehicle is moving at less than 10 mph, and only chiropractic evaluation can reveal the true extent of the injuries to soft tissues and bone structure. There is not any definitive test for detecting whiplash trauma, and therefore this trauma may remain undetected in the ER. A chiropractor on the other hand is qualified to detect this type of trauma, and he will perform tests such as x-rays and scans to confirm his diagnosis. 

    When the accident victim is suffering from stiffness or pain in the neck, it is easier to deduce whiplash by ruling out other injuries. However, many times the victim may not experience any symptoms for days or even weeks. By the time, pain and other symptoms emerge, the person has already been declared fit, and he may not be able to claim compensation for his injuries because of the accident. Therefore, it is even more vital to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident to make sure you are not suffering from whiplash.

    A chiropractor will perform a full evaluation, and will consider your past medical history, the type of seat in your car, the length of your neck, and other relevant factors that are associated with determining the extent of whiplash trauma.

    Physical Signs to Look Out For

    People who ignore initial symptoms of neck pain and stiffness will usually find their condition worsening and they may experience additional symptoms such as headaches, decreased range of motion, dizziness, memory loss, fatigue, and irritability. Lack of proper treatment in such conditions can even lead to chronic pain and permanent disabilities. Therefore, it is always better to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident, to make sure your whiplash injury is detected and you receive the right treatment. 

    This could be one of the most vital appointments you ever make in your life.

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  89. Shoulder pain is quite common and it affects half the population some time in their lives. This pain can be debilitating and it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for the right diagnosis, effective treatment, and a quick recovery. The sooner you treat the condition; there are much lesser chances of the condition developing into a chronic or recurrent issue.

    The Problem will not go Away

    Many people treat their body like their cars, they believe if they ignore it that the problem will go away. Unfortunately, this mentality does not work here and in fact, it just prolongs the problem and perhaps even exacerbates it. This means the problem with your body will take longer and be even more expensive to fix than if you saw a chiropractor as soon as the funny feeling or discomfort began to materialize.

    Since shoulder pain is common, many people ignore the condition and do not seek chiropractic care. Here are certain signs that indicate you need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC immediately.

        •    You are not able to use that arm or carry objects
        •    Frequent shoulder pain, even though the pain may be receding on their own after some time
        •    First time shoulder pain that does not subside after a few days
        •    You are unable to raise your arm
        •    You notice bruising or swelling around the shoulder joint or arm
        •    You have fever, infection, and you experience sense of warmth in shoulder area
        •    Shoulder pain that occurs while resting or at night

    The treatment plan for shoulder pain will mainly depend on what is causing the pain. Therefore, it is very important to have a chiropractor diagnose the problem accurately to receive the right treatment. Unless, the severity and cause of shoulder pain is correctly diagnosed, you cannot expect a quick recovery.

    Most people think that resting the shoulder joint will cure the problem. Rest is usually prescribed for some of the common causes of shoulder pain; however, prolonged immobilization can lead to a frozen shoulder. Therefore, self-treatment is not advisable, and the progress of your recovery should be monitored by Wirth Chiropracic in Greenville, NC. Certain causes of shoulder pain will in fact need specialized stretching exercises to stretch the tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, and only an experienced chiropractor can prescribe the right stretches for your condition.

    Holistic Solutions mainly Prescribed

    After the course of treatment, you might also need to do rehabilitation exercises, depending on your condition. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to prescribe the right exercises and exactly when you should start doing them. Most of the chiropractic treatment options are natural; however, you might need anti-inflammatory medications or even steroids depending on the severity of swelling and pain.

    However, a chiropractor will only prescribe these medications when they are necessary, and will rely mostly on natural options to treat your shoulder pain and its underlying cause.

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  90. Frozen shoulder is a common term used for describing restricted movement and persistent pain in the shoulder joint. This condition could mean any of the different shoulder disorders known medically as adhesive capsulitis, pericapsulitis, periarthritis, obliterative bursitis, and adherent bursitis. Regardless of the type of disorder, frozen shoulder can be treated effectively by Wirth chiropractor Greenville, NC, with physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation. Undermining Your Quality of Life Frozen shoulder as the name suggests, literally freezes the movement of your shoulder joint, and is quite debilitating. Initially, the person experiences pain and stiffness, and the condition usually worsen, until almost all mobility is lost in the shoulder. The mobility of the shoulder joint is critical to us, as we are able to move our arms and hands because of it, and do complex tasks. When there is loss of motion in this joint, the person feels quite helpless. Symptoms usually progress slowly, and it can take a year for the pain and immobility to develop considerably. The mobility is mainly restricted because there are chemical changes taking place in the joint that will create thick tissue strands forming adhesions. Additionally, the natural lubrication in the joint provided by synovial capsule will start to thicken, which will greatly limit the lubrication. Frozen shoulder could be caused by number of reasons including lack or joint use, surgery, myocardial infarction, trauma to the joint and systemic disorders. It is important to consult a chiropractor when you notice the initial pain; otherwise, the inflammation and adhesions will progress, restricting mobility, and increasing pain. What to Expect Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for frozen shoulder. Wirth Chiropractor Greenville, NC will first determine your baseline pain level and range of motion, in order to develop a customized treatment plan that would be most suitable for you. The patient will usually have to undergo physiotherapy sessions and chiropractic manipulations at the clinic, and will have to do a range of recommended exercises at home. Getting Back to the Top The physiotherapy and exercises will not only improve your range of motion, but also help in muscle building, which will prevent shrinkage or atrophy of important muscles and tendons in the shoulder. Medication might be prescribed, depending on the severity of inflammation and other relative conditions that might be contributing to the frozen shoulder and immobility. Hence, if you are experiencing pain in your shoulder joint, you need to consult a chiropractor immediately, since it could lead to severe issues, and frozen shoulder is certainly one of them.
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  91. About fifty percent of the work force in US complains of back pain every year, and lower back pain is the main cause of disability across the world. The back being a complicated structure of muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints, the pain can be caused due to different factors. A person might strain his back muscles or ligaments, ruptured disk, or the pain could be due to irritation of joints.

    One Simple Act

    Direct injury due to accidents or while playing sports is another major cause of back injury and pain. Sometimes even a simple movement of picking up a small object can lead to back pain or pulling a disc slightly out of alignment. Chiropractic treatment is considered highly effective for treating back pain and avoiding further deterioration of the condition.

    Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC will first study your medical history in detail and conduct a thorough physical examination. Diagnostic imaging and lab tests are also done to confirm diagnosis and for prescribing a suitable treatment plan.

    The Procedure

    Chiropractic treatment is mainly natural and least invasive, and medication is prescribed only in few cases where the inflammation or pain is very severe. The treatment will mainly involve chiropractic adjustments and manipulations, which will consist of application of controlled force for improving quality and range of motion.

    Apart from these sessions, Wirth chiropractor of Greenville, NC will also suggest certain effective exercises and rehabilitative treatment for faster recovery. Apart from pain relief, the chiropractor will mainly aim to restore function and mobility in the patient to quicken natural healing process.

    Back on Track

    Chiropractic care and spinal manipulation is safe and effective in treating acute lower back pain, which is caused by doing certain activities or playing sports. Usually a person suffering from acute lower back pain will take about six weeks to recover, provided he is under expert chiropractic care. The rate of recovery will also depend on the age of the patient and other health issues and diseases the person is suffering from. When back pain becomes chronic, it is much more challenging to treat, and sometimes treatment will have to be ongoing on a regular basis to keep the symptoms in check.

    According to research, chiropractic treatment is the best option for people suffering from back and neck pains. Chiropractors are also experts at providing deep tissue massage, which is golden and remarkable in treating fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, which are other major causes of back pain in many people, especially the elderly.

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  92. Ankle sprains are very common, and these injuries can become significant when they are not treated properly, and patients are likely to suffer from arthritis and loss of joint mobility down the road. Once the ankle is sprained, another common problem is more chances of its recurrence.

    A Slippery Slope Unfortunately

    Ankle sprains mainly occur while doing sports activities or when the person is involved in an auto accident. The main symptoms of a sprained ankle are pain and swelling, and they should not be ignored even if the sprain is minor. The best option would be to consult Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC.

    Most people consult their usual doctor when they suffer an ankle sprain. However, they do not realize that a simple ankle sprain can shift the healthy alignment of bones in the foot, which can cause severe problems later on. Only a chiropractor can detect and effectively treat these symptoms; whereas other doctors are not specialists in knowing biomechanics of joints and their health.

    Proper Care

    Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC will perform thorough physical examination of your ankle, and test the range of motion of your ankle joint. He will then see if you have suffered serious injuries like fracture or torn ligaments by palpating the area and taking x-rays and scans. If it is indeed a sprained ankle, the chiropractor will prescribe a treatment plan depending on the severity of the sprain, and the level of swelling and pain.

    For minor ankle sprains, rest and application of heat or ice is usually sufficient. In more severe cases, this can be used for bringing down the swelling initially, and then muscle stimulation and ultrasound treatments may be used for treating the sprain. While conducting initial examination and diagnosis, chiropractor Greenville, NC through manipulations and palpations of the joint, will detect if the bones in your foot have misaligned due to the sprain.

    Remaking a Strong Ankle

    Depending on the severity of the problem, chiropractor will prescribe a suitable treatment plan, which can include active and passive range of motion, and application of heat or ice. After the treatment has progressed and your pain and swelling have subsided considerably, the chiropractor will prescribe certain ankle stability and strengthening exercises that are critical for avoiding recurrence of sprains.

    Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC will also check if patients have dropped arches in their feet, as such people are more susceptible to ankle sprains. In such a case, he will prescribe foot support and orthotics for preventing sprains or at least mitigating those chances of any future ankle problems. 

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  93. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common work-related injury or condition that is caused by repetitive motions. This condition mainly affects the wrists and hands of mechanics, typists, hairdressers, and checkout staff.

    The usual symptoms of CTS include pain in the wrist or hand, weakness of certain fingers or hand, and loss of muscle in the palm. It is possible to prevent CTS and fully recover, if the symptoms are detected early, and the patient consults Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC.

    Carpal tunnel is a band of tissue located on the front side of the wrist, which holds various nerves, blood vessels, and tendons that are needed in the operation of your hand. When this tissue is damaged due to overuse or injury, extra pressure is put on these important arteries and nerves. Symptoms of CTS usually begin slowly with less pain that becomes worse over time.

    Making the Right Call

    It is also possible to misdiagnose CTS, as these sensitive arteries and nerves could be affected elsewhere. For instance, tightening of arm or neck muscles can also irritate these nerves and treating the carpal tunnel will not have any effect. Sometimes, diseases like arthritis or diabetes can aggravate CTS and controlling these conditions would be effective treatment. Therefore, it is vital to consult a specialist such as Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC, who can perform the right diagnosis and prescribe the most effective treatment plan.

    Methods of Battling CTS

    In most cases, CTS is caused by repetitive strain due to frequent or continuous movements over extended period. For instance, a person working with computer throughout the day, will be placing continuous strain on his hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders, which can lead to CTS. Chiropractor can advise you on preventing repetitive strain and CTS by correcting your posture while working, using the right ergonomics, and taking frequent breaks from work, for doing simple stretches.

    When you consult ordinary doctor for CTS, he will most probably prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and ultimately surgery if the condition has worsened. On the other hand, chiropractic care takes a much more natural and conservative approach.

    The treatment mainly consists of chiropractic mobilization and manipulations for relieving muscle tension and removing adhesions impinging on the nerves. Wirth Chiropractor of Greenville, NC will also suggest some effective exercises, and advice on improving the work environment to reduce chances of this type of injury. If you are experiencing even minor pain in your hands or wrists, you should consult a chiropractor, since early treatment is best for a full recovery.

    This will be one of the most uplifting decisions you ever make. 

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  94. Bursitis is a condition where the bursa becomes inflamed and painful. The bursa is a small sac containing lubricating fluid that acts as a cushioning between bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. When there is excess friction, due to repetitive motion, the bursa becomes inflamed that causes bursitis.

    This condition could also occur when there is compression of the bursa for long periods or when the person is suffering from arthritis or gout. Aging is another factor that can lead to bursitis, as the tendons lose their elasticity and can easily tear. Additionally, a person suffering from bursitis can develop misalignment of joints and muscles, which could be a compensating response to discomfort and pain of bursitis. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is one of the most prolific options for treating this condition.

    A Holistic Approach

    Wirth Chiropractic treatment one of the most least invasive avenues to take, and relies on very little medication, if any. The main treatment will be chiropractic adjustments to the joints and spine by applying controlled and sudden force for improving the quality and range of motion. These adjustments and manipulations will remove excess pressure from the tendons and bursa, allowing it to heal naturally. Chiropractic treatment will:

    ü  Decrease inflammation and pain

    ü  The existing condition will not become aggravated

    ü  Promotes healing to take place naturally, and treats the underlying cause of the condition

    ü  Improves biomechanics of soft connective tissues and realigns structural balance optimally

    ü  Reduces the risk of further injury and any re-occurrence of bursitis

    Bursitis can be challenging to treat; however, chiropractor Greenville, NC uses a combination of strategic techniques, apart from chiropractic manipulations that includes:

    v  Trigger point or massage therapy

    v  Stretching exercises

    v  Therapeutic taping

    v  Electric stimulation

    v  Ultrasound therapy

    v  Prescribing the most conducive diet

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will give you a thorough examination and he will ask you about your symptoms and work related activities. He might also conduct orthopedic, neurological tests and take x-rays to confirm diagnosis. Even though chiropractic treatment works wonders when administered properly, the recovery will mainly depend on the severity of bursitis, the age, and other health issues of the patient.

    Many patients experience immediate relief from the symptoms after a few sessions of chiropractic manipulations; however, for long-lasting effect or a complete recovery, treatment and therapy could last for ten weeks or more. Apart from the relief from pain, the patient starts gaining better range of motion in the joints and spine. This is why doctors recommend many patients to seek out a chiropractor because of their proven techniques. 

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  95. Being in an auto accident can be traumatic, and most victims are unable to think clearly or plot the right course of action. They not only do things that jeopardize their insurance claim, but also press buttons that can seriously affect their health. Even if it is a minor accident, you should not avoid obtaining medical attention, and it is crucial to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Most minor accidents are often referred to as "fender benders" which can still cause whiplash trauma, when the vehicle receives an impact from the rear or side.

    A Brighter Future Depends on Your Decision

    The problem with whiplash is that it often remains undetected by a regular doctor, or the treatment provided is superficial and it may not treat the root cause of the injury. A chiropractor, on the other hand, is a specialist in treating whiplash and soft tissue injuries, and therefore chances of full recovery and avoidance of further complications are exponentially better.

    In many accident cases, the victim who suffers from whiplash injury might not experience any symptoms or pain, which may surface for several days, and even weeks. However, by that time, the problem would have deteriorated, and recovery might take much more time. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to detect these types of injuries, and will be able to prescribe a treatment plan that is most suited for the particular patient.

    Formulating a Plan of Action

    After an auto accident, when you consult a chiropractor, he will look into your medical history, perform a thorough physical examination, and may order further x-rays and scans to confirm diagnosis. A customized treatment plan is formulated depending on the patient's medical history, and severity of the whiplash injury.

    Treatment plans will mainly consist of chiropractic manipulations and adjustments, physical therapy, and certain exercises. Medications are prescribed only if the pain and swelling are severe; however, these are mainly to reduce such symptoms and not a cure for the problem. Chiropractic manipulations will be the main treatment, which will promote the body's natural recovery process in healing the injury.

    Do not Hope – Make the Call to a Chiropractor

    Hence, chiropractic treatment is the most natural form of treatment, which is most effective for a full recovery. The regular doctor on the other hand, will mostly prescribe medication to decrease the pain and swelling. However, such medication will not treat the main issue and full recovery may not be possible. Therefore, for detecting whiplash and receiving the right treatment, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is the right bus to take.      

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  96. If you have been in an auto accident or suffered an injury while playing sports, chiropractic treatment is usually one of the best options, especially for soft tissue injuries. Your initial consultation with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is paramount, as the doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination and review your medical records.

    Physical Exam and Tests

    While conducting the physical exam, the chiropractor will first do a routine exam and then focus on your spine, and the areas where you have sustained injuries or are painful. The reason for checking the whole spine is that irritation or pain in one area could be caused from injury in another area. For instance, when you have pain in your lower back, the chiropractor will also thoroughly check your neck area, since adaptations from your injury can result in secondary pain or irritations to some other area along the spine.

    The physical examination will usually include different assessments such as comparison of muscle strengths, testing range of motion, testing reflexes, carrying out palpation, and conducting orthopedic and neurological tests based on the complaint.

    After doing the physical examination, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will usually take x-rays or scans to review soft tissues and bones, and for confirming diagnosis. These tests will reveal anomalies in the spine, and extent of tissue wear, which is crucial for designing a customized treatment plan for the particular patient. 

    Treatment Plan

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will develop a treatment plan, which takes into consideration:

          Your overall health

          The extent of your pain or injury

          Your spine's condition based on previous injuries and your age

          The specific objectives you might want to accomplish from the treatment

    While relief from pain and improving range of motion would be the main objectives for most patients, certain people might also seek overall well-being and improvement of general health. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, considers a mutual understanding and trust a prolific part of the treatment process. Based on this information, you are encouraged to ask questions and clear all doubts about your injuries, condition, or treatment plan. 

    Treatment will mainly consist of chiropractic adjustment, which is the therapeutic manipulation of the joints and limbs, using controlled force, direction, leverage, and velocity. These adjustments not only improve range of motion, and correct structural alignment, but also quicken the natural healing process of the body. Sessions of chiropractic adjustments could be given every other day or every couple of days, depending on the condition and rate of healing. 

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  97. Myth: Sciatica has a standard treatment plan for all.

    Fact: The same treatment may not work, even for people having the same back issues. Therefore, it is salient to have sciatica diagnosed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who can design a customized treatment plan. For instance, one patient with a herniated disc might recover with chiropractic and physical therapy, whereas another patient with similar type of herniated disc might need medications or even surgery.

    Myth: All patients can recover quickly from sciatica.

    Fact: There are many factors, which will determine the intensity and duration of the treatment. Most sciatica patients recover within a few weeks, with the right chiropractic treatment; however, the duration of treatment will also depend on age, previous injuries, or issues with the spine, and severity of present problem.

    Myth: Surgery is an extreme treatment option for sciatica.

    Fact: It is important for sciatica patients not to have surgery too late or too soon. Patients usually tend to avoid surgery, but it important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for the best option, especially when there is intense pain and the patient is seeking immediate relief. Secondly, in certain instances, chiropractic manipulations, physical therapy, and medications might not provide the level of relief that is sought, and surgery will be the only option left.

    Myth: Sciatica patients should take bed rest until they recover.

    Fact: Bed rest and avoidance of all physical activity is recommended only during the initial flare up and onset of sciatica. In fact, if you avoid all physical activity, even after a couple of days, the condition might worsen and the patient will feel more pain.

    Secondly, when the patient does not exercise properly, muscle in the lower back can weaken, which means they will be less capable of supporting the spine and back. It is also essential to flex the hamstrings. This is because the hamstrings can tighten when they lose flexibility, which can aggravate lower back pain.

    Myth: Sciatica can be self-treated

    Fact: Sciatica is serious, and a complex issue that could be causing the pain. Therefore, it is vital to have the conditioned diagnosed correctly by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Establishing the right diagnosis is nothing to take for granted for a variety of reasons and certainly for treating sciatica; since the patients need acute treatment plans for their particular problems.

    Secondly, only a specialist doctor like a chiropractor will be able to detect the underlying serious issues and provide the right treatment, and avoid serious long term misery and infirmity. This is why doctors recommend their patients to see a chiropractor for muscle and physical torment and sciatica falls underneath this category.

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  98. Whiplash is the most common injury in auto accidents, where the head is jerked violently backwards and forward, when the vehicle is impacted from the rear or side. The violent jerking trauma causes the ligaments and muscles that support the spine to tear or overstretch. In severe whiplash trauma, the pulpy discs between the vertebrae can rupture, tear, or bulge.

    A person suffering from whiplash trauma could experience symptoms such as neck pain, reduced range of neck motion, pain in hands, shoulders or arms, dizziness, and headaches. Surprisingly, even though whiplash is a serious injury, symptoms might not appear for many hours or even couple of weeks after the accident. Since, whiplash trauma affects different tissues and spinal discs, it is absolutely critical you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident.

    Chiropractic treatment has a multi-pronged approach to achieve full recovery and take care of the different affected tissues. The duration and type of treatment will mainly depend on the severity of the injury and other existing matters and could consist of:

    ü  Adjustments or Manipulations

    Chiropractic manipulations are very effective for correcting structural alignment and restoring the range of motion. These adjustments will also relieve pain, since they reduce inflammation and strain on tight or spasmodic muscles. When the alignment of the spine is corrected, the pressure on pinched nerves is reduced or relieved, leading to fewer headaches and joint irritations.

    ü  Muscle Therapy

    After an auto accident, muscles can go into spasms which can cause some pain. Muscle therapy is quite effective in reducing these spasms and preventing inflammation of the muscle.

    ü  Medication

    Anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers are rarely used by knowledgeable chiropractors. They are used only to provide temporary relief to patients suffering from intense pain. In fact, these medications should only be taken under the supervision of a chiropractor, since the patient might believe they are transitioning back into the normal swing of things but actually they could be on a path that leads to more harm. Muscle spasms and pain are protective responses of the body to stop further damage.

    After an auto accident, you are usually taken to the ER, where a general practitioner will prescribe pain and anti-inflammatory medication. One should remember that these type of medications are not cures, and they provide only temporary relief from pain and other symptoms.

    Getting on the Right Track

    It is therefore your responsibility to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. This is the professional who can diagnose the injury correctly and provide a customized treatment plan which is what you need. This will ensure a quicker recovery, and an avoidance of possible suffering and perhaps a serious calamity which you certainly do not want to experience.   

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  99. Accident victims can suffer different types of injuries, including severe bleeding, fractures, and even trauma which is psychological in nature. Fortunately, the majority of auto accidents are not serious, where the vehicle receives impact from the rear or side, and there is minimal car or property damage.

    Do not Take Your Health for Granted

    However, for the people in the car, such an accident can cause serious injuries, where the victim will usually suffer from back pain, neck pain, and whiplash trauma, numbness in hands, headaches, dizziness, and even memory loss. In most cases, accident victims suffer from whiplash injuries, even when the vehicle has been travelling at less than 10 mph.

    While the usual doctor in an ER is ideal for treating fractures and bleeding, he may not be the ideal doctor for treating whiplash and other types of soft tissue injuries. The ideal doctor would be Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who is a specialist at correctly diagnosing these types of injuries, and providing the right treatment. In fact, it will not even be the chiropractor the one who informs you of this, it will be a medical doctor who conveys to you there are some shortages in their knowledge of the human body.

    This is why society has chiropractors.  

    Whiplash injuries in particular, which are the most common auto injuries, should be diagnosed and treated by a qualified chiropractor. In many instances, accident victims may not realize that they have suffered any injuries, because whiplash symptoms might show up days or even several weeks after the accident. If the correct treatment is lacking, these injuries can deteriorate and cause severe health issues later. Therefore, it is crucial to have all your auto injuries correctly diagnosed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, immediately after the accident.

    No Second Chances

    Secondly, when you do not know the injuries you have suffered and the extent of your injuries, you cannot file an accurate insurance claim. The ER or medical doctor might send you home with some pain medication and advice you to take rest, as he may not have correctly diagnosed the extent of your injuries. Later on when you find the extent of your injuries, it would be too late, since you have already accepted the insurance settlement.

    Therefore, you need to attend to two crucial things after being in an auto accident. The first is to receive proper medical care for the type of injuries you have suffered. Secondly, you need to have all your injuries properly diagnosed, so that you can claim the right amount of compensation from the insurance company.

    Signing on the Dotted Line

    In both these aspects, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC plays a crucial role. He will be able to correctly diagnose your auto injuries, provide the right treatment plan, which will help you claim the insurance benefits that you are entitled to. 

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  100. Golfer's elbow is a type of cumulative trauma disorder, which is quite similar to tennis elbow. In this condition, the person will feel pain on the inside of the elbow at the point where forearm tendons connect to the elbow bone. In certain cases, the pain might radiate as far as the forearm, and this condition mainly happens by overuse of forearm muscles that enables flexing of the wrist, rotation of the arm, and gripping.

    The Right Person to See

    Repetitive swinging, gripping, and flexing causes tiny tears or pulls in the tendons. Apart from golfers, this condition is quite common for tennis and baseball players. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is your best treatment option, as a regular doctor will not address the source of the problem, and will only prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications.

    Repetitive muscle contractions can be caused by joint dysfunction, apart from overuse. This will lead to inflammation of the tendons and if proper treatment is not given, there is formation of scar tissue, which will limit the strength and flexibility of soft tissues in that area.

    Reducing inflammation is simply a temporary measure, whereas addressing the root cause of the strain will instigate recovery. Therefore, chiropractic adjustment is the most effective treatment for correcting mechanical issues related to the wrist, shoulder, or elbow.  

    Getting Back on the Course

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC also provides Active Release Technique (ART) treatment, which is highly effective in muscle therapy. The treatment reduces chronic spasms and tightness in the muscles, which is the primary cause of the condition and for the tendons to get inflamed. In ART, the chiropractor applies precise tension while moving the hand of the patient in a certain way. ART is highly effective treatment, as most patients find their pain reducing, and their strength and flexibility improving within minutes of receiving the treatment.

    Inflammation is a normal and natural response of our body to heal itself. However, due to overuse of the muscles and tendons, this response gets out of hand and becomes systemic or chronic. Apart from inflammation, the person will usually experience pain and warmth in the area. If you consult a chiropractor within four weeks of acquiring these symptoms, your recovery will be much quicker.

    Reaching the Chronic Stage

    Once the problem has become chronic, the person might experience inflammation in various parts of the body. Serious intervention will be required; where the patient will have to schedule and receive chiropractic and massage treatment multiple times in a week.

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  101. An ankle sprain is a common injury in auto accidents and sports, as this joint bears the whole weight of the body and it can easily be inverted during an activity, strenuous or not. In most cases, the sprain is a minor injury, but it can turn into a major issue due to lack or improper treatment. The person can develop chronic pain and instability in the foot for life, if a sprain is not treated by a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    After an inversion sprain, a person can suffer from chronic ankle pain due to:

          If the ankle is not immobilized appropriately immediately after the injury

          If the ankle is immobilized for too long

          The person is not prescribed correct strengthening and mobility exercises at the right time

          The person develops scar tissue due to improper treatment

    All these factors can be avoided, if the person consults a chiropractor and follows the prescribed treatment plan.

    Inversion sprains are not infrequent, and this usually affects the anterior talofibular ligament and sometimes the calcaneofibular ligament could be affected as well. The severity of the ankle injury will mainly depend on the force of the inversion, and a strong force can even tear the ligament or fracture small bones in the ankle. To avoid chronic issues, the best option would be to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, soon after the sprain occurs.

    Freedom of movement curtailed

    Once the problem becomes chronic, the treatment will be more complex and lengthy. This means that life as you know it will be undermined for even a longer period of time.

    A chiropractor will give your ankle a thorough examination, and will order x-rays or scans to rule out ligament tears and fractures. Depending on the severity of sprain, customized chiropractic treatment will be formulated. You might be advised to ice therapy or hot water therapy and your ankle might be bandaged to immobilize the area.

    The next stage of action

    In most cases, after the first few days of treatment, the patient is prescribed certain non-weight bearing exercises. The patient is also advised to try to move the foot and ankle in normal motion ranges. This will reduce the chances of formation of scar tissue and weakening of the ligaments and muscles.

    For cases of chronic ankle pain, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC has a range of effective avenues to take. With the right diagnosis, chiropractic manipulations, and medications, chronic ankle pain can be treated largely and there are marvelous chances of a full recovery. However, do not enable ankle sprains to develop into chronic issues and this can be avoided by consulting a chiropractor immediately.   

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  102. Apart from whiplash trauma, ankle injury is another common injury in many auto accidents. Therefore, consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is a prudent avenue to take after receiving treatment in the ER. Do not take an ankle injury lightly, as it can turn into a serious condition if you do not receive timely treatment from a doctor who is a specialist in treating soft tissue injuries.

    Usually, people are prompted to consult a doctor when they are in pain or when they are unable to move their ankle. However, you should not ignore the following symptoms as well:

    • Your ankle appears red
    • There is a popping sound when you move your ankle
    • You feel numbness in the ankle area or around it
    • Your leg buckles when you put the full weight of your body on the injured ankle

    Not a Factor to Ignore

    After an auto accident, you will usually be rushed to the ER where a regular doctor will examine your injuries. Except for bleeding and fractures, the regular doctor is not an expert at treating soft tissue injuries. He will most probably prescribe analgesic medication for bringing down the pain and inflammation. However, this is a temporary solution to deal with pain and it does not address the soft tissue injury to your ankle.

    This Problem will not Go Away on its Own

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will not only correctly diagnose the type and extent of your ankle injury, but he will also be able to prescribe the best treatment plan most suitable for a quick and complete recovery. If proper chiropractic treatment is not provided in time, ankle injuries can deteriorate into severe problems later, which can even cause permanent disability or chronic pain.

    A chiropractor will not only give you a thorough physical examination, but also consider your medical history and take into account any orthopedic issues that you might be having while formulating your treatment plan. For complete recovery from an ankle injury, it is also important to have an effective rehabilitation program apart from the treatment, which Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to provide. Rehabilitation plan will greatly help you in regaining the full range of motion of your ankle and for avoiding complications later.

    You want a full recovery and you want to be able to mow your own lawn again, walk up steps without feeling any pain, play soccer with your child, and help your wife carry in the groceries without depending on her to cover this task for the family.

    No Time for Assumptions

    Even in a minor auto accident, your foot can slip off the pedal and cause a major ankle injury that can certainly make every day longer for you. Do not rely only on pain as a symptom to consult a chiropractor, since you will not know the extent of your injury until your ankle has been examined by a chiropractic specialist.

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  103. Chiropractic treatment is universally considered natural, drug-free, and the safest treatment option, for soft tissue injuries and neuromusculoskeletal complaints and issues. There is of course a certain amount of risk associated with every treatment; however, chiropractic Greenville, NC has the best safety record and they know how to improve the human body. Based on these glaring omissions, if you are injured in an auto accident or suffering from joint pains, neck or back pain, consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can be your salvation.

    The Normal Sequence of Events

    For instance, when you are injured in an auto accident, you will be first rushed to the ER where the usual doctor will treat your injuries such as bleeding, bruising, fractures, and so on. However, what happens in most cases is that this doctor will also prescribe treatment for your soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, and ankle sprains that are quite common in an auto accident. This treatment will mainly consist of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which not only, not treat the main issue but they can also cause serious side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding.

    On the other hand, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC treatment consists mainly of adjustments and manipulations. Hence, apart from being a natural and safe treatment, it is also highly effective. Chiropractic manipulations help restore range of motion, improve mobility of the joints, reduce muscle spasms, and quicken the body's natural healing process.

    Most patients feel immediate relief following a chiropractic adjustment session. The patient might experience a certain amount of soreness or discomfort after the manipulations; just as the soreness, you feel when you do exercises. However, this soreness will quickly fade after a few hours.

    According to studies, it has been found that spinal manipulation done by an experienced chiropractor is much more effective than usual medical care, and normal movements are restored much faster. Even certain types of headaches and neck pain that is treated with precise manipulation of the cervical area are very safe and highly effective. They work hard to insure you reach the state of having a healthy and mobile body.

    Healing by itself is a Fantasy

    Therefore, when you are involved in an auto accident do not ignore the chiropractor, after your initial checkup and treatment by the regular doctor. Whiplash is the most common type of auto injury, and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC specializes in treating these types of injuries. You might feel some relief from the pain medication given by the general doctor, but you must have your injury diagnosed by a chiropractor to make sure you receive the right treatment for a full recovery. Untreated whiplash can cause severe health issues later.   

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  104. Many people suffer from whiplash trauma when they are involved in an auto accident, even when their vehicles have sustained minimum damage. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing whiplash injuries, even with seat belts or better seat designs.

    Long-term Issues

    Another growing concern about these injuries is that accident victims seem to develop lingering problems and chronic issues. However, many such problems can be averted if people seek the right advice and treatment from expert doctor such as Wirth Chiropractoic in Greenville, NC who is specialist in treating these types of soft tissue injuries.

    Studies reveal that an expert chiropractor will be able to identify risk of chronic issues and prolonged disability, when the accident victim consults chiropractor within a week of the accident. However, this does not happen most of the time, since most victims are satisfied with their visit to the ER and consultation with a general physician. The usual doctor in an ER will only prescribe pain medication and will not be able to offer an effective treatment plan that will address the main cause of the injury.

    Medical doctors know a lot but they do not know everything in terms of healing and fixing bodies that are not working right and that have soreness. 

    Pain is not Immediate

    Secondly, there is also the possibility of the accident victim not experiencing any pain or symptoms after the accident for days and even weeks, even after sustaining a whiplash injury. This means detecting and diagnosing whiplash injury in timely manner is very important, even when it is relatively hidden. This can be accomplished by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as he will conduct a thorough physical examination, evaluate medical history, and order further tests such as scans and x-rays.

    Discomfort Undermines Your Quality of Life

    Physical examination and chiropractic manipulation will reveal diminished range of motion, or experience of pain in certain positions. This will provide sufficient indication about possible whiplash injury, and the chiropractor will confirm diagnosis and extent of injury by taking scans and reviewing your medical history.

    Many accident victims suffer slight stiffness or pain after whiplash trauma, which seem to subside after taking anti-inflammatory and pain medication. However, after a month or so the pain can again crop up, and become a chronic issue.

    Therefore, if you have been in an auto accident it is very important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who has vast experience in detecting and treating these types of injuries. Ignoring whiplash symptoms or not obtaining the right treatment will increase the risk of chronic problems certainly, and late treatment may not be as effective as the right treatment provided within a week of the first stages or indications of any trauma. 

     

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  105. Knee pain is common and can pop up at any time. You can experience it while running, climbing stairs, or even while simply getting up from a chair. Apart from pain, some of the symptoms may include instability while moving, swelling, weakness in the joints, or a feeling of pressure that is worrisome.  

    It is important to diagnose the cause of the pain and search for and obtain the right treatment, which can be done by consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. The treatment provided is safe and yet very effective, since it addresses the root cause of the issue. No placebo here, a fantastic chiropractor is your answer.

    Is Chiropractic Treatment the Right Option for You?

    Many things can go wrong in the knee joint, sometimes symptoms may not be severe, and you are likely to ignore the problem until it has developed into a major issue. Therefore, you should consult a chiropractor when:

    • You have been taking pills for your knee pain and they are not working or providing only temporary relief
    • You feel your knee joint is not aligned as it should be or you feel something amiss when you move
    • Your leg buckles when you walk or run
    • You feel pain in the joint when you are kneeling down
    • You feel pain in the process of sitting down or getting up from a seated or lying down position
    • You feel pain when you apply sight pressure on the joint
    • Your problem has not gone away with the prior treatment you have received or still undergoing

    In most cases, knee pain will become worse with time when it remains untreated or when the right treatment is not provided. Therefore, it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms, especially when you are an athlete or you have a history of joint problems or other orthopedic issues.

    Chiropractic Diagnosis and Treatment

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough biomechanical and physical examination, and review your medical history in detail, which will direct you towards an accurate diagnosis of your particular issue. Without the proper diagnosis, effective treatment is not possible, and therefore it is vital to have your knee pain diagnosed by the right doctor and the right type of medical professional.

    After arriving at sound and suitable diagnosis, a chiropractor will design a customized treatment plan that is most suited for your particular problem. Some of main treatment options are chiropractic manipulations, and special mobilization techniques for improving joint function and reducing pain. Other treatment avenues to walk down include soft tissue massage, special exercises, trigger point therapy, and ultrasound.

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  106. In the United States, over one million people suffer from whiplash injuries every year, and most of these injuries are caused due to auto accidents. Studies suggest that about $29 billion is spent managing these injuries, but the outcome is not so golden since many people seem to end up with chronic problems because many of these people rely too much on their medical doctor and pills to resolve this burden and physical body issue. Unfortunately, this is not the right course of action to take.

    The main reason for this could be that many people are not aware of the right diagnosis and treatment options available for whiplash trauma which was just slightly illustrated above. While most people think whiplash injuries can be treated by a regular doctor, it may not be the case. The right doctor for these injuries would be a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who specializes in treating soft tissue injuries.

    Peculiarities of Whiplash Trauma

    Whiplash trauma is most commonly caused by rear end collisions, even when the vehicle is travelling at a low speed of around 10 mph. The impact causes the head to be thrown back and forward violently, which causes hyperflexion of the neck. This sudden stretching results in injury to ligaments and muscles of the neck, rupture of disc, and even misalignment of the spinal column.

    What happens when You Visit a Regular Doctor?

    After an auto accident, you will be rushed to the ER where a regular doctor will attend to your injuries. This doctor can effectively treat bleeding, fractures, bruising, and so on; but has limited knowledge for treating whiplash. This doctor might prescribe pain medication for your neck pain and other symptoms of whiplash. However, such medication will provide some symptomatic relief, but will not treat the root cause.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is Your Best Option

    First, a chiropractor is the right doctor for correctly diagnosing whiplash and the extent of the injury. A thorough physical examination is conducted, which will reveal decreased range of motion, muscle tightness and spasms, and weakness or numbness in certain muscles. A chiropractor will also evaluate the medical history of the patient, since it will reveal susceptibility to the injury and other related disorders. Lastly, scans and x-rays are also ordered to correctly assess the alignment of the spine, detect neurological deficit, and for confirming diagnosis.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will then chart out an effective and proven treatment plan. This will usually include chiropractic manipulations and adjustments, physical therapy, massage, electrical stimulation, and application of heat and ultrasound therapy. When whiplash is diagnosed correctly and the right treatment is provided in time, there is much less a chance of developing chronic issues, and other serious debilitating conditions.

    These are conditions that can plague you until you speak to a chiropractor and deal with this issue properly. 

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  107. Whiplash injury is the most common type of injury in auto accidents and there has been a hefty dose of research conducted to find out what are the factors involved in influencing and obtaining a quicker recovery. This injury is caused by the sudden flexion and extension of the neck muscles, as the head is thrown backwards and forwards violently, when the vehicle is rear-ended.

    A Tale of Two Different Types of Doctors

    Most victims, who suffer from whiplash trauma, recover within a few months provided they have consulted an expert doctor such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC in a timely manner. However, many victims who ignore symptoms or simply rely on pain medication prescribed by a regular medical doctor can end up with recurring pain and chronic issues.

    Is it Possible to Predict a Recovery for Whiplash Victims?

    There has been extensive research conducted for this, and the sort answer is yes, it is possible to predict the recovery to a certain extent. The main aspect that helps a chiropractor predict your recovery period is the level of pain you feel after three weeks of sustaining the whiplash injury. If you rate the pain on a ten-point scale, patients whose pain level is less than five are most likely to recover quickly. Others may take up to a year or more, and some might even end up with chronic symptoms.

    According to the research, another factor that can influence your chances of acquiring full recovery is surprisingly the expectation of the patient. In 2004-2005, whiplash injury insurance claims were researched in Sweden. After three weeks from the date of accident, the claimants were asked whether they were confident of recovering fully.

    The study showed that claimants who expected to make a recovery were four times more likely to make a full recovery within six months, while others would suffer from some form of disability or chronic issue for a much longer period of time or indefinitely. Being confident seemed to be a difference maker.

    Why is Chiropractic Treatment Important for a Quick Recovery?

    After an auto accident, it is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to have your whiplash injury correctly diagnosed and to receive the right treatment. These are pivotal factors for an early recovery, since a general doctor cannot do much and can only provide temporary pain relief.

    Research shows that chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are the most effective forms of treatment, which not only mitigate the pain and restore motion but also address the main cause of the injury. Secondly, most patients feel immediate relief after undergoing a chiropractic session, which boosts their expectations of a full recovery by a large degree.   

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  108. Workplace injuries are quite common, and they can be caused by repeated stress or accidents. These injuries can reduce your capacity to perform your usual work, and your overall quality of life will suffer as well. Consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be your finest option for treating some of the usual injuries suffered in a workplace. The injuries include:

    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Injury to the neck due to strains, joint dysfunction, or sprains
    • Headaches caused due to poor posture, joint dysfunction, or muscle tension
    • Most types of back injuries
    • Tendinitis
    • Tingling and numbness in the extremities
    • Rotator cuff tears
    • Bursitis

    Why Consult Wirth Chiropractic?

    A chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in treating these types of injuries as compared to a usual doctor. For instance, you might be suffering from frequent headaches, and the usual physician might prescribe you pain medication for managing your headaches.

    However, the real cause of you headaches might be poor posture, which the doctor might not be able to diagnose and treat, whereas such symptoms fall into the area of specialty for Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Therefore, it is vital to have the right diagnosis of your injuries, and the relevant effective course of treatment.

    Treating Common Work Place Injuries

    A back injury is one of the most common workplace injuries, and it could be caused by poor posture, herniated disc, or due to muscle strain because of sitting long hours hunched up before a computer screen. Most employees ignore back pain and only seek medical care when it has become a chronic issue.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is an expert at treating chronic back pain as well. The first step would be to detect the underlying cause that is aggravating the issue repeatedly. If it is poor ergonomics, then proper back support, and changing the height of the chair can certainly reduce the strain on your back and eventually completely eliminate the pain.

    Another effective treatment modality is chiropractic adjustments that are proven highly effective for herniated discs, neck pain, and offer distinct relief from headaches. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first conduct a thorough physical examination and review the medical history of the patient to come to a diagnosis of the problem. Then depending on the issue, the chiropractor will formulate a customized treatment plan that is best suited for the particular problem. Therefore, chiropractic care would be the most prudent avenue for you to take for most common workplace injuries or aggravations.

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  109. Whiplash injuries are most common in auto accidents, and a person can suffer from this trauma even when his vehicle is travelling at less than 10 mph. When a vehicle is rear ended, the head of the driver or passenger is violently thrown backwards and forwards, causing fantastic and sharp strain on the neck. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be your most prolific option for treating this type of injury compared to a regular doctor for a variety of reasons.

    Wirth Chiropractic is Your Best Option

    After an auto accident, the ER doctor will most probably prescribe pain medication, which is good to manage the pain over the short term. However, you are not actually treating the underlying cause of the injury, and just by taking pain medication, you are not going to get better. Instead, you are most likely to develop chronic pain and other complex issues.

    On the other hand, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is a specialist who will first diagnose the type of injury and its severity. Depending on the diagnosis, he will formulate a customized treatment plan best suited for the patient, which might include gentle chiropractic adjustments, massages, gentle exercises, and physical therapy.

    Some of the Worst and not so Good Avenues to Take

    One of the worst options for treating whiplash injury is corticosteroid injections. There is not only considerable risk of severe side effects but also the efficacy of the treatment is questionable. These injections are usually prescribed for reducing pain; however, the results are temporary, and this medication does not heal or treat the physical damage in any way.

    These injections are much worse option than taking NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drug). At least these OTC anti-inflammatory drugs can help you reduce pain for some time without serious side effects.

    Rest is not always Conducive to getting Healthy

    Usually the ER doctor will recommend rest, which is not bad for a few days or so. However, keeping the neck immobile for long periods can cause stiffness and other problems. Therefore, simply resting without knowing the type of injury and its severity is not a prudent idea. Based on this information, a proper diagnosis by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is the first step towards curing a whiplash injury completely.

    Do not underestimate the power of a chiropractor and overestimate the advice of a normal medical doctor. Why do you think there is medical malpractice lawsuits? Just because a doctor says something does not always mean it is golden. When it comes to the physical movement of the body, you want to speak to a chiropractor.  

    A chiropractor might recommend wearing cervical collar for immobilization only if your whiplash injury is very severe. In such cases, due to acute dynamics and possibility of further damage, complete immobilization might be prescribed for a certain period. Nevertheless, you cannot start wearing a cervical collar on your own, without having your condition diagnosed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

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  110. Yes you can prevent many skiing injuries since most of these injuries are caused due to poor preparation of the individual for this sport and intense recreational activity. Skiing can put a lot of strain on your back, hips, and knees, and these body parts need to be conditioned before you attempt this activity. But if you start out skiing very slowly and on a modest hill and you are reasonably good shape you should be fine.

    It is always though prudent to properly prepare your body for any new physical activity, certainly in hot or cold temperatures. In this case, the temperature will obviously be freezing.

    Proper Preparation

    You might be exercising regularly, but it is important to modify your training regimen to target specific areas of your body. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is not only an expert at treating skiing injuries, but he can also provide salient advice on the right exercises you should be doing before you take your skiing vacation.

    If you have not been exercising and your health is not at its peak, then you should start walking every day for about half an hour. For the first few days choose flat terrain, and then slowly include gentle slopes on your walking routes. Once your body is able to take this strain then you can include specific exercises for strengthening your back, knees, and hips.

    Better Balance

    Another important aspect in preparing for a skiing vacation is working on your core stability and balance. When you are able to keep your balance in different positions, you can prevent many falls, which will certainly reduce risk of injury. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can provide expert advice on strengthening your core muscles, which will provide stability and balance to your body.

    Each person is built differently and will have certain physical weaknesses and conditions. Therefore, it is important to consult a specialist like a chiropractor before starting a regimen for strengthening core muscles, as you could do more harm than good by committing to the wrong exercises.

    Body Positioning

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will give you a thorough physical examination, review your medical history, and diagnose underlying issues and weaknesses in your physique. If you have ongoing issues with your muscles, back, or spine, then you should definitely consult chiropractor before you undertake a sport like skiing. A chiropractor will advise you on the right type of exercise most suited to your body type or condition, and he will correct your posture or any misalignments.

    If you are suffering from an injury or even soreness after your skiing vacation, then too, you should not avoid visiting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. A simple soreness or dull pain could be hiding a major injury, and you need to have it correctly diagnosed to receive the right treatment. Based on this outlook, the next time you go skiing, do not forget to consult a chiropractor. Their word in this arena is golden.

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  111. Muscle cramps are painful and they can last for a long time. A cramp is caused by an involuntary muscle spasm, and it can occur in almost any muscle of the body. There are many reasons why people experience the unnerving feeling of cramps, and it is necessary to detect the underlying reason of the cramp to treat it effectively and properly.

    If you are suffering from cramps on a regular basis, at work, in your car, at home, it would be best to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will be able to provide a treatment that is best suited for your condition.

    Parts of Your Body

    In most instances, the type of muscle that has cramped will provide the necessary clues about the cause and mechanism of the cramp. For instance, if there is cramp in your calf muscle it could most probably be caused by dehydration, imbalance in electrolytes, or by fatigue.

    Athletes mainly suffer from calf cramps because of combination of dehydration and fatigue, which results from playing a highly strenuous sport. Many people also get calf cramps when they are simply lying down in their beds. This could happen due to fatigue from the activities performed during the day, and often, dehydration is a contributing factor, as most people do not hydrate or drink enough water during the day.

    There is nothing wrong with being active and working your body. Sometimes there are unintended consequences though in engaging in these activities. But if you do not work your body, the situation for your body will be far worse off and you will not be in proper shape or close to it.  

    On the other hand, if you have sprained your neck or back, the muscle in that localized area will experience cramping. If the muscles close to the spine experience a spasm, then it is serious, but the condition is often diagnosed as an ordinary cramp. Therefore, it is critical to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC when you experience cramps, especially in the back or neck, to detect the cause of the cramp and receive the right treatment.  

    The Solution

    Chiropractic care is highly effective in treating muscle spasms and cramps, provided the underlying cause is correctly diagnosed. For instance, a cramp in the back could be caused by disc injury, which should be attended to immediately. In such instances, the cramp is caused in response to the inflammation caused by disc herniation. Chiropractic care will be focused on correcting the herniated or slipped disc, which in turn will reduce inflammation and stop muscle spasms in that area.

    The Professional for the Job

    Cramps occur to almost everybody, but if you find they are occurring frequently or they last too long, you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Especially, you should not ignore cramps in your back or neck muscles since they could be caused by a serious condition or injury. 

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  112. If you regularly engage in sports, you know that these activities are demanding on your body. When the body is under stress while tackling, jumping, or even running, it is susceptible to strains, sprains, and ligament tears. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is not only an expert at treating such injuries but also can help you in preventing them. Therefore, when you are an athlete, you will need the expertise of a chiropractor at some point in your career or life.

    Mainly in sports, injuries are caused by repetitive motions, forceful impacts, pushing the limitations of the body, and not warming up properly before engaging is such activities. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can provide expert advice that will help you in preventing injuries to your ankles, knees, shoulders, neck, and most importantly, your back.

    Getting Your Body back to Normal

    Secondly, this doctor has a special skill of providing chiropractic manipulations and adjustments. This will ensure your main bone structure is in alignment and it is properly balanced. This itself will relieve unnecessary tension in your body and will allow it to function properly and decrease its susceptibility to injuries. 

    This same chiropractic manipulation is also highly effective in treating various sports injuries. It will not only enhance function of various joints but also reduce pain and inflammation. These manipulations are very safe, and they help in quickening the body's natural healing response.

    Pinpointing the Conundrum

    In treating your sports injuries, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first study your medical history in detail, and then perform a physical exam to review your posture, balance, and spinal alignment. The doctor will examine all your joints, certain ligaments, tendons, and your extremities. Further tests such as scans and x-rays might be ordered to confirm diagnosis or to find the best modality of treatment.

    One Fix Leads to Another

    While doing spinal manipulations, a chiropractor will have you transition into different positions, move your limbs, and check your manual impulses. These manipulations are highly effective in releasing stress and pressure on joints, and it will help in correcting misalignments. During manipulations, you might hear cracking sounds, which is nothing to be worried about. These sounds indicate gas release in the joints as they open up. Opening up of joints will help marvelously in restoring lost motion and reducing stress on surrounding ligaments and muscles. 

    Hence, if you are engaging in sports, you should be evaluated by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC even if you have not suffered any injuries. It will fantastically help in improving your performance, and reduce the possibility of sustaining any more injuries.

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  113. Many people suffer from sciatica nerve pain, which starts in the buttock or lower back and radiates to the legs or one leg. The intensity of the pain can vary from minimal to severe, and the frequency could be constant to intermittent. Apart from the pain, some people also experience tingling, numbness, and burning sensations. Sciatica is actually the symptom, and is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve.

    This compression can occur due to many reasons including bulging discs, tumors, misalignment of the vertebral column, and injury to the piriformis muscle. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will therefore have to diagnose the particular cause of sciatica in a patient and accordingly prescribe an effective treatment.

    How does Chiropractor Diagnose Sciatica?

    Chiropractor will firstly review the medical history of the patient in detail, and then conduct a thorough neurological and physical examination. To rule out any contraindications and to confirm the diagnosis, a chiropractor will often order further tests such as an x-ray, CT or MRI scan, or tests for checking the velocity of nerve conduction.

    Chiropractic Treatment Options for Sciatica

    Since there could be different causes for sciatica, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will develop a customized treatment plan based on the patient's diagnosis. However, the main aim of chiropractic treatment is aiding the potential of the body to heal itself. Therefore, most chiropractic treatment choices are natural, drug-free, and the least invasive. Some of the treatment modalities are:

    Spinal Adjustments

     

    Chiropractic manipulations are highly effective in restoring misalignment of the vertebrae, and freeing up restricted spinal movement. This in turn will reduce irritation on the nerve, which is the main cause of pain, muscle spasm, and inflammation. There are various adjustment techniques and they are all safe and mainly not painful.  

    Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

     

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will use a machine to deliver controlled electric current to stimulate certain muscles. TENS is quite effective in reducing intense pain and muscle spasms.

    Ultrasound

     

    As the name suggests, a machine generates sound waves, which creates gentle heat that can penetrate deeper inside tissues. Ultrasound therapy will improve circulation in the particular area, and will aid in the reducing pain, muscle stiffness, swelling, cramping, and spasms.

    Ice Therapy

     

    In certain cases Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might prescribe a simple cold therapy by applying ice. This mitigates inflammation and decreases the level of pain.

    In certain cases, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might recommend another specialty doctor for treating sciatica. However, certain chiropractic treatment might continue and the chiropractor will co-manage the treatment with the other doctor. 

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  114. Many children are interested in sports, and many now start at an early age. For instance, figure skating is becoming more popular, and kids are starting training on ice when they are just two or three years old. Gymnastics and swimming in the same way and playing Little League baseball for many kids is almost essential.

    Many of these sports or athletic activities are quite demanding on their young bodies, and you need a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to provide the right advice and treatment in case of injuries. A chiropractor will not only help in optimizing your kid's performance, but also help in minimizing injuries.

    Athletic Capabilities Increased

    According to official studies conducted by Journal of Clinical Investigation and Chiropractic Research, three months of chiropractic care was able to improve reaction time of athletes by 30%. In another journal, studies showed that baseball players under treatment from chiropractors were able to improve their capillary count, resulting in better circulation and quality of blood, which is extremely important for healing, muscle function, and athletic performance.

    The Right Advice is Important for Kids

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC has been providing expert guidance to athletic kids, which helps them prevent injuries and develop better play. Such advice will include eating the right type of snacks and meals, consuming adequate amounts of water, maintaining the right body weight, and taking enough physical rest. A chiropractor can also provide crucial advice about using gym and sports equipment correctly, tackling adequate warming up exercises, and cooling down the body properly after engaging in athletic activities.

    A Growing Problem

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, athletes in schools across the country suffer two million injuries each year, and over 30,000 kids are hospitalized because of their athletic injuries. In the past three years, there is 26% increase in injuries in girls participating in cheerleading activities, where they had to be rushed to the ER. Serious injuries are now very common in kids who play football and other contact sports such as martial arts and boxing.

    Role of a Chiropractor

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will firstly help your kids by educating them on how to avoid injuries. Wirth Chiropractic will make sure; your kid has been assessed correctly in order to qualify for a particular sport or category. Secondly, if your kid has a history of sports injuries, then it is crucial to know the risks of future injuries from a chiropractor. He will be able to provide right guidance on how to approach the sport, and the precautions that have to be taken.

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  115. Many times, in accident cases involving children, the defense or the insurance company claim that kids are not likely to be injured in auto collisions. However, statistics provided by National Center for Health Statistics suggest otherwise. According to them, the most prevalent cause of accidental death or serious injuries in children is from a motor vehicle accident. Therefore, it is a ludicrous claim that children cannot suffer from an auto accident.

    Just because you spend $100 or more on a child safety seat which is mandatory by law does not mean that child is completely safe from impacting another car. In fact, they may be even more at risk because they do not know how to brace themselves or tighten up their body and neck muscles to help them prepare for impact. They do not know what is about to happen. This is not the case with an adult.

    Not Fully Developed

    In case your child is involved in an auto accident, it is very important to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, after the required visit to the ER. The musculoskeletal and spinal components in your child will be in their development stages, which mean they will be less strong and more susceptible to injuries.

    Secondly, the head size of kids is usually larger in proportion to their body size, which makes them more prone to serious whiplash injuries. Even a "minor" rear collision where the vehicle is travelling at less than 10 mph, could cause severe whiplash trauma, where the head of your child will be thrown backwards and forwards.

    Whiplash injuries are very common in auto accidents, but children could be more at risk to such injuries. The level of injury will mainly depend upon on their position and seating, and their level of physical development. Especially, younger children have less developed connective tissues and muscles that greatly increase the risk of neurological and spinal joint injuries due to whiplash trauma.

    In many cases, whiplash injuries may not be detected in children by the doctor in the ER, due to lack of communication or because the child may not be experiencing any symptoms now.

    Correcting a Bleak Future Outlook

    Hence, it is crucial to have your child examined by a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after an auto accident. The chiropractor will conduct a thorough physical examination and he will check to see whether your child's movements are restricted in any way. Such examination is crucial in detecting possible musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. Timely detection of injuries plays an important role in the recovery and cure. If injuries remain undetected or if they are misdiagnosed, it can lead to severe complications and even permanent disabilities in your child.

    A Game Plan for Recovery

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will order further tests like x-rays and scans to confirm diagnosis and for gauging the level of auto injury in your child. The chiropractor will then chart out a customized treatment plan that is best suited for your child's condition and quick recovery.

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  116. Running or jogging is fantastic and exceptional for your health, but it can also cause certain injuries. You can suffer from acute trauma like a torn ligament or sustain injuries due to overuse. If you like running then it is best to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who not only effectively treats such injuries but also provides expert advice for avoiding many running injuries. Here are some common running injuries, the way to avoid them, and the chiropractic care available for treating such injuries.

    Tendonitis

    This problem is also called bursitis and it is an overuse injury or condition. There is sac filled with fluid called the bursa, situated between the bone and tendons, which is meant for reducing friction and protecting the tendon. However, running can cause inflammation to this sac, leading to trauma, dysfunction, or increased pressure.

    Runners might first feel stiffness and pain, and later there will be visible swelling as the condition becomes worse. Usually ankle, and knee joints are the main areas affected, and this condition can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. If this happens to you do not become overly stressed out. This is what chiropractors, they find ways to get your body right again.

    Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar fascia is a tissue connecting the heel to the base of toes, and this can often be stretched or torn in runners. The runner might feel tenderness in the foot during morning and the pain often subsides with movement. The pain is usually felt in the heel, radiating towards the ball of the foot.

    If you want to avoid this injury, then you should regularly stretch the Achilles tendon and calf. However, you should have your feet checked for biomechanical issues from Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. You might be prescribed shoe inserts or insoles for correcting your foot posture or improper walking patterns.

    Shin Splints

    This condition will cause discomfort or pain in the shinbone. The pain could be felt inside, outside, or in front of the shin. This could be caused due to fallen arches, muscle fatigue, running on very hard surfaces, absence of warm-up, improper shoes, or faulty posture.

    If you are suffering from shin main, have your condition checked by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC who will detect the underlying cause and prescribe the right treatment. You might be asked to with wear quality running shoes that have shock-absorbing soles, improve your running technique to reduce impact, and do proper warm-ups with calf stretches.

    Runners suffering from stress injuries should have their condition checked immediately from Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, since these injuries are serious and they can lead to further chronic issues. 

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  117. Whiplash is the most common auto injury, and it is caused even when the car is travelling at speeds lower than 10 mph. Hence, when your car has been rear ended or suffered even a "minor" collision, you need to consult a specialist, such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, who can give you a thorough physical examination, diagnose the extent of your whiplash injury, and put you on to a customized treatment plan for early and full recovery.

    The Wrong Avenue to Take

    Ignoring whiplash is a perilous and unwise idea, but most accident victims seem to do this. This is because of two reasons. Firstly, many accidents victims do not experience any symptoms immediately after or even a few days after the accident. Secondly, the doctor in the ER will most probably prescribe painkillers, which will mask the symptoms or provide some temporary relief from the pain.

    Analgesic medication and painkillers do not treat the root cause of whiplash trauma and therefore you cannot possibly expect to recover from your injury by these medications. Only a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can properly diagnose whiplash and provide an effective treatment, where there are acute and wonderful chances of a full recovery. 

    Therefore, when you ignore visiting a chiropractor after auto accident, you could be putting yourself at risk of chronic symptoms and even disability. Here are some of the symptoms that can become more intense, if you are not taking the right treatment:

    • Severe pain in shoulders and neck, which can become chronic
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Feeling dazed or not being able to concentrate
    • Memory loss
    • Feeling fatigued without doing much physical work, and not being able to sleep
    • Increased anxiety, irritability, and sense of insecurity
    • Giving into feeling of despair and depression
    • Imbalance, dizziness, or vertigo
    • Unable to bear noise that did not cause any problems before

    Failure to treat whiplash can also lead to very serious problems such as early onset of arthritis, osteoporosis, or other musculoskeletal issues. Such issues coupled with chronic pain can be debilitating and may even cause life-long disabilities, which might not be treatable.

    Underestimate Whiplash at Your Own Peril

    Therefore, if you have been in a car accident, and even if your vehicle has suffered minimum damage, you must consult With chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Chiropractic examination is pivotal to detect signs of whiplash and for treating this issue effectively. Do not take whiplash lightly, since it can lead to very serious issues later.

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  118. Facet joints are at the back on both sides of the spine. These joints are encapsulated and they contain synovial fluid, while the joint surfaces have covering which is known as hyaline cartilage. The primary function of facet joints are to provide stability to the spine by controlling excessive extension and rotational movements.

    However, excessive movements can cause facet joint sprain, which is mainly injury to the joint capsule, resulting in swelling and pain. The injured person will experience muscle spasm that is a reaction to the pain, which can increase the pain and restrict movements. Facet joint syndrome is one of the common causes of back pain. Hence, if you are suddenly having severe back pain, consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, to have your pain correctly diagnosed.

    Facet Joint Sprain Symptoms and Causes

    A person suffering from facet joint sprain will typically feel pain on one side of the spine, and there can be referred pain felt in the thigh, groin, or buttock, as well. If facet joints in the mid back are sprained then the person might feel pain along the ribs, and if the neck joint is affected, pain can be felt in the arm, shoulder, and neck.

    Mostly these sprains are due to minor repetitive injuries that build up until the particular joint can take it no more. Hence, the person might suddenly experience back pain by simply lifting a fallen paper or it can also be due to an awkward movement. Pain in the facet joint can also be caused by fold inside the joint that projects inwards and it is trapped between the surfaces of the joint. Most people have found almost instant relief with expert manipulation by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    This is not something that is going to go away all by itself. You need a chiropractor to work you through this painful problem.

    Treatment Options

    Chiropractic manipulation is usually considered the best option, as it relieves muscle spasm, and frees the entrapped fold. However, it is important to have your issue properly diagnosed by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, as self-treatment or medication can be dangerous. For instance, rest is often advised initially, but you will also need to do certain movements to prevent this stiffness from lasting or becoming more ingrained.

    Terrific Solutions

    The chiropractor will advise you on what movements to avoid, and the exercises that are most beneficial for your condition. Usually, it takes four to five treatment sessions for a patient suffering from acute facet joint sprain, for the pain to subside. After that chiropractor will prescribe certain core muscle exercises for developing stability and better spinal control.       

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  119. Almost everybody experiences muscle cramps sometimes in their lives. A cramp is a sudden involuntary muscle contraction, which can be quite severe. Cramping can occur in almost any muscle, and it can last for a few seconds, minutes, or even over several days.

    The duration of the cramp will mainly depend on what has caused the muscle to spasm. Therefore, you need to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who can do the right diagnosis and prescribe an effective treatment plan accordingly.

    Causes of Cramps

    Cramps that last over a few seconds to minutes are usually caused by electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, or due to fatigue. The spasm is usually a protective mechanism of the muscle to pain, or it can also be caused by an irritated nerve. If you experience frequent cramps and you need to frequently massage or stretch certain muscles, then it is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, to find the underlying cause.

    Most of the time the type of muscle that is cramping will provide clues about the underlying cause. For instance, if it is hamstring muscle, calf muscle, or muscles in the feet that are cramping then the cause is usually dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, or fatigue. You can drink water for the dehydration and this is why you should be hydrating all of the time so this does not happen. But it does happen to active people and the solution is to drink some more water or any water for that matter.

    Gatorade is a fine choice for any electrolyte deficiency. On top of that, Gatorade is a fantastic liquid for anyone who wants to maintain a decent amount of energy.

    If the disc in the spine is injured then surrounding nerves can become irritated, and cause cramp in the neck, lower back, hand, or forearms. Sometimes cramps can be due to some underlying causes such as neurological conditions, bacterial infection, liver disease, toxins in the body, or due to side effects of certain medications.  

    Treatment Options

    It is important to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to find out the main cause of the cramp. For instance, chiropractic treatment is highly effective in relieving spinal joint sprain, which is causing certain muscles to spasm and cramp. If a chiropractor suspects a muscle imbalance, he will take your full medical history and give you a thorough functional examination. Exercise therapy prescribed by a chiropractor is highly effective in such situations.

    Suitable Solutions

    If there is nerve irritation or some interference that inhibits the muscle, then chiropractic manipulation can be the best treatment choice for you. For calf cramps, a chiropractor may advise drinking at least two liters of water in a day, and certain stretching exercises for the calf muscles before going to bed. If you do manual work or do intense workouts, water consumption will have to be increased and make sure you include adequate amount of carbohydrates in your diet to maintain right levels of glycogen in your muscles.

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  120. Your vertebral column has discs between vertebrae bones that act as shock absorbers. When something goes

    wrong with this disc it is commonly referred to as a slipped disc. Even though the disc does not "slip", this term

    has stuck for a long time. A better term would be herniated disc, as the softer inside material of the disc is

    pushed out of the harder external layer.

    This can happen due to many reasons, including being overweight, poor posture, sudden trauma, or

    degeneration due to old age. The person might even develop a herniated disc after sneezing or coughing. The

    best doctor to consult when you are suffering from a slipped disc would be a specialist like Wirth Chiropractor in

    Greenville, NC.

    How does Chiropractor Diagnose a Slipped Disc?

    When you consult a chiropractor initially, he will thoroughly review your medical history, give you a full

    physical examination, and he will do certain neurological and orthopedic tests. The chiropractor will be

    checking to see:

     If your reflexes are normal

     Whether there is any sign of wasting or weakness in muscles

     Whether you have lost any sensation along a nerve path

    The chiropractor will also review and evaluate your posture, and might order scans or x-rays to confirm his

    findings. You may think that you could have some of this yourself but you have no idea how much knowledge a

    chiropractor has about proper body movement, bones, nerves, muscles, and so on. The course you were on was

    not working; the course you will soon be on will be the correct one.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will thoroughly evaluate your full spine and neck area. The main thing he will be

    looking for is any issues with your spine that is causing you pain. Sometimes the pain might be in the leg or

    hand, but its cause could be a ruptured disc in your spine. After reviewing all of your medical history and a

    thorough physical examination, the chiropractor will diagnose if you have slipped disc or if your pain is caused

    due to some other issue.

    Chiropractic Treatment Options for a Slipped Disc

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will design a customized treatment plan to ease symptoms of your slipped disc.

    The treatment plan could include spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercises, and manual therapy. One of the

    popular chiropractic treatment techniques for slipped disc is flexion-distraction technique. Here a special table

    is used for gently stretching the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves.

    Even though the chiropractor might gently massage the painful area, it will not aggravate the pain. Treatment

    will also be based on the type of pain you are experiencing, your overall health, and whatever is best suited for

    the level of activity you engage in on a daily basis.

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  121. Even though whiplash is the most common type of auto injury, it remains undetected or untreated in most

    accident cases. This is because most people fail to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after

    the accident. Accident victims are first taken to the ER where a regular physician will treat them for cuts,

    bruises, bleeding, injury to organs, and broken bones. However, this doctor is not a specialist for

    musculoskeletal issues, and a whiplash injury or its severity could go undetected.

    Grades of Whiplash

    A better term for whiplash would be CAD (Cervical Acceleration Deceleration), and chiropractors use Croft

    Guidelines in diagnosing and treating these types of injuries. According to Croft Guidelines there are five

    grades of whiplash depending on the severity of the injury.

    Grade 1

    Here the injury is minimal where there is no injury to ligaments or any neurological affectations. The victim

    also does not experience any limitation to his or her range of motions.

    Grade 2

    In this grade, even though there is no injury to the ligaments or neurological affectations the victim is unable to

    engage in certain movements, which were possible before the accident.   

    Grade 3

    Here the injury is considered moderate and there is a slight injury to the ligaments or neurological affectation.

    Grade 4

    This grade categorizes moderate to severe whiplash injuries, where there could be disc derangement or fracture

    along with ligament instability, limitation to the range of motion, and neurological affectation.

    Grade 5

    Here whiplash is quite severe and will require surgery for stabilization or management of the injury.

    Why is a Chiropractor Important in Treating Whiplash?

    Only a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to correctly diagnose the grade of whiplash and

    provide customized treatment accordingly. While diagnosing, the chiropractor will review your symptoms, give

    you a thorough physical examination, and test your movements. He might also order further tests such as an x-

    ray or scans to confirm his diagnosis.

    The treatment plan will obviously depend on the grade of the injury, and the time it has taken the victim to

    consult a chiropractor. In most cases, the accident victim consults a chiropractor when the symptoms have

    become more severe or the painkillers prescribed by the regular doctor do not seem to be working.

    Pain medication is not a treatment for whiplash since the root cause of the injury has to be detected and treated

    accordingly. Depending on the severity of your injury chiropractic treatment options include adjustments,

    muscle therapy, specific exercises for stretching and strengthening the affected area, and also possibly heat or

    cold application.  

    Getting you back into shape is just as important if not more critical than getting your car back into shape. Of

    course you may already have realized this.

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  122. ITBS or Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a painful condition affecting the outside of the knee. Iliotibial band is a fibrous ligament that extends for the outside proximities of the lower leg to the outer area of the pelvis. Pain is caused when the muscle which is called TFL, which is attached to this ligament, becomes hyperactive or tight and the ligament starts to rub against the femur or the thighbone. This condition is mainly seen in runners and cyclists, and it requires treatment from a specialist like a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Typical symptoms of ITBS include:

    ü  Pain felt on the outer portion of the knee

    ü  Worsening of pain when the person runs or walks downhill

    ü  Gluteal muscles feel tender

    ü  Pain while extending or flexing the knee

    ü  Pain usually subsides a little with rest

    ITBS is mainly caused when the hip adductors or gluteus medius have weakened. To compensate for this weakness, the TFL (tensor fascia lata) muscle contracts more, this in turn strains the iliotibial band causing it to rub against the femur. People who are at risk of ITBS include:

        Runners who practice regularly on an oval track

        People who are bow legged

        People having hyperactive or tight adductors

        People with weak hamstrings, quadriceps, and gluteus medius

        People suffering from spinal or pelvic dysfunctions

        Persons with foot pronation

    Chiropractic Treatment for ITBS

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first evaluate the functioning of your lumbar spine and pelvic joints. When there is dysfunction in these areas, there is neurological inhibition, which weakens the gluteal muscles. Many doctors fail to diagnose this, which leads to futile rehabilitation efforts. Doctors do not know everything and there parts of the muscles and bones which they do not understand well. The good ones will refer you to a chiropractor.

    A chiropractor will first deal with neuro-mechanical dysfunctions in the feet, spine, and pelvis, and also do chiropractic manipulations and adjustments, which will consist of gentle stretching of the concerned tight muscles and ITB. Soft tissue treatment options could also include dry-needling techniques, deep friction massage, ultrasound, laser, and other interferential treatments.

    The Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC also focuses on the optimum rehabilitation program, even when symptoms have subsided. Apart from rehabilitation, chiropractor will also monitor and assess reactive core stability of the patient. These two aspects are very important to avoid recurrence of ITBS over the long term. ITBS can happen to anyone, especially to runners and cyclists, and hence it is best to have a chiropractic evaluation, if you are suffering from any symptoms or you feel you are at risk of this condition.

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  123. Most sports injuries are to do with overuse of muscles, sprains, and slipped discs. Therefore, a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be the ideal doctor for treating such injuries. A chiropractor specializes in treating musculoskeletal issues mostly through a non-drug approach.

    However, diagnosis of sports injuries will include neurological and orthopedic tests, to find out if the pain is caused by a disc problem, sprain, or strain. Diagnostic tests will also often include x-rays and scans to screen for osteoporosis and fractures.

    Highly Effective for Sports Injuries

    Chiropractic treatment has been found to be superlative for sports injuries compared to medication and other traditional treatments. A chiropractor puts emphasis on structural body balance, and manual adjustment of the joints and the spine, which are major contributions to sports medicine & healing. For instance, when there is injury or inflammation to a joint or muscle, the body will start to compensate naturally for this dysfunction.

    The body will tighten other joints and muscles to protect it and maintain balance. Chiropractic adjustments treatment aims at restoring the natural balance of the body that was there before the person suffered the injury and setback.

     

    Nationally Recognized

    According to several studies across the world, it has been found that manual chiropractic manipulation is terrifically effective for treating pain in the shoulders, neck, and back, and many athletic injuries. Many times the area that is manipulated by the chiropractor will include adjoining areas apart from the problem area.

    Chiropractic care is recognized widely in the sports field but there is still growth for this field because there are still people that do not really understand the capabilities of a chiropractor. They believe their doctor has all the answers, for example. Despite this somewhat still prevailing ignorance, chiropractic care now forms part of the US Olympic Committee program for sports medicine.

    Importance of Timely Chiropractic Treatment

    Sports injuries are very common, and chiropractic advice can help you in significantly reducing the risk of these types of injuries. Secondly, these kinds of injuries can happen even when you are taking a brisk walk. Therefore, if you are doing any type of workout or jogging, it is best to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to know the risks associated with any type of energetic or semi-intense activity.

    A chiropractor will provide you with a thorough physical examination, review your medical history, and based on what he discovers he will be able to give you advice on the workouts that are best suited for your type of body and what you are trying to achieve. In addition, he will inform you of the exercises you should avoid doing as well during this give and take verbal session between you two.

    If you happen to suffer from an injury after participating in sports or after engaging in a workout, you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC immediately. With timely chiropractic treatment, you can avoid major health issues, and premature deterioration of your bones and muscles.

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  124. An ankle joint is vulnerable to different types of injuries, especially when you are playing sports or if you have been in an auto accident. The most common ankle injury is a sprain, which is actually stretching of the ankle ligament beyond its natural capacity. Being a soft tissue injury, an ankle sprain can be treated most effectively by a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Ankle Sprain Grades

    The severity of ankle injury is categorized in grades depending on the level of the sprain. A grade 3 sprain is most severe and often needs surgical treatment, while grade 1 and 2 can be treated effectively by a chiropractor. A person who has sprained his ankle can experience throbbing pain, swelling, or feeling of warmth in the joint area. Swelling occurs because there is a build-up of fluid in the tissues due to the sprain, and a warm sensation is experienced due to increased circulation in the joint area.

    Even if you have a grade 3 sprain and have it successfully operated on, you may want that ankle checked out by a chiropractor for a full and healthy recovery.

    From Bad to Worse

    An ankle sprain should not be taken lightly, since improper or insufficient treatment often leads to chronic instability of the joint and pain. Therefore, when you have suffered an ankle injury, consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC immediately.

    Such a specialist will be able to diagnose the level of your injury correctly and prescribe the most acute and appropriate treatment for your condition. Usually, people treat ankle sprains with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). However, self-treatment is not a prudent idea, since you do not actually know the severity of your injury.

    Apart from RICE, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will perform adjustments and manipulations to the joint, which will reduce pain, promote healing, and improve the range of motion of the joint. Chiropractic care will not only speed up healing, but also ensures a full recovery, which is vital. The chiropractor will provide physical therapy and prescribe certain ankle exercises that will facilitate better joint movement and strengthen the ankle as well.

    In fact, chiropractic care is the most comprehensive treatment for an ankle injury, which greatly reduces the risk of complications and permanent issues like chronic pain and instability. Ankle sprains are common, but some people are more at risk to them depending on their lifestyle and so on. Did you know that your foot can twist inwards even while walking on an uneven surface or by placing your foot incorrectly? This stuff does happen.

    Healing Properly and Fully

    Sometimes after an ankle sprain the pain might subside after some time. However, this is not a sure indication that the ankle has fully healed. You need to consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC to have your injury assessed correctly and to get treatment that works to insure your ankle is set right.

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  125. Heel pain syndrome is medically referred to as Plantar Fasciitis, and this condition affects thousands of people every year. The condition can set gradually due to sudden trauma to the foot, or due to degeneration. Plantar Fasciitis can occur in both heels or in one, and the pain is usually more after prolonged sitting, after taking few steps after getting up in the morning, or while moving without any weights.

    This is not uncommon for people to experience who sit at a desk all day and do not move around much.

    Being Out of Shape could be a Triggering Point

    However, the pain can worsen with activity and prolonged movements with weights. Therefore, obesity could be one of the reasons for heel pain syndrome. Improper footwear is also known to cause this condition, as it can allow under or excessive pronation, or insufficient shock absorption. It is wise to wear shoes that support your feet and heels, certainly if you are lifting or carrying items that have some mass to them.

    Plantar fasciitis can also occur when the body is compensating for conditions like calf strains, tibialis dysfunction, and Achilles tendonosis. The condition can worsen to a degree where you are not able to put any weight on the affected heel. A specialist like a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC could be your best option in combating plantar fasciitis.

    Treatment Avenues for Heel Pain Syndrome

    There are different treatment routes to take for plantar fasciitis including anti-inflammatory medications, injections, taping, night splinting, orthotics, and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation). Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC specializes in combating heel pain syndrome and employs techniques best suited for the particular patient. IASTM and general chiropractic manipulations are highly effective in relieving pain and enabling the heel to bear more weight.

    IASTM is particularly effective, since the special instruments are able to access the smaller areas of the foot effectively. Wirth Chiropractic could also prescribe electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound, and low intensity laser for reducing inflammation and pain. Another essential component of the treatment will be taping or low dye strapping of the affected foot.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC employs a comprehensive treatment approach to avoid complications and further deterioration of the heel. Chiropractic manipulations are done for restoring normal joint movements, which in turn reduces the tension on plantar fascia.

    Customized Treatment

    Rehabilitation is also an important part of the treatment process, and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC mainly prescribes progressive resistance exercises that will improve muscle strength and the range of motion. Initially isometric curls of the toes are highly effective; however, the patient might experience some cramping, and the exercise will have to be toned down according to the cramping tolerance of the patient. In the last stage of rehabilitation, proprioceptive exercises are highly effective in improving the weight bearing capacity of the heel.

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  126. Neck area comprises of cervical spine that is made up of seven vertebrae extending up to the skull's base. Surprisingly these vertebrae support the full weight of the head and are responsible for turning the head in almost every direction. Due to this particular nature and function of the neck, it is susceptible to different types of injury and pain.

    Cervical biomechanics has a major role to play in making the neck susceptible to injury, and therefore you need to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC when you have a neck pain. Injury to the neck can be caused by repetitive neck movements, extended sitting, whiplash trauma, blow to the head, and due to aging.

    Most victims of auto accidents suffer neck injury from whiplash trauma, where the head is jerked violently forwards and backwards. In minor cases, the injury will be limited to muscle fatigue due to the contraction and tightening of neck muscles; however, in major injuries the vertebral joints, ligaments, discs, nerve roots and ligaments could be severely affected.

    Cervical spine can also be affected by degenerative disorders such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and disc degeneration. Lastly, obesity, poor posture, and weakened muscles of the abdomen can put undue strain on the neck

    Chiropractic Checkup

    On your first visit to Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, the doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and ask you several questions about your current and past symptoms. The doctor could ask you when the pain started, if the pain radiates to other body parts, and whether any movement or posture makes the pain less or worse. The doctor will check your range of motion, posture, and general physical condition.

    Neurological examination could include testing your muscle strength, reflexes, pain spread, and nerve changes. Wirth Chiropractic might also order scans or x-rays to detect bone spurs, narrowed disc, bulging disc, arthritis, or fractures. If the doctor suspects nerve damage, he might order EMG (electromyography) to test the response of certain nerves.

    Chiropractic Treatment is the Best Option

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC has a conservative approach to neck pain and rarely prescribes surgery or drugs. Only if he detects the presence of organic disease or a neck fracture, he will refer you to another appropriate specialist. The main treatment approach will be chiropractic adjustments, manipulations, and prescribing therapeutic exercises. Most patients feel immediate difference after an adjustment session with improved range of motion and reduction in pain, stiffness, and soreness.

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  127. In hiatal hernia, a portion of the stomach pokes upwards into the area of the chest because of a weak diaphragm or opening in the diaphragm. There is an opening in the diaphragm for the esophagus to pass through, and when the muscles around this opening gets weak the stomach's upper portion could bulge into the cavity of the chest.

    This is a painful condition, and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can provide considerable relief from this pain. It is important to note that chiropractic care will not cure this condition, but it will alleviate most of the symptoms including the pain that will make your day go much slower.

    Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

    When a portion of the stomach bulges and puts pressure on the diaphragm, it can cause different painful symptoms such as:

    Upper abdomen pain

    Breathing difficulty

    Chest pain

    Nausea

    Regurgitation

    Heartburn

    Symptoms of panic attack

    Anxiety

    Chiropractic Care for Hiatal Hernia

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC has a simple approach of treating the issue as well as the symptoms. Chiropractic treatment is found to be effective in alleviating pain of hiatal hernia because the treatment deals with the underlying issues that trigger pain. One of the key treatments is chiropractic adjustments that is quite effective for relieving pressure put on the nervous system, which promotes the health of the spine and improves the health in general.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is an expert in these adjustments and he has brought almost immediate relief in patients suffering from back pain. These adjustments are excellent even for managing chronic pain that is invoked by spinal misalignments or by herniated discs.

    Apart from adjustments, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will also provide expert advice on making crucial lifestyle changes that can greatly help in controlling the symptoms and signs related to hiatal hernia. The doctor will fully evaluate your existing diet and identify foods that are triggering heartburn or acid reflux, which aggravates hiatal hernia.

    Eating Right

    Even if you are obese or overweight, chiropractor can recommend the best and safest ways of reducing weight by initiating simple lifestyle changes. The right type of food in the right quantity can work miracles in improving your overall health. A chiropractor will always strive to improve their client’s health in the most natural way, because a healthy body can speed up healing and help you become more productive.

    If you are suffering from pain and other symptoms of hiatal hernia, consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC could stimulate dramatic changes and improvement of your health. A healthier person is a happier person. A healthier person is also better for their family and themselves.

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  128. Whiplash trauma is very common in auto accidents, and there is likelihood of sustaining this type of injury even when your vehicle is travelling at slow speeds (even 5-10 mph!). Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to avoid this type of injury when you are rear ended or your vehicle is impacted from the side. However, there are several actions you can take to make sure you recover from whiplash properly and there are no lasting effects.

    One of the best things you can do is consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC as soon as possible after the accident. Do not depend on the doctor in the ER to treat whiplash, as he is not a specialist and he will only prescribe pain killers. Make no mistake in this understanding, these drugs do not treat this injury. It may make you feel better for a while but it will not heal you permanently. Pain killers will not solve the muscle and bone damage at all.

    A Concern for any Drug Taking

    After taking pain medication, your pain might be reduced, as already mentioned. But it will again come back when the effects of the medication wear off, since it does not treat the root cause of the problem. You also do not want to become addicted to any type of drugs as well since this can lead to entire new host of problems.

    Whiplash trauma can sprain or even tear ligaments and muscles in the neck, cause disc hernia, and even brain damage. However, the symptoms you experience may not be in accordance with the severity of the damage.

    Problems are still Present

    Sometimes accident victims may not experience any symptoms for days, weeks, or even months after the accident. However, the injury can worsen during this time, and it can cause lasting damage or severe health issues in future. Therefore, it is important to have yourself examined by chiropractor Greenville, NC after an accident to know the severity and extent of your injuries.

    Secondly, chiropractic care is considered the best type of treatment for whiplash injuries (among many other type of injuries as well). Each type of whiplash injury is different and therefore the treatment has to be highly customized. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC after giving you a thorough examination will develop the best treatment plan for your type of injury.

    The Right Path to Take

    Most modalities of chiropractic treatment are natural, and they mainly aid the body in quickening the healing process. This means you do not have to worry about any side effects, provided you have gone to an experienced, proven, and reputed doctor such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Whiplash injuries can be very serious and they should not be ignored, especially when you do not feel much pain. Being neglectful can cause you much more harm in the months head. It is always better to have yourself checked out thoroughly by a chiropractor after an accident to rule out whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.

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  129. Almost everybody is affected by lower back pain at some point in his or her lives, and in many instances, the pain goes away by taking rest, applying heat, or by taking pain medication. However, in certain people, self-care does not work, and lower back pain can develop into a chronic problem. Such people need to consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for a lasting solution.

    Why is Chiropractor the Best Choice for Treating Lower Back Pain?

    Chiropractors are experts at spinal manipulation, and this technique has shown remarkable results in people suffering from chronic lower back pain. This technique not only relieves pain considerably, but also restores or improves physical movements in the patient, which were difficult or painful before. A general practitioner on the other hand will prescribe only pain medication, which will not provide lasting relief.

    Not only will that medication not offer you the life that you covet it could possibly lead to you getting addicted to drugs which will only compound your frustration and misery. A chiropractor knows facts and things about your body that you never will. They will get you healthy again and walking properly and being able to sit down without discomfort. Your spirits will lift in every facet of your life because of this service.

    Are Chiropractic Manipulations Effective?

    Different studies have shown chiropractic manipulations to be highly effective for back pain, and even for patients with chronic issues. In fact, most patients feel immediate relief after a manipulations session with Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Spinal manipulations are performed by the doctor by applying controlled force on certain spinal joints, by using his hands or a special instrument. The chiropractor will also prescribe certain exercises, and physical therapy, which is not only helpful in treating the pain, but also in improving movement.

    Are Chiropractic Manipulations Safe?

    As long as these manipulations are performed by an expert like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, they are very safe. The only minor side effects some patients experience after a chiropractic session are temporary soreness or a tired feeling.

    Comprehensive and Customized Treatment

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will do a thorough physical checkup of the patient, evaluate the patient's medical history, and then design a customized treatment plan best suited for the patient's condition. The doctor might also order x-ray or scans to confirm diagnosis or for finding the main cause of lower back pain. The treatment plan could include several spinal manipulation sessions in a month, exercises, and even pain medication, depending on the severity of the pain.

    However, most experienced chiropractors will rely on natural techniques like manipulations to correct the problem and improve the capacity of the body to heal it. Only when the pain is severe and the patient wants immediate relief, will then the chiropractor may prescribe some pain medication. However, in almost all cases the patient finds immediate relief after these critical spinal manipulations that offer a permanent solution, not a fleeting one.

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  130. Sprains and strains are the most common sports injuries and you do not have to be playing any sport to obtain these types of injuries. Strains and sprains are two separate issues of the musculoskeletal system, but people mostly interchange these terms without knowing the differences.

    According to NIH (National Institute of Health) a strain is the stretching or tearing of the tendon or muscle in the spot where it turns into muscle, whereas the sprain is stretching or tearing of the ligament that causes instability in a joint. Specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be the right doctor and professional to consult for a sprain or strain. Chiropractic techniques not only promote healing but also help to strengthen the injured areas so that risk of future injuries is greatly lessened.

    Causes of Sprains and Strains

    Twisting the body in an odd way or falling can cause sprains, since the movement will force some joints into an ungainly position that stretches or tears a ligament. Commonly sprains are caused when you twist your ankle, slip on icy surface, or fall down some steps.

    On the other hand, a strain is caused by trauma, repetitive movements, and overexertion. For instance, strains are commonly caused when you suddenly start doing strenuous exercise routine, lift a very heavy weight, or perform a body movement repetitively for a long time as in sports or while typing which can cause strains to your hands and wrists.

    You can also strain your hamstrings while riding a bicycle. If you are sitting down for a while and all of a sudden go out to ride your bike without stretching you can put some pressure on your hamstrings. This happens more easily and frequently in colder weather.  

    Symptoms

    Sprains and strains share common symptoms of swelling, pain, and the movement of this muscle or area at the injured location becomes limited. The level of pain can range from being moderate to intense, and it mainly depends on the severity of the injury. It is therefore important to have a sprain or strain diagnosed correctly by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, so that you receive the right treatment.

    Treatment

    Chiropractic care is highly effective in treating sprains or strains, unless the ligament or muscle has been torn―in which case you will need surgery. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is a specialist in performing chiropractic manipulations, which not only helps in quickening the healing process, but also strengthens the injured areas. One of the most common issues with sprains and strains is that they are prone to recur in the same place. This is mainly because of weakening of the affected ligaments or muscles.

    However, chiropractic treatment and exercises will help strengthen the injured areas, thus lowering the risk of recurrent injuries considerably. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will also provide poignant advice on how to perform an activity safely, without causing too much strain. Such advice is pivotal for any athlete or anyone who engages in any repetitive physical activity.

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  131. Symptoms of a bulging disc occur when any intervertebral disc bulges out from a weak spot and starts exerting pressure on a nerve or on the spinal cord. Such pressure causes pain, numbness, and tingling along the length of the nerve that is affected and it can disrupt sensory information transmission as well.

    If the pressure is on the spinal column, it can result in weakening of the legs and arms muscles. An outstanding doctor such as a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can help in terrifically reducing these types of symptoms.

    Not a Cure but a Fine Solution

    Chiropractic care, which is mainly in the form of chiropractic adjustments and manipulations, is not a cure for a bulging disc, but rather the most effective way for managing and reducing bulging disc symptoms. This treatment apart from being highly effective, offers many other advantages.

    Drugs are not the Answer

    First, the treatment is non-invasive and Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will not prescribe controlled substances or pain medications. Secondly, the treatment is holistic in the sense that the condition is treated as an issue involving the whole body, and the chiropractor will provide expert advice on nutrition, stress relief, and on anything else that help in reducing the symptoms indirectly or directly.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first want to verify the diagnosis of your bulging disc issue. This might involve reviewing your medical history, a thorough physical examination, testing of reflexes, nerve function, muscle tone, and so on. The doctor might also order scans, x-rays, or other diagnostic imaging for getting an accurate picture of your bulging disc problem.

    After confirming diagnosis of bulging disc, chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are performed mainly to for gently stretching your spine, to relieve the pressure on the nerve or spinal cord. Depending on the severity of your problem you might have to undergo several chiropractic manipulation sessions where the doctor will be aiming to increase intervertebral space for relieving pressure.

    Gravity Utilization

    Sometimes instead of adjustments and manipulations, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC might make you lie down in particular position by placing cushions underneath your body at specific points. This will make your spine rest in the most ideal position and the force of gravity will help in balancing your spinal column and pelvis.

    Do not expect any chiropractor to snap a bulging back in its place since this is not possible. Permanent solutions for reducing the size of the bulge are available in the form of minimal invasive surgeries that are performed on an outpatient basis. However, chiropractic care can marvelously help in reducing pain and other symptoms of a bulging disc.

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  132. Proper balance plays a crucial role in the prevention of sports injuries. Apart from equilibrium of the body, balance also means equilibrium between tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. Synergy germane to the functioning of the body is what happens when each part works in unison with others.

    For instance, bones are moved by muscles, bones are held together by ligaments, and bones provide the frame and structure to the body. If any of the components are out of balance, there is higher chance of injury. An expert doctor like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will be able to tell when there is imbalance in the body, and ways to prevent sports injuries.

    The Desire to Win

    Chiropractic is a musculoskeletal specialty, and experts in this field are trained to release muscle tension, and to align and balance the spine. When there is something wrong with the spine and muscles are excessively tensed, there is much greater chance of injury, especially when you take part in athletic activities because in the pursuit of victory, athletes push their bodies to the most extreme.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is an expert in chiropractic adjustment, which is an effective technique for aligning the bones of the spine and pelvis, and various joints of the body. Once the frame is aligned properly, no pressure is put on the nerves that come out of the spinal column, and there will not be any strain on the muscles as well.

    Certain adhesions and trigger points can limit the functioning of a muscle. When the muscle is compromised in this way, the person might not feel pain during normal activities but the pain is felt when the muscle is exerted more when engaging in a sport since when someone is competing against another human the urge to push your body further sometimes trumps logic or what you can physically do. Sometimes you can do things that you did not think possible but nevertheless you are bound to be injured at some point in your strenuous career.

    Getting You Right

    A muscle has a range to which it can expand and contract. However, knots or trigger points limits this range, and when athletes exert themselves to fulfill full functioning of the muscle, an injury is imminent. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough checkup to see where muscles are knotted or if their movements are limited.

    Chiropractic massages and adjustments are highly effective for releasing knots and tensions from muscles, which mean the athlete can make optimum use of their muscles without risking any injuries or any more injuries.

    Proper Preparation

    If you are starting a sports activity or you are entering a training program to participate in sport events then it is critical to get a full spinal and muscle checkup done by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. You will not only be preventing major injuries, but setting you up for success. No one wants to get injured and miss valuable playing time. That feeling is horrendous.  

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  133. The knee joint is sturdy, but also prone to injuries. Here are some common types of knee injuries, and the ways a specialist like Wirth chiropractic in Greenville, NC can help treat these injuries effectively.

    Illiotibial Band Syndrome

    In this condition, a tendon gets inflamed and rubs over the outer bone of the knee. The inflammation is mainly due to long-term stress and overuse of the knee joint, which can occur due to repetitive work or sports that puts more stress on the joint. Pain and burning sensation are the common symptoms.

    Injury to Cartilage

    Chondromalacia patella is a condition where the cartilage of the kneecap softens, and it mostly affects soccer players, cyclists, skiers, and runners.

     

    Injury to Ligaments

    Anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in the knee joint are prone to sprains, and can cause lot of pain. These ligaments can be excessively stretched or they might even tear due to direct impact, as in a football tackle or an auto accident.

    When should You Consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC?

    Knee pain can be quite serious and it is best not to ignore it. You should immediately consult a chiropractor under these circumstances:

    You are on pain or anti-inflammatory medications for your knee pain and they are not helping

    When the knee pain is restricting your movements

    When your knee feels pain during an athletic activity

    You have knee pain due to arthritis

    Chiropractic Treatment

    The knee joint is complex and pivotal to your ability to move around freely and comfortably. It depends mainly on muscles and ligaments for its stability. Pain is a sign that something is wrong with this joint and this would be the time a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough examination of all components of the knee, and of the foot, ankle, hip, pelvis, and lower back as well, since they directly influence the condition of the knee.

    An experienced chiropractor will assess and evaluate other muscles and joints, apart from the knee joint, for certain reasons:

    When lower limb joints are not functioning as they are designed to, they can put extra stress on the knee, which can increase the risk of injury or worsening of the existing injury. Hence, a chiropractor will treat other areas as well for long term health of the knee joint.

    There might be nothing wrong with the knee joint, and the pain might be referred from the hip, pelvis, or lower back.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will develop a customized treatment plan for you particular knee problem, which will help in reducing pain, inflammation, and help in restoring normal joint function. After this, you can get back on track and begin to enjoy your life as you once did.

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  134. Back pain can be debilitating and can seriously affect the quality of your life. If you experience back pain after being involved in an auto accident, you should immediately consult a specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Self-treatment or relying on the pain prescription of the general physician in the ER is not a wise move.

    You could be seriously jeopardizing your health, when you feel back pain after an auto accident, and you do not consult a chiropractor within three days of the accident. The pain medication that your doctor is only going to wear off eventually and masking the pain is not a permanent solution. On top of this, putting drugs into your system repeatedly is nothing to write home about.

    Not a Suitable Response

    A chiropractor is the right doctor for back pain, since he is specially qualified to diagnose, and evaluate the extent of musculoskeletal injuries. Simply icing the injured area or taking pain medication might provide temporary relief, but it may not be a cure as already insinuated above, since the underlying cause of the pain could remain untreated.

    Therefore, proper diagnosis and corresponding treatment plan is very important for curing back pain effectively and properly. Improper diagnosis and inadequate treatment can make the problem much worse in time, and serious complications can arise that might cause serious health issues or disabilities.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will conduct a thorough physical examination and review your medical history to arrive at the right diagnosis. Sometimes auto accidents might aggravate back problems that already existed, or it could be fresh injury. Therefore, it is important to have your back injury evaluated by a specialist, who is qualified to design an effective treatment plan. Having a professional evaluation of your auto injuries is not only for getting effective treatment but also this evaluation will serve as important documentation for receiving the right compensation for your injuries.

    Getting Your Body Right

    Chiropractic treatment and care is natural and it does not have any side effects compared to taking medications. The main form of treatment is chiropractic manipulations and adjustments that align the spine and other joints, help in regaining normal movements, and for quickening the body's natural healing process. It is important to take the prescribed amount of rest and follow the instructions of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Ignoring instructions will not only delay treatment but also cause more damage to the body.

    Transitioning Back to that Healthy State

    Apart from adjustments and manipulations, chiropractic care will also include certain exercises, massages, and application of cold or heat to the affected areas. The duration of treatment will depend on the type and level of injury to your back. Chiropractic treatment is safe and the most effective remedy for back pain caused by an auto accident.

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  135. Multiple sclerosis occurs when the covering of the nerves, the myelin sheath, is damaged. This is an auto immune disease that commonly occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40. When the myelin sheath is damaged it can affect the nerves, preventing or hindering their ability to send signals.

    Known Symptoms

    Multiple sclerosis occurs because of emotional stress, obesity, lack of vitamin D, infections, exposure to toxins, food allergies, and hormonal imbalances. Multiple sclerosis has many different symptoms such as numbness, loss of balance, tingling, blurred vision, weak arms or legs, and trouble in thinking. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can help reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

    Studies have shown that spinal cord alignment by a chiropractor can help improve the flow of blood and spinal fluid to the brain. Studies and MRIs show that upper cervical adjustments have great effect in reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis. For instance, one common effect of multiple sclerosis is the formation of plaque in the brain. However, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can perform upper cervical adjustments that improve the flow of spinal fluids and blood to the brain, reversing this form of brain damage.

    A Horrendous Disease

    Multiple sclerosis can be life altering as one cannot perform many routine activities with ease. While the exact symptoms of multiple sclerosis differ from patient to patient, all of them can be alleviated by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. By manipulating the spine and aligning the vertebrae, it will be possible to increase flow of blood and other fluids to the brain. This alignment will also help protect the nerves from any damage caused by the misaligned spinal cord, making it possible to protect the nerves and the brain.

    While multiple sclerosis can be a life altering condition as it can affect multiple activities, prompt treatment by Wirth Chiropracicr in Greenville, NC, can help control and reverse the damage and condition.

    Getting Your Body Right

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can help prevent and reduce the symptoms of many disorders by working on aligning the misaligned vertebrae in the spinal cord. As the nerves are routed through the spinal cord to the brain, any misaligned vertebrae can damage the nerves and cause pain. By working to get the vertebrae aligned it is possible to help improve overall body heath, reduce stress, and treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis that are caused by damage to the nerves.

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  136. Many studies have shown that chiropractic care can help cure or alleviate a number of health problems. While back pain and posture are normally treated by chiropractic care, studies have shown that migraine can also be effectively treated by this system of medicine.

    Chiropractors come through for You

    Migraine commonly occurs in families and women are three times more likely than men to suffer from this. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can help reduce or cure this problem.

    Feeling Better all the Way Up

    Chiropractors manipulate the spinal cord and bring it in alignment. They also help reduce the tension in the neck and shoulders. Migraines are caused because the brain interprets signals sent by the nerves as pain. By realigning the spinal cord and reducing the stress on it Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will be able to reduce the pressure on the nerves. This helps reduce the severity of migraine and often eliminates the problem.

    Chiropractic treatment is a poignant way to deal with migraine as this eliminates the need for medication and its side effects. Instead, you can rely on the body’s mechanism to cure the problem. This is also more cost effective as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will be able to eliminate the need for taking pain killers for migraine. By eliminating or reducing the effect of migraine, chiropractors also increase your productivity.

    The Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will be able to reduce the pressure on the spine and eliminate or reduce the severity of the migraine in a very short time.

    Chiropractic care has also shown to reduce oxidative stress. This occurs when there are more free radicals in the body than antioxidants. As oxidative stress can damage lipids, protein, and DNA, it can lead to stress and hormonal imbalances. Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will be able to reduce the oxidative stress accumulated in your body by realigning the vertebrae. This will lead to many improvements such as better posture, better long term health, and less pain. It will help reduce the stress that is causing the migraine, reducing its severity significantly and naturally.

    This will increase the quality of your life. There is an overwhelming amount of information that points towards people making more sensible decisions, making more money, being more rational, when they are not in pain and discomfort. They also treat the people around them a lot better as well.

    On the Right Track

    If you suffer from frequent migraines and want to avoid taking painkillers that have side effects, you can benefit from treatment offered by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. This will help reduce the severity of the pain naturally, by manipulating the spinal cord and aligning it properly again. By flipping the switch and choosing this treatment you can also reduce the duration of the migraine, increasing your sense of well-being.

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  137. Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that greatly restricts the movement of the arm. Even a little movement produces lot of pain, and the condition can be very debilitating. Compared to men, women are more prone to a frozen shoulder, and the condition can sometimes mimic symptoms of other issues such as bursitis, rotator cuff strain, and so on.

    While the cause for frozen shoulder remains unclear, there are certain people who are more at risk, including diabetics, and people suffering from hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cardiac diseases, and Parkinson's disease.

    One Body Part at a Time

    A specialist like Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can be very helpful in treating this condition. The nerves in the shoulder joint area mainly have their origination in the neck, and hence, a chiropractor will be able to assess if you have vertebral subluxations that is resulting in the frozen shoulder. With chiropractic manipulations the doctor will restore movement in the spine, which will help restore nerve function in your shoulders. This can help a significant deal in fully recovering from frozen shoulder quickly.

    Preventing Surgery

    Apart from joint manipulations, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will also recommend certain stretches and exercises for improving muscular coordination, which is a very important part of treatment and recovery. Only in very severe cases, will a chiropractor recommend surgery or use of corticosteroid injections for removing capsular adhesions. Most people have shown tremendous improvement after only a few sessions with their chiropractor and even in severe cases, people have managed to avoid surgery.

    Confined Movement

    The classical symptoms of frozen shoulder are restricted movement, and pain when any movement is attempted. Typically, the person might not suffer from constant pain, but any attempt to move the arm brings on intense pain. This is called the freezing stage and it can last from a few weeks to many months. The next stage will be the actual frozen stage where the arm's movement is restricted to the maximum.

    Poignant Help

    This stage can last up to nine months and even though there is no constant pain, any movement will cause sharp jabs of pain. The last stage is the thawing stage where the patient is able to increase the range of movement in the arm without feeling much pain. When no treatment is sought, the thawing stage might start within a year or 18 months. However, for earlier relief from pain and quick restoration of movement, treatment from Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can help a significant amount.

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  138. Most ankle injuries are due to ankle ligaments stretching beyond their natural capacity. This is usually the case in auto accidents when an external force twists the ankle or when the foot slips from the pedal. A sprained ligament is a soft tissue injury requiring specialist care, and therefore consulting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC would be the best avenue for you to take.

    A Medical Doctor’s Knowledge is not Infinite

    You know you have sustained an ankle injury because you will experience pain or the area will be swollen. After the accident, you are usually rushed to the ER where a general physician will examine you for cuts, bleeding, injury to organs, and fractures.

    However, a general doctor may not be the right choice for treating soft tissue injuries as already indicated, especially ankle injuries and whiplash trauma that are most common in auto accident. Such a doctor will prescribe pain medication, which will provide symptomatic relief for some time. However, such medication may not heal the injured tendon completely, even when you do not experience any more pain. Taking pain medication only masks the pain, it does not treat the injury that may increase in severity if you ignore it.

    Eventually, you will not be able to ignore it because your movements will be inhibited and other people will notice. It will also undermine your quality of life.

    The Right Person to See

    Incomplete healing of the ankle can be very dangerous, as major complications can develop in time, which will lead to chronic pain and instability which has already been insinuated above. Based on this reasoning, you need to consult Wirth Chiropractor in Greenville, NC to treat your ankle auto injury fully. Diagnosing soft tissue injuries is a specialty of chiropractors, and such specialists are qualified to prescribe the most effective treatment plan for such injuries. Chiropractic treatment will not only take care of the pain, but also heal the injury fully, making sure you do not suffer from any future complications.

    Chiropractors Work Wonders

    Ankles are vital joints because they bear almost the whole weight of your body. This means if your ankle is injured you will not be able to put weight on that foot without experiencing pain, and this can certainly limit your activity levels. Secondly, if your ankle injury is not treated properly, your joint can become weak and your leg might buckle under your own body weight.

    Such instability is a chronic issue, which might lead to some permanent disability. Therefore, if you have injured your ankle in an auto accident, you need to take this injury seriously and consult a specialist such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Such a doctor will not only diagnose the level of your ankle injury correctly, but also prescribe a customized treatment plan that is highly effective for full a recovery. This will ensure little to no risk of future complications or issues with your ankle joints.    

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  139. There are numerous auto accidents happening all over the country each year, and the majority of them are rear end collisions. Amongst these, many are considered minor accidents, since the vehicle would have sustained minimal damage.

    Nothing to Laugh About

    However, even when the vehicle is moving between 5 to 10 mph, the driver or passengers inside the rear-ended vehicle can sustain serious whiplash injuries. Hence, it is important to seek the care of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for quick recovery and avoid future complications.

    Contemporary Studies Reveal

    A few decades ago, whiplash was viewed in simplistic manner, where you head could have snapped back causing damage to tendons, muscles, and ligaments, or your head could have snapped forward, which could cause some additional injuries. Now research has confirmed that are rear-end collision is quite serious, as the upper neck goes into flexion, and the lower part of the neck undergoes hyperextension.

    This means the top and bottom areas of your neck are literally going in opposite directions during the first phase of the whiplash trauma. The injuries occur very fast, and tests have shown it takes under a tenth of a second for the damage to take place. In order for the muscles to react and protect the joints, it takes a minimum of two tenths of a second. Since the injury happens in less than a tenth of second, the dynamics of our muscles are useless for protecting the joints in a whiplash trauma.

    Even if you are wearing a seat belt or your vehicle has the best-designed seats, you cannot avoid a whiplash injury. At the time of the whiplash trauma, the neck goes into an "S" shaped configuration that lays immense stress on the discs and facet joints. The best way to treat this type of injury is biomechanically through adjustments done by Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC.

    Not the True Answer

    After the auto accident, when you are taken to the ER, the general doctor will most probably prescribe some pain medications and muscle relaxants. However, this will only ease the pain and mask other symptoms. Pain relievers do not treat whiplash injuries, and if the victim does not receive specialist chiropractic treatment, the condition will become worse and the patient is likely to suffer chronic pain and even disabilities.

    Therefore, if you have been in an auto accident, even if it is considered minor, you should consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Chiropractic adjustments are one of the best treatments for whiplash, and it can save you from other serious complications from setting in later.

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  140. Sadly, car accidents are rising in number as the years pass. The injuries caused in such accidents are most severe or if luck has been on your side, they can be minor. However, in some instances even after the paramedics have given you a clean chit of health and let you off the hook, you feel something is off. In such cases, the best thing for you to do is head to a chiropracor to see if everything is really okay.

    You could head to your doctor and make an appointment and so on. That is fine. But if something is wrong with your skeleton and/or how you move your body, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is who you need to see next no matter what the doctor says. Pills and rest are not the solutions to what ails you.

    Understanding Whiplash

    Since your neck is the most sensitive part of your body, it usually takes the major hit in an accident. Sometimes an accident ends up knocking the musculoskeletal out of its regular alignment and this results in whiplash. Once this happens, if treated immediately, you may be able to continue living a pain-free life. If not, it can have severe implications.

    Some of the common symptoms that are caused as a result of whiplash include:

    • Inflammation and severe pain in the neck
    • Dizziness and nausea
    • Inability to concentrate or think clearly
    • Pain in the jaw or lower back

    In times like these, you need to get immediate attention so as to avoid any adverse consequences.

    How chiropractic care can help?

    Given that chiropractors are experts at dealing with your muscles, they are the right people to tell you if something is wrong. Depending on how bad your injury is, they will accordingly instruct you on the next course of action, after conducting a physical assessment.

    If the accident has caused your joints or muscles to become unstable, chiropractors usually recommend avoiding too much movement for a while. They will also advise you when to go back to performing normal tasks so as to avoid muscle spasms.

    Greenville Chiropractic will further treat any underlying injury to the spine that may have occurred. With proper adjustments, the chiropractor will help relieve the stress and pressure on the muscles. With careful working, he will align the spine back into its right position. Advising certain therapies and corrective exercises should then complete the recovery cycle and help bring the patient back to normal health.

    Your Body is What they Know

    Car accidents can truly be life-threatening incidences however, one thing you should always remember is that in order to avoid the damaging effects of whiplash, the first thing to do after an accident is to visit a chiropractor. After all, the possibility of complete recovery depends on prompt treatment.

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  141. Back pain can be a real problem with daily chores. It is a fairly common ailment. According to the Mayo Clinic, 80 percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lifetime. Although it may not be deadly, it can be very uncomfortable and it is one of the leading causes of hospital visits. Is it possible though that your own daily habits may be the cause of your pain?

    Lack of Exercise

    Lack of exercise is a major cause of back pain in adults. In fact, 40 percent of adults decrease or completely shut down physical activity when suffering from back pain, which is likely to delay their recovery even further. Simple exercises for the back that strengthen back muscles like Pilates are often amazing for people who lead a sedentary life. Cardiovascular exercises, like swimming and cycling, may also be beneficial.

    Bad Posture

    Sitting puts about 40% more pressure on the spine than standing. A bad posture could overtime alter your anatomical structure of the spine. Back muscles weaken quickly if they are not used regularly, so regular stretching breaks away from the desk may seem like a wise idea. Health experts recommend standing with your knees bent, with one foot forward, to take off the pressure from the back and prevent back injuries.

    Diet and Weight

    Additional weight on the back is really not a smart idea if you are suffering from back pain. Extra weight in the midsection exerts pressure on the spine, leading to back pain. Doctors recommend a maximum 10 pound leeway from your ideal weight. A solid and respectable diet too could be vital in keeping your back pain-free. Research shows that people with clogged arteries are more likely to suffer from back pain.

    Nicotine

    Smoking can also lead to back pain. Cigarettes contain nicotine which clogs blood flow to the disks that support the vertebrae and increases the chances of degenerative damage. Nicotine also prevents calcium absorption, which increases the chances osteoporosis. Osteoporosis leads to brittle bones and can result in bone fractures.

    Stress

    Stress could be the cause of your back pain if you are always worked up. Stress causes muscles in the back to tense up and this, in turn, leads to back pain. Massage therapy or simply relaxing with the help of breathing techniques and yoga are a fantastic way to combat stress.

    Back pain can wreak havoc with your social and work life. You can get respite from the pain and also find the cause by visiting Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. Through physical evaluation and spinal massage therapy, the chiropractor can help treat and cure your back pain.

     

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  142. Being involved in a car accident is not just stressful, it can leave you in a state of shock and bewilderment. In addition, you will be dealing with spikes in your adrenaline levels and this often is one of the main reasons for masking any pain from the injuries.

    This could lead you to believe you have come out unscathed from the accident, just to experience soreness, pain, and discomfort days later. Thankfully, rather than making a visit to the ER, you can easily open the door for chiropractic treatment. Did you know chiropractic care can offer you long-term as well as short-term relief from pain?

    Why Consult a Chiropractor after a Car Accident?

    A qualified and trained chiropractor has learned the art of manipulating the spine and using several other pressure easing techniques to offer natural, drug-free treatment. By applying techniques that he knows, a chiropractor can help your injured joint or back regain mobility. Above all, chiropractic care does not have any side effect or uses medication or surgery.

    The key is to make sure you consult the chiropractor early and quickly. A scientific study has found that delay in seeking chiropractic care can adversely affect the prognosis of the treatment.

    Conditions Chiropractors Treat

    There are a range of injuries a person can suffer in an auto accident. Qualified chiropractors have the ability to treat a vast majority of them. Some of the injuries that you can get chiropractic treatment for include:

    • Whiplash: This, perhaps, is the most common injury people sustain in an auto accident. The quick and rapid movement of going forwards and backwards causes the tendons and muscles in the neck and shoulders to stretch, resulting in headaches, and pain and numbness in the shoulders and upper back.
    • Back Pain: You can fracture or dislocate your vertebrae in an auto accident. Some people also sustain damage to the ligaments, nerves, muscles, and spinal cord. Any injury to the back can result in swelling, bleeding and buildup of fluid in the spinal canal, depending on the extent of the injury. Based on the seriousness of the injury, you can lose your ability to walk, experience constant back pain or even lose control over your bladder and bowel. Back pain due to back injury can be treated by chiropractic care.
    • Headaches: If your headache persists after being involved in a car accident, you have blurred vision, experience dizziness and have ringing in your ears, you should waste no time in consulting a chiropractor. You could be suffering from post-traumatic headaches, which can be addressed by chiropractic treatment.

    If you can identify with any of the aforementioned symptoms, you need to consult a qualified and licensed chiropractor. Thankfully, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC has wealth of experience, knowledge, and expertise to handle health complications and problems brought on by auto accidents. You will experience relief after just a session. So, call right away!

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  143. New Year’s definitely a time for celebration. We leave behind the old and make way for the new. New Year’s celebration is a time to drink, eat and be merry in the company of your loved ones and friends. Unfortunately, it is also the time when impaired drivers, who have been celebrating and bringing in the New Year’s also hit the road. Such drivers endanger themselves and others, both drivers and pedestrians.

    So, take it upon yourself to spot an impaired driver during New Year’s and do your civic duty by informing authorities. You could be saving the driver’s life and someone else’s by doing this.

    Tips to Spot a Drunk Driver

    There are many ways to spot an impaired driver because they tend to drive erratically and never follow traffic rules. Here are some of the signs that the person sitting behind the wheel has had one too many drinks and is unfit to drive.

    • A drunk driver tends to straddle the lane marker or center lane while driving. This is because their vision and senses are completely addled and they believe driving in this manner will keep them safe.
    • Alcohol and illicit drugs impair your judgment abilities. A person who is impaired will not be able to gauge distances accurately. This is the reason he will almost strike another vehicle or object while driving in this condition.
    • Another sign of an impaired driver is taking extremely wide turns. Once again this is due to impaired judgment and the driver is unable to handle the wheel deftly in an inebriated state.
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road is a classic sign of an impaired driver. With their senses impaired, drunk drivers are unable to follow traffic rules and want to take the shortest route home and if this means driving on the wrong side of the road, so be it!
    • Weaving from one side to the other is another sign of a drunk driver. Since alcohol (illicit drugs) has impaired the person’s balance and stability, he will not be able to drive straight. This will him lurch the vehicle from one side to the other.
    • There are some impaired drivers, who know they are wrong to get behind the wheel in their state. These drivers take speed to a different level. No, we are not talking about speeding. Rather, they will go to the other extreme and drive very slowly, about 10 mph.
    • Erratic braking is another sign of a drunk driver. So beware. Such a driver will invariably stop at a green signal or crosswalk even if there are no pedestrians waiting to cross.
    • Impaired drivers forget the basic rules of driving. So, if you spot a vehicle without headlights, it could be a drunk driver.

    What to do?

    If you spot a drunk driver, don’t try and stop or overtake him. Instead, maintain a lot of distance between him and you, as you will never know what he will do. Such drivers tend to stop without a warning.

    Call the local authorities and report the driver to them. You will be doing yourself, other drivers, and the impaired driver a big service. If every person becomes responsible and reports drunk drivers, we will all be able to have a happy and fun New Year’s celebration!

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  144. Star athletes like Usain Bolt and golfers like Tiger Woods have all been there. They have battled with sports injuries and returned to come up and win big in the sports arena, cementing their name in the sporting annals. Can you do the same after sustaining an injury while jogging, playing tennis, or even running around the yard with your kids?

    Injuries tend to occur when you least expect them and depending on how serious they are, it could take you days, weeks, or months to resume your normal routine. You may decide to get through your days battling the pain or numb it with painkillers. You no longer have to do any of this, as you can turn to chiropractic care to help you heal your sports injury.

    Reason for Sports Injuries

    Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, you already know exercising and sports are a salient way to keep fit and stay healthy. However, incorrect training methods, heavy exercise equipment and too much training can result in injuries. This said, in a majority of cases the injuries occur due to muscle imbalance and structural abnormality and these can result in injury to your spine, shoulders, elbow, ankles, and knees.

    Some of the most common sports injuries are those of the joints and ligaments. These injuries can be debilitating and prevent you from going about your day-to-day tasks and routine.

    Chiropractic Treatment to the Rescue

    Chiropractors are trained to check, diagnose, and handle a wide range of injuries, including sports-related injuries. By checking your medical history and performing a thorough physical examination, a chiropractor will be able to determine the cause of your pain and also suggest the right treatment.

    Typically, chiropractic treatment involves joint manipulation as well as mobilization, soft tissue massage, personalized exercises, and nutritional advice to help heal the injury and alleviate the pain.

    Chirotherapy can improve your spinal health, reduce nerve irritation, and improve circulation. This, in turn, facilitates healing and helps your body recover quicker from the injury it has sustained. Furthermore, the chiropractor will also advise you about various kinds of nutritional supplements, exercises, and postures that will aid quick healing and also help improve your posture and overall health.

    Chiropractic care can also play a role in helping you get back onto your feet after an auto accident. It achieves this remarkable result without surgery or drugs and that is what makes chiropractic care so incredible.

    We have the Answers

    Wirth Chiropractic & Active Living Center in Greenville, NC, is the one-stop center for treating and managing pain and improving your quality of life. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools the chiropractors here can accurately diagnose and recommend customized treatment options to get rid of the pain so you can reclaim your life.

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  145. An auto collision can unnerve you and leave you with shaky knees. Even though you may not have any visible injuries after the accident, you may wonder why after a few days you suddenly start getting back pain. This pain is excruciating and will prevent you from functioning. What you are suffering from is a common injury among those involved in auto accidents. It is known as whiplash.

    What is Whiplash?

    Whiplash occurs when you brake suddenly or you have a collision that causes your head and back to move backward and forward in a jarring movement. This movement destabilizes your spine, causing pain, and discomfort.

    Other signs and symptoms whiplash include the following:

    • Neck pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Arm pain
    • Neck stiffness
    • Headaches
    • Blurred vision
    • Dizziness
    • Lower back pain
    • Reduced range of motion of the neck

    Any part of the body when put into unexpected forward motion or put through jarring movement can suffer from stretched or torn ligaments. Unfortunately, the ligaments and muscles support your neck and head are most vulnerable.

    Treating Whiplash

    It is important the moment you are involved in an auto accident to consult a chiropractor. If you don’t get the whiplash treated, you will end up with long-term pain. As mentioned earlier, you will not know how the auto accident has affected your body. Whiplash symptoms can take days or weeks to manifest and that is why it is important to seek chiropractic care, as it can help heal the spine, ligaments, and muscles and offset the effects of the trauma your back, shoulders, and neck have been through.

    Using gentle spinal manipulation techniques and careful techniques to ease pressure on the stretched and traumatized muscles and ligaments, a chiropractor can treat and heal whiplash. This treatment takes place without surgery or medication. It doesn’t even have any side effect.

    It is important to remember when the body and important bodily parts are healthy and properly aligned, not only will they function properly, it also will allow you to maintain optimal health and wellbeing. This is exactly what a chiropractor achieves when treating whiplashes.

    Looking Out for You

    Regardless of whether you were involved in a major or minor auto accident, don’t ignore the health of your back. Contact Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC chiropractor today, who will not only perform necessary spinal adjustments to alleviate pain and discomfort, he also will offer advice on nutrition to facilitate quick and easy healing and DIY exercises to promote further healing.

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  146. Accidents are not just stressful occasions, but can also be devastating, both to the person concerned and to the family in extreme cases. Yet the number of accidents that takes place is increasing every year. The injuries that occur during auto accidents are mostly whiplash related and symptoms like dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, back pain, stiffness, are commonly experienced by the victims.

    After Effects of Accidents

    The first thing that comes to mind after being in an accident is the concern for your car and whether the damage will be covered by insurance. Your physical condition takes a back seat in such moments as the adrenalin that courses through your body helps withstand the pain and masks the injuries by serving as a natural pain killer.

    Sometimes, the shock or effect of adrenaline is so profound that the person may not even feel the impact of the accident till a couple of days or even weeks have passed. Hence, it is best that people visit a doctor or chiropractor since they are trained in soft tissue injuries and do their best to make sure you on the right course of action.

    Chiropractic Care for Auto Accidents

    When a person is in an auto accident, the body’s structure, nerves, bones, ligaments, and discs can become severely affected and even disfigured. Spinal misalignments may also occur as a result of accidents. These issues will naturally have adverse effects on your overall health and certainly your quality of life. Another frequent outcome of auto accidents is post traumatic osteoarthritis.

    This disorder can further lead to degenerative spinal disks. A chiropractor becomes useful in times like these as they specialize in analyzing the spine and checking nerve pressure caused by vertebral subluxations or spinal stress.

    In The Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, an article was published in 1999 that showed that about 73% to 93% of patients suffering from the long term effects of whiplash had benefited from visiting a chiropractor. By going to a chiropractor to acquire a chiropractic adjustment, you will be able to enjoy a life completely free from pain or disability after your accident, which would not have been possible otherwise. This type of care has proven to be very effective in treating patients with auto injuries.

    Waiting to See Care makes Little Sense

    Heading straight to a chiropractor after being involved in an accident is the smart thing to do. Seeking treatment immediately is important since early care and attention can help save you from future pain and distress. So, though accidents are unavoidable for the most part, you now know what your next step should be.

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  147. Car accidents are on the high rise in the US. Every year an average of 6 million car accidents take place. Out of which, 3 million people suffer from car accident injuries and 2 million drivers suffer from permanent injuries. But that’s just the annual average of injuries. Every day around 90 people die in car accident.

    The number of deaths caused by car accidents is terrifying. But some, despite a terrible crash, are lucky to survive, even if they have to deal with permanent injuries. Injuries are a constant reminder of the past, but with the right treatment, you learn to cope.

    Common car accident injuries

    You cannot determine for certain what kind of injuries will arise in the event of a car accident. However, some injuries are likely to occur more often than others.

    1. Injuries to the face and head           

    • Bruises
    • Scratches
    • Lacerations
    • Damage to your teeth

    2. Injuries to the mid and lower back, shoulders, arms and neck

    • Fractures
    • Disc injuries
    • Strains
    • Sprains
    • Whiplash

    3. Injuries related to the spine area

    • Thoracic, cervical, or lumbar spine injury
    • Fractures
    • Strains
    • Sprains

    4. Injuries to the lower body

    • Dislocations
    • Fractures
    • Strains
    • Sprains
    • Ligament injuries
    • Foot, leg, or knee injury

    What should be done in case of an accident?

    Car accidents are emergency situations and the victims of a car accident must be taken to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. Medical practitioners will conduct a physical exam if the situation is not serious. Otherwise the casualty will be rushed into surgery. X-rays need to be taken and pain medication may be prescribed if necessary.

    In case of musculoskeletal damage, the assistance of Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC is in order.

    Chiropractic treatment for car injuries

    Wirth Chiropractic practices a hands-on approach when it comes to treating injuries related to the spine, muscles, and joints. They make gentle adjustments to the joints and spine. Sometimes even advise car accident patients to take up physiotherapy or therapeutic massages for the purpose of reconditioning ligaments and muscles.

    People suffering from whiplash and soft tissue injuries caused in an auto accident find chiropractic treatment more effective than painkillers and physiotherapy.

    Medical doctors tend to recommend a consult with a chiropractor after a car accident. This is because during the event of a car accident the body slips into defense mode and, in turn, releases endorphins. This hormone prevents the body from feeling pain, as a result, it is difficult to know if a person has suffered from some kind of injury. A chiropractic can easily spot injuries.

    Also, in the event of persistent pain after an accident, chiropractic treatment can identify the area of injury and save it from further damage instead of only masking the pain like painkillers do.

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  148. We all suffer from aches and pains, and every so often pay a visit to the orthopedician or chiropractor. But, when it comes to our children, we often wonder, if it is really safe? Can it be tried? And what are the benefits that chiropractic care can offer to a newborn?

    It is but normal to be apprehensive about trying a new form of treatment or medication on a child. However, studies suggest that the benefits of chiropractic care for newborns can span a whole new length of things. Read on to know how taking your newborn to a local chiropractic can resolve a whole bunch of issues, including bed wetting in older kids.

    1. Healthy brain development: Like most of you already know, the spine is where most nerves of your body meet. Based on this understanding, subtle adjustment helps is resetting your nervous system for the better. Chiropractic care promotes a healthy brain and nerve development even in really young kids.
    2. Strengthens the immune system: Taking your baby or child to an experienced chiropractor to be adjusted can help improve his immunity! You need to pay your chiropractor regular visits to notice a difference. Over time, you will see that your child’s health will improve significantly, and he will be less prone to flu and colds.
    3. Eases colic: If you have tried a dozen home remedies to ease the symptoms of colic in your baby, it is time you see a chiropractor. A few chiropractic sessions can have a fantastic effect on colicky babies! If gas drops and switching bottles and formula have not helped much, then have your baby adjusted by an experienced chiropractor.
    4. Digestive issues: Some babies suffer from not just colic and gas, but also other digestive issues like acid reflux that can leave them irritable and restless. A chiropractor can put most digestive complaints at ease, and restore a big smile on your baby’s face!
    5. Easier breathing: Many kids who suffer from sinus and bronchitis, get little or no relief from taking antibiotics. A visit to a sound local chiropractor may be the answer, you have been looking for to treat asthma, sinus, and other allergies in a young child. A few chiropractic sessions will clear the stuffiness, and help your child breathe easier.

    Contrary to common belief that chiropractic intervention can prove beneficial to your young child. An experienced chiropractor will first examine your child, note down any symptoms and health complaints, check for allergies, and then gently manipulate the spine with his hand or a special device. You will be surprised to see your child less cranky and back to his normal happy self!

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  149. Just about everyone tends to get a stiff neck once in a while! It could be due to your stiff pillow or a long day at work. You try to turn your head when your colleague calls out, but ouch! Your necks hurts!

    There is a big difference between a stiff neck and a neck that hurts so bad, that you feel dizzy! But how do you know if it is time to get some medical attention for your neck?

    Let us first tell you, how you can manage neck pain at home.

    Simple hacks to remedy an aching neck at home

    Use ice: A cold compress can be a boon when you are suffering from a bad neck ache. Just hold a pack of frozen veggies or a cold pack to your neck for instant relief. 20 minutes off, 40 minutes on and repeat!

    Change your pillow: If you use a really soft pillow, it is time you get yourself a new one! Use a firm or extra firm pillow and try to sleep on your back or sides. A soft or flat pillow can force your neck to bend in an unnatural position, and leave you with a stiff neck.

    Neck stretches: Light neck stretches can come in handy if you wake up with your neck feeling sore. Gently tense your neck muscles, as you look up and down, and then side to side.

    These are a few simple tricks that can help alleviate the symptoms that accompany a stiff neck. However, it is prudent that you know when it’s bad enough, that it is the right time to knock on the doors of a chiropractor.

    It is time you paid a chiropractor a visit, if…

    • Your neck pain does not improve with a few stretching exercises
    • Your neck pain fails to abate with a massage or cold compress
    • You need to strain to look to your sides
    • You feel you cannot do without painkillers to get past the day
    • You feel numbness or tingling in your wrists
    • Your neck pain started within a few days of an injury
    • You cannot move your neck with ease
    • Your neck pain is really bad when you first wake up, but gets better as the day progresses

    Neck pain should not be ignored or left untreated, as it can lead to more severe complications. An experienced chiropractor at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will restore normal motion in your neck by gentling realigning your vertebrae, and help you get back in shape in no time at all!

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  150. Whether you are an amateur or professional runner, you already know running injuries can be debilitating. Once you realize the soreness you are experiencing is actually pain, you may visit an orthopedic specialist to find the cause of the pain.

    The doctor may suggest rehabilitation or surgery, depending on the extent of the injury. However, many runners end up hitting a plateau with their treatment and this makes them wonder whether they will be able to run again. Thankfully, this does not have to happen to you since you can seek chiropractic care to heal your injury.

    Popularity Chiropractic Care for Running Injuries

    While physical therapy usually is the first treatment option for running injuries, today, many runners and athletes are turning to chiropractic treatment. Physical therapy concentrates on coordination and strengthening of joints, but chiropractic care improves joint mobility, thereby ensuring all joints function properly.

    Today, reputable and trained chiropractors can help runners by not just improving joint mobility, but also helping repair soft tissue damage. Hence, this aids quicker healing and allows the runner to get back to the sport without hindrance.

    Chiropractic Treatment Options

    Trained and qualified chiropractors study the bio-mechanics of the patient. This careful analysis allows them to ensure the joints are moving in total harmony with the soft tissue. The bio-mechanic analysis will involve the following aspects:

    ü  The appearance of the foot arch

    ü  How the runner is moving

    ü  How the runner stands

    ü  Whether the knees are properly aligned

    ü  What is the alignment of the hip

    Based on this evaluation, the chiropractor then customizes a treatment plan for the runner. Each plan is designed to heal the body. Some of the treatment plans that the chiropractor may opt for include the following:

    vGraston Technique: This particular treatment plan is used to heal and breakdown scar tissue adhesion. It is best used when the scar tissue is located on the surface of the skin.

    vActive Release Technique: This chiropractic therapy involves putting the affected joint through a range of motions, stretching and massaging. It is used to treat adhesions located deep inside the muscle.

    vElectrical Muscle Stimulation: Here, the surface muscles are stimulated with a mild electrical charge. It helps release tension from the muscles, so that they can function normally. Usually, this chiropractic treatment is combined with other treatments for best results.

    vFunctional Dry Needling: When the tension in the muscles is situated deep inside, it is stimulated with this technique to ease the tension. Usually, it is used for injuries related to psoas muscle, which is an important muscle for runner and is located in the hip region.

    Besides these treatment options, the chiropractor will also perform spinal manipulation and offer nutritional counseling. Be sure to follow the chiropractor’s advice if you want to resume running without experiencing an iota of debilitating pain.

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  151. If you are suffering from back pain, you will try just about any treatment that promises to alleviate the pain. Back pain can result from numerous causes, such as muscle strain, sports injuries, and accidents. You can easily get your back pain treated through spinal manipulation.

    Back Pain and Chiropractic Care

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenvile, NC use spinal manipulation along with other alternative treatments to align the musculoskeletal system and this helps the body heal itself without the need for medication or surgery.

    The spinal manipulation can provide relief from pain if your connective tissue, bones, joints, or muscles are injured or damaged. It can be used in conjunction with conventional treatment.

    Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care

    Before the chiropractor decides your treatment plan, he will take note of your medical history and perform a medical examination. He may also use diagnostic imaging to decide whether chiropractic is the right treatment for your back pain.

    Generally, chiropractic is considered safe and an effective treatment for back pain. If performed correctly, spinal manipulation can be quite effective in treating back pain and providing relief from the pain. It is a prudent option for people diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. The moderate pressure applied by the chiropractor can help alleviate the pain.

    However, people suffering from inflammatory arthritis, spinal cord compression and osteoporosis should not opt for chiropractic care for their back pain. The treatment could aggravate their condition instead of making it better. Also, patients on blood thinning medication should avoid chiropractic care. Wirth Chiropractic also believe people with a history of cancer should first get the go ahead from their oncologist before pressing the button for chiropractic care.

    It is crucial to remember chiropractic care for back pain is dependent on accurately diagnosing the cause of the pain. Hence, it is crucial to find a chiropractor who is properly qualified and trained to ask the right questions about your medical history, including the medical conditions you have, lifestyle habits, the medications you are taking and your surgical history, if any. If spinal manipulation is performed by unqualified chiropractor, it can worsen your condition.

    A stellar and proven chiropractor will couple spinal manipulation with rehabilitation exercises and nutritional counseling to facilitate healing. The care will be focused on restoring function, preventing further injury and alleviating pain.

    The Bottom Line

    Now that you know the benefits and risks of opting for chiropractic care for your back pain, you can make an informed and educated decision. Be sure to check the credentials of the chiropractor before undergoing the treatment.

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  152. Whether you have been diagnosed with a whiplash injury, suffer from chronic headaches or have sustained a sports injury, chiropractic care is one of the best alternative holistic treatments out there. It will get you on the path to recovery and ensure you get back to normal life quickly. This said, there are many myths about chiropractic care that prevents people from seeking the services of a trained and qualified chiropractor.

    Here are the top 3 myths about chiropractic care.

    Myth 1: If you visit a chiropractor once, you have to keep returning for spinal manipulation to stay healthy.

    This is not true. When you visit a qualified chiropractor, he will take down your complete medical history and also perform a thorough physical examination. This helps the chiropractor determine the cause of the problem. Based on the observations made, the chiropractor will make a diagnosis and then create a treatment plan.

    Initially, you would have to visit the chiropractor for a certain number of visits to check your progress and address your concerns. The decision to continue with chiropractic care rests solely with the patient. If you feel you are benefitting, you can continue until the end of the treatment plan or you also can stop the treatment after letting the practitioner know.

    Myth 2: A chiropractic practitioner is not a real doctor.

    On the contrary, a chiropractor also has to study as extensively as physicians and dentists and only after completing their degree program, the practitioner is conferred the title of a doctor. You can rest assured, a trained and qualified chiropractor has to obtain a doctorate in chiropractic studies and therefore is equipped to diagnose and perform spinal manipulation. They may not have to take all the classes that a medical doctor has to take but so what, those classes having nothing to do with a chiropractor’s field.

    Medical doctors have not taken the classes nor have the training to do what a chiropractor does.

    Myth 3: Chiropractic manipulation is a painful experience.

    Typically, joint manipulation and adjustment are not painful. Many people experience immediate relief from the pain. However, the cracking and popping sounds made during the adjustments and manipulation can be unnerving. It is believed the joints make these sounds because gas bubbles are released from them.

    Don’t let myths stop you from seeking chiropractic care. If you have a joint injury due to a car accident, chiropractic is perfect for alleviating pain and discomfort and facilitating healing. Take time to understand how chiropractic care can prove to be the perfect healthcare partner and you will not let the myths stop you from opting for manipulations and adjustments. Just make sure you check the experience and credentials of the chiropractor to ensure the finest care.

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  153. Neck aches are not just painful, but also can be debilitating and affect the quality of life. Neck pain can occur due to several reasons, including repetitive stress to the neck region, trauma, and inflammation. It has been observed many people complaining of neck pain often have repetitive stress injuries due to their occupation.

    Even sporting activities, poor work posture, prolonged periods of sitting in the same position and household chores can result in neck pain.

    How to Manage Neck Pain

    You definitely should visit a chiropractor to get the cause of the pain diagnosed and get treated for it. However, you also can do your bit to help reduce pain and improve quality of your life. Here are a few things you can do yourself even without visiting a chiropractor.

    1. Refrain from Sitting or Standing for Extended Period: Do not sit or stand for too long, as these are one of the main reasons for neck pain. Poor posture and sedentary lifestyle can cause your muscles to stiffen, resulting in pain. If your work involves standing or sitting for long, take frequent breaks to stretch and get moving. You can do short 5 minute exercises to work out those muscles and get the circulation going.

    2. Look at Ergonomics: It is important your chair and table are optimized to ensure optimal musculoskeletal health. The chair should give adequate support to your back, especially the lumbar region, and it should be at the right height. Make sure the computer screen is in level with your eyes, so that you don’t assume a neutral sitting position. Don’t round your shoulders, as it will stress out your back muscles, resulting in neck and back pain.

    3. Learn to Relax: Yes, modern life is stressful and hectic, but you take time to relax your muscles and loosen them. Try doing stretches, going for a walk during your lunch break and performing breathing exercises. If you have the time, enroll for yoga classes. This will help relax the tension in your shoulder and neck muscles and prevent neck pain from occurring.

    4. Seek Chiropractic Care: While you can take medication to ease the pain, it is best to visit a chiropractor if you suffer from frequent and/or persistent neck pain. If the problem lies with your cervical spine, the chiropractor can treat it through spinal adjustments and manipulation. Remember wearing a collar for neck pain is no longer the treatment of choice because it doesn’t address the cause of the pain. So, don’t even think of it.

    The key to pain-free life is getting the right treatment and a chiropractor is perfectly placed to offer you such a treatment.

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  154. The neck or the cervical spine as it is called has seven vertebrae that support the full weight of the head. Apart from this, the neck provides a full range of motion since one can turn the head in many directions. This flexible nature of the neck is made possible by not only the vertebrae but the muscles and tendons on the neck.

    However, the neck can be damaged and the patient experiences neck pain because of various causes. Prolonged sitting, poor posture, whip lash injuries, and so on can lead to neck pain. In such cases, patients can experience relief from Wirth Chiropractic treatment in Greenville, NC, for neck pain.

    Treatment for Neck Pain

    Neck pain can be caused by whiplash injuries during accidents, growing older, poor posture, obesity, and tension. As such, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will first ask the patient questions such as when the neck pain started, what treatment has been tries, whether the pain radiates or travels to other parts of the body, and do any specific activities reduce or increase the neck pain. Using this information as well as a physical examination of the patient, the chiropractor will begin a course of treatment.

    Neck Adjustment

    After examining the patient and asking for any needed tests such as X-rays and MRI scans, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, will perform neck adjustment procedures. This is otherwise known as cervical manipulation. Here the chiropractor will apply pressure on certain neck joints with care. This will help increase the range of motion of the neck. Many patients also report reduced pain in the adjoining muscles of the shoulder and back.

    Additional Treatment

    Depending on the specifics of the case, the chiropractor might also recommend additional therapy such as massages, exercises, and mobilization.

    The chiropractor might decide to use one of various techniques for the neck adjustment procedure. This can include the flexion distraction techniques, where a gentle pumping motion is used instead of direct pressure; instrument assisted manipulation that helps in more precise application of force without thrusting into the spine; or specific spinal manipulation.

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will develop a treatment plan that depends on the specific causes of the neck pain you are experiencing. While chiropractic treatment does not involve the use of drugs or surgery, your chiropractor might recommend changes in diet and exercise to help reduce the neck pain and treat you holistically.

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  155. Chiropractic treatment involves the manual manipulation of the spinal cord to reduce back and neck pain. It is also used to improve the range of motion of patients suffering from a variety of spinal cord and neck problems such as whiplash injuries, ruptured disks, and so on.

    As chiropractic treatment helps deal with misaligned joints and aims to reduce joint pain and improve the range of motion of various joints some arthritis patients can benefit from this treatment. However, those suffering from more advanced stages of this disease should not undergo this treatment as it can further damage their joints.

    Understanding the Cause of Arthritis

    Arthritis is caused by inflammation of the joints because of various reasons. This causes pain during movement and reduces the range of motion available to patients. If a patient has their arthritis under control and there is no inflammation of the joints, chiropractic treatment at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can help improve the range of motion of the various limbs.

    As joint dysfunction in the spine is believed to cause at least some of the pain in arthritis, mobilization of the spine or spinal adjustments, done by an experienced chiropractor can help alleviate the pain. This will improve the quality of life of the patients.

    Not Set in Stone

    However, in some cases, chiropractors do not advise this form of treatment for patients suffering from arthritis. If a patient is suffering from osteoporosis or weak bones or the inflammation has progressed to such an extent that the joints have fused together, then chiropractic treatment might damage the bones or joints. As such an arthritis patient must consult with an experienced chiropractor at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, who will be able to assess the extent of the arthritis and recommend spinal manipulation only when appropriate.

    Traction

    In some cases where the chiropractor on physical examination of the patient feels that spinal manipulation is not appropriate, they might suggest traction, a less forceful manipulation. This can help reduce the pain that an arthritis patient experiences without placing addition stress on the bones and joints.

    An experienced chiropractor at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, can help treat arthritis patients by providing non-invasive and non-drug methods of reducing the pain and improving the range of motion. They will prescribe a holistic treatment that can include massages, changes in diet, and exercises apart from spinal manipulation using their hands or using instruments operated by hands.

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  156. Whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, injury can occur at any time. Typically, an athletic injury occurs when you already have a problem. The pain usually will develop later than the injury.

    It is important to remember your body is prone to injuries when you are competing in high octane and team sports. And, when the injured part is exposed to repeated stresses, pain develops. If the injury occurs in the upper section of your body, it could reduce the movement of your spinal joints. This, in turn, could adversely affect your nerves and muscles.

    Common Sports Injuries

    You could experience on-off injury or end up with niggles, which could then lead to a chronic injury or condition. Some of the common injuries that amateur and professional athletes experience are:

        Tendonitis

        Lower back pain

        Hamstring strain

        Calf strain

        Achilles tendon injuries

        Groin sprain or strain

        Thigh sprain or strain

        Neck pain

        Pain in the shoulders

        Sciatica

    Sport injuries doesn't only result in pain and discomfort, they also can reduce your performance or stop you completely from participating in the sport.

    Seeking the Right Treatment

    Most athletes find chiropractic treatment is extremely effective in speeding recovering and improving performance after recovery. Trained and licensed chiropractors make sure with spinal manipulation, your body functions optimally and this, in turn, prevents further injuries from occurring.

    When you visit Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, you will first have to undergo a regular orthopedic examination also with certain neurological tests to diagnose the source of the pain. If necessary, your chiropractor will also make use of imaging techniques, such as x-rays, to determine whether you have a fracture or other bone disorder. Thereafter, a customized treatment plan will be formulated.

    The treatment usually involves spinal manipulation along with physical therapy to help the affected part of the body regain normal mobility. This also helps strengthen supporting tissues, such as ligaments, muscles and tendons. In addition, the chiropractor may advise nutritional recommendations.

    Exercise and Entertainment Intertwined

    Once your injury heals, your association with the chiropractor doesn’t end. He will offer you strategies to exercise and stretch properly, so that you do not sustain further injuries. It is up to you do engage in this activity to prevent further injury and to remain healthier. You can do this when you are watching The Good Wife, 24, The Wire, Transformers, Blackhat, or any other quality programming. You can stretch your muscles when you are watching something useful as just mentioned – this means you are doing two things at once and spending your time in a constructive manner.  

    So when it comes to sports injuries, consult a chiropractor immediately. Your body will thank you and you will increase your chances of getting through the season without missing any games or matches. With the right treatment plan, you will be back to enjoying your chosen sport and helping out your team. You can do this as well without missing that much time and without worrying about worsening your injury or picking up a new one.

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  157. Spinal manipulation can offer relief from back pain and can also help prevent injuries. However, besides depending on a chiropractor to keep your spine healthy, you also should do your bit to ensure fantastic spinal health. Doing physical activity is one of the best ways to minimize back pain; but not just any physical activity.

    Today, with the busy lifestyle people have, they hardly have time to be active. Most people suffering from back pain tend to lead a sedentary life. Poor posture, unhealthy eating habits and lack of muscle strength can worsen your back pain. By incorporating a few workouts in your daily life can minimize your back pain and improve your quality of life.

    Here are three activities that can do wonders with your back pain.

    1. Pilates

    Pilates is a low-impact exercise that focuses on moving the body and working the muscles to improve their strength and balance. Pilates is safe for people with back pain and performing it regularly under the guidance an instructor can help strength your back muscles and also improve posture. As a result, it helps alleviate back pain. Speak to someone at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC today to find out whether you can join a Pilates class. Regular classes are held based on a person’s comfort level and skill.

    2. Tai Chi

    Although a martial art, Tai Chi focuses on slow movements and deep breathing. It can help improve your balance and mobility. People with back pain can benefit from doing Tai Chi, as it can prevent your back pain from turning chronic and also reduce the level of the pain. If you have injured your back and are suffering from long-term back pain, Tai Chi could just be the physical activity that you need without stressing out or aggravating your old injury.

    3. Aquafitness

    This physical activity is performed in the swimming pool. You needn’t worry, as it is a low-impact activity that works your entire body. The fact that it is done in water, it helps to reduce the impact on your joints while strengthening your muscles. If you suffer from lower back pain, you should look to join an Aquafitness class.

    Remember Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC can do just as much for your back pain. You also have to make an effort. You can press the button or sign up for these top activities to help minimize your back pain. In case you are not keen on joining a class, you can hop on a treadmill and walk or walk outside. Just 10 minutes of walking a day can help reduce your back pain and the rest can be left to your qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced chiropractor.

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  158. If you have had the misfortune of suffering from a car accident, you must be aware that one of the most commonly suffered injuries is whiplash. Whiplash destabilizes the spine and causes a whole host of problems like blurred vision, dizziness, shoulder pain, neck pain, and more. All of these can have very damaging effects on the body. This is why you should immediately visit a chiropractor after a car accident.

    Risks Associated with Avoiding Treatment

    Seeking chiropractic treatment after a car accident is important for maintaining the health of your spine. Whiplash can cause the ligaments of your spine to stretch and even tear and the ligaments that support your neck and head are exceptionally vulnerable to these kinds of tears. Hence, automobile accidents and the risk of musculoskeletal injury should not be taken lightly and should be addressed immediately.

    How can Chiropractic Care Help?

    Chiropractic care focuses on the relationship between structure and function of the body and how that relationship can affect the preservation and restoration of health. Here are some of the benefits that you can enjoy when going in for chiropractic care after your auto accident.

    • Your mobility will be restored – Many people are left feeling extremely sore as a result of auto accidents. A chiropractor can help relieve your body of the tension and soreness and will also address mobility issues.
    • It will help reduce pain – When you are in a car accident, you don’t notice the pain instantly. At times, it may take even weeks or months for the pain to be felt. Chiropractic care helps you avoid the effects of chronic back pain or whiplash.
    • It will fix stretched ligaments and tears – In an accident, the body, tends to get jarred forward and this could cause ligaments to stretch or tear. Since chiropractors are well-versed in taking care of muscles, tissues, bones, and nerves, they are capable of fixing these problems.
    • Severe injuries can be avoided – Sometimes, when you are in an accident, we are unaware that anything is wrong. As a result, we may avoid going in for a check-up. However, this can further aggravate a problem. Hence, getting checked immediately is important since early treatment and proper exercises can help hasten your recovery and also ensure a complete recovery. The longer you wait can only exacerbate the situation which could take you that much longer to get healthier when you do eventually see a chiropractor.

    Chiropractic care is clearly the best treatment to help restore your body to good, decent, and happy health. So make sure you head to a chiropractor the moment you are in an accident to get yourself checked out and scrutinized.

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  159. Sports athletes have always had the misfortune of suffering from traumatic, sometimes even, career ending injuries. There are always risks involved in exercising and taking part in sports. Hence, it is important to treat and prevent these injuries.

    Causes of Sports Injuries

    Be it excessive training, irregular training methods, or improper training equipment, getting injured in the course of exercising is quite common. Sometimes an athlete may be a victim of forceful impact or over-training in the field. Apart from this, structural abnormalities, muscle imbalances, weaknesses are also causes of injury to muscles, knees, spine or joints. In times like these, the best person to visit is a chiropractor.

    Recognizing the Importance of Chiropractic Care

    Chiropractors are not just capable of treating, but can also help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knees, and ankles. They are skilled at manually adjusting the spine and they work to ensure that all your bones are lined up and properly balanced, thereby relieving body tension.

    Chiropractors have a history of treating musculoskeletal injuries that people may incur. Thus, they are skilled at assessing, diagnosing as well as managing sports related injuries as part of their core competencies. With a physical examination and by taking a comprehensive history of the patient, a chiropractor will help determine the cause of the pain and dysfunction that you are suffering from.

    However, this is not all they do. They will also recommend an appropriate plan of management that can move you to the path to treatment. This means you can become healthy and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes when you are injured you are so upset you do not ever think you will be healthy again. But with the right progression and on the right track, you can be healthy again.

    You are not the first person to go through this injury. That is how you have to think about it. With a certified chiropractor, your healthy future can become much closer. Without this incredible help, you may never become healthy again nor get back to your former self with those once outstanding physical capabilities.

    What kind of treatment does chiropractic care involve?

    A chiropractor will first ask questions about your health and will then conduct an examination of your posture, spine, and balance. Depending on the injury and part that has been injured, a chiropractor may choose to follow a plan of joint manipulation and mobilization for your injury, soft tissue therapy, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation, individual exercises, along with lifestyle advice so that you are not left completely in the ditch.

    With the help of a chiropractor, putting your life back on track will be easier than you anticipated. A chiropractor will help relieve the pain you are suffering from and heal yourself faster after an injury. So if you are experiencing pain from a sports injury, do not let it take care of itself, go visit a chiropractor immediately. Scheduling regular check-ups will promote quicker recovery as well as better balance and overall performance.

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  160. Most people experience back pain at some stage of their lives. The possible causes of the pain include being overweight, poor eating habits, poor posture, health conditions like cancer, smoking, and spinal disease. One of the causes of back pain that is often overlooked and disregarded is aging.

    Aging and Back Pain

    The spine is made up of bones known as vertebrae. Between the vertebrae are joints that allow your spine to flex and move and there are disks that function as shock absorbers. As a person ages, the disks start wearing away and tend to shrink, causing the vertebrae to rub against each other. This cause pain as well as back stiffness.

    Aging also causes the space around the spinal cord to narrow. As a result, the spinal cord exerts pressure on the surrounding nerves, resulting in pain. This condition is medically known as spinal stenosis.

    Disk degeneration and spinal stenosis are common problems that become apparent with aging. This can result in constant pain in the back and wreak havoc with day-to-day activities.

    Obtaining Relief from Back Pain

    If you have back pain due to aging, there are a few treatment options that can come in handy. The course of treatment is prescribed based on the cause of the pain.

    ü  Painkillers: Sometimes doctors can prescribe painkillers, such as NSAIDs, acetaminophen, oral or injectable steroids and narcotics like morphine. The medication is prescribed based on the intensity of the pain.

    ü  Chiropractic Care: One of the most effective ways to combat age-related back pain is chiropractic manipulation. This non-invasive treatment uses spinal manipulation and alignment to offer pain relief and encourage the body to heal itself. The realignment of the spine eases the pressure exerted on the nerves, thus helping to reduce pain.

    ü  Physical Therapy: A physical therapist will guide you to certain active therapies, such as stretching, aerobics and weight lifting, to strengthen your back and spine and alleviate the pain. At times, passive therapy like massage, electrical stimulation, heat and ice, may be recommended.

    ü  Surgery: At times, the doctor may recommend a disk replacement surgery if the disk degeneration is severe or spinal fusion surgery to restrict the motion between the vertebrae as a way to alleviate pain.

    The key to getting rid of the back pain due to aging is to first get it diagnosed and then get the treatment that is right for you. If you don’t have health conditions and the pain is due to general wear and tear of the spine, chiropractic care is one of the best options. Remember back pain due to aging is treatable and you don’t have to live with it.

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  161. Do you get shooting pain in the lower part of your back? Do you have trouble lifting things in your home? Do you have problems standing up or sitting down? These are the symptoms of back pain that many people experience at some point in their lives. The pain can hamper your everyday activities and turn into a nuisance.

    The Misconception of Bed Rest

    Most people assume the moment they have back pain, they should get into bed and rest their back. On the contrary, this will delay the healing process and also make the pain worse. When you have back pain, stretching is the one of the best ways to alleviate pain, although with a little bit of caution.

    The spinal column has many muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to it. Together, they are designed to move fluidly while offering support and balance to the upper part of your body. So if you go to bed with back pain, the gravity of the pain will worsen rather than improve. Gently stretching the spine and the contiguous tendons, ligaments and muscles, increase mobility as well as fluidity, thereby alleviating the pain.

    There are certain back stretches that can help your back realign itself. You can do these stretches on your rug, floor, or carpet, for instance. If you do not commit to these stretches and hope that you back will improve itself while you sleep, you are preparing yourself for a rude awakening when you have to get up in the middle of the night or if you sleep all the way until the morning.

    Exercises to Alleviate Back Pain

    Here are a few exercises that you can use to help stretch your back and ease the pain.

    Modified Cobra:

    • Lie on your belly and extend your body
    • Place your palms on the ground and bend your elbows. Ensure your chest does not elevate at this point
    • Use your palms as a lever to raise your upper body and head, while keeping the pelvis and legs flat on the ground.
    • Straighten the elbow completely and hold the position for about 10 seconds
    • Repeat the exercise 4 to 5 times to help with your back pain.

    Knee to Chest:

    ü  Stretch out on your mat, with your back parallel to the ground and legs straight

    ü  Hold your leg under the knee and bring it to your chest until you experience a tension in the thigh

    ü  Hold the position for about 20 seconds (10 seconds too is okay)

    ü  Release the leg and assume the starting position

    ü  Repeat with the other leg

    Never ignore back pain (well, you really cannot). While these two exercises will gently stretch your back, if the pain persists, Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC right away. The chiropractor will evaluate you and find the underlying cause of pain, and then suggest a treatment that is customized to suit your needs. The realignment and spinal manipulation can do wonders with lower back pain and your morale.

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  162. When it comes to car accidents, myths abound. In case of severe car accidents where cars are totaled and bones are broken, the case is fairly simple. However, the truth is that even minor fender-benders can and do cause extensive injuries.

    Myth No. 1 Everyone who claims to be injured in a car accident is faking it. If you can’t see the injury, it isn’t there!

    This can’t be farther away from the truth. Many severe injuries like concussions and whiplash have no physical manifestations. This doesn’t make them fake. The truth is that while there are people out there who abuse the system to make a quick buck, it doesn’t mean that everyone is. Picture this – cars that weight thousands of pound in cold hard metal collide with each other, and a person is caught between all this! It would be abnormal if you were not hurt!

    Myth No. 2 It’s just a sprain. Leave it alone, and it will heal within 6 – 12 weeks.

    People around you as well as insurance adjusters would love for you to believe this one! It is important to remember that insurance adjusters are not medical professionals and have no medical training whatsoever. Their primary interest lies in getting you to agree to a settlement. The truth of the matter is that injuries to soft tissue often last for an average of 10.8 years, as per research by Gargan and Bannister. Soft tissue injuries require all the medical attention that other injuries get. This is where a chiropractor comes in. Just like you would go to a dentist if your tooth was hurting, a chiropractor is needed for treating injuries to joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.

    Myth No. 3 Your car is fine! There is almost no damage to your vehicle, therefore, you could not possibly be seriously injured.

    Car accident injuries do not work in proportion to the extent of damage that the car has suffered. Therefore, the understanding that if the car is fine, you must be too is wrong. Studies show that even 8 mph car collisions cause whiplash. In fact, research by Martinez in “A Model for Whiplash” shows that at 8 mph, a collision would produce twice the normal force of gravity while the occupants head will experience acceleration of 5 times!

    After an accident, one of the first things you need to do is visit a chiropractor who will be able to tell you what the exact extent of your injuries is.

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  163. You spine comprises of vertebrae that have discs between them. These discs are nothing but connective tissue that has a gel-like core. The discs make your spine flexible and also function as shock absorbers. Sometimes, a disc can get pushed outside the connective tissue, pressing on the nerves or spinal cord. This is an extremely painful condition that can occur due to aging or injury to the lower back.

    Conventional Treatment

    If you suffer from a slip disc, your doctor will tell you, get adequate rest the first few days, until the pain alleviates a bit. You may also be put on medication. After the pain subsides, your doctor will tell you to be physically active without straining your back. He may suggest swimming, as the water eases the strain on your vertebrae.

    It can take as long as four to six weeks to heal a slip disc and even then you may not be able to indulge in activities like sitting for extended periods of time, lifting heavy things, or reaching for objects. These activities can aggravate your condition or worsen the pain.

    This is the reason many people shift from conventional treatment for a slipped disc (because it does not correct the problem and is just prolonging the injury) to chiropractic care.

    Chiropractic Care for a Slipped Disc

    When you consult a chiropractor for a slip disc, he will thoroughly examine you and may also request an x-rays and an MRI. Based on his findings, he will then design a treatment plan for you.

    Typically, chiropractors use motion and static palpation to see the extent of the injury. There is no popping the disc into its place since it can cause nerve damage and also destabilize your lower back (even more than it already is). Chiropractic treatment for a slipped disc may include spinal manipulation along with therapeutic exercises and manual therapy.

    The treatment plan will depend on the severity of the pain, your overall health, how active you are, and what the chiropractor believes is the best treatment for your slipped disc. A common technique used to alleviate the symptoms of slipped disc is the flexion distraction technique. Here, the spine is gently stretched to help the disc get back into its normal position. It eases the pressure exerted on the nerve and also minimizes pain and swelling.

    The Real Deal

    Usually chiropractic treatment offers quick results and most patients notice a marked improvement in their symptoms after a single session (they can usually certainly see that they are finally on the right track – the guessing games are over with). So, if you have a slipped disc problem, take a closer look at what a chiropractor can do for you. They are the ones who will get you better for good!

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  164. If you have a sprain, whiplash injury, back pain, or a joint problem, your instincts would be to consult a doctor (and no one will criticize you for that decision making either). However, did you know visiting a chiropractor can help you recover faster and help you alleviate the pain?

    If you are skeptical about consulting a chiropractor, here are five reasons that should convince you that this is the route you should take.

    1. Chiropractic Care is Safe

    If you visit a qualified and licensed chiropractor, such as Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, you have nothing to worry about. Chiropractic care is one of the safest therapies to treat problems associated with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. The gentle and careful manipulation treats the problem effectively and efficiently. You may feel a little sore after a treatment session, but usually that disappears within 24 hours. You will experience immediate relief after the treatment.

    Chiropractors are licensed professionals who go through rigorous training and clinical work. They also need to update their knowledge and education periodically to keep their license. Using a mix of therapies, the chiropractor ensures outstanding results in a short amount of time.

    2. Chiropractic Care is Effective against Pain

    Whether you suffer from lower back pain or complain of chronic headaches, chiropractic care can help you. Studies show acute pain can effectively be treated with the help of chiropractic care. So if you are suffering from pain and discomfort instigated by an injury, accident, or day-to-day living activities, you can rely on a chiropractor to help alleviate the pain with a spinal adjustment.

    3. Chiropractic Care is Drug-free Treatment

    If you visit a conventional doctor for back or neck pain, you will immediately be put on NSAIDs. These drugs have serious side effects, such as increasing your risk of stroke and heart attack and causing ulcers. If the problem is serious, the doctor may suggest surgery or complete bed rest. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with these issues with chiropractic care. It is a non-invasive treatment that does not utilize medication. Instead the chiropractor uses adjustment and physical therapies to treat your pain and problem.

    On top of this, they work!

    4. Chiropractic Care is Affordable

    If you visit a specialist for health problems caused by an accident or an injury, you may have out-of-pocket expenses that your health insurance may not cover. Thankfully, when you consult a chiropractor, not only is the treatment affordable, the possibility is strong you will not need hospitalization or surgery. This saves you money. Any time you can save money during a recession is a good thing.

    In addition, a chiropractor understands what is wrong with you and does not need expensive medicine to get you better. And again, expensive medicine is not the answer anyhow.

    Now you know why more and more people are visiting chiropractors. If you too want to benefit from chiropractic care, consult a licensed and experienced chiropractor to move your body into the healthy category.

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  165. People consult a local chiropractor for different reasons. Some people may suffer from chronic back pain that has not responded to medication. The spinal manipulation that a chiropractor performs can often bring results within few treatment sessions. Others go to a chiropractor because more serious problems, like whiplash or scoliosis. Hence, it is difficult to say how often you or any other person would require chiropractic adjustments.

    Difference in Treatment Practices and Philosophies

    All chiropractors are not created equal. They have different treatment practices and philosophies that guide the way they perform adjustments. Some chiropractors treat patients, so that they return to the health they were before the problem arose. So, when your problem subsides and you feel well and healthy, such chiropractors do not expect you to return unless you develop some other problem.

    There are other chiropractors that believe in preventive health care. Such chiropractors want patients to return even after the symptoms alleviate. The chiropractors may advocate coming once a week or once every few months, depending on the state of your health. And, the adjustment is done only if the patient requires it.

    There are still other chiropractors who leave it to their patients to return whenever they feel they require adjustments.

    These different treatment practices and philosophies make it hard to say how often you should visit your chiropractor for adjustments. You should certainly see a chiropractor though since your normal medical doctor is not going to understand exactly what is wrong with you nor is their normal solution of prescribing pills the proper course of action either.

    The Gravity of Pain Makes a Difference

    If you have a simple problem and the pain is not too bad, you may not require intensive treatment. However, if your condition is excruciatingly painful, you will require more treatment sessions, something like two to three adjustments each week. However, the number of adjustments is reduced depending on your symptoms.

    Hence, the number of adjustments you require are always customized based on how much pain you are in and how bad your injury is. No two patients receive the same type of chiropractic care.

    It is important to remember if your pain does not improve in a few weeks, the treatment is not working for you. At this point it is advisable to either change your chiropractor or consult a medical doctor. It also is important to note chiropractors use a wide range of adjustment techniques. So, you may have to try a few before you can find one who suits your health problems and ensure the best results.

    The Bottom Line

    Find a qualified and trained chiropractor who adapts the treatment plan based on your progress. You will not know from the outset how many treatment sessions you require. So, this is an important aspect of your treatment, which is always customized to suit your needs. There is no one size fits all and you should not make a habit of assuming too much either.

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  166. A stiff neck or excruciating pain when you turn your head from side to side is quite common and often disappears within a few days. We all put it down to stress and in many cases it could be the way we position our chair back or sit at a desk and changing that helps.

    Common known treatments

    Our sleeping habits too are a factor that can contribute to the neck pain problems. You could try using an extra firm pillow or even try some light neck stretching like looking up and down or from side to side to relieve the pain.

    However, there are times when the neck is a lot more painful and not just some discomfort that you feel. Maybe it’s time to consult with a chiropractor, but what should make you feel the need to do so?

    Reasons or signs to see a chiropractor

    If you are undergoing discomfort and severe pain the neck for an extended period of time, you may need to go and see a chiropractor. There is also the possibility that you may feel severe or excruciating pain while turning your head from side to side. It would cause you to feel that you have a serious problem and needed to get help.

    There are other factors that would help you in making the decision too. If you were involved in a recent car accident and suffering from whiplash injury, you could need medical help for your neck. Making a note of when you feel most pain is important. If you feel it more in the morning when you wake up and able to cope as the day progresses, it would be a reason to seek medical help.

    Some more tell-tale signs of a need to consult with a chiropractor is when the pain starts in the neck, but causes a feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and wrists. This should not be ignored and self-medication avoided in such cases as it could lead to further complications and longer time to recover. 

    On the right track

    An x-ray combined with a physical examination of the neck would help the chiropractor prepare a treatment plan which would include neck exercises specific to your problem. He may also suggest physiotherapy sessions and nutritional advice. The treatment would help restore motion to stiff joints and alleviate the pain.

    With proper posturing and some quality chiropractic care should put you back on track and be ready to move around the day pain free.

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  167. Most people assume chiropractors just offer spinal manipulation to people with back and spine problems. However, a qualified and trained chiropractor may use a combination of drugless and noninvasive therapies along with chiropractic adjustment to ensure optimal patient health and wellbeing.

    Some of the therapies that chiropractors regularly use include the following:

    Heat and Cold Therapy

    If you suffer from back pain, the chiropractor may use heat and cold therapy to facilitate blood flow to aid faster healing. This therapy alternates between heat and cold. First the area is numbed with ice packs for about 10 to 15 minutes and then a heating pad is placed on the affected area.

    Soft Tissue Massage

    Chiropractors may use soft tissue massage to boost circulation and reduce inflammation and swelling of the back. This also stimulates faster healing. This massage can be as relaxing and soothing as a traditional massage.

    Exercise

    If you have a chronic back problem, the chiropractor may offer you instructions on how to stretch and strengthen your back. Usually, the chiropractor will help you with the exercises during consultation and once you learn them and become proficient, you will have to perform the exercises at home, as advised by the chiropractor.

    Diathermy

    Here, the chiropractor uses shortwave electromagnetic therapy that penetrates into the dense tissue. It is used to relax connective tissue and muscles, hasten healing by boosting blood circulation and reduce muscle spasms.

    Hydrotherapy

    This particular chiropractic treatment involves water of different temperatures to reduce the back pain and aid faster healing of the injury. Hydrotherapy can be in the form of hot baths, wraps, saunas, and whirlpools, where the patient is treated with hot and cold water. The cold water numbs the back, while the hot water stimulates more blood flow to the affected area of the back.

    Ultrasound

    This therapy makes use of sound waves to create deep heat in the soft tissues and joints. It reduces spasms, stiffness and pain, and helps boost blood flow to accelerate healing.

    Electrical Muscle Stimulation

    This therapy involves placing electrodes on the skin to send electrical impulses to different parts of the body. The aim of this therapy is to reduce inflammation and swelling, alleviate back pain and curbing muscle spasms.

    Many chiropractors also offer advice to patients on their diet. Through proper dietary management and supplements, patients may experience reduction in their back pain and improvement in their overall health and wellbeing.

    Speak to your chiropractor about different treatment protocols that he offers. You can then decide in consultation with the chiropractor which protocol suits your health and personal needs.

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  168. If you visit a chiropractor for subluxation or spinal derangement, your body will experience certain reactions. These reactions are common and there is nothing to worry about, as long as you are availing the services of a qualified, knowledgeable, impressive, and licensed chiropractor.

    After a spinal manipulation session, you may experience some ache and/or soreness in the back muscles and spinal joints. This reaction does not manifest in all patients, but if you experience it, there is no cause for worry. It is a normal reaction of the body to the adjustment. The ache and soreness will appear within few hours of the treatment session, but will not last longer than 24 hours. If you have a low threshold for pain, use an ice pack and heat pad to alleviate the symptoms.

    Side Effects of Neck Adjustments

    There is a reason you will always be told to choose your chiropractor with care. At times, when chiropractors are not trained and licensed, they do not have the know-how to offer the right treatment. Under such circumstances, patients can suffer from vascular problems, such as vertebrobasilar articery stroke. However, it must be pointed out that patients, who are diagnosed with vertebrobasilar articery stroke after a visit to their chiropractor, usually had the symptoms of the condition before the stroke occurred.

    This said, if you give yourself over to the ministrations of a chiropractor, cervical manipulation can reap many benefits without the risk of problematic or dangerous side effects. This seems to be a win-win situation.

    The Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

    People with injuries and non-specific back problems can benefit tremendously from professional chiropractic care. Not only does the spinal adjustment alleviate many symptoms, it also hastens faster healing of the injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This form of treatment allows you to lead a pain-free life, thereby improving the quality of life and your overall health.

    Chiropractic adjustments ensure you return to normal life as quickly as possible without using drugs and invasive treatment methods. Furthermore, chiropractors also offer nutritional advice and exercises that help strengthen your back and make it more flexible. This minimizes the risk of injury in the future and sets you on pace to live a pretty healthy life. Who said you cannot reach a higher plateau?

    The Bottom Line

    Always make it a point to have a face-to-face meeting with a chiropractor unless you want to ask a follow up question later on in the day, for instance. Make sure prior to the consultation, you jot down questions to ask him. This is a wonderful way to build some rapport with a chiropractor (or anyone in a professional setting really) and you will be able to infer whether or not you want to work with this person.

    If you are having problems with your physical body in terms of muscles and bones, this is the person you want to be speaking and working with – not a medical doctor. Prescription pills are not going to fix your body, for example.

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  169. If you have injured your back, you will resort to OTC (over the counter) painkillers to get temporary relief. However, this is not a long-term solution for your back pain, as without proper treatment, your injury may worsen. Under such circumstances, it is best to visit a healthcare professional or chiropractor to get a diagnosis and treatment plan charted out.

    Invariably back pain occurs due to incorrect posture, bending, or stretching incorrectly, or due to work-related causes. However, you needn’t worry, as all patients with back pain do not have to have a surgery to get relief and return to normal life. There are many non-surgical options that can ease the symptoms and facilitate healing. This said, surgery is suggested only when all other treatment options fail and the cause is serious.

    Non-invasive Back Pain Treatments

    Here are some non-invasive treatments for back pain that do not require you to go under the scalpel:

    Pain Medication: If you visit a healthcare professional, he may initially prescribe painkillers, depending on the severity of pain and cause of the pain. These medications vary in strengths and side effects. However, they help in alleviating the pain. If your back muscles are stretched and tensed, the doctor may also prescribe muscle relaxants.

    Hot and Cold Therapy: Another way to treat back pain is using hot and cold therapy. Initially, you place an ice back to numb the area and after 10 to 15 minutes, the pack is removed and replaced by a hot compress. The alternate cold and heat packs help reduce inflammation, ease pain and boost blood flow to facilitate quick healing.

    Chiropractic Adjustment: It may come as a surprise, but chiropractic care can not only ease the symptoms of back pain, it can also help heal the cause of the pain through spinal manipulation. You will notice a marked improvement in your symptoms after the first treatment session. The spinal massage and adjustment, reduce strain on your back muscles, strengthen your back, increase flexibility, and improve blood flow to the affected area. Chiropractors can help you with your back pain among other things. They know the human body and they know how to bring long lasting pain relief to you that does not involve taking drugs.

    Stretching Exercises: Your chiropractor may also recommend certain back exercises to alleviate pain and encourage healing. These exercises also are designed to strengthen your back and prevent the injury from recurring.

    If you have back pain, there are many treatment options that do not involve surgery. The best is to visit an experienced chiropractor, who will first examine you thoroughly and then prescribe a treatment protocol that is tailored to your needs.

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  170. Technology has made our lives more convenient. However, it also has brought its own share of problems because people are not as active as they used to be a few decades ago. Today, people spend a lot of time in front of computers and handheld devices at home and work. This means they are constantly using their hands, exerting stress on their wrist. This is one of the reasons why carpal tunnel syndrome has become a common health problem.

    If you are diagnosed with it, don’t ignore it. You should immediately consult a chiropractor, as untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent and irreversible nerve damage.

    Risk Factors

    If you know the risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome, you will be able to catch the symptoms early and get treated. Here are some risk factors that you should be aware of. Not all of them are associated with work, though.

    Age and Gender: You are at higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome if:

    • You are an older adult
    • You are a woman, as women are three times more likely to develop this condition than men
    • You are pregnant, have just delivered a baby or in menopause

    Health Conditions: There are certain health conditions that can increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. These include diabetes, kidney failure, obesity, and thyroid problems.

    Occupation: As mentioned earlier, there are some occupations that cause the compression of the nerve that runs along the carpal bones. Occupations that require repetitive movement of the hands and wrists are at a high risk of developing this condition. These include secretaries, maids, administrative assistants, movers, laborers, truck drivers, housekeeping staff, welders, accountants, and other occupations that require constant movement of the wrists and hands.

    Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    If you suffer from the following symptoms, make sure you visit a chiropractor without delay.

    • Pain, tingling sensation and/or numbness in the wrist, thumb, fingers, and hands
    • Usually, you will experience the pain in the night
    • Muscle spasms or weakness in the hands
    • Burning or pins and needles sensation in the hands
    • You get an urge to shake your hands and fingers to ease symptoms

    You can easily get relief from the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and prevent further damage through chiropractic care. In the early stages, the condition is reversible and the chiropractor will customize the treatment to suit your needs. However, you should choose your chiropractor with care.

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  171. It is but natural to worry whether it is safe to take your child to a chiropractor. While different people have various opinions on this subject, studies do indicate that chiropractic care rendered by an experienced physician can have profound health benefits and is safe too. Here are the answers to a few of the questions that most parents ponder upon.

    Q: Why would my child benefit from chiropractic care?

    A: Yes indeed, chiropractors claim that children with properly aligned spines develop better immunity and have an opportunity to remain healthy.  

    Right from birth, kids go through several micro traumas and fall frequently as a part of growing up. What we overlook is the trauma that may be caused when they fall while trying to crawl, walk, and run. Chiropractic adjustments set any possible damage by such trauma right and give kids an edge over others by reducing physical stressors that they may face through their childhood.

    A child’s spine develops rapidly in the first 10 years of his life. Unknown to you and your child, the most innocent daily activities, like wearing backpacks, getting injured on the playground, and even use of computers can lead to spinal misalignments that is called subluxations. Subluxations can put pressure on the child’s nervous system and hinder its normal functioning. This can in turn result in several symptoms related to the muscles and various other systems of the body. Some common symptoms include colic, and stomach ache, asthma, ear aches, frequent flu attacks, and even bed wetting. These symptoms, may be an evidence of stress to the spinal cord.

    An experienced chiropractor can gently realign the child’s spine, reducing the pressure on the nervous system. This will help the body heal sooner. A few sessions with a good chiropractor will improve your child’s overall health and wellness.

    Q: Is it safe for a young child to receive chiropractic treatment? At what age can they start?

    A: Yes, it is safe for a child to see a chiropractor. In fact, many parents take their infants to a chiropractor to get relief from issues like colic and stomach ache.

    Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for over 10 decades. You will be glad to know that while chiropractic care has many proven and documented health benefits, it also has malpractice insurance coverage and is a low risk treatment.

    These adjustments can commence even before the baby is born. A mother can begin receiving chiropractic care from the last trimester. A solid chiropractor can help align the mother’s pelvis so that she can have a safe vaginal birth.

    Once the baby is born, a non-force pressure is given and kept to a bare minimum to relieve any stress that the baby’s spine may have endured during the birth. The infant should be checked on a regular basis for signs of any subluxations.

    Q: Do chiropractors need any additional training or certification to treat children?

    A: All chiropractors receive extensive pediatric training as a part of their doctoral studies. Additional training is also offered and taken up by several practicing pediatric chiropractors who are usually affiliated with well-known governing bodies like the “International Chiropractic Pediatric Association”.

    Q: Is chiropractic care an expensive affair? Does insurance cover it?

    A: Initial costs include evaluation and x-rays. The cost for the initial evaluation can be anything between $30-200.

    Subsequent visits can range from $20 to $50 per visit. Most insurance plans cover pediatric care if it is deemed medically necessary by a general physician

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  172. Interesting statistics:

    Dr. Ian Coulter a leading chiropractor from the famous Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College extensively researched the many benefits of chiropractic care and exercise. He went on to publish the findings of his study in a Journal in 1996. These were a few of the many key points that went into the journal:

    • Nearly 44% of those who opted for chiropractic care reported having reduced arthritic symptoms when compared with 66% in the non-chiropractic care group.
    • Those who underwent chiropractic care were able to endure strenuous levels of exercise.
    • At a medical follow-up, less than 5% of those who underwent chiropractic care lived independently while a whopping 48% of those who did not try chiropractic care wound up living in a nursing home.
    • A medical check after 3 years of chiropractic care, less than 26% of those who flipped the switch for chiropractic care were hospitalized when compared to 48% of those who never tried chiropractic care.

    “There is absolutely no need for seniors to suffer needlessly and endlessly.” Studies suggest that chiropractic care renders amazing health benefits and has an impressive record of both safety and effectiveness.

    Today, most of people head out to an allopathic doctor who prescribes a list of medications to gulp down. Very few people are aware of the health benefits that are possible through regular chiropractic visits. Listed below are a few of the many health benefits that chiropractic care provides for the elderly.

    1. Pain Relief

    Chiropractic care has been doing the rounds since time immemorial. It is beginning to gain immense popularity and for good reason. Those who have tried chiropractic care, vouch that it is one of the most effective and safest possible forms of health care available to treat pain and discomfort due to spinal cord related ailments. While anti-inflammatory medication merely mask the symptoms and have dozens of undesirable side effects, chiropractic care is safe and does not involve gulping down prescription medications.

    It also helps improve the range of motion of the spine and also the extremities. An elderly will be easily able to bend and pick up his grandchild or walk an extra 30 yards without complaining of pain and discomfort in his joints.

    2. Increased Balance and Coordination

    The elderly, particularly suffer from issues stemming from lack of balance and coordination. Many of them may not be able to step out without help or even get past daily chores. This is a result of degenerative changes in the cervical spine.

    Studies suggest that chiropractic care can help in restoring the balance and coordination of the body by stimulating the joint receptors in the cervical spine. Chiropractic adjustment or stimulation helps restore normal joint receptor functioning which in turn improves both balance and coordination.

    3. Increased Health and Well-Being

    Patients undergoing chiropractic care feel healthy and cheerful. Chiropractic care is more than just mere pain relief. It helps the elderly feel good and look forward to each new day with vigor. Studies suggest that regular chiropractic care not just reduces spinal degeneration and arthritic changes, but also increases quality of life!

    4. Decreased Incidence of Falling

    Injuries due to falling is very common in the aging population. Chiropractors reduce the risk of falls by normalizing the receptors in the cervical spine through gentle chiropractic adjustments. They also teach the elderly simple stretching exercises that help increase strength, mobility, balance, flexibility, and coordination.

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  173. It is well known that chiropractic care helps in reducing back and neck pain, as well as pains that affect the muscular and skeletal systems. The main purpose of this medical field is encouraging natural healing of the body with hands-on spinal adjustments coupled with stretches, exercises, and natural lifestyle changes. Chiropractors focus on and specialize in the nervous system which affects many other parts of the body.

    Because chiropractors are able to locate the cause of the problem and help naturally improve the body’s healing capacity and neurology, patients are able to recover and heal completely sooner. Many health issues, both common and uncommon conditions, can be treated with chiropractic care.

    High Blood Pressure

    May people are told that pharmaceuticals are the only option for successful treatment of high blood pressure. However, chiropractic care has been known to be highly successful in helping this condition. In fact, there are many published studies in renowned medical journals. There is significant evidence that specific spinal adjustments in the upper neck region can improve high blood pressure caused by nerve interference.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    There are many ways that this condition can be improved with chiropractic care. First of all, spinal adjustments can help release pressure on the nerves that are involved in digestion and cause bloating, cramps, and other IBS symptoms. Chiropractors also advise patients on the use of natural supplements, regular exercise routine, and a wholesome healthy diet. Stress also contributes to IBS and chiropractors can help reduce stress neurologically and holistically.

    ADHD

    This is a common condition for which medications are highly over prescribed. With pharmaceuticals, people with ADHD, especially children, are put at risk. ADHD patients are given care by chiropractors with a neurological and spinal exam to check nerve function. Many symptoms can be connected to stress on the nerves brought on by altering ranges of motion, nerve imbalances, postural distortions, spinal misalignments, and spinal immobility. These nerve stresses need to be handled with chiropractic care.

    Headaches

    Misalignments in the neck often cause headaches and chiropractic care can help relieve them. A complex system of muscles and nerves are located in the neck and these muscles and nerves work to support the head and the brain. When a patient suffers a headache, a chiropractor examines the spinal bone alignment in the neck. Headaches can be rapidly relieved by with spinal adjustments in the neck, which release pressure on the muscles or nerves and increase and/or regulate blood supply to the brain.        

    There are a large number of other uncommon conditions that can be treated with chiropractic care. Instead of taking medications that are dangerous and usually ineffective, you should consult a chiropractor the next time you feel unwell – it could be the treatment that heals you.

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  174. Commonly known as an ear infection, otitis media (OM) is a common childhood illness and it is an inner ear infection that is generally caused when the Eustachian tubes get blocked. This tube allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and keeps fluid drained away from the inner ear. When a blockage of the Eustachian tubes occurs, there is fluid buildup which causes an infection.

    Symptoms of ear infections include:

    • Earaches
    • Drainage of the ears and nose
    • Fever
    • Decreased appetite
    • Poor sleep
    • Crying and irritability

    How does Chiropractic Care Help with Ear Infections?

    Although it is one of the most common childhood illnesses in the world, it should not be the case, as there are many natural remedies, specifically gentle chiropractic adjustment, that are known to help immensely. Ear infections are typically treated with antibiotic ear drops, oral antibiotics, ear candling, and surgery. Advanced or recurrent cases are treated with tubes, or when children are experiencing hearing loss or speech delay.

    Research has shown that chiropractic can be highly effective in the treatment of ear infections. In a recent review that evaluated 49 articles, it was discovered that several clinical trials, case reports, and case series confirmed that chiropractic adjustments can help in reducing symptoms of ear infections.

    When it comes to ear infections, the basic chiropractic approach can be summarized in the following ways:

    • The C1-C4 neuralgia influences the muscles that surround the Eustachian tube.
    • Vertebral subluxations at the occiput and C1-C4 level can cause hypertonicity of those muscles, i.e. muscles that are spastic, tight, and over-stimulated.
    • This in turn can impact the size of the Eustachian tube and therefore, prevent drainage of fluid.
    • A relaxation of the musculature can be caused with gentle and specific adjustments in the upper cervical area. This in turn allows natural drainage of the ears. In many cases, fluid draining can occur in patients on the very day of adjustment, giving them the relief they need.

    It is not only studies that have shown that chiropractic care can help with ear infections, but clinical trials as well. There is no need for harmful antibiotics, which lower the natural immune response of the body. Children can benefit more from the holistic approach of chiropractic care since it is safer and more effective. Natural interventions are best for ear infections as they have been shown to work wonders for many years.

    The Right Approach to Health & Life

    Natural interventions work for an entire host of physical problems with your body – not just with ear infections! It is just amazing what chiropractors can do. Turning to chemicals and surgeons every time you have an ailment is not the prudent way to live life, apparently!

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  175. In the US, five to seven million people are inflicted by scoliosis. Over half a million annual doctor visits are for the evaluation and treatment of this disease. While it can begin at any age, this crippling disease commonly develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15, with girls being affected more than boys. In 90 percent of scoliosis cases, scoliotic curves are not severe and do not require active treatment. Chiropractic care has been shown to help with alleviating scoliosis symptoms.

    Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis

    There are four steps involved in the treatment of scoliosis through chiropractic therapy:

    • X-rays – This is used to diagnose the disease and determine the severity of the case.
    • Chiropractic Adjustments – Adjustments are made to help in providing motion to joints that may be fixated through light impulses.
    • Posture Changes – Chiropractors educate scoliosis patients about the importance of making changes to posture and using proper posture throughout their day.
    • Heel Lifts – If it is required, chiropractors recommend heel lifts to correct imbalances in leg length and reduce the pressure that is put on the spine.

    Chiropractic care is a form of treatment that is known to be highly effective in the treatment of acute, short term pain. Scoliosis patients who use chiropractic treatment should also be referred to a neurosurgeon or a spinal orthopedist if there is an increase in their curves.

    When it is coupled with muscular rehabilitation techniques, chiropractic adjustments may help in preventing the progression of scoliosis. This disease can be treated without dangerous surgeries or the use of restrictive braces. These braces affect your entire life. Just walking to the kitchen is a chore and getting in and out of the shower can be an ordeal. If you can avoid this scenario you will usually always be better off.

    In many case studies, it has been found that participants have seen a decrease of 10 to 30 percent in scoliosis curvatures.

    Early Effective Scoliosis Management

    The misalignment of the vertebrae associated with scoliosis tends to get worse as a patient grows older. Degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc disease within the spine develops and becomes worse due to the abnormal curvature. This means that it is important to make sure that the patient gets effective management of the condition at the earliest stage possible.

    Chiropractic care is known to be highly effective in a number of conditions including headaches, ADHD, high blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ear infections, etc. For scoliosis, this form of therapy can help in alleviating the pain and prevent the condition from progressing. A chiropractor who performs structural analysis is the best person to consult if you or a loved suffers from scoliosis.

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  176. When it comes to chiropractic care, a large number of myths have grown to take a life of their own. As is the case with many myths, people often accept them instead of established facts. It is important to know the facts about chiropractic care so that you get all the benefits that this medical service has to offer. You can talk to your chiropractor and find out the truth about this fantastic area of medicine that has healed so many people.

    Here is a look at 3 of the most common myths that surround chiropractic care:

    • Once you go to a chiropractor, you have to keep going back: This is untrue. When you seek chiropractic care, the chiropractor will perform an assessment, including a physical and history examination to find out what is causing the dysfunction or pain. From these observations, the chiropractor will make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan in collaboration with you based on your needs and goals. You will need to go for a number of initial visits to find out if you are responding to the treatment and scheduled re-evaluations. The recommended course of chiropractic care may vary depending on you and your condition. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if you should continue the care.
    • Chiropractors are not real doctors: Just like physicians, dentists, and optometrists, chiropractors are regulated and are designated to use the title “doctor” after they have completed the extensive Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In professions that are recognized to use to the title “doctor”, there is extensive training and the professionals get the expertise that allows them to provide a diagnosis, i.e. be a diagnostician.
    • Chiropractic adjustments are painful: Joint manipulations or adjustments generally do not hurt. In fact, a large number of patients report experiencing immediate relief. During a session, a popping sound or “cracking” may occur and this is often what makes patients nervous. The sound is believed to be a result of the release of bubbles of gas from the joint. As time passes, the effects of the adjustments get integrated by your nervous system and you will feel a sense of ease when you go to the chiropractor.

    Chiropractic care has many benefits and is known to be effective in treating many different conditions including ADHD, IBS, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. With chiropractic care, you can improve your overall health and make it an important part of your healthy lifestyle so that you avoid any serious physical complications and setbacks.

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  177. Statistics reveal that each year one of every 3 Americans, dies from a heart disease or stroke. Many of these deaths are preventable through small lifestyle changes. Most of us are already aware as to what risks we face and yet fail to take action. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and eliminating tobacco use are a few of the most crucial factors that help in lowering the risk of contracting heart diseases.

    Though a clear link between stress and heart diseases is yet to be established, stress too plays an important role in general wellbeing. Studies suggest that when the body and mind is subjugated to stress, the body releases hormones that quicken the heartbeat and increase blood pressure.

    If stress is not managed properly and you are experiencing these effects regularly, inherent damage may occur in the walls of the arteries. This increases the risk of contracting heart ailments. Stress and lack of sleep is associated with irregular heartbeat, high BP, and diabetes

    Some amount of stress can be easily averted by learning to say NO to extra chores or responsibilities than can cramp your calendar. Learning to distress can dramatically reduce the negative effects of stress on your body. Here are a few tips on how you can distress and manage stress effectively.

    Breathe deeply: When you are faced with a particularly stressful situation, take a few minutes off to breathe deeply. Count up to 5 and breathe deeply focusing on your breath while envisioning the stress blowing away from your body. Do these 10 times and you will feel instantly rejuvenated.

    Exercise: Make time to exercise! Take a midday break and move your body. If you cannot make time to exercise, walk down the stairs and up again during your lunch break. Studies state that exercise releases endorphins - the feel good hormone. Also, physical activity helps release muscle tension and soothes the aches and pains of stress. You can remove yourself from a stressful situation by taking a short walk. This will allow you to refocus and handle the situation in a better manner.

    Do things you like: Make time, relax and unwind. Do things you enjoy doing. It can be something as simple as sitting quietly, reading a book, listening to some foot tapping numbers or indulging in some yoga.

    Receive regular chiropractic care: Negative effects such as muscle tension and contraction cannot just slow you down, but also lead to misalignments of the spine. Consult an experienced chiropractor who can detect and adjust these misalignments and put you back on your feet. Chiropractic care is safe and can effectively alleviate body aches and pains and help you function better.

    Stress may be unavoidable, but the negative effects of stress are not. Learn to deal with stress and reduce its damaging effects on your body and your risk for contracting heart diseases.

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  178. Ankle sprains are quite common; however, they may not always be minor injuries. People who keep getting their ankle sprained might develop long-term joint weakness and pain. Therefore, treatment should always be sought from a specialist like a Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC, for ankle sprains. Ankle sprains usually occur when the person plants his foot and makes a quick shifting movement.

    Not just Athletes

    Basketball is notorious for ankle sprains since these types of movements are common place in this sport. This is because you may be trying to defeat your opponent and to do this you have to make moves this sharp. On defense, in order to remain in front of your opponent, you will have to make movements this quickly as well. But it is not just athletes who need to make a rapid motion like this using their ankles. You may have to get out the way of someone pushing their cart through a grocery store aisle for example.

    This usually happens in auto accidents or while playing sports like soccer or basketball as already mentioned. Due to this movement, the foot will turn inwards, while the ankle joint turns outwards, or vice versa. In such instances, the ligaments on the outside or inside of the ankle joint will be stretched beyond their normal level, and they can even tear.

    The level of damage to the ligament will define the severity of the ankle sprain. In a mild sprain, the ankle joint might appear swollen, stiff, and tender, but the person will be able to walk without much pain. If the sprain is more serious, the ankle will appear bruised and tender, and the person will have considerable pain. In more severe sprain the pain is intense and the ankle will buckle under the weight of the body, and the person will not be able to walk at all.

    You can have Both

    Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC will first diagnose your sprain by asking how the injury occurred, and whether you have sprained your ankle before. He will conduct a thorough physical examination of your ankle, foot, lower leg, and he could go all the way up to the knee. If pain is severe, an x-ray is usually taken for ruling out fractures in the foot or ankle joint. It is also possible to have an ankle sprain and a fracture.  

    It is pivotal to seek chiropractic care and treatment for ankle sprains, and to tackle the prescribed rehabilitation exercises. When ankle sprain does not heal in the right way, the joint can become unstable, and the person can end up with chronic pain. If the exercises are not done, the ankle can become weak, and remain more susceptible to further injuries.

    The weakness in the ankle can cause the joint to buckle under stress, person might suffer much more severe sprain than before, and he could even end up with a torn ligament. Based on this information, if you sprained your ankle before, consult Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC before starting any new fitness regimen, playing in some sort of athletic game or league, or even engaging in heavy household duties.

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  179. If you are one of the millions of individuals suffering from shoulder, leg, neck and back pain or recovering from an accident or fractured bone in any part of the body, there is every possibility that you need a chiropractor who will take the correct decisions for you in the treatment process. Are you unaware with the term “chiropractor”?

     

    Who is a chiropractor?

    Well, he or she is an expert or a specialist in the field of spinal health care and has an extensive knowledge and experience in the musculoskeletal system of the human body. They basically handle and deal with the alternative medical treatment due to auto injury and help to regain your normal optimal health conditions in the least possible time period.

     

    There is no dearth of options

    If you are looking for a chiropractor in Greenville, North Carolina, you have got every reason to smile because you can get hold of a number of such specialists very easily. There are a number of clinics and health care centers all across the location that will avail you with these professional experts helping you to take the right treatment decisions.

     

    Be wise enough to choose the right expert

    But there is a shortcoming or a set back as well. Since there is an abundance of option and choices available to you, it becomes a challenging and difficult task to get hold of the right professional expert with the potential to treat your car wreck injury. You have to be wise and smart enough to make the appropriate decision or else the entire money goes wasted.

     

    Considering the factors are essential

    There are certain factors that play a very important role while selecting a chiropractor for your back injury. The following points will clearly state the primary aspects that are crucial for the selection.

    • The reputation of the specialist in the market is an important aspect to consider. Does he or she have a good name?
    • Is the expert certified to carry out the treatment for neck pain or any other injury out of a car accident?
    • What is his/her service charges?
    • Is the specialist competent enough to carry out the tasks perfectly?
    • Finally, one should also look for the customer reviews and feedbacks and accordingly take the decisions.

     

    These attributes play a vital role in the making of a final decision while looking for a chiropractic service in Greenville, North Carolina. When you are careful with the checklists and giving them importance, you are actually taking less risk with your health and money.

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  180. Body aches and back pain are one of the major problems that affect millions of individuals all across the globe. Men, women, elderly citizens and even young children get equally affected by it, and it is one of the common problems that have caused a serious concern among the medical fraternity all over the world. Often pain in the body is related to age, but it can trigger from accidents as well.

    Minor accidents can lead to serious troubles

    Every year there are thousands of accidents that take place in the Greenville area and several victims suffering from severe car wreck injury. You don’t need to get involved in any terrible accident to damage your musculoskeletal system. A car running at a low speed can trigger painful trauma. One of the commonest form is whiplash.

    Are you suffering from whiplash?

    Do you know whiplash is one of the most familiar painful injuries triggered due to a car or an auto accident? What happens in such a condition? You will suffer from a misalignment of your cervical spine, which will lead to extremely painful situation. Some of the usual signs of whiplash include:

    • Neck pain and stiffness
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision
    • Lower back ache
    • Arm aches
    • Shoulder pain
    • Headache

    A professional expert must be consulted

    Often whiplash is not considered serious and the most people don’t take any medical aid to treat the condition. The suggestion is that no matter how low or high is the intensity of your car accident, it is always better to consult a chiropractor so that proper measures are undertaken right away. When treatment is catered right on time, it brings all the difference and also helps injuries getting escalated or becoming a lifelong problem.

    Why it is essential to seek the chiropractor’s treatment?

    While you are looking for a chiropractor in Greenville, NC for handling your severe back injury out of a car accident, you will not be disappointed with the ample choices. A chiropractor, like Wirth Chiropractic, must be consulted for car accident related injuries because he is an expert in the field and has the knowledge of conducting the treatment process in the right way.

    Majority of the injuries caused due to the car accidents are externally not visible and mostly affects the soft tissues. Such injuries might not trigger pain immediately, but gradually they will become worse and become a lifelong problem due to the untimely treatment. Hence, you must seek for chiropractic services without any delay.

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  181. Ladies, do you wear high heels often? Perhaps you feel (or were told) you need them for work. Perhaps you just like the way the look with that new dress, or maybe they help your legs look longer and leaner than they do in sneakers. Whatever the reason you wear them, they are wreaking havoc on your legs and your back! In fact, did you know that heels weren't even originally created for you? Let's take a trip through history.

    High heels were originally invented by men in Persia in the late fifteenth century. Contrary to popular belief, they were not created to make women appear more sensual, but rather for the army. Yes, that's right, the men in the Persian army were the first to wear heals. They were created to help keep the men from slipping out of their stirrups on their saddles when they stood up to shoot their bows and arrows at enemies. High heels were never actually meant for walking.

    Move a little more towards today, and you will find Louis XIV of France. He was a little on the shorter side and was rather self-conscious about this fact. He quickly adopted the heeled shoe and soon passed a law which stated that no one outside of his court was allowed to wear them. To show his status, he even had part of the shoe dyed deep red, a very expensive process in those days, and soon all of his peers wore shoes with red-bottomed heels. Remind you of another expensive product now?

    Through the years, the popularity of the heel declined as it was obvious it wasn't very practical. Eventually women began to wear them to appear more masculine and as this trend rose, the original group shied away from wearing their garment. Now, however, women are expected to wear these items almost daily. The alignment of your body begins to change over time and wearing heels consistently can do quite a bit of damage a lot quicker if you aren't careful! As history shows, the high heel was never meant for someone to walk in, and after their use in the war for balance, they were adopted by men of high class who barely had to move around at all. So next time you're going out for a night on the town, take a second thought for those adorable flats you saw in the back of your closet.

     

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  182. Fibromyalgia. In recent years, the awareness for this disorder has become a little stronger but is still relatively unknown. Fibromyalgia is a disorder in which the nerves react differently and causes wide-spread, chronic, and sometimes debilitating pain. It was just recently recognized as a disorder on the books, as there are no visible symptoms to fibromyalgia.
    Fibromyalgia is more likely to affect women than it is men, and often comes with other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders), severe headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and mood issues. While the causes are still relatively unknown, doctors believe that sometimes fibromyalgia is brought on by a trauma while others it is genetic and can simply appear over a period of time. While prior tests included pressing down on 18 different points on the body to test pain level and reaction, the newer guidelines do not require this and only your doctor can tell you if fibromyalgia may be what is causing your chronic pain.
    While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are different medicines which are meant to help curb the many side effects of the disorder. Always feel free to speak to your doctor about these and how effective they may be. However, for those who are less inclined to immediately turn to medication, there are other options which you can try. While keeping yourself healthy is a good start, it isn't always enough with fibromyalgia. For example, people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia tend to have worse sleep habits than those without. Sleep, of course, is one of the most important parts to keeping our bodies healthy and if something interferes with that, our health can decline quickly.
    One thing that many people who have fibromyalgia use is chiropractic care. Due to the fact that a person is more likely to experience fibromyalgia symptoms if they have a rheumatic disorder, such as arthritis, the adjustments which are awarded to the person during chiropractic care do seem to offer relief to many who suffer from this disease. Many patients who suffer from fibromyalgia also suffer from, or are more susceptible to, upper cervical spinal stenosis. This is where parts of the upper spine become compressed and cause pain through the whole body, and many people who suffer from fibromyalgia are unaware it is a different cause. Many chiropractors who are familiar with fibromyalgia can help alleviate one or both of these issues.
    Other ways of dealing with fibromyalgia without medication includes acupuncture, massage therapy, and yoga. If you have been diagnosed, talk with your doctor to see which one(s) may be right for you. Chronic and wide-spread pain shouldn't have to stop you from living the life you dream of.

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  183. As summer begins to draw to a close, much of the country has been subjected to a massive heat wave and Greenville NC is no exception. With the majority of the state under a high heat warning, many of us don't want to move any more than we have to. It's not just that heat "makes us lazy" as a recent study states, it's that moving around a lot and over exerting ourselves in this kind of weather isn't healthy! Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are no joke and fire departments and EMTs up and down the east coast and out into the Midwest are trying to make sure people know the symptoms of both.
    With this horrid heat and humidity, no one can blame you for not wanting to exercise; again, it's not healthy! In weather like this, simply sitting in your living room watching television can seem like a work out with how much you may be sweating. There are a few things you can do to help keep yourself cool and healthy in weather like this while we wait for this heat wave to pass us by.
    1. Drink a lot of water! Although this may seem obvious, dehydration is one of the main causes of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. While water may not be your favorite drink, it is the best to ingest in this weather. If you really can't stand water, something close like lemonade or iced tea will help, but things like soda and especially alcohol are not a good idea.
    2. Stay out of the sun. Although this may be difficult depending on your job, try your best to stay out of direct sunlight. Not only can the sun speed up the onset of heat related illnesses, but it can also cause sunburn very quickly and prolonged exposure can lead to sun poisoning. If you cannot avoid direct sunlight, wear appropriate level sunscreen and reapply often.
    3. Get to a cool area. If your residence doesn't have air conditioning or a large number of fans, if possible, get to a building that does. Going into your local mall or grocery store is generally a safe place to be in temperatures like this. While you are in there, you may feel comfortable enough to walk around as well, which will help to keep your joints nice and loose.
    Above all, the main thing is for you to remain safe. Learn the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and if you suspect you are beginning to exhibit them, call EMS immediately. Take extra care watching young children or elderly people in your care, as they are more susceptible to falling victim to one of these. Stay cool and stay safe!

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  184. Many people have questions about chiropractic care before going. It's only natural, you want to know all you can about what someone is doing in regards to your health. It's better to be heavily informed than not informed at all, so here are some frequently asked questions about chiropractors:
    1. What do chiropractors do? Chiropractors are doctors who believe in hands-on, drug-free treatment options for pain and injury with a focus on the musculoskeletal system. This means they help to ease pain in joints, muscles, and ligaments. Most of this relief is achieved through spinal manipulation, also known as a chiropractic adjustment. They do go to medical school just like other doctors and must be certified to have a legal practice.
    2. Is chiropractic care safe? Chiropractic care is widely regarded as one of the safest health practices in existence. It is completely drug free and is non-invasive, so any side effects from chiropractic care are very minimal and most people feel nothing but relief after receiving care from a chiropractic doctor.
    3. How old do you have to be to receive chiropractic care? People of any age can receive care from a chiropractor. Children are often active and, especially those who play sports, may become injured from things such as falls. Chiropractic care is modified for each patient and this is no different when a doctor is caring for a child. The treatment will be much more gentle with a young person, as chiropractors understand the importance of a solid musculoskeletal system for correct and uninhibited growth.
    4. Will my insurance cover this? Very often, insurance companies do cover chiropractic care. Most of the larger companies understand the importance and good that chiropractic care can do and so they want their patients to have access to this procedure. Always double check with your insurance company first, however, to see if you are covered or if you have a co-pay with the visit.
    5. If I can crack my joints, why do I need to go to a chiropractor? It is mildly similar, however chiropractors go to school for years to perfect the movements with which to effectively "crack your joints". The chiropractor also will be able to get to some joints which you likely can't, and those are often the ones that cause the most pain.
    Any questions you may have can normally be answered by researching the topic or by calling a chiropractic office. Give Wirth Chiropractic a call and come in for a consultation if you still have questions!

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  185. Kids are extremely active. Sometimes we wonder how they do it, or how we did it at their age. It's hard to keep up with them when they're healthy, but what happens when they get hurt? Watching your child in pain is one of the worst things in the world. Any parent will tell you that if they could take away their child's pain, they would. Not every parent has the ability, though. That's where doctors come in. While some parents take their kids to a primary care doctor, very often the primary doctor can't do much other than give the child pain medication or tell them to work through it until it goes away. Neither option listed above is really ideal, and so where is a parent to turn?
    Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and drug free child friendly practice for children with all kinds of different problems. Sports injuries are one of the most common problems with highly active kids and can, if left untreated, cause pain or problems for the rest of the child's life. Chiropractic care can be, and often is, modified for children and can help keep their musculoskeletal system healthy and aligned correctly.
    According to a study done in 2009 by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), research began to show that "...chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic, and bedwetting". Since that study, there have been many cases which are documented that have shown that chiropractic care can help things in children ranging from speech disorders to some symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. Although there is more research that needs to be done into these claims, the possibility of non-invasive improvement for these disorders is extremely promising and does give a lot of hope to many parents raising special needs children.
    Before you bring your child in to a chiropractor's office, let their primary doctor know that you are thinking of using this care. Also, call ahead to the office of the chiropractor you are expecting to use. Some offices specialize in pediatric chiropractic work, but almost all offices will accept children for adjustments. Call your local chiropractor and get an appointment for your child today!

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  186.                There are a few things that happen often during the summer, and while most of them are fun and sun related, some are more worrying. Unfortunately, we do hear about a lot of car accidents around this time of year. Whatever the reason may be, if it is weather related, due to a distracted driver, or car failure, it is always terrifying to be in one. Car accidents are one horrible occurrence after another. Not only do you have the fear and pain during the initial collision, you then have to deal with insurance, the possibility of being forced to get a new car, and then your insurance rates go up despite the fact it may not have been your fault. Having to deal with all of the other stuff that surrounds an accident, sometimes it takes a while before you realize you are still hurting. Other times, any damage that may have been done may take a while before surfacing. While there is never an easy way to stop the pain, there are many options.

                   While many times after an accident, people will have prescription pain killers given to them by a doctor, that doesn’t always cut it. Either the pain is still felt or the script runs out and the pain has not yet gone away. Sometimes doctors won’t refill the prescription and other times you don’t want to keep taking them. Both are extremely valid reasons for looking for other options to deal with the pain from your recent accident.

                   We here at Wirth Chiropractic can help. Studies have shown that chiropractic care after a trauma such as a car accident can help not only relieve the pain, but also can help solve any issues that may have resulted from the impact. While the pain is what you feel, it may have resulted from a pinching of a nerve or a straining of muscles or any number of things. Chiropractic adjustments are meant to realign the spine and other bones which may have been hurt during the collision.

                   If you have been in an accident and live around Greenville NC, call us today and schedule an appointment to see if we can help.

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  187. Although it doesn't feel it in many areas of the country, fall is quickly approaching. Kids are back at school and that means cooler weather will soon be here. While for many, this season is a time of relaxation before winter or a nice reprieve from the heat of summer, for others it is not so joyful. While many people enjoy the seasonal rise of pumpkin spice, well, everything, others see this time of year only as a precursor to the pain and discomfort that comes along with the colder weather.
    For many, fall and winter bring more medical problems. Cracked, dry skin is a common complaint that becomes more prevalent around this time of year. Another issue that begins to rise around this time is arthritic joint pain. Due to the colder temperatures and the changes in humidity, many people who suffer from arthritis and other joint disorders can find themselves in a higher level of discomfort than they do during the warmer months of the year. Unfortunately, for many this means more pain pills or simply having to grin and bear it. Invisible disorders such as arthritis have a certain stigma about them and most who suffer choose to deal in silence rather than complain and receive odd looks or people claiming they are only saying these things for attention.
    At Wirth, we understand that just because the source of your pain cannot be seen doesn't mean it does not exist. Many disorders that are considered "invisible" have been discovered through the years, and more continue to be added to medical text books along the way. We also understand that for ages, chiropractors have been helping to alleviate the pain that those who suffer from these disorders feel, even before they were categorized and diagnosed as medical conditions.
    Coming in for a chiropractic adjustment is a quick and easy task. An adjustment requires no needles, no incisions, and no braces. Although it may be in your best interest to wear some type of brace depending on your medical condition, most people can simply walk in and out of our office with ease. The benefits of chiropractic care for those suffering from arthritis is well documented, but only you can know how it helps you personally. Come in today and see how much better it makes you feel!

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  188. Although trying to exercise is good for you, as we all know, it can be painful as well. While some pain is normal while exercising, extended feelings of discomfort can also be experienced and it doesn't mean you're getting stronger.
    Causing damage to yourself while exercising isn't uncommon. Many times we may not even feel it when it initially happens. Straining your muscles and your joints is a simple thing to do and can cause great discomfort for a long time. While it's normal to want to stop your exercise regimen while in pain, if done for extended periods of time it can cause damage instead of helping. It's natural to want to take it easy, but if done for more than a few days, all that work that you had done to strengthen your body will begin to regress and your muscles will weaken again.
    There are many reasons for pain during exercise. One of these is the micro-tears that occur in your muscles which eventually re-heal to become stronger and is not, as commonly believed, a buildup of lactic acid in the body. This is the normal pain that you feel after a good work out. It normally goes away in a day or so. You may accidentally be hurting yourself more by exercising heavily, and that pain is the kind that lasts quite a bit longer.
    Over exerting yourself while working out is, unfortunately, a rather easy thing to do. You may end up pulling a muscle or causing a more severe problem to your body by accident. One thing to remember is to only do what you know you can handle with exercise and if something feels like it is too difficult, you should stop that activity and work up to it before attempting the action again. No one is worth impressing with your strength if it can cause lasting damage to you.
    Even if you have done everything you can to keep yourself healthy while exercising, sometimes the body just doesn't agree with a simple action. If this happens, one option you have to make yourself feel better is consulting a chiropractor to see if you need an adjustment. Sometimes the problem is simple enough to fix in one visit, but others need multiple meetings. Although chiropractic care is wonderful, it is not a miracle cure that will work instantaneously. Come in to Wirth Chiropractic for a consultation and see just how much good it can do for you.

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  189. In 2013, a study was done among 91 military personnel with lower back pain. While they all received basic and standard medical care in an attempt to treat their pain, half also received chiropractic care in addition. According to the study, 73 percent of those who received chiropractic care experienced moderate to substantial pain relief. This is compared to only 17 percent of those who experienced the same relief while receiving only standard medical care. They also received lower disability scores when assessed again by a doctor.
    This study in the journal Spine is called "Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study" and was written by Dr. Goertz in 2013. It was a randomized controlled trial and all of the patients were 18 to 35 years of age. The abstract of the study makes no mention if the study was done only on males or on both genders, however the conclusion does state that the study shows chiropractic care can improve the health of those suffering from lower back pain in that age range and the difference was shown in men and women.
    This study, unlike the last one highlighted in this blog, used not only the number system (one out of ten how bad is your pain), but also the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire after four weeks of treatment and therapy. The participants were screened first and were only included if they were active duty military, had been dealing with lower back pain for less than four weeks, and were excluded for things like leaving the base or being relocated within six weeks or if they were pregnant.
    The patients who received chiropractic care as well as standard medical care were scheduled for up to two appointments a week with the chiropractor and were evaluated before the study with a physical exam, an exam of medical history, and any medical imaging the doctor deemed necessary. Some patients were also prescribed brief and minor massage therapy and stretching exercises for the affected area. Some also used ice and/or heat to relieve severe pain in the lower back.
    For the most part, this study has shown that chiropractic care does help those dealing with back pain. Unfortunately, some people do still believe that chiropractic work is quack science. If you would like to see for yourself, head on over to Wirth Chiropractic and make an informed decision.

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  190. Surgeries are one of the scariest things we may have to undergo in our lives. Even the most routine surgeries can result in complications or infections and although this is much less common than it used to be, you still always hear horror stories from someone whose neighbor's brother's cousin's friend had that surgery and something horrible happened.
    Unfortunately there are still occurrences where either negligence or a legitimate accident occurs during an operation. Thankfully, these are extremely few and far between anymore. Now that we have health regulations and single use medical instruments everything is much more secure and sterile, so even infections which would have been common 20 or 30 years ago are almost never seen anymore.
    Along with these incredible accomplishments, surgeries themselves have come a long way. They have been changed and perfected so that they don't take as long and don't leave incisions anywhere near as long as they used to be. Even the recovery time has been cut down on most procedures because the way they are completed are so much more straight forward and the trauma done to the body has been minimized.
    Although there have been so many incredible breakthroughs when it comes to surgeries, there is still normally pain after the procedure. While pain killers are often used to mitigate this fact, sometimes the pain remains after the script runs out or you simply would prefer not to take them. Other times you need to return to work before the pain is gone and of course you cannot drive while under the influence of narcotics which do include many types of prescription pain medications.
    This is where perhaps chiropractic care can come in. Of course you should ask your doctor and surgeon if you are cleared to receive care from a chiropractor, however if you are it is certainly something you should at least consider. Even if you have had surgery on an area that chiropractors do not deal with normally, you would be amazed to realize how much your body tenses and compensates for the pain which you are experiencing. A simple adjustment could help you relax and this in turn can help you heal even quicker due to an increase of blood flow to the rest of the body.
    If you have recently had a surgery, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if we can help relieve some of the pain you may still be feeling.

     

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  191. Chiropractors are experts in "spinal manipulation", which involve moving and adjusting joints. It is about manipulating joints beyond their usual range of motion. They do this skillfully, without exceeding the range of motion that the joint is anatomically designed to move within.
    What are the reasons for needing chiropractors?
    Common reasons people seek chiropractic adjustment are to alleviate pain relating to a herniated disk, and neck or back pain. Chronic headaches are another common condition that prompts people to seek treatment. The strongest evidence supporting chiropractic procedures is based on successful treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
    Low back pain is one of the major reasons people turn to chiropractic care. This difficult-to-treat condition is painful and frustrating to those who suffer from it. Spinal adjustments are known to offer patients mild to moderate relief from pain in their lower back. Studies have indicated that spinal manipulation has sometimes proved to be equally as effective as more conventional treatments.

    How do they treat you?
    The bones, joints, and muscles make up the structure of your body. These things all have a unique connection to your body's capacity to function in health. Professionals who administer chiropractic treatments explain how the procedures help balance the body's structure and function. Since the body has a natural ability to heal itself, adjusting your body's balance promotes self-healing.
    Chiropractors, like Wirth Chiropractic, use a hands-on approach to manipulating the spine. Some of them promote themselves as holistic, primary care healers. This is because the techniques they use can have a positive affect on other areas of the body. Chiropractic care has been connected to treating conditions associated with asthma, ear infections and allergies. While it is a controversial issue, chiropractic primary care healers claim to treat ailments that range from acid reflex to infertility.
    The no-drug approach!
    Chiropractic treatments address the cause of the physical problem, not just the symptoms. People tend to appreciate the non-drug and non-surgical approach to treatment. Today, chiropractors typically use a more modern, evidence-based approach to spinal adjustment. They consider your overall health and your lifestyle, while focusing on the diagnosis, as well as assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulation treatments involve a variety of techniques. No prescription drugs or surgery is necessary. The benefits of this type of care are recognized and supported by numerous studies and findings.
    Chiropractic health care is a safe form of care and takes less time than conventional treatments. The positive results last longer and can result in fewer lost workdays!

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  192. According to a study done in 2013 by Swiss chiropractors, there is no measurable difference between an epidural shot or spinal adjustment therapy in regards to fixing a lumbar disc herniation. Using data from two groups, the doctors followed the patients and discovered that there was no leaning one way or the other as to if one was a better treatment. There were 51 matched cases of patients who had lumbar disc herniation that had been confirmed through an MRI machine. Although other studies have found this effective, there is normally a lack of evidence or the complaints are lumped into "lower back pain" and an actual source is not sought out.
    Although there were some issues with this study (low sample size, non-varied demographic), chiropractors have stated that they think the findings were sound. Other scientists and doctors have disagreed, and unfortunately most seem to be at an impasse on which side is right.
    Some of the issues others have with the statement include the fact that injection patients were seen once while chiropractic patients were seen multiple times for treatment. Although this was to be expected, many doctors have claimed it was unfair that chiropractors got to see their patients multiple times to assess their progress while the doctors that gave injections could not continue treatment in the same way.
    Another problem that many people had with the study is that the responses were taken over the phone. Some claim that phone interviews are much more likely to yield positive responses instead of paper questionnaires which people have a tendency to be more truthful on. Also, this was a subjective test as opposed to objective since the doctors asked the patients how they felt after and had no single way to measure the difference between pain levels before and after treatment.
    The last problem many of the doctors refuting this claim had was that, according to them, the patients who received the epidural injections had a higher level of pain to start with than those who received the chiropractic care. Also, it was not a randomized test and either the doctor or patient decided which treatment they would receive.
    All in all, most studies need to be taken with a grain of salt. Not everyone will always agree on even the most irrefutable proof when it is placed in front of them. However, if you would like to see for yourself how much chiropractic care can help, call us here at Wirth today.

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  193. Anyone who has ever been under large amounts of stress (and let's face it, who hasn't) will tell you that it stinks. While some of us handle stress better or worse than others, it is never fun. It can do horrible things to your body and it can become a vicious cycle that seems to have no end. Here are a couple of examples of things that stress can do to you.
    1. Sleep. Sleep is a glorious thing, if you can get it. Stress can keep us up at night and make it difficult to get a full night of restful, restorative sleep. Due to our possible lack of sleep, we may end up gaining some weight and this can also cause pain in our joints. The lack of sleep means that our bodies cannot decompress and so our muscles and joints remain stiff and painful. At night, try to push as much from your mind as possible and wait to deal with what is stressing you out until the next day.
    2. Stomach. You know that feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you are super stressed? This is more severe in some of us than others, but for many it causes stomach issues. No, I don't mean ulcers, as it was proven that ulcers are caused by a bacterium. Stress, however, can mess with our stomachs and our digestion in many different ways. Some people stress eat, while others stress starve. Others still eat worse food while stressed because "comfort food" is something that makes us feel better while it's going down but maybe not so much once we step back on the scale. Others may end up with diarrhea due to severe amounts of stress. Try paying attention to what and how you eat next time you are stressed to see what kind of stress eater you are.
    3. Tension. As humans, when we are experiencing a strong emotion such as sadness, fear, or anger, we hold tension in different parts of our bodies. Stress is no different. Try and relax your limbs when you realize this is happening.
    Stress stinks. If you are stressed, try coming down to Wirth Chiropractic and get an adjustment to help reduce the problems stress can cause on your joints. Take a couple of deep breaths and try to relax. We want you to stay healthy.

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  194. Well, from a heat wave to hurricanes, these past few weeks have been busy in the world of weather. Naturally, for those of us whose bodies are sensitive to temperature and humidity, it has been havoc. The pressure from the incoming storms plays terribly with our bones. Hopefully the tips for wellness this week may be able to provide you with some comfort, but if not I truly apologize. Some days the flair ups are worse than others, and those are the days that you want to try and find something, anything, that will help you relieve the pain that you are in.
    With the kids going back to school around now, many of us may find a few moments to ourselves to stretch out and decompress that we wouldn't normally have. Even those of us without children may find it a little easier to move around in stores and the like. With fall décor finding its way into the stores, perhaps you are preparing early for Thanksgiving or Halloween. Whatever you're doing with your time now, I hope you are being safe and are pain free. If not, then a trip to the chiropractor would not go amiss.
    As the seasons begin to change, it is always a good idea to go and have an adjustment done. The changing temperature, pressure, and stress levels can play havoc with your joints. This is especially true of your shoulders, back, and neck. This is because most of us hold our tension in these three areas. While many of us hold tension in our jaws as well, adjustments of the other three areas can help to ease the pain in other spots, as often it is because of the original three that we hold tension elsewhere.
    By the end of this week, I hope you feel a little better. Even if you don't feel bad now, there's nothing wrong with wanting to feel just a little better. This time of year normally brings about a lot of changes for people. I know it has for me recently. Whether these changes are good or bad, I hope you can stay safe, sane, and sans pain. If you have some extra time and feel tense or like your body needs to crack, visit us here at Wirth Chiropractic. We want to help you be comfortable in your own body.

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  195. If you haven't gone to a chiropractor before, you probably have quite a few questions about going. Many people don't understand what chiropractors do, and even if you have a vague idea you may not know everything that the specific type of doctor does. It's true that science and the medical community have come quite a way over the past few centuries, but it hasn't stopped since they started making these incredible breakthroughs. The realm of chiropractic care is no different and has made leaps and bounds in regards to medical care within the past few decades alone.
    Chiropractic care is most known for realigning necks and spines. By manipulating the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor is able to pop certain bones and joints back into the correct position. This can help relieve pain and can even help with things such as pinched nerves and other disk issues in the neck and back. However, chiropractic care has expanded in the past few years. No longer are chiropractors only working with spines, but now chiropractic care has been suggested to help in a wide variety of different injuries and maladies.
    For example, chiropractors are being used in increasing numbers by people in the sports world. While yes, very often athletes have trouble with their backs and necks, they also often develop problems with their legs and arms. Chiropractors have been used recently to help combat the development of larger issues in athletes of all ages, even very young ones. This is because the chiropractor does not have to use incisions or drugs to attempt to help injuries and so there is little to no risk to a child's potential growth.
    Chiropractic care is also gaining traction in the military. There was recently a study done which had many active duty military men and women which had just come back from combat zones and they used half the group to see how people with regular doctor care and chiropractic care would compare to those who only received normal care. Those who received chiropractic care reported a better recovery than those who went without.
    Although we have had chiropractic care around for decades, we are just starting to realize the extent to which it can be used. If you have any pain that may be muscular or skeletal, come in to Wirth Chiropractic today.

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  196. Pain can happen for many different reasons. Although pain is never fun, it is an unfortunate fact of life that many of us have to deal with from day to day. Those of us who suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia are all too aware of this reality and we are used to having to muddle and suffer through our bad days. Unfortunately, with the arrival of fall, the weather begins to change to something that may trigger more and more pain for those who already are dealing with higher levels than most. Although the fall may be lovely due to what nature does, it doesn't always reflect that beauty into our bodies that struggle against joint or nerve disorders.
    The fall begins to bring colder temperatures which, for many, are considered a trigger to their pain. It has been discovered that those with conditions such as fibromyalgia are found to be in higher levels of more consistent pain during the colder months. Anyone who has one of these conditions will normally dislike the fall and winter for this reason, even if it is their favorite season in any other category.
    Autumn also brings about the most active part of hurricane season. Even if you are not hit with a hurricane, the added dampness that comes with fall also plays havoc with many of our joints. There is a specific chill that comes around this time of year and it is made to feel worse by the rain that can hit at any moment. Along much of the east coast this week, it is meant to rain an extreme amount. While for some places this is wonderful news, it also can cause severe discomfort to those of us who deal with these conditions.
    The season of fall can be a lovely experience for so many. Pumpkin patches, jumping in leaf piles, corn mazes, and other fun seasonal things are always a great way to spend time with our friends and family. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain is just too much. Try coming in to Wirth Chiropractic and see if a couple of adjustments can help you feel good enough to go out and run around with everyone else and experience everything that autumn has to offer. We hope you have a safe and fun season!

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  197. Pregnant women go through a lot. Let's face it, nine months of carrying a tiny human around inside of you can, and does, take quite a toll on the body under the best of circumstances. Even women who have almost textbook pregnancies have pains, especially in their legs and back. It's not surprising when you think about how much weight a woman generally puts on between the growth of their breasts to breastfeed and the fetus inside of them. Although the thought might be worrying at first, many people turn to chiropractic care during pregnancy and feel much better because of it!
    Some chiropractors take a special interest in caring for those who are pregnant and those who are post-natal. There are special courses which a chiropractor can take that focus specifically on the extra attention that a human body going through pregnancy needs. For example, if a chiropractor is Webster Certified, that means they are specially trained in making sure the pelvic bone is aligned with the rest of the body which can aide in delivery and ease of pain during pregnancy. Very often they will also show you stretches and exercises that can help you during pregnancy that are safe for both you and the baby.
    With all the changes that occur within the body during pregnancy, it's no surprise that the posture or back can change form as well. A trained chiropractor can help put these back into place and again, realign the pelvic bone. This helps to lessen the possibility of a balance issue which may result in less room for the fetus and, if left untreated, may prevent the child from breaching. This can result in the need for a C-section and may be an emergency situation. Pregnancy is stressful enough without having to worry about a misaligned pelvis.
    While pregnant, always double check with your chiropractor if they specialize in this type of work. Every doctor must go through basic training in the event of a pregnancy, however some do go through extra schooling to focus on this in the same way some chiropractors focus on children or sports injuries. If you or someone you know is pregnant, bring up chiropractic therapy to them and see if it is something they may be interested in.

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  198. Another week has gone by and I hope everyone has used some of the tips from previous weeks to help feel better. Once again, we want to make sure everyone stays safe even while attempting to follow some of these wellness tips. Here are some to try now that it's a little cooler and the threat of heat stroke and heat exhaustion is much lower.
    1. Walk More. One of the best ways to keep yourself active is to walk around often. Now, I'm not saying you need to walk seventeen miles a day, but even just a couple of turns around the neighborhood or a couple of laps of the local mall if you're not too fond of the outside are better than nothing. Try working up to a certain distance that you can walk each day. Park at a farther spot in the parking lot than you normally would. Buy a pedometer. They even have apps which can motivate you to walk, jog, or even run depending on your skill level. Every little bit will help in keeping yourself healthy.
    2. Avoid Allergens. This one is a bit more difficult, but as those of you with allergies know, this time of year is one of the worst. Fall and spring cause the worst reactions among those who suffer from allergies, which can cause extreme discomfort. There are currently scientific studies being conducted which are looking into if chiropractic care can help ease allergy symptoms, however we don't have the results yet. This simply means you should come into Wirth and see for yourself if it seems to help until we have proof one way or the other.
    3. Open Windows. If you suffer from allergies, this one is one to ignore. However, if you do not, you should at least consider opening a couple of windows at least during the day and letting some fresh air into the house or apartment you live in. Stagnant air is a breeding ground for germs and not having any circulation is not good for your lungs or your immune system.
    Hopefully these tips, along with those which have been shared previously, will help you stay healthy for these next few months. Everyone reacts differently to the changing of seasons, so keep an eye on your loved ones and if something seems off, be sure to get it checked. Otherwise, come on in to Wirth Chiropractic and get some pain relief today!

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  199. Many of us are influenced in one way or another by sports. You may play sports, be a sports fan, be a parent of someone who plays, or work for a sports team. Perhaps you only go to your high school's football games when dragged by friends. Maybe your spouse has people over periodically for a viewing party and you stay in a different room to avoid the yelling at the TV. Whatever your connection, there are very few of us who are not affected at all by the wide world of sports. You don't have to be a diehard fan to be involved, but sometimes being a huge fan can be painful when your favorite player ends up hurt. When you see those people run out onto the field in those polos, you may hold your breath waiting to hear what happened. Just who are those people though, and what do they do for the team?
    Those people who come running out when your team's only hope is hurt are athletic trainers. They are the ones who help to keep the players on the field healthy. This means they help to try and fix a problem that may occur with the athlete's bodies before it becomes a bigger problem. Like anything else, if a sports injury is left untreated for a period of time it can and often does get worse. Sometimes the injury heals incorrectly and then there is nothing that can be done for it. While normally this is thought of for things like broken bones or muscle and tendon tears, an athletic trainer also tests for things like shin splints and tendonitis. Very often, once a diagnosis is found, an athletic trainer will suggest chiropractic therapy for the athlete. This is true for a wide variety of injuries.
    Although chiropractic care used to be strictly for the back and neck, the field has slowly grown to include a large amount of injuries. Chiropractors often see people who have sports injuries such as ACL and meniscus tears. Even things like torn rotator cuffs can be helped and rehabilitated by chiropractors. Through the years, athletic trainers have become more accepting of chiropractic care and now the two often are used in tandem to help get an athlete back on their feet and playing on the field they love so much.

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  200. Weight is something the vast majority of Americans battle with on a daily basis. Most of us go to the doctor and are told "Okay, everything's good, just lose some weight" even if we feel like we are thin enough. While it can be disheartening to be told this, we do always want to listen to our doctors. Well, one thing you can do is go to a different doctor. I don't mean for a second opinion, but I'm talking about a chiropractor. Chiropractors are also doctors, despite what many people tend to think. They go through medical school as well, but instead of learning all the things your GP or a surgeon learns, they focus on the musculoskeletal system and how to manipulate it so you feel better. In a lot of ways, chiropractic care and weight loss go hand in hand.
    First off, weight can wreak havoc on your joints. This is what chiropractors attempt to fix when they adjust your spine and other areas. With added weight, more pressure comes onto your joints and can cause more pain than you would normally have. This is one of the main reasons many people stop exercising when trying to lose weight. Pain is a powerful motivator and often that motivator causes us to reject doing something that may be necessary because it hurts too much to engage in that activity.
    While there are pain killers and other medications which can help you lose weight, these bring about their own concerns. Most diet pills have not been FDA approved and those that are have terrifying side effects, up to and including suicidal thoughts and actions. Chiropractic care does not use medication or injections, only the realignment of joints and bones to ease pain and suffering. This means that there are no drug side effects and very few side effects in general. Some people report a tingling or odd feeling, but these go away and are explained as the bones going back where they belong.
    Some chiropractors deal specifically with those who are overweight. Although there is no specific training for this, doctors are taught how to adjust those of any size, weight, or age. Make sure that you find a chiropractor that you are comfortable with and see just how big a difference it can make in your life.

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  201. This week, I want to focus on joint pain. Many of us suffer from joint pain from time to time, some of us suffer from it chronically. Either way, joint pain is never fun. Even if you only feel it from time to time, it is one of the most uncomfortable things that the human body faces. Whether the pain be from arthritis, lymes disease, or a slew of other possible reasons for the discomfort, it is hardly worth distinguishing when it is affecting us or those we love. Here are some tips to help you deal with the pain in your joints.
    1. Epsom Salt Soak. This tried and true method has been handed down from different generations as an almost surefire way to combat joint pain. If you take a bath, make a percentage of the tub contain Epsom salt and simply relax. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, get a small tub and make a soak for your hands or feet.
    2. White Willow Bark. White Willow bark has been known for ages to relieve joint pain caused by different maladies. Often called "The Original Asprin", white willow bark can be boiled into a tea or taken through capsules and used like any other medication.
    3. Watch Your Diet. Unfortunately, some of the things we eat thinking we are doing good by our bodies may be making your joint pain worse. Foods such as grapefruit are known inflammatorys and are actually bad for you if you have a predisposition to arthritis and other joint pains.
    4. Hot and Cold Packs. Using heat and ice is usually used as a catchall for injuries and joint pain is no exception. You can make your own heat packs by using an old sock and some uncooked rice by putting it in the microwave for a little while. Just be careful that the pack isn't too hot for your skin. Alternately, if you are using ice, be sure that you have something between the pack and your skin to prevent a contact freeze.
    Although joint pain is, well, painful, there are some ways to help combat the soreness. Of course, coming to a chiropractor may be able to help, however between visits these are some tips you may be able to try. Remember to always check with your doctor before trying any supplement or other at-home remedy.

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  202. Thanksgiving is often considered the start of the holiday season. Celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November, it is for most a reason to eat a lot as we are supposed to give thanks for all that we have. It is a reason to get together with family or friends and have a good meal and often involves a lot of travel and stress. That's where we come in.
    Here at Wirth, we understand how stressful the holidays can be. We know that traveling for long periods of time can cause back pain or give you a splitting headache that just doesn't seem to want to quit. We know that sometimes seeing and spending time with your family isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes family gatherings can be stressful and maddening. This can cause you to hold tension in your jaw, your shoulders, your back, or any number of other places. Even if you love your entire family, sometimes it can all get to be a bit too much.
    For some, Thanksgiving means football. A "Turkey Day Game" is traditional in many towns and families to play. As we all know, sports injuries are many and happen often. This is another thing that Wirth can help with in case something happens which is painful and dangerous. Even if you're not playing football on Thanksgiving, the celebrations can get a bit rambunctious. There have certainly been people who have been hurt by excessive celebration, and I don't just mean a player getting fined a large amount of money.
    Other people think of Thanksgiving and immediately the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade comes to mind. This is especially true of those who love the arts and often may contribute to them. If the Rockettes are your favorite part of Thanksgiving, you very well may be a dancer. If you like seeing the new Broadway shows that are being featured, then you may be an actor. Either way, the possibility of you developing pain from your craft is high. Wirth can help you as well.
    As you travel and give thanks for whatever it is that you may be grateful for, know that we are giving thanks for you. We are happy that you have chosen us to help improve your quality of life through hopefully reducing your pain level. Remember as you gather with family that any pain that may occur can be hopefully helped by us when you get back.

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  203. It is Thanksgiving week this week and I hope that you are all well. Although not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving for a variety of reasons, that should not be a reason to not hope that this finds everyone happy and healthy. If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving or if you do not have anyone to celebrate it with, then we here at Wirth hope that the holidays are still a happy time of year for you.
    Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, most people think of food when they hear the word Thanksgiving. Food is a huge part of this holiday, going back to "The First Thanksgiving" between the Native Americans and the pilgrims. In fact, the first Thanksgiving is a reason many do not celebrate in the way others do. However, the idea of food is still heavily intertwined with that of Thanksgiving. Many of us think of that day and think of a "food coma" from all of the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Often, we eat far too much on these days and either fall asleep or feel horrible afterwards. If you feel terrible, it doesn't even take you thinking of all of the calories you just ingested. It really does cause trouble in your stomach and digestive system to eat too much.
    While chiropractors are thought of most often for back or neck pain, another service that we can offer is nutrition advice. If you are struggling with weight or have a medical disorder which limits your diet, we can offer you some help in what you should and shouldn't eat. If you have trouble with sugar and don't know what you can use to sweeten your dinner, ask us. If you're looking for healthier alternatives and can't find anything online, let us try and help you. It is part of what we do.
    Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate all that we have with our family and friends. Whether you cook, eat someone else's cooking, or go out to a restaurant, it is always a good idea around this time to take stock of all that you may have. We know exactly what we are thankful for here at Wirth. We are thankful for our ability to share our passion with everyone. We are thankful we have the ability to help others. Mostly, we are thankful for you.

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  204. One of the biggest reasons we all hear, or give as the case may be, for not exercising or eating healthy is a lack of time. We all lead such busy lives and hardly seem to have a minute to ourselves between work, home, and whatever else may be needed of us. If you have a full time job, you understand how difficult it may be to get in some daily exercise. Here are some quick tips you may be able to use to help yourself stay healthy at work.
    1. Smoke Breaks. We all know that smoking is bad for us. Unfortunately, it is an addiction and so simply quitting isn't as much of an option as some think it is. If you are trying to quit, there are numbers you can call or programs you can work with to help you along. We highly recommend you trying to quit. Now what do you do with your smoke break time? Instead of having a cigarette, try standing outside and simply breathing the fresh air. Perhaps take a walk around the block if possible and safe. If you are already working to quit or have quit, good for you! We are proud of your hard work!
    2. Stretch. Even if you sit at a desk all day, there are some things you can do to help keep yourself in shape. Leg exercises such as raising and holding them for a certain amount of time can help. If you are on the phone often, you can stand and do certain exercises as well. This may include standing on your toes for a short time and lowering back to your heels again. Find a couple of stretches that work for you and your location while you are working.
    3. Workplace Wellness Groups. Some of us don't really want to have groups of people all working out together, and that's fine. Just because you have a group at work doesn't mean you have to work together. Perhaps have small contests throughout the month either in a group or just individuals as to who works out the most. For example, most of us have pedometers on our phones, or can easily get them. Maybe offer a free lunch for whoever walks the most in a month.
    There are hundreds of ways to keep yourself healthy at work. These are only a few. Find what works best for your work environment and stick to it. Come on in and tell us here at Wirth what you find most effective.

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  205. Chiropractic care, as you may have heard, has a lot of nay-sayers. Many people believe that chiropractic care is a quack practice and isn't based in science. This is simply not true. Now, I can understand if you don't want to take my word for it, but thankfully you don't have to. There have been numerous studies conducted which show that there is some form of truth and scientific basis to the spinal manipulation that chiropractic doctors employ to make you feel better. There are even full medical journals published specially for chiropractic care.
    It has been estimated that doctors of chiropractic medicine treat more than 30 million Americans, both adults and children, every year. If there was something that was dangerous or didn't work about chiropractic care not only would the numbers not be that high, but surely we would have heard about unsatisfactory results. When I say doctors of chiropractic medicine, I do in fact mean doctors. Chiropractors, contrary to unfortunate popular belief, are in fact people who have gone through medical training and put through a rigorous study in college. This means they have gone to medical school, and graduated, just like any other doctor you may meet. These schools must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education in order for them to receive a doctor's license to be able to accept and treat patients.
    Although chiropractic care does not receive as much funding as other forms of health and medicine, there have been studies done and an increasing amount of them are beginning to prove that chiropractic care is safe and effective. While most people think of chiropractic care for the spine and neck, it can be used for a variety of ailments. The medical community is realizing that the drug-free, non-invasive ways of chiropractic care are highly effective and can be used for more than just pain in the back.
    Looking to chiropractic care for what ails you is not time wasted. It has been shown time and time again to be effective in a large number of issues. Chiropractors can also offer ideas of how to change your lifestyle or give nutritional advice for you. Most insurance will cover, at least partly, a chiropractic visit, and so trying it has very little risk. Come into Wirth today and see what we can do for you.

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  206. If you are someone who feels like they are always in pain, you may have a chronic pain disorder. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts twelve weeks or more. While it is common to have pain after a trauma such as a car accident or a surgery, if it persists for an extended period of time there may be an underlying issue. Chronic pain doesn't have to be constant either, but there must be frequency to it. Even people with common chronic pain disorders such as arthritis do not always experience non-stop pain.
    There are multiple chronic pain disorders that you may experience and only a doctor can truly tell you if you do or not. They are also the only ones who can diagnose you. However, if you feel that you have spoken to a doctor that doesn't take your concern seriously, it is perfectly acceptable to get a second opinion. While some disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis have tests that can be used to diagnose them, others such as fibromyalgia do not yet have a test to confirm or deny your doctor's diagnosis.
    Where your pain rests will heavily depend on what kind of chronic disorder you have. If you have chronic back pain, you may have a slipped disk or some type of structural deformity. You may also have spinal stenosis which narrows the spinal column, a fracture due to trauma or compression, or maybe even soft tissue damage. Back pain can affect as many as eight out of ten adults during their life, and this can occur at any age.
    If you suffer from chronic headaches, you are likely dealing with a different disorder. It may be something as simple as repeatedly sleeping in the "wrong" position or possibly from eye strain. This may be due to an incorrect eye glass prescription, staring at a computer for too long, or having a wrong level of light while working.
    There are even disorders which cause widespread pain. Fibromyalgia is a perfect example of this. Depression can also cause pain, as the psychological symptoms may present themselves in a physical manner. However, only your doctor will be able to tell you if it is something serious like cancer or MS. If not, come on into Wirth and see what we may be able to do to help you feel better in the face of chronic pain.

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  207. Chiropractic care has been around for over a century, but many do not know about the actual origins of this incredible science. Even people who go for spinal adjustments regularly do not often know the fascinating history. I personally have always believed that to fully understand something, you must know about its past. Science is one subject which this is extremely true, especially when it comes to medicine.
    The term chiropractic actually comes from two Greek words, cheir which means hand and praktos which means done. This term was chosen by the creator of chiropractic care, Daniel David Palmer. He had studied many different forms of bone manipulation that had been around for centuries, perhaps millennia, however soon realized that no one had ever figured out exactly what it was that worked. There was no scientific method to this care and he set out to change this.
    The first spinal adjustment was given by Palmer in September of 1895. He adjusted a man's back who had become deaf 17 years before that date after complaining of feeling something give way in his back. This man, a janitor, became part of something that revolutionized spinal medicine by agreeing to receive the first crude adjustment. After Palmer pushed on what felt to be a displaced vertebrae, the man is said to have noticed that his hearing improved. This gave Palmer the confidence he needed to establish his own practice and begin to teach others his method of what was to become known around the world as chiropractic care.
    After this, Palmer founded the Palmer School of Cure in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa. It is now known as the Palmer School of Chiropractic and is in fact still open today. Once news of this incredible art had spread, many people became interested in both receiving this healing and being taught how to provide it. This included Palmer's son and many other people who had practiced older healing arts as well. The first state law which licensed chiropractors was passed in 1913 and less than 20 years later, 39 states recognized chiropractic care as legal and accepted.
    Today, all 50 states plus the US territories recognize chiropractic care. Many other countries, including Japan, Australia, and more also have practicing chiropractors. There are more than 70,000 licensed chiropractors in the U.S. alone. We're very happy that you happened to find ours.

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  208. If you are like many other Americans living around the country, you very well may wake up stiff and sore in the morning. Perhaps it goes away throughout the day, but it may stick with you. It is never comfortable to feel stiff when you try doing anything. Unfortunately, there is no way another person can know if you are feeling stiff or sore. Even if you tell someone about your discomfort, they will not truly know the extent of your pain. Sometimes you aren't even believed, which can be extremely infuriating. There are many reasons why you may feel sore, but here are the most likely reasons.
    1. Muscle Knot. A knot in the muscle can cause extreme soreness and discomfort. Knots can technically form anywhere you have muscle, however the shoulders and back are the most common area to find them. Although there are not actual knots involved, it certainly feels like there is a bump under the skin similar to one. These are contractions in the muscles that are similar to a spasm.
    2. Arthritis/Fibromyalgia. Arthritis is one of the biggest reasons why people wake up stiff. This can depend on what kind of arthritis, how far it has progressed, and even things like what elevation you live at or what the weather is like. If you wake up in pain most days, think about seeing a rheumatologist and ask your normal doctor if you may be suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia.
    3. Slept Wrong. If you don't wake up in pain most days, or even if you do, it may be something as simple as the way you are sleeping. Try getting a new pillow, or maybe even a new mattress. See if you can get comfortable in a different position. You may want to set up a webcam overnight so you can see if you twist into any odd positions in your sleep.
    4. Stress. When we sleep, we are not technically in control of our bodies. Although we think of ourselves as relaxing at night, this isn't always the case. Some people move all night and this is especially true if you are stressed. You may tense your body all night without knowledge or it may simply be the stress you feel manifesting itself physically.
    If you come into Wirth today, we can help you get rid of some of that stiffness and soreness. We may even be able to give you an idea of what is causing it. Come and see what we can do to make your life pain free.

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  209. With the colder weather setting in and the stress of the holidays upon us, we are all holding more tension in our bodies than most of the rest of the year. To try and combat this, it is always a good idea to stretch as much as possible. Stretching can also help reduce the risk of you pulling a muscle and other injuries. There have been studies done which show that stretching daily may even lower you blood sugar and improve your balance. Here are some easy stretches you can do every day that will keep you alert and less stressed.
    1. Touch Your Toes. Don't worry if you can't actually touch your toes, but if you continually stretch towards them, you may end up being able to! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and let your torso hang loose while bending at the waist. Take a deep breath and let it out, you should drop a little lower. Do this until you feel a stretch in your legs and then hold it for a moment. Slowly roll back up with your head being the last thing to straighten. See how much better you feel?
    2. Touch The Sky. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and raise your hands like you know the answer to a question in class. Hold that for a moment before reaching for an invisible bar just out of reach. If possible, go up onto the balls of your feet and hold this position for a couple of moments. This will help to stretch your back and your shoulders, which is where most people carry most of their stress.
    3. Washing Machine. I'm not sure why this is called a washing machine stretch, but bear with me. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart (always do this when stretching, it helps you keep your balance) and have your arms straight out at your sides like an airplane. Slowly move your arms in a clockwise direction, making bigger circles each time. Then switch to counter-clockwise and make smaller circles. After this, twist your torso as far around as possible slowly with your arms still out. Just make sure you have enough room to do this where you won't hit anyone.
    Stretching is something we really all should be doing each day. It helps to increase blood flow and keeps us alert. Try it for a week or two and see what it difference it makes!

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  210. Many people ask this question quite a lot. Why should I go to a chiropractor? I hear it a lot. "I don't have much (or any) pain in my neck or back. I don't need to go to a chiropractor". While this is a nice thought in theory, it normally just isn't true. Even though you may not have pain doesn't mean you shouldn't go. You likely go to the dentist every six months even if you don't have a cavity. You go so that you can have a checkup and take preventative measures against future damage. Making visits to a chiropractor are rather similar to this practice.
    A chiropractor isn't just someone to go to after you have gotten hurt. While you should certainly go if you are in pain, that doesn't mean there isn't a reason to go at any other point. By visiting a chiropractor on a regular basis, you can actually help keep your bones and muscles aligned to prevent pain in the future. Consistent spinal adjustments can help improve your posture which, even in adults, can help to reduce the risk of different spinal defects. Releasing tension and air pockets in your joints, which occurs when a chiropractor "cracks" your joints can also help to not only relieve pain you may not have realized you had but can also help to delay disorders such as arthritis, studies have shown.
    A chiropractor also is not only able to help with back and neck pain. Often, they can help with almost any other part of the body and are not even confined to this. Chiropractors can offer medical advice in regards to lifestyle, diet, exercise regimens, and many other things. While they cannot prescribe any medication to you, there are many other useful things a chiropractic doctor can do for you.
    The fact is, a chiropractor has gone to medical school just like any other doctor and has then specialized in this specific field. Many fear that chiropractors are not doctors, but that is simply not true. If you trust your family doctor to give you medical advice, there is really no reason not to trust a chiropractor to do the same. Come on into Wirth and we will show you some of the many reasons you should come to a chiropractor.

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  211. Going to a chiropractor is an important decision, even more so because many people do not know much about this profession to start with. Choosing a chiropractor is in many ways a very personal decision. Here you can find out more about how to select a reputed chiropractor online, who is best suited for your needs.
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    Online reviews, such as Yelp! and Yahoo!, are great. Often, though, businesses try to fool the system by making fake reviews. Are all the reviews from the same approximate time? For example, are ten reviews all from April 2015? If so, that is suspicious. If the reviews seem genuine they may give you some insight into, but if they are suspicious then you should steer clear. At times, a bad review (that is legitimate) will be followed with numerous "fake" good reviews in order to drown out the bad one. Getting past the fake reviews you may actually be able to get a lot of good information from reading reviews, so don't forget to get a clear picture before deciding.
    Testimonials
    Testimonials should be looked at as marketing, but of course they probably are real stories from real patients. The chiropractor is choosing what message you want to hear. If they choose 5 patients who talk about the chiropractor curing their back pain, then this chiropractor wants you to view them as a specialist in back pain. If they talk about kids and allergies, that is their forte. In this way, testimonials can be used to get a look at the chiropractor.
    References
    Personal referrals are the best source of information since it is typically unfiltered and direct. Ask a friend or family member and you will get an unbiased opinion. The best chiropractors (and the best attorneys, realtors, and even bakers) all get most of their new clients because they treated the clients they already have so well. People are quick to complain about poor service, so when someone has a good thing to say about how they were treated then you should recognize this as worthy of your attention. Think of it like this: that person experimented with a chiropractor so you don't have to. A personal referral from someone you trust is easily the most valuable information you will come across. This can be looked at as a follow-up option after reading reviews.
    Weigh the pros and cons and get all facts straightened out before making up your mind!

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  212. Even for those of us who enjoy exercising every day, the winter can make us less motivated to go out and work out. It's not hard to understand why that happens. After all, winter is cold and can be snowy and dangerous. Here are some ideas to help you stay active during the colder months this year.
    1. Stretching and Yoga. Stretching and yoga are both great ways to keep your blood flowing during the winter while staying indoors. You don't need to have a lot of room to do either of these activities so they are ideal even for people in apartments and dorm rooms. You can start off nice and easy with these two tactics before working up to something else just in time for the weather to warm up.
    2. Play Outside! If you have younger family members or even just kids in the neighborhood, get up and go play with them! Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just run around with them. Even just a little bit of time outside can get you some exercise for the day and it's a great way to connect with those that are near to us.
    3. Fitness DVDs. If you have the space, using a fitness dvd or video off of the internet can help to keep you in shape during the winter. You won't have to go outside and brave the cold to exercise and you can wear whatever you want to do it! The good thing about exercising at home is you can set your own rules. If you want to do it first thing in the morning, you can. If you can't sleep, then pop in the dvd at two in the morning and work out. The gym probably isn't open then, and this way you won't have to wait for someone to get off the machine you want to use next.
    There are tons of ways to continue exercising during the winter whether you want to go outside or not. Even just a few minutes a day is better than nothing when it comes to working out. Even though the winter can be harsh and unforgiving, you shouldn't feel the need to hibernate. Have fun!

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  213. This week I really wanted to focus on the basics of chiropractic care. Very often, we forget that chiropractic care isn't just going in once a week, having our neck cracked, and walking out again. The truth is, chiropractors are in fact trained doctors. Just because they don't perform brain surgery or try different medications until they find one that works for you doesn't mean that they aren't every bit as important as all of your other doctors. In fact, chiropractors are some of the most versatile doctors that medical school can produce. This is because they can work on just about any part of the body and on someone of any age. While some chiropractors do focus on one type of demographic or area of the skeleton, the fact remains that they can all work on basically anyone. If your body can support a chiropractic adjustment, then a chiropractor can help you.
    The other reason chiropractors are so versatile is because they aren't only able to perform spinal manipulations. Since they go through medical school like any other doctor, they understand the basics like the rest. Just because their specialty is in the muscles and bones, it doesn't mean that they don't know anything about the rest of the body as well. Chiropractors can give you advice on how to improve your lifestyle, they can tell you the best way for you to exercise, and can give you pointers on how to eat better to accomplish your goals.
    As someone who has been going to a chiropractor since around the age of seven or eight, I can attest to the wonderful work that they can do. There have been times where I have had to stop going for extended periods of time and believe me when I say the difference is extremely noticeable. The aches and pains that you feel are heavily lessened when you are able to make regular trips to a chiropractor. Your joints will certainly thank you for making sure that they are appropriately cared for, I know mine always are. If you are on the fence about having an adjustment, head into Wirth and see what everyone else has to say. You certainly won't regret it!

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  214. Life is dangerous. Between cars and exercise equipment and gravity, we are fighting an uphill battle. Even when you do everything you're supposed to perfectly, sometimes the universe doesn't agree with you and you end up getting hurt one way or another. While every incident you encounter in life may end in pain, many of us decide that living with that thought isn't going to do us any good. While it is true, we can't spend our lives worried we will get hurt. If we do, we will surely get hurt in the end one way or another. Thankfully many of us do not live with chronic pain, but even those of us that do know that it is inevitable to need to try and find some relief to the pain we will feel.
    Whether the pain is chronic or due to an impact or trauma, we all know that pain is not a good way to live. You are not meant to live in pain; pain is the body's way of saying that something is wrong. You are not being "a girl" or "a baby" if you are complaining about pain. If the pain is there, you should go and try to get it relieved. It doesn't matter if you have a low or high pain tolerance. Your body is trying to tell you something, and you should listen to it. After all, it is the only one you have to carry you through this life. Science, although it has done many incredible things in the past few decades, has not yet progressed to the point where a new body can be grown for you to inhabit. I don't know about you, but I feel like that would be mildly frightening anyway.
    The point of my statements is that you should never feel like you have to deal with pain because it "isn't severe enough". Go and see a doctor about your pain and talk to your doctor about if a chiropractor could help you. Chiropractors are doctors just the same as your GP and they go to medical school as well, so you don't need to worry about some random person trying to snap your bones back into place. You have nothing to lose by coming to Wirth Chiropractic, we can help you, so call today!

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  215. This week, let's talk about ways to keep yourself healthy when you play sports. Every game is different, of course, but many of the health tips can be taken across all different kinds of activity. Maybe you like football, maybe you like running, maybe you like horseback riding. Whatever sport you participate in, most of these tips will help you protect your body from harm while you play.
    1. Stretch. I cannot stress this one enough! Stretching is one of the main warmups across all different sports and cannot be impressed enough upon you. Stretching helps to warm up and loosen your muscles before you start running or riding or dancing. Without stretching your chances of pulling a muscle increase a large amount and the possibility of it being an important muscle or tendon are, of course, also increased because when it rains, it pours, right?
    2. Wear Appropriate Clothing. This is another point which may seem obvious but I have seen it happen time and time again that people go to perform a stunt or play a game and they aren't in the right clothing and end up getting hurt. Restrictive clothing, especially pants, is one of the things that is most dangerous. Even if you don't get hurt, the risk of your embarrassment increases if you're trying to do a split in tight pants. We don't necessarily want to know what kind of underwear you have on, even if they are clean.
    3. Footwear! This is the real nasty one, so I had to put it in a different point. If you are trying to do something active while wearing the wrong shoes you can seriously hurt yourself. Sometimes going barefoot is safer than wearing the shoes you have on and going barefoot is almost never safe while playing sports. Be super careful what you have on your feet when doing this!
    4. Safety Gear. There is a reason it exists. Although it won't prevent every injury, things like helmets and pads are super important to wear and wear correctly if you have them. If you don't, reconsider whether you really want to play, especially if you are the smallest of the group. Helmets especially!
    At the end of the day, injuries will occur. It's unfortunate, but they are almost unavoidable. However, these few tips will help reduce the likelihood of your getting hurt. At the end of the day, exercise appropriate caution and keep yourself as healthy as possible.

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  216. Many medical subjects can come with people who don't believe it is the best route to take. Some people dislike the medicinal route, some others believe that natural or homeopathic treatments are no good. Others dislike attempts at medicine and treatment like chiropractic research. A quick internet search can show the very binary opinions in regards to this medical work. Although some of the responses from a search show how many people find relief through chiropractic work, it also reveals the bias against it. In a quick look through the results, you can see terms like "pseudoscience" and "tooth fairy science" to explain chiropractic care. Chiropractors are referred to as "quacks" and "slacker doctors". Although this may seem rather upsetting, you need to realize that there is a reason that so many people don't agree with the work that we do here at Wirth.
    There has always been a bias against chiropractic care in the medical community. Many people believe that since there is no medication prescribed, no needles, and no surgery that it is not "real science". People refer to chiropractic care as alternative medicine which, for most, conjures up images of old wives tale cures that have been proven ineffective. Alternative medicine is nothing more than something that is non-conventional, such as acupuncture or herbs to help treat a variety of ailments. The problem with chiropractic medicine being treated as alternative is the lack of federal funding.
    Due to the belief that chiropractic medicine is alternative due to no surgery or pills, the amount of funding that is funneled into research for the betterment of chiropractic care is slim to none. This creates a vicious cycle of no funding and ignorance of what many know to be fact in regards to the good that a simple chiropractic adjustment can do. Many chiropractors face bias when with other doctors due to these beliefs and it allows the ignorance to grow.
    If you are concerned that chiropractic care is "quack medicine", we invite you to come in and sit down with us to have a talk. There has been a large misunderstanding between chiropractors and other practices of medicine that we want to help erase. If you sit down and allow yourself to realize that many in the medical community have been misguided in regards to this, you will begin to see that chiropractic care is just as viable as any other type to treatment.

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  217. Now that we are into the New Year, many of us are hearing about everyone else's New Year's resolutions. If you have decided to create one or more of these, then good for you! If you've still stuck with it by the time you're reading this, then that's even better! Many New Year's resolutions fail within the first couple of weeks and it is rather upsetting for us to see people give up on something they were so excited about. Here are a couple of ideas to help you if you're struggling to stick with your resolution.
    1. Reward Yourself. Each time you do something that pertains to your resolution, figure out some way that you can reward yourself. Now obviously don't give yourself a piece of cake each time you work out if your resolution is to lose weight, but figuring out a healthy reward can be extremely useful to help you achieve your goals. For example, if you're binging a new show on Netflix, use that. Each time you work out for a half hour or more, let yourself watch the next episode. Rewarding yourself is a useful trick and can make the journey even more fun.
    2. Think of a Puzzle. When you are putting a puzzle together, you can only put together one at a time. Think of your resolution as a puzzle and only do it piece by piece. It's much easier to do small pieces of a large whole than trying to take it all head on. Work on your resolution piece by piece and see how much easier it is that way. It can be very daunting to try and do everything at once and statistically you will be more likely to fail if you are scared in the face of what you want to do. Take it a little at a time and you will succeed.
    3. Ask for Help. If you have a group of friends, you can always ask them for help. You don't all need to have the same resolution, or even have resolutions at all. Having a support system is always a good thing, especially when you want to change something big in your life. Who better to help you than those who care about you?
    We know how difficult these goals can be to keep, but we want to tell you we believe in you. We're glad you're trying to better yourself. Good luck!

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  218. Sometimes we just feel really crappy and we can't figure out why. This can be physical, mental, or emotional, but whatever kind of crappy it is, we still know it stinks. Of course we don't want to feel this way, but sometimes we just can't seem to shake it. Here are some ideas of how to try and combat that lousy feeling we all sometimes get.
    1. Take A Shower. I'm not saying you're smelly, but it has been shown that taking a hot shower or bath can help to make you feel better. It relaxes your muscles and can help you think though any problems you may be having. Good hygiene is something that is recommended to focus on when you are having a bad mental health day and it has been shown that many people who suffer from mental illness will take longer hot showers. Sometimes you need to indulge that. Try making a steam square out of eucalyptus oil or other aromatherapy substances to relax yourself even more.
    2. Indulge A Little. This may mean eating that last piece of chocolate cake you were saving until Friday or listening to some of your favorite music, but indulge a little. Watching your guilty pleasure show is always a good idea, and believe me, no one will judge you for being curled up in your pajamas eating popcorn while you do it. Maybe you want to yell at the television? Go ahead and do that too. Better the screen than a real life person who you may hurt. Curl up with a book and drift off into a fantasy world. Anything that is safe for you to do, go ahead and feel free to.
    3. Watch Cat Videos. It has been scientifically proven that watching cute animal videos helps to lower our blood pressure and calm us down. It has also been shown that the purring of a cat may have healing properties, so don't feel bad if you want to watch seven hours of cat videos. It's all for your health!
    Life can get really overwhelming sometimes. That's why we need to stick together and help each other out when something can get to be a bit much. Don't feel bad if you need to take time for yourself. It's certainly healthier than the alternative. Come on into Wirth if you think we can help!

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  219. Well I'm sure you can imagine why I'm writing this article right now. Yep, that's right! I have a headache. You may very well have one while reading this. In fact, nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. While it is true that some people are much worse off than others, we all know what it feels like to get a headache out of seemingly nowhere. What can we do to help prevent them? Well, there are quite a few little tips to help get rid of those nasty pains.
    Most headaches have triggers. This means that something causes them, and sometimes we don't even notice it. It may be noise, a certain food or drink, a smell, the possibilities are seemingly endless. If you do know what causes you headaches, then obviously avoiding them as much as possible is a good idea. Even just standing up and taking a break from the cause can help. Sometimes this isn't possible, but it's always nice when it is.
    Many times, headaches are caused by something we don't even notice. If your bottom teeth touch your top teeth often, this may be a cause of headaches. This is because even if it doesn't feel it, you are holding a small amount of tension in your jaw which can lead to headaches and different TMJ disorders. I personally have this problem a lot, so I sometimes stick the tip of my tongue in between both sets of my teeth for a few moments until I can get my jaw to relax.
    One of the most common causes of headaches is actually the easiest to prevent. Dehydration is a terrible problem all over the world, but for many of us who are fortunate enough to have ready access to clean water it seems almost silly. Drink your full eight glasses a day and see if that helps cut down on the amount of headaches you have in a week.
    Many of our headaches come from stress and tension that builds up in the body. For this, there is nothing better for you to do than to come to Wirth and see what a spinal manipulation can do. It has been shown time and time again that an adjustment can help to stop headaches and migraines. If you suffer from these, come in and let us try to help you.

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  220. This week I wanted to focus on the problems that affect many of us, even if we don't realize they are common. While it is pretty much standard knowledge that a fair amount of us are not morning people, we don't often find ways to help to combat that other than being told "get more sleep". It can be extremely difficult to follow this advice depending on our home and work lives, so if mornings are a struggle for you like they are for so many of us, don't feel bad if you look for ways to make them easier. I certainly won't judge you for trying to find a life hack that works for you.
    The aches and pains that many of us feel over the course of time can really get you down after a while. Even if these pains are caused by us working out and trying to become a healthier person, they can still be troublesome and sometimes discouraging. This is especially true if you suffer from a chronic disease. Try and find a safe and healthy way of dealing with the pain, even if you don't think it's bad. No pain is always better than a little bit of pain.
    Seasonal Affective Disorder, or seasonal depression, is much more common than you may think. Many people have it but are never diagnosed due to a multitude of reasons, such as a fear of the stigma that mental health has. The truth is, though, that nothing is wrong with needing a little extra help in balancing your brain chemicals. After all, if you don't have all of the ingredients to make pie dough, store bought will substitute nicely. If your brain cannot give you the proper balance of chemicals, then store bought will do fine here as well. Many of us need to ask for a little extra help, especially during the winter months. You don't need to worry about what we may say if you tell us.
    Coming into our office at Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment or for nutrition help or whatever you may seek though our doors is something we always look forward to. We are here for you. We want to help you. Why else would we have gone to medical school at these college rates? We want you to be the best you that you can be and would be honored to help you achieve that. Come in and see what we can do to see that happen.

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  221. If you're like me, you have a tendency to stay up late and not want to get up in the morning. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get to sleep at a decent hour and I certainly can't get up without fighting myself. It takes me ages to finally crash in the evening and sometimes even longer to find my way out from under my blankets. While I would love to abandon my nocturnal habits, the fact of the matter is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object as rest really just wants to stay at rest. In my case this is even if I'm acted upon by an outside force.
    Now, while I would love to say that I want to stay in bed because I'm comfortable and want to fall back into dreamland, this just isn't normally true. In fact, when I wake up I would love to start moving, but I'm so sore that I feel like that's just about the worst thing I could do. I tend to sleep on my side, and when I wake up my hip generally throbs and my other joints don't fare much better. In fact, I often wake up during the night because I am in pain. If you also suffer from a chronic disorder, you are likely nodding because you know exactly what I mean. Being stiff and sore is no way to start a good morning.
    There are ways to wake up that tend to be easier for those of us who wake up with a level of pain already starting. One that I have found to be useful is slowly moving myself starting with my extremities. I will move my fingers and toes, then move onto my wrists and ankles, and so on until my entire body has begun to warm up. If it is a particularly bad day, I will often force myself to stretch. It hurts when I first do it, but normally it helps the pain to go away instead of following me throughout the day.
    Another thing that you can do is head into Wirth Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment will help you. I know a trip to the chiropractor always helps me when I wake up in pain. Hopefully it will relieve you as well.

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  222. Pregnant women go through a lot. Let's face it, nine months of carrying a tiny human around inside of you can, and does, take quite a toll on the body under the best of circumstances. Even women who have almost textbook pregnancies have pains, especially in their legs and back. It's not surprising when you think about how much weight a woman generally puts on between the growth of their breasts to breastfeed and the fetus inside of them. Although the thought might be worrying at first, many people turn to chiropractic care during pregnancy and feel much better because of it!
    Some chiropractors take a special interest in caring for those who are pregnant and those who are post-natal. There are special courses which a chiropractor can take that focus specifically on the extra attention that a human body going through pregnancy needs. For example, if a chiropractor is Webster Certified, that means they are specially trained in making sure the pelvic bone is aligned with the rest of the body which can aide in delivery and ease of pain during pregnancy. Very often they will also show you stretches and exercises that can help you during pregnancy that are safe for both you and the baby.
    With all the changes that occur within the body during pregnancy, it's no surprise that the posture or back can change form as well. A trained chiropractor can help put these back into place and again, realign the pelvic bone. This helps to lessen the possibility of a balance issue which may result in less room for the fetus and, if left untreated, may prevent the child from breaching. This can result in the need for a C-section and may be an emergency situation. Pregnancy is stressful enough without having to worry about a misaligned pelvis.
    While pregnant, always double check with your chiropractor if they specialize in this type of work. Every doctor must go through basic training in the event of a pregnancy, however some do go through extra schooling to focus on this in the same way some chiropractors focus on children or sports injuries. If you or someone you know is pregnant, bring up chiropractic therapy to them and see if it is something they may be interested in.

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  223. There are a lot of times that we hear the same questions over and over again. While it is true that people could search for the answers online, there are problems with that. First, we all know that anyone can post whatever they want on the internet. That means that there is bound to be information that is not accurate. Secondly, it's much more reassuring to have a person face to face when you want answers to an important question. If other questions pop up because of an answer, it is much easier and quicker to have a real life person there to respond. Besides, I don't know about you, but I tend to trust a person faster than I trust Google.
    Here at Wirth, we are always impressed with some of the questions patients ask. We are always amazed at the fact that we continue to hear new questions no matter how long we have been practicing chiropractors. It's refreshing when patients ask us about different things, because it's so important to take a progressive stance on your health. When you ask us questions, we know that you are taking an active role in what is happening to you, and that is more important than almost any treatment. It shows us that you have the motivation to take our advice on how best to improve your lifestyle.
    The fact of the matter is we don't just crack a couple of bones and send you home. We truly care about each and every one of our patients. If there is something that we think may be able to improve your quality of life, we want to impart that knowledge upon you for your benefit. Having gone though medical school like any other doctor, we can give advice on exercise, diet, and many other things if you want our help. While it is true that we don't provide medication or perform surgery, that doesn't mean we are against it when necessary. We know that there are some things that we cannot cure, and will tell you as such if you need a treatment that we cannot provide. Our main goal is that you live the best life that you are capable of. We want you to be happy and healthy. So come in and ask us some questions. We will always do our best to answer any you may have.

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  224. We all know that getting sleep is good for us. We hear from a very young age that eight hours of sleep a night is what we should strive for. What we aren't always told is why. With a society that has begun working more hours, drinking more caffeine to stay awake, and having more distractions for our waking hours than ever before, it can seem like an inconvenience to need to sleep. Here are some benefits to getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night.
    1. Improved Memory. Sleep studies have shown that having a good night's rest can help you recall more things that you are trying to learn. Through a process called consolidation, the mind actually helps to store things while you are asleep. This is why we were always told to get a good night's rest before a big test.
    2. Improved Immune System. Studies have concluded that getting a good amount of sleep can help you fight off sickness. You may have noticed that when you work a lot and your sleep suffers, you get sick easier or more sick than you normally would. By getting a good amount of sleep, you may be able to keep those nasty germs at bay for longer than you would if you streamline caffeine.
    3. Avoiding Accidents. Driving while tired is one of the most dangerous things you can do. If you haven't slept in a while, experts say you should not get behind the wheel. Either pull over and take a nap or have someone else drive you. In today's society, this is incredibly easy with services like Lyft and Uber. If you've ever been in the car with a tired person driving, you know how frightening it can be. Always be sure you're well rested before getting behind the wheel.
    4. Boost Your Creativity. Sleeping can help to rest parts of the brain that are needed for creative ideas. Harvard studies have shown that sleep can help to improve the emotional responses to memories and may help to spur the creative process.
    While there are many reasons that you may not be able to sleep, some of them may be easily fixed with a trip to Wirth Chiropractic. Come in and see if an adjustment can help you get a better night's rest.

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  225. The last article that you likely read was about how much sleep can benefit you while you are awake. The truth of that article is that we barely scratched the surface on how much you need sleep. Here are some more ways that sleep can help you lead a better life.
    1. Reduce Inflammation. For anyone with a chronic disorder that deals with the joints, you know just how much it can hurt when you have a flair up. This is also true of temporary injuries that have swollen up. While asleep, blood can flow differently and the body is able to heal in a different way than it can while awake. In a similar way that sleep helps the body get over illnesses that are caused by germs, restorative sleep can also help the effects of chronic illness. By sleeping, you may be able to help your body deal with the symptoms of this kind of disorder.
    2. Lose Weight. One of the biggest goals that people in general have is to lose weight. This may be for medical reasons, it may be for superficial reasons, or it may be to help boost self-esteem. A proper amount of sleep may be able to help your body break down food and digest better, which can in fact help you to lose weight. It has also been shown to help boost your metabolism which allows you to break down food faster so that the fatty deposits don't settle into those problem areas that we all try so hard to make smaller.
    3. Lower Stress. If you've ever had to go an extended period of time with little to no sleep, you know how stressed it can make you. The smallest things can aggravate you and everything gets to you in the wrong way much easier. By keeping to a regular sleep schedule, you can help to lower your stress levels and approach the world in a much healthier way.
    If, for some reason, sleep is not something that seems to come easy to you there is another way to achieve at least two of these three things. That is a trip into Wirth Chiropractic. A spinal adjustment can help you to lower your stress levels and reduce the pain caused by inflammation of the joints. Come in and see how much better you feel after a visit!

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  226. This week I want to focus on a slightly different form of wellness. While prevention is a major way to remain healthy, this is something you may not have previously thought of in regards to your health. I want to talk about ways to help prevent car accidents. Here are some ways that you can help to keep yourself safe on the road.
    1. Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings. This is something that we are taught from a young driving age. We should always make sure that our mirrors are adjusted for optimal viewing and use them to their fullest potential. Continually scanning the road both in front of you and behind you can help you to prevent an accident if you see someone driving recklessly. This is also true of people driving alongside you, especially on the highway when someone may be trying to change lanes. Always do your best to eliminate your blind spots.
    2. Watch Your Speed. Although this one seems obvious, it is also one of the main causes of accidents on the roads today. Cars are driving better and smoother than ever before and many of us get into the habit of keeping up with traffic. Always do your best to keep to the speed limit to help reduce the risk of an accident. It is also suggested to stay out of the "fast lane", as you will likely have more ways to escape a crash if you can go either direction. Also, you will be less likely to be pulled over for speeding if you are not in the fast lane and doing the speed limit. It's a double bonus!
    3. Don't Be Distracted! Distracted driving is one of the biggest issues facing today's drivers. Although there is a stereotype that only younger people text and drive, this is not the truth. Distracted driving is also more than just texting. It can be talking, fiddling with the radio, yelling at the kids in the backseat, or any number of things. Do your best to reduce distractions and you will be less likely to be in an accident.
    If you have been in a car accident, come on into Wirth Chiropractics. Our doctors may be able to help reduce any pain you have due to the impact and get you feeling back to your old self. Come in today and see how much we can help you!

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  227. This week, we really wanted to pay attention to concerns that many of our patients, or potential patients, may have. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation circulating around about chiropractic care and quite a bit of it can and does harm our image. Here at Wirth, we are strong believers that knowledge is power. We enjoy getting questions about what we really do as opposed to the possibility that someone is believing the inaccurate information that is put out especially on the internet. Fact checking is extremely important, especially when it comes to your medical wellbeing. We all think that educating yourself is one of the best things you can do, and we are glad to help in any way that we can.
    I personally have gone to the chiropractor since I was a child. My mother used to go and take me with her, and by I was around four or five years old, I was getting spinal adjustments as well. Although I don't get to go as often now that I'm an adult as I did as a child, I can certainly feel the difference when I haven't gone for an extended period of time. Even now I know that my back could use a good adjustment. It does wonders for my neck pain and other soreness that can be caused by either my arthritis or fibromyalgia. In fact, it has been shown that chiropractic visits are wonderful for those of us with chronic disorders of this kind. Realigning the spine and neck can help to reduce pain levels and will likely make you feel almost like a new person if received regularly.
    Here at Wirth, we want to see every person with no pain. Although we know that this is mostly a pipe dream, we will not stop trying to achieve our goals. We believe that no one should have to suffer with pain and will do all we can to make sure that you have as little as possible. If you deal with pain on a regular basis, we want you to come in. Try out our chiropractic services a couple of times and see just how much of a difference it can make to you. Trust us, it can change your life when you realize just how much better you can feel without the pain!

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  228. While most of our dealings with questions happen in the office, we understand that sometimes people have concerns that they don't bring to us directly. This may be from concern of offending us or from embarrassment of not already knowing the answer. While we are big believers in the idea that there are no stupid questions when it comes to your health, we understand these concerns. We have decided to answer some of the common questions, therefore, on here. This way there is no worries and when you come in, you'll be an expert on what we do!
    Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe? This is one of the most common questions we hear from people who are new to chiropractic treatment. Unfortunately, many people have heard horror stories about going to the chiropractor and are now convinced that we don't know what we're doing. I can assure you that this simply isn't true. If chiropractic treatment was not safe, we would not be able to practice in the way that we do. We are doctors the same as any other medical professional and our main goal is helping you to feel better. While many people think that chiropractic care is "quack" medicine, the truth is we have a long and upstanding history to back our claims of success. Although we do not use medicine, injections, or surgery to help heal you, we do have our own methods that have proven to be just as useful as some other more mainstream forms of care. You can rest assured that everything we do is one hundred percent approved and safe.
    How Old Do I Have To Be? For some reason, many people think that there is an age limit for who can receive chiropractic care. This may mean a minimum or maximum age, but the truth is there isn't one. Anyone of any age can benefit from chiropractic services. Certain chiropractors even specialize in either children or the elderly. If you are concerned about your age, schedule a time to talk with your chiropractor and see what they say about your possible treatment.
    There are always many questions that people ask when it comes to chiropractic care. We are thrilled that you want to know so much about your treatment! Come on into Wirth Chiropractic and see what we can answer for you in person!

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  229. People always have such wonderful questions about Chiropractic care. We are often stunned, thrilled, and taken aback by the brilliance of the questions we are asked about what we do. Some of these questions we get quite often, but they are generally asked in different ways. To help both of us out, we have started to post some of these frequently asked questions on our blog. Here are some others that we get on a regular basis.
    Do I Need A Referral? For most chiropractic procedures, your insurance company will not require a referral from another doctor. Always double check with your insurance company before assuming though, as each one is different. Most, however, will let you simply make an appointment and walk in.
    Is Chiropractic Treatment An Ongoing Thing? While you may be able to benefit from a single visit, the fact is that we believe it should be an ongoing treatment. Our methods are very hands on and as such you will benefit more from multiple visits at regular intervals than just coming in once. This is because the muscles and joints in your body go through a lot of abuse from day to day. Between normal movements, abnormal sleeping positions, stress, tension, and other things which can cause pain, you should receive ongoing care from a chiropractor once you begin to visit.
    What's That Popping Noise When I Visit? Much like cracking your knuckles in your hand, a chiropractor is trained to release the air pockets in certain joints that you may not be able to get to yourself. This noise is the change in pressure in your joints and can help to release the gas bubbles which cause them to ache. This noise is perfectly normal and nothing to be worried about. In fact, many people feel that it offers them a sense of relief as they know the joint has been cracked when they hear that noise.
    We love getting these questions, and always encourage you to ask them. By asking these questions, we know that you are taking an active role in your health and wellbeing which is something we believe every able person should do. If you have any other questions that you haven't seen addressed, come on into Wirth and ask them yourself. We hope to see you soon!

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  230. For those of us who deal with chronic disorders, the morning is often a dreaded time. Not only do many of us get less sleep than we need due to pain, but we hurt a large amount upon finally waking. It can quickly fall into a vicious cycle of lack of sleep and high pain levels. One question that is often asked is simply why. Why does it hurt so much in the morning to wake up? Unfortunately, we cannot give you reasons as to why you despise getting up so much unless you mean from a physical aspect, so that's what we'll focus on.
    One simple reason for hurting in the morning is Newton's law. He postulated that an object at rest would stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If you have been asleep for hours, then you naturally will not want to get up and move around. Having pain in the morning is one way for your body to attempt to keep you in place. We promise you it isn't a dastardly plot that your blankets have developed to keep you in the same spot. Well, at least we're pretty sure it isn't....
    Another reason that you may hurt more in the morning is because of your mattress and pillows. If either are older, they may have pressure points that cause you pain during the night. Springs in your mattress or box spring may be pressing into your body and can be a reason for you waking up during the night with localized pain. Try getting a new mattress or a mattress pad to see if your pain has any relief. Pillows should be replaced regularly as well, but be sure to buy ones that actually support your head and neck, as this may be a strong reason for morning pain as well.
    If you have a chance after you wake up, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if a spinal adjustment can help relieve your pain. Sometimes, getting your body realigned can be just what you need. This is especially true if you move around a lot during the night, as you are more likely to hurt yourself if you do so. Come on in and see how much of a difference we can make.

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  231. Many of us with either chronic conditions or temporary injuries can attest to the fact that once the sun goes down, our pain levels go up. This can be extremely infuriating when we simply want to relax and settle down to a good night's rest and yet feel that to be an impossibility due to pain. Scientifically, there is support that if you feel this way you are not wrong. There are many reasons that pain levels can increase during the evening hours, and here are a couple of them.
    1. Fewer Distractions. At night, we generally are beginning to wind down and let go of our stresses from the day. This means we let our minds wander and are not focused on so many different things all at the same time. Due to this, we are simply more aware of the pain we have been in throughout the rest of the day once the night comes.
    2. Colder Temperatures. This is especially true during the fall and spring months. Although temperatures may be higher during the day, once the sun goes down so does the temperature. It has been long established that cold can affect pain levels and this is simply another way to show this fact. Getting more sore at night may be due to something as simple as how cold or warm it is outside.
    3. Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide causes your veins to dilate. This means that when you are breathing slower at night, whether asleep or just relaxing, your veins can constrict and cause your nerves to be more sensitive. This is a particular problem for people who suffer from fibromyalgia and other nerve disorders.
    4. Tired. Sometimes, the answer to things is easy. It may be that your body is just tired from all of the things you did throughout the day. Once your muscles and joints are able to relax, it may become apparent that the buildup of lactic acid has certainly done something to your body throughout the day.
    If you experience worse pain at night, then you should come on into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC. Getting an adjustment may be just what you need to release those pockets of gas and liquid in your joints and start sleeping well again.

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  232. This week, we are focusing on car accidents and the damage they can cause. One of the most important things about your life after a severe accident is your own care. This can be physical as well as mental care, as both can be heavily affected by a car crash. Those of us here at Wirth Chiropractic want to make sure that you are healthy in every way, and so here are some tips for dealing with issues after a car accident.
    1. See A Doctor! It doesn't matter if your accident was a small fender bender or a life changing crash. You always want to see a medical professional after an accident to get a clean bill of health. This is the most important thing you can do for yourself to help your recovery.
    2. Ask For Help. If you have been seriously injured, there is nothing wrong with asking for help with things. If you are out of work or have trouble doing certain activities around the house, reach out to your friends and family to see if they can offer you support. Remember, you still need to eat and rest. Asking someone to help you cook or pick up some things at a store is not a sign of weakness. Those who love you will be more than happy to help, and this can support both your physical recovery and your mental health after an accident. Even asking a neighbor for a ride to the store can help, so don't feel bad doing so.
    3. Utilize Your Hobbies. Keeping your mind sharp and off the trauma is something that you should focus on after a severe car accident. Doing a crossword or a search-a-word is a great way to keep your mind working without having to do much physical movement. If you have a hobby that you can partake in after a crash, this is also a good idea. There is nothing wrong with taking a little time for yourself after a traumatic event.
    Those of us here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC hope that you never need to use these tips. Unfortunately, we also know that these things do occur at a much higher rate than we like to think about. If you have been hurt, and looking for a Chiropractor in Greenville come into our office and see if a chiropractic adjustment can help to relieve the pain. We will do everything we can to get you feeling like your old self again!

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  233. This week I wanted to focus on the problems that affect many of us, even if we don't realize they are common. While it is pretty much standard knowledge that a fair amount of us are not morning people, we don't often find ways to help to combat that other than being told "get more sleep". It can be extremely difficult to follow this advice depending on our home and work lives, so if mornings are a struggle for you like they are for so many of us, don't feel bad if you look for ways to make them easier. I certainly won't judge you for trying to find a life hack that works for you.
    The aches and pains that many of us feel over the course of time can really get you down after a while. Even if these pains are caused by us working out and trying to become a healthier person, they can still be troublesome and sometimes discouraging. This is especially true if you suffer from a chronic disease. Try and find a safe and healthy way of dealing with the pain, even if you don't think it's bad. No pain is always better than a little bit of pain.
    Seasonal Affective Disorder, or seasonal depression, is much more common than you may think. Many people have it but are never diagnosed due to a multitude of reasons, such as a fear of the stigma that mental health has. The truth is, though, that nothing is wrong with needing a little extra help in balancing your brain chemicals. After all, if you don't have all of the ingredients to make pie dough, store bought will substitute nicely. If your brain cannot give you the proper balance of chemicals, then store bought will do fine here as well. Many of us need to ask for a little extra help, especially during the changing of seasons. You don't need to worry about what we may say if you tell us.
    Looking for a Chiropractor in Greenville? Coming into our office, at Wirth Chiropractic for a spinal adjustment or for nutrition help or whatever you may seek though our doors is something we always look forward to. We are here for you. We want to help you. Why else would we have gone to medical school at these college rates? We want you to be the best you that you can be and would be honored to help you achieve that. Come in and see what we can do to see that happen.

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  234. This week, I really wanted to focus on pain. While this may seem like a rather obvious thing to focus on for a chiropractic office, sometimes I find that we can overlook it. We know that most people who walk through our doors are in pain and so it becomes almost like an unspoken symptom. The truth is, however, pain should never be silent. If you are living with pain, you should be able to talk to someone about it and try to get it resolved. Whether that is with your family doctor or with a chiropractor, or even both, is up to you.
    Living a life in pain is really no way to sustain yourself. Even if you are able to power through the pain, it chips away at you and often leaves you physically and mentally exhausted. I personally am very stubborn and don't like admitting when I am in pain, and I know many others are the same way. This may be due to how society perceives your gender, family relations, or a natural instinct. Many of us with invisible disorders have adapted this as a sort of defense to being told we are imagining the pain. After all, why say something when no one will believe you anyway?
    The truth is we should do our best to get out of this habit. Being dishonest with ourselves is one way that things get overlooked when we see a doctor. It is common for someone to go into a doctor's appointment, say everything is fine, and then complain about different ailments until the next appointment when they say nothing is wrong once again. Doctors are here to help. That is why they went to school for so many years and why they work in the field they do. Always be truthful with your doctor about what is going on and always be truthful with yourself about how you feel from day to day.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want people to experience life without pain. While we know that this is an extremely unlikely wish, we also know just how much pain affects those around us each and every day whether we know it or not. Come in today and see how much pain we can help you cope with.

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  235. I don't know about you, but I despise having to take pain medication. I'm not sure if it's because of the way I was brought up, a desire not to become dependent upon them, or just my genetics, but I do not enjoy taking pain pills. While I know that sometimes it is unavoidable, I have always preferred to wait it out. Although it may sound hypocritical, I do not suggest this habit to anyone else. If, however, you do not take pain medicine for any number of reasons, there are other ways which you can try and alleviate the pain you may feel.
    1. Exercise. Even though it may be extremely difficult to get moving, exercise is one of the best ways to get your joints and muscles loose and help your body reduce the amount of pain it feels. I always start by stretching and then work my way up. Depending upon the day I will either work on the spot that hurts or I will avoid it, it really is a case by case basis. Exercising, however, not only allows you to work out any aches and pains in your muscles but has a tendency to make you feel better in general. The release of endorphins that exercise provides can also help your mental health, which is something that needs attention when it comes to those with chronic conditions.
    2. Relax. Sometimes, not much will help pain but sitting down and breathing through it. Although this may seem like a ridiculous bit of advice, sometimes the most simple reaction is all that we have. Try different breathing exercises and see which one works best for you. Meditation has been known to help people immensely as well, so don't be afraid to give it a try.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we hate seeing anyone in pain. While we know that it is an unavoidable fact of life, we still despise knowing that our patients are hurting. That is why we became chiropractors in the first place. If you are someone who lives with pain but also does not like taking medication, then coming into a chiropractor is exactly what you need to do. Come in and see just how much we can help you!

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  236. Have you ever been exercising when you suddenly feel something pull the wrong way and then realize your back hurts? It really does stink, doesn't it? It's almost like your body has betrayed you. I mean, here you are trying to help it and make it stronger or thinner or healthier in general and there it goes deciding to hurt you when all you were trying to do was make it better. It just isn't right, I tell you. So what's a person to do if they've hurt their back while exercising?
    The first thing you should do is lay down. Find a way to lay that is comfortable and allows you to gently stretch out, preferably on something soft like a couch or a bed. Breathe deeply as you do so and relax your muscles as much as possible. As with any other injury, try to alternate heat and cold to reduce any swelling you may be experiencing and to ease your pain levels. Remember to take things easy for a bit, as you don't want to aggravate the injury even more.
    If the pain is anything more than minor, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. You will want to make sure that nothing serious was done, such as pinching a nerve, crushing a disk, or causing damage to a tendon. Your back is nothing to take chances with, as it is such a delicate area of the body. Even if your pain does seem to be minimal, make sure to back off of any strenuous activity so that if the pain does become worse you know that it isn't because of something else you have done. If this is impossible due to work, then be sure to invest in a back brace and wear it as much as you can.
    You should also come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, and see how much a spinal adjustment can help. It's fully possible that you simply tweaked something small in your back and it needs to be put back where it belongs. This is exactly what an adjustment can do for you. We will also be able to tell you if you should pursue other treatment through another doctor. Come in and make sure that you can get back to exercising as soon as possible!

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  237. We all know that hockey can be a brutal sport. It has a reputation of being one of the most vicious sports out there, especially when it's ice hockey. All of these people balancing on tiny little blades hitting into each other and the walls can certainly take a toll on anyone's body. Getting pummeled with sticks and pucks is not everyone's idea of a good time, but those who play certainly wouldn't trade it for anything. There's just one problem with that, and that is that it is a sport which can lead to injuries that are lifelong.
    We all know about the stereotype of lost teeth and bloody noses from hockey games, but it does happen rather often. If you were to search on youtube, there are hundreds of videos which depict the worst hockey injuries that have been caught on camera. Some of them are downright brutal and they can shake even the most strong of stomachs depending on which ones you watch.
    This is especially true when it comes to doctors who treat these kinds of injuries. Although there are more safety pads and other gear now than ever before for all sports, there is still a strong risk of damage done in heavy contact sports such as hockey. Dislocated joints are not rare to find in certain games and even more common are the bumps and bruises the every player comes home with. While we know that they are inflicted while doing something the person enjoys, it always hurts watching someone else get pushed full force into the glass.
    Like with most other sports, hockey is something that can seriously mess up your neck and back. This is possibly more true of hockey than almost all others, save for rugby and other contact heavy sports. If you are a hockey player, you likely are in a fairly constant state of pain during the season. For this, we heavily suggest going to a chiropractor. It will help you stay loose to play and help relieve some of the pain that is inflicted upon you.
    If you play hockey, come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, and see how much better you'll feel after an adjustment. We promise, it hurts much less than most of the things you feel on the ice.

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  238. One question that we hear quite often is in regards to children. Patients that come in and see how beneficial chiropractic care is to them often want to bring their kids in so that they can feel better as well. However, they are often uncertain whether or not the children are too young. This is an understandable question, as the anatomy of a child is quite different to that of an adult. This becomes more true the younger the child is. If you are thinking about bring your kid into Wirth, then here are a couple of things that you should know.
    First of all, we love kids. We know that there is no age limit for pain and that even those who are too young to complete full sentences are at complete risk of pain. There is no such thing as being "too young" for certain disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and others. There is also nothing that says that children are at less risk of getting hurt and needing medical attention than adults. We know just how much those ideas can harm young ones and do what we can to combat this belief. You often hear of children who have disorders and are left untreated because certain people do not believe that they are actually in pain. We want to make sure that no child we come into contact with is left without treatment simply because of their age and so we will work on just about anyone.
    While there are a couple of limitations on who we work on, very few if any of these have to do with age. We will always help every patient to the full extent of our abilities and if you want your child to experience the wonderful benefits that chiropractic care has to offer, then we are more than happy to help. Even if your child does not have any complaints about pain, we will provide a spinal adjustment which may actually help with development, as it keeps all of the bones in their proper places. Next time you come into Wirth Chiropractic in, Greenville NC, let us know that you want your kid to have an adjustment as well and see how much better they feel after it!

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  239. Everyone is at risk of getting seriously hurt at some point or another in their lives. While this is true, it does seem to be an unfortunate fact that the elderly are at a higher risk for injury. This is because of weakening bones, a slowly dwindling mobility rate, and balance or equilibrium issues as we all age. While some elderly people manage to keep themselves extremely healthy, this isn't always a possibility despite what some posters and videos may say. There are some ways that we can help our older loved ones out, however, and one of those ways is chiropractic care.
    Chiropractic care has been shown to be extremely beneficial for the elderly. This is true for many reasons, one of the main ones being pain relief. If you know someone who is older and takes a large amount of pain medication, you may suggest to them coming into Wirth instead. Pain medication only masks the symptoms and does not attempt to get to the root of the problem like chiropractic care does. Those who have pain may experience it due to a nerve issue which may be based in the spine. An adjustment may be just what they need to get off of those pain medications.
    Another great benefit to chiropractic care is increased range of motion. One of the main causes of falls is that the older body cannot move the way it used to. For example, bending down to pick up grandchildren will likely be a lot more difficult than it was to pick up their children. This is because the range of motion has been reduced as the person aged. Many elderly patients find that they are able to move easier after chiropractic care.
    All in all, we have found that elderly patients have a general increase in their health. Most of this is because of the pain relief benefits, however this can trickle down and help increase sleep, decrease stress levels, and provide more day to day energy. If you or someone you love is older and may be able to benefit from chiropractic care, then feel free to come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC. You'll be amazed at how much better it will make your elderly loved ones feel!

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  240. I feel like it's been so long since I've been able to talk to you. Obviously this is silly, but this winter seemed pretty long to me. Was it the same for you? I personally much prefer the spring time to anything cold and snowy. The beauty of flowers and trees budding will always be nicer than frozen powerlines and icy roads. While I do not deny that winter can be beautiful, I've always found it to be much prettier when viewed through a photograph of an area hundreds of miles away from me.
    The unfortunate thing about the spring, however, is all of the rain. As many of you know, the pressure that is created by the storm can cause many of us to ache and hurt more than we normally do. High winds which are common at the beginning of the season are no fun to fight with either. As I sit here writing to you, I can glance out of the window and see the trees blowing back and forth under the force of the winds right now. Today the average wind speed is around twenty miles per hour, but I hope that it will die down for the weekend and get progressively better as it warms up.
    While here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we mostly deal with joints and bones and muscles, we do also care about your mental health. We understand how connected mental health issues and physical pain are and so we know that sometimes by doing our job and addressing a physical issue, we are helping another as well. Many people experience seasonal depression which can begin to lift around this time of year, but sometimes it likes to hold on and stick around for as long as it can. We also hope that we can help you with these kinds of issues and not just an aching knee.
    While we do not pretend to be experts in mental health and will not prescribe medication, you should always feel free to talk about mental health changes that you notice based upon your pain levels with us. We want all of you to be healthy. After all, the brain is a part of you and we want all of you to be in top shape. Come into Wirth and let us see if an adjustment can help you mentally as well.

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  241. This week, I wanted to focus on sleep. I have been having trouble sleeping lately myself, and so I figured it may be a good idea to bring that frustration and issue into the light. Many people either get too much sleep or not enough sleep and it can severely affect their day to day lives. If you are someone who falls into one of these categories, you will know exactly what I mean when I say it can be extremely infuriating to try and regulate your circadian rhythm.
    Getting too much sleep is not as easy to solve as people may think it is. Sometimes you cannot just simply set an alarm and get up with it. If your body stays sluggish and lethargic, then simply going through the motions of staying awake may become nearly impossible. It also isn't healthy to deprive yourself of the sleep you feel that you need. Always see a doctor if you think that you are sleeping too much.
    Not getting enough sleep is something that many people are familiar with. Personally, I haven't been sleeping due to pain. While many may simply take pain or sleeping medication, others either do not wish to resort to this option or cannot due to other medications they may be on. If you have not been getting the sleep that you need, it may be causing other problems or even a worsening of the issues you already suffer from. This can include things like pain levels or weight issues and can be extremely difficult to treat if the cycle continues.
    If you are having trouble with your sleeping patterns, come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC and see if we can help. A spinal adjustment may be just what you need to get yourself back into a natural rhythm with your rest. Sometimes your problems with sleep is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. We always suggest you see a general practitioner as well in cases like this, but coming to us as well certainly can't hurt. We know what it's like to not have a solid sleep schedule and the damage it can do in the rest of your life. We will do everything we can to help, so come on in today!

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  242. This week, I wanted to focus on different studies that have been done over the past decade that show that chiropractic care does indeed help some people. While not everyone believes in chiropractic care, there is also no proof that shows it as "fake science" or "witch doctor stuff" as I have seen it referred to as. Naturally, we believe that chiropractic care is real care, otherwise we would not suggest it to you. We wouldn't have spent so much time and money going through medical school if we weren't sure that it worked and could be used to benefit everyone.
    The first study I read to review this week was one from 2008 in Australia. Now, 2008 in science years is quite old, but I found this to be a fascinating account. My family has a trend I suppose where we will develop issues that the doctors cannot figure out the cause of. Due to this, I felt a kinship to this nine year old who had complained of a burning stomach pain for almost two months and had been given different medications to help, which none of them did. While we aren't entirely sure what caused this pain, we know that after the chiropractic treatment she began to feel better. At the end of the day, isn't that what really matters?
    The second study I read was one very dear to me. All of the women in my family have had problems breastfeeding their children and have felt very guilty for that. Part of me wonders if some of these issues may have been helped by chiropractic care in the same way that it allowed the four week old infant to feed from her mother. We are constantly told that all children should be breastfed, and I think that it is wonderful that chiropractic care allowed this to occur for this child.
    While most scientific studies are double blind and need a large sample size, this is difficult to accomplish in chiropractic care. This is for a multitude of reasons, however the main thing to remember is there is nothing wrong with trying this out. If it worked for these two little girls and improved their quality of life, then why shouldn't you give it a shot as well? Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and we can help you!

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  243. This week we really focused on being around other people. Whether you are around family, friends, your neighbors, your children, your friend's kids, or someone completely different, it is important that you get to know those around you. With the summer coming up, many of us will be spending more time outdoors and I don't know about you but I always think that having someone to invite over and chat with outside is a nice option. This is especially true if you both have children, so that way the kids can get there energy out and you can talk to a grown up again. Both are truly wonderful feelings.
    My main point this week is that many of us unfortunately spend more time at work or wrapped up in our own busy lives than anything else. While there is normally a very good reason for doing so, you need to reach out and have human contact as well. We are, by nature, social creatures. My guess is that if you are reading this blog, you're likely not a hermit and you probably wouldn't like to be. Sure, you might be an introvert but that doesn't mean that you never want to be around people. Everyone gets lonely sometimes and having someone to talk to can really do wonders for you both.
    Getting outside during the spring and summer is something that is so important to your health. It is always easier if there is someone else that will be willing to go outside with you and join you on whatever adventure you are taking that day, even if it's just to your favorite tree at the park so that you can breathe in and relax a little after your super stressful work week. Being able to have a friend that you can unwind with is invaluable and I cannot say enough how good it is for you.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, we hope every one of you has a friend like that. We hope that you can pick up the phone and have someone with you whenever you need them, someone that is up for anything. Who knows, maybe you two can even come in to Wirth together and see how much you enjoy getting an adjustment. After all, if you're both adventuring together, you should also stay healthy together.

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  244. Although chiropractic care generally focuses on the bones and muscles in the neck and spine, sometimes we see a study come forth from a scientific journal which gives us cause to think about the other things that this practice may be able to treat. Such was the case in 2008 when an Australian chiropractic journal released documentation of a study that was conducted on one patient with abdominal pain. While it should be noted that this was only one patient and there has not been another study done to my knowledge, it is always worth a thought to see what may have worked for someone.
    In 2008, a study was ready which described the case of a nine year old girl who had complained of abdominal problems which were affecting her school and gymnastic lessons. She had been put on medications to relieve the discomfort, including Mylanta, which did not help the situation. The girl described the pain as "burning" in her left upper abdominal area and there was a severe increase in flatulence that was observed as well. She was tested, but they found no food intolerance or allergy that would have caused the sudden change in the girl. There was also no reported trauma which would have resulted in the pain.
    For seven weeks, the girl was dealing with this before she was brought into a chiropractor who immediately began to give her full spinal adjustments. The doctor used the Activator Technique and there was reportedly an immediate relief felt by the girl. The doctor then had her come back for six more visits, during which the girl received these full spinal adjustments. After these, she was released from care and had a reported decrease in abdominal pain and other symptoms until they were finally gone.
    Although it may very well be that this treatment was only helpful for this one little girl, at least that means that one less little girl is in pain. We here at Wirth are extremely thankful that her guardians allowed a chiropractor to try and help her with wonderful results. We are not saying that this will help with any other person who comes in with these symptoms, but we personally think it is always worth a try.

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  245. This week, we really wanted to focus on the range in ages that we can treat here at Wirth Chiropractic. We know that many people find it crazy to think that we will treat literally anyone we can, but we say "Why not". After all, we have seen firsthand for years how beneficial this treatment is for just about every single person who walks through our doors. Why would we not want to spread this as wide as possible? We want to shatter as many misconceptions about chiropractic care as we can, and age is a good way to start.
    Personally, I have been going to the chiropractor since I was around two years old. My mother has severe arthritis and went weekly when I was younger, so I always tagged along. Due to different medical disorders that have been genetically passed down through the family, she decided that I should probably get spinal adjustments periodically as well. I continued to get them until I went to college out of the state. I can tell you first hand that my body could certainly tell the difference between when I was getting regular adjustments to when I wasn't. My pain levels were much higher and the amount that my fibromyalgia impacted my life was severely increased.
    My mother's arthritis has gotten much worse over the years and she recently had a double knee replacement. Once she was given the all clear from her surgeon, she went to the chiropractor and was once again amazed at the difference the treatment made. She also had surgery for a pinched nerve in her neck which was caused by her Rheumatoid arthritis and has been slowly recovering from that as well with chiropractic treatment.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we want everyone to feel their best. We refuse to write someone off due to their age or other medical disorders. We know just how much better someone can feel with a little bit of medical attention that gets to the root of the problem instead of just dealing with the effects of the pain. You deserve more than that. You deserve to feel as good as you ever did. We will do everything within our power to make that happen.

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  246. This week we really focused on being around other people. Whether you are around family, friends, your neighbors, your children, your friend's kids, or someone completely different, it is important that you get to know those around you. With the summer coming up, many of us will be spending more time outdoors and I don't know about you but I always think that having someone to invite over and chat with outside is a nice option. This is especially true if you both have children, so that way the kids can get there energy out and you can talk to a grown up again. Both are truly wonderful feelings.
    My main point this week is that many of us unfortunately spend more time at work or wrapped up in our own busy lives than anything else. While there is normally a very good reason for doing so, you need to reach out and have human contact as well. We are, by nature, social creatures. My guess is that if you are reading this blog, you're likely not a hermit and you probably wouldn't like to be. Sure, you might be an introvert but that doesn't mean that you never want to be around people. Everyone gets lonely sometimes and having someone to talk to can really do wonders for you both.
    Getting outside during the spring and summer is something that is so important to your health. It is always easier if there is someone else that will be willing to go outside with you and join you on whatever adventure you are taking that day, even if it's just to your favorite tree at the park so that you can breathe in and relax a little after your super stressful work week. Being able to have a friend that you can unwind with is invaluable and I cannot say enough how good it is for you.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we hope every one of you has a friend like that. We hope that you can pick up the phone and have someone with you whenever you need them, someone that is up for anything. Who knows, maybe you two can even come in to Wirth together and see how much you enjoy getting an adjustment. After all, if you're both adventuring together, you should also stay healthy together.

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  247. This week, I wanted to focus again on studies that have been done which show the truth behind chiropractic care. We read two wonderful articles about what chiropractic care can do for two completely different kinds of disorders, but both are chronic and can be life altering. In fact, both have the capability to keep the sufferer inside for most of their lives. Here at Wirth, we never want you to feel like you need to stay home and we will do everything we can to get you healthy again. Here is a recap of what we learned this week.
    The first article was about Crohn's Disease and other similar disorders. As I said, I have grown up with most of my family suffering from these and was amazed to hear about the study of over fifty patients who were used to find a strong link between these digestive disorders and chiropractic care. It was found that most people who have Crohn's Disease or something like it have misalignments in their lower backs and it was postulated that this may be a cause and effect situation, as those who received treatment for those issues in their spines showed decreased symptoms of the disorder.
    The second article was about a seven year old boy who suffered from allergies and asthma as well as chronic colds that were so severe he had to make monthly trips to the doctor, would miss at least a day or two of school every month, and had to take two medications every day plus his nebulizer. I don't know about you, but getting my ten year old nephews to take medication when they're sick is difficult enough, but this boy had been diagnosed at five months and had been suffering ever since. However, through chiropractic care, he was able to stop his need for the medication within two weeks and didn't need to miss a day of school due to sickness all year with continued treatment.
    Once again, I read these studies in awe. I may know just how much chiropractic care can change someone's life, but sometimes I forget just how different those lives are. Someone who is five months old and suffering, and continues to suffer for years, until they finally find the thing that helps is saddening. I am simply so happy that they were able to find what worked for them through chiropractic care.

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  248. Many of us suffer from upper respiratory issues such as Asthma or other allergies. For those of us who do, or have loved ones who do, know just how damaging they can be. Some cases are so severe that the person cannot even enjoy a normal life. I had a friend growing up who was so allergic to so many things that she had to be home schooled, was on at least six different medications, and had to be cleared by a doctor to travel anywhere, even in the car to a family member's house. I remember how miserable she was and always felt terrible for her and her family.
    While the subject of this study wasn't quite so bad, he was certainly one of the worse cases we hear of. This seven year old boy had been diagnosed with asthma at five months and also suffered from severe allergies and chronic colds. He would miss at least a day or two of school every month due to his illnesses and would have to take monthly trips to the doctor. He was also on a once a day dose of prescription Alavert for his allergies and Albuterol for asthma. As an adult, I am on one medication a day and that is bad enough. I cannot imagine how this poor boy must have felt.
    His parents brought him into the chiropractor and he received care for misalignments in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks, his parents decided that he no longer needed to take his allergy or asthma medications. Within five months of continued treatment, he was receiving only wellness checks with his doctor. Within the year which this study was written, he was able to go to school every single day and did not miss one due to illness.
    To me, this is simply amazing. While we will never suggest that you should receive chiropractic care instead of taking your prescribed medication, this boy and his parents decided that the care he received was so effective he could get off of his and would still be okay. In fact, it seems he was much better without the medication and with the substitution of chiropractic care. There is nothing wrong with taking medication, but I think it's wonderful this little boy didn't need to worry about it again.

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  249. We all know that children are supposed to be breastfed. It is recommended for the first six months exclusively and that children should be breastfed along with age acceptable food up to two years of age. However, as most women will attest, breastfeeding is not always such an easy answer. Many things can prevent women from being able to breastfeed a baby, from medications they are on to stress that they are under. Sometimes, children just will not seem to nurse as they should. Such was the case with a four week old infant in 2015.
    The child was seemingly unable to latch onto her mother's left breast, both in the traditional cradle position and any other which was tried. The mother was, understandably, concerned and contacted a lactation specialist. The specialist then suggested chiropractic care for the infant and so the woman brought her baby in to see if it would help.
    It was noted that the child had no noticeable abnormalities in her neurological or orthopedic tests. When the mother was able to bring her baby girl in, the chiropractor found that she indeed did have several misalignments. These were found in her sacrum, middle back, neck, and cranium. He also found several tight muscles and muscle groups in the infant's middle back, left neck, and right jaw joint. Imagine the woman's surprise when the other doctors had told her that there were no problems with her young baby's body and alignment.
    The chiropractor began an adjustment system which was meant to help the infant with the issues mentioned above. They also used an infant toggle head piece to assist the alignment issue even when the child was not receiving the care. They slowly worked out the issues from the bottom of the infant's spine to her jaw and it was observed that she not only had better range of motion, but her muscles had loosened.
    Once the mother returned home, she began to attempt breastfeeding immediately. Indeed, the infant fed from the left breast and did so uninterrupted for a full half hour. The mother had been scheduled to come in twice a week with the child until the issue was resolved, which is was within a single week.

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  250. Although the school year is over for most people, the pain is just beginning. For many kids and teens in America, the fact of heavy backpacks is an everyday event. It is never a good deal of fun to carry around large amounts of books, but as someone who has worked both at a library and who was somewhat recently a student, I can tell you that I prefer lugging around boxes of dictionaries than I did carrying around my textbooks in a bag.
    We are noticing more and more that students are complaining of back pain. When asked if they have a book bag, the answer is almost always yes. Sometimes when asked to bring them in, the students do and we find that they are difficult for us to lift, let alone walk around with. While students don't normally have these bags on their backs all day, the amount of time for the weight they are causes enough damage. This is especially true when you factor in that so many of these kids are jostled around in the hallways due to overcrowded schools and buses. There are a couple of ways that you can help your student with their bags.
    First, make sure they have a bag with two straps. Having a large amount of weight on one shoulder will only increase the amount of pain the student is in. Recommendations say that a book bag should be no heavier than ten percent of your student's body weight. While we know that this isn't always an option due to school restrictions, you should at least attempt to remind your child to reduce the weight if possible. Also, make sure that the straps are correctly positioned. Any bag lower than four inches under the waist will tend to pull back on the shoulders which often causes students to lean forward and can strain the muscles in their back and chest. This is especially a problem in students who are still growing. Also, make sure the straps are padded so they do not cut into the child's skin.
    Backpacks are a necessity in most schools, but they can cause quite a bit of harm. Try and talk to your student and their teachers to see if you can work out a system that doesn't harm the child's body.

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  251. I don't know about you, but I've always been pretty scared about going under the knife. I have personally only had surgery a couple of times, but each time has terrified me. It's not that I didn't have faith in my doctors or surgeons, I just don't like the idea of someone cutting into me with a sharpened knife and taking something out. I am not a fan of needles, even though I am a regular blood donor, and I am even less of a fan of not having control of my body while under the appropriate medications needed for surgery. If you are anything like me, then chiropractic care may just be what you've been looking for your whole life.
    Chiropractic care does not believe in using surgery or shots as a first resort for any injury. While there are obviously some exceptions, we will try to deal with almost any injury dealing with your muscular-skeletal system without any type of invasive procedure or medication. I will write a disclaimer though, if you come into our office with a broken bone, we will send you right to the E.R. Trust me, I've seen someone walk into a chiropractic office and ask if they could fix their broken arm. That is something you need to go to the hospital for.
    If you are not too keen on getting a shot of painkillers or getting opened up for something, however, we are your ideal stop. We will do everything we can to make sure that your pain is taken care of. We know how much it stinks to be in constant pain, especially in an area like the back or neck. This means that we will use all kinds of manipulation techniques on those areas to put them back into place in an attempt to make the pain go away.
    If you are concerned or have other questions about what we can do to help you, come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see what we have to say in a consultation. We want you to feel better about your life and your body, and that's difficult if you are in constant pain. Let us see what we can do to better your quality of life, and you can thank us later for the fact that you won't have any scars to show for it.

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  252. Sometimes, we receive questions that are very specific to the needs and concerns of our individual patients. While we always do our best to put each and every fear to rest, there are some questions that we hear often that are more specific to certain types of patients that may come through our doors. We wanted to address a couple of these here for you so that you can be more at ease when you walk in.
    1. Can I Bring My Child In For Treatment? Yes, most definitely! Here at Wirth we love children, so you can definitely bring in kids of all ages for treatment. We have heard concerns before about having a doctor work on a developing child's skeletal system, but we can assure you that this is something you can rest easy about. If anything, bringing your child in will help them grow correctly, as chiropractic treatment can help keep the natural proper alignment of a skeleton. There is no basic age limit for children to receive chiropractic care and has in fact been used to benefit infants having trouble breast feeding.
    2. I Have Arthritis and Shouldn't Crack My Joints, Should I See A Chiropractor? It is a common misconception that if you have developed arthritis you should not crack your knuckles. It is also false that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, you should definitely come in and see a chiropractor. Many people find that having chiropractic treatment actually reduces their pain levels that they attribute to arthritis. Definitely come in and see what we can do to help you.
    3. I Take Drugs (legal or illegal), Can I Still Have Chiropractic Care? Although chiropractic doctors do not prescribe medication, they do understand that in some cases they may be required. You most certainly are able to have chiropractic care no matter what your drug use history looks like. If you are concerned, however, it is always a good idea to let your doctor know what you have taken over the past couple of days so that they have a better idea of how to treat you.
    We hope that these questions have helped to ease some of your concerns. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see just how much of a difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.

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  253. Now that the summer is here, many of you will likely be thinking about vacations. Whether this means driving around, taking a bus, or flying to a distant location, you may want to think about how to make it easy on yourself. After all, traveling can be very uncomfortable depending on how it is done. Here are some tips on how to make sure that you arrive to your destination without feeling like you want to sleep the rest of your vacation away.
    1. Stretch. Stretching is one of the most important things that you can do in almost any situation. While it may be difficult depending on your travel method, you should always at least make an attempt to stretch before you start on your journey. If you are driving, make a couple of stops along the way to stretch and get out of the car. You can also stretch your toes and other muscles while you are driving to help prevent cramping. Always make sure that you have stretched before and after you travel.
    2. Be Comfortable. One of the most dangerous things that you can do to your body while traveling is not be comfortable. If you are the one driving, make sure that your seat is in the right position before you set out. Move your hand position on the steering wheel so that your arms do not get fatigued. If you are flying, make sure that you have a little bit of room so that you can get into a good position. Always try and get a pillow or rolled up blanket to rest in the small of your back no matter how you are traveling to keep your posture correct.
    3. Bag Weight. Make sure that all of your bags are light enough for you to easily carry. If you are flying, it is suggested that you check any bags more than ten percent of your body weight. If you are driving, make sure that you will be able to easily lift and carry them once you get to your destination. Having a couple extra bags will be worth the comfort once you get there.
    We want you to have fun, but we also want you to be safe. Come into Wirth Chiropractic, in Greenville NC, before you go so that you can feel refreshed after a spinal adjustment.

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  254. This week, I wanted to focus on some of the questions we hear on an almost daily basis. There is still a lot of concern about chiropractic care among many people, both in and out of the medical community. We always do our best to get rid of those fears, but it can be difficult to battle with the false information that people often find on the internet or by talking to friends who read incorrect articles or articles that spin the truth.
    For example, last year there was an unfortunate incident where a Playboy model ended up passing away after receiving chiropractic care. She had a stroke which was blamed upon the spinal manipulation she had undergone. This caused many news agencies and magazines to put out headlines which stated that she died due to receiving chiropractic care. While it is true that the stroke was caused by the sharp movement, it was also likely that the woman had a pre-existing vascular issue. The likelihood of this occurring in anyone is extremely rare, with the absolute highest risk being labeled around one in every 100,000 person, which is relatively similar to the risk of someone who is not receiving chiropractic care having a stroke. Other studies show that serious injuries being connected to chiropractic care are closer to one in every four million people seen.
    While we do encourage every person to do their own research about medical treatment they are thinking of undergoing, we do want to stress the importance of going to reputable sources for this information. Medical journals or official websites such as the ACA are going to be much more reliable than sources like People Magazine. While we are sure the reporters who work there are wonderful people, they don't have to have their information vetted in the same way medical reporters do. Always remember to look for a few legitimate sources before drawing a conclusion about something.
    If you are still concerned and would prefer to talk face to face with someone, then come on into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC. We will do everything in our power to put you at ease in regards to your future medical care and will talk you through everything that we want to do. Never feel uneasy asking what we are doing or what our opinions are about your care. Let us help you in every way that we can!

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  255. During the summer, there are a couple of things that we need to worry about that aren't really an issue during any other season of the year. While I wish that I could just say extreme temperatures, we know that this isn't true. After all, the winter can have some pretty nasty numbers, only on the other end of the spectrum. While winter presents its own issues in regards to health and keeping your body temperature in the right area, many people argue that winter is easier to deal with due to the ability to bundle up more. In the summer, however, there is only so much that you can take off and that doesn't always solve the issue.
    Heat exhaustion is a serious medical issue that many people experience every year. Those who are more at risk include children and the elderly, as their bodies don't regulate temperature as well as those who are of a moderate age. Also, depending upon other health issues, some people may be more susceptible. If you are a caretaker to someone who is non-verbal or who has a mental health or developmental disorder which prevents their ability to voice problems, you should also keep close watch for heat exhaustion. Here are some of the symptoms that you may see.
    - Muscle Cramps and Aches
    - Fatigue
    - Excessive Thirst
    - Dizziness
    - Nausea
    - Headache
    - Fainting
    - Agitation
    - Cold Sweats
    - Slow or Weak Heartbeat
    - Anxiety
    - Confusion
    While not all of these symptoms will present themselves in each person, it is still extremely important to remember them until you know how someone does react to excessive heat. If you believe that someone may be developing heat exhaustion, you should immediately get fluids into them as well as getting them to a cooler area. Also, getting them medical attention is absolutely imperative. Heat illnesses are nothing to mess around with or delay getting them help regarding.
    Here at Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville NC, we do have chiropractic doctors but at the end of the day, we are still a doctor's office. What we really care about is your health. While we may have a focus in muscles and joints, we still understand that certain things are worth mentioning or reminding people about each year when the issue comes around. Heat exhaustion is one of those things. Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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  256. This week, I really wanted to focus on how much good chiropractic work can be doing for our country as a whole along with you as an individual. We comment a lot about how we are non-invasive and how those who come to us can't expect to receive pain killers and be sent home, but that doesn't always translate to how that is helpful. In light of many things, including the health care plans that are currently being debated by the government, we wanted to remind you just how beneficial some of our treatments can be.
    First, I wanted to comment on how we don't use surgery or injections. Many of us, myself included, don't like the idea of going under the knife. While we all know that it is sometimes unavoidable, it is always good to avoid it if we can. There are many more complications that can arise from going under anesthesia than can come from having your neck cracked. You may have a bad reaction to the medication that is injected in you and even though your doctor normally will hold you to make sure that doesn't occur, it can still be terrifying if it does. While we certainly aren't saying that you should never use this as an option, you may want to think about going through other possibilities first.
    Secondly, I really wanted to bring up the opioid usage our country is seeing right now. Quite a few people I know have passed from overdosing and even more of those people know others who have passed from this. A large amount of people are battling many different kinds of addictions and drugs are currently one of the most dangerous kinds that we as a country are dealing with. While we know that chiropractic care won't be able to stop drug and opioid addiction and abuse, there is always the hope that we can make even a small amount of difference.
    We always want to remind you that you should talk with your general practitioner about the type of treatment you are going to seek. They should be kept up to date with what you are doing medically and this includes with chiropractic treatments. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and let us know how you want us to help you.

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  257. Sometimes, we receive questions that are very specific to the needs and concerns of our individual patients. While we always do our best to put each and every fear to rest, there are some questions that we hear often that are more specific to certain types of patients that may come through our doors. We wanted to address a couple of these here for you so that you can be more at ease when you walk in.
    1. Can I Bring My Child In For Treatment? Yes, most definitely! Here at Wirth we love children, so you can definitely bring in kids of all ages for treatment. We have heard concerns before about having a doctor work on a developing child's skeletal system, but we can assure you that this is something you can rest easy about. If anything, bringing your child in will help them grow correctly, as chiropractic treatment can help keep the natural proper alignment of a skeleton. There is no basic age limit for children to receive chiropractic care and has in fact been used to benefit infants having trouble breast feeding.
    2. I Have Arthritis and Shouldn't Crack My Joints, Should I See A Chiropractor? It is a common misconception that if you have developed arthritis you should not crack your knuckles. It is also false that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis of any kind, you should definitely come in and see a chiropractor. Many people find that having chiropractic treatment actually reduces their pain levels that they attribute to arthritis. Definitely come in and see what we can do to help you.
    3. I Take Drugs (legal or illegal), Can I Still Have Chiropractic Care? Although chiropractic doctors do not prescribe medication, they do understand that in some cases they may be required. You most certainly are able to have chiropractic care no matter what your drug use history looks like. If you are concerned, however, it is always a good idea to let your doctor know what you have taken over the past couple of days so that they have a better idea of how to treat you.
    We hope that these questions have helped to ease some of your concerns. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC and see just how much of a difference chiropractic treatment can make in your life.

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  258. This week, I want to talk to you about stretching. As you may have noticed, I like to talk about how important stretching is to staying healthy. I stretch often due to having arthritis and fibromyalgia and have noticed a great improvement in my daily pain levels from the time I started stretching. When I was first diagnosed, I stopped stretching as often as I had before. When I realized I was getting worse, I began again and immediately noticed how much better I would feel throughout the day if I stretched for even ten minutes in the morning. Here are some of the stretches that I generally do.
    1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Reach up towards the ceiling but don't push yourself to go higher. Slowly bend over towards your feet so that your hands are hanging down. Take a deep breath and sigh. You will notice that your hands have now reached lower. Do this a couple of times until you feel like you cannot stretch any lower. Hold this for ten seconds, then slowly roll back up, as if you were building your spine up one vertebrae at a time until your head rests back where it should be.
    2. Sit with your legs out in front of you together and reach towards your feet. If you cannot touch your toes, don't worry. Keep reaching until you feel a stretch. Once you do, hold it for ten seconds and then crawl your hands back until you are sitting up again. Do this repeatedly. Over the time I spent stretching, I was able to get my hands from around my ankles until I could hook my wrists over the tops of my toes. It took me a couple of months, but it does work wonderfully.
    3. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Pretend that there is a string attached to your head that is pulling you up. Bring your hands up and stretch as close to the sky as possible before pretending to grab a bar. Hold that for ten seconds and then slowly go back to your original stance
    Stretching is one of the best tools that you can have to battle pain. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenvile NC for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.

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  259. This week, I want to talk to you about stretching. As you may have noticed, I like to talk about how important stretching is to staying healthy. I stretch often due to having arthritis and fibromyalgia and have noticed a great improvement in my daily pain levels from the time I started stretching. When I was first diagnosed, I stopped stretching as often as I had before. When I realized I was getting worse, I began again and immediately noticed how much better I would feel throughout the day if I stretched for even ten minutes in the morning. Here are some of the stretches that I generally do.
    1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Reach up towards the ceiling but don't push yourself to go higher. Slowly bend over towards your feet so that your hands are hanging down. Take a deep breath and sigh. You will notice that your hands have now reached lower. Do this a couple of times until you feel like you cannot stretch any lower. Hold this for ten seconds, then slowly roll back up, as if you were building your spine up one vertebrae at a time until your head rests back where it should be.
    2. Sit with your legs out in front of you together and reach towards your feet. If you cannot touch your toes, don't worry. Keep reaching until you feel a stretch. Once you do, hold it for ten seconds and then crawl your hands back until you are sitting up again. Do this repeatedly. Over the time I spent stretching, I was able to get my hands from around my ankles until I could hook my wrists over the tops of my toes. It took me a couple of months, but it does work wonderfully.
    3. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and breathe deeply and evenly. Pretend that there is a string attached to your head that is pulling you up. Bring your hands up and stretch as close to the sky as possible before pretending to grab a bar. Hold that for ten seconds and then slowly go back to your original stance
    Stretching is one of the best tools that you can have to battle pain. Come into Wirth Chiropractic in Greenville, NC for an adjustment and see what other kinds of stretches may be able to help you.

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  260. This week, I really wanted to focus on letting you know that most concerns that you may have about going to a chiropractor are not necessary. If you are like most people, any time you are heading into a doctor's office is worrying. However, we wanted to really put some of those fears to rest for you because we are probably the least terrifying doctors you will ever meet. We are like the panda bears of the doctor world; we're just super cuddly and want you to love us.
    Many people are under the impression that chiropractors are not real doctors. This is a fairly silly belief because chiropractors go through medical school just like anyone else. In fact, just like any other specialty, chiropractors go through extra medical school to get their specification just like if we were going for orthopedic surgery. The only difference is the name of our type of practice and what exactly it is that we do. We don't have to go to learn about surgery because we hope that we can solve your issue before it comes to that. We don't have to learn about medications and what mixes well with what because we hope that we can fix whatever has happened without having you take pills for the rest of your life. Even though we don't deal with scalpels or pills, we can assure you that we are still fully fledged doctors.
    While we are fully understanding of any issues or concerns that you may have, we also want you to understand that we have no problem putting those fears to rest. If you are worried about something, let us know. I personally like to have my doctors talk to me while they do whatever it is they're doing. If you're like me, then let us know. If you'd rather not talk at all, let us know. We will do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed while we treat whatever you have come in for. Even if you are only in our office to accompany someone else, we will answer any questions you have. It really isn't a problem. We want to be open with you if you are concerned and will do all we can to make that happen. Come into Wirth and see how much better you feel after talking to us!

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