Do You Know The Most Important Physical Sign to Look for After a Car Accident in Orange County, CA?

Orange County, CA Car Accident Treatment Information
Dr Barry L Marks, Chiropractor, Orange, CA 92868

doctor_car_accident_neck_xrayCar accidents are a common problem. You probably pass by one each day on the streets or freeways of Orange County, California. If you’ve never been involved in one, consider yourself lucky. Most drivers in Southern California will experience more than one accident in their driving career.

While accidents are common, treatment rendered by acupuncturists, chiropractors, medical physicians, and physical therapists varies greatly. The effectiveness of these treatments also varies. The reason behind this is the fact that there is one very important physical problem that is at the root of all whiplash-type injuries. If your treatment is designed to correct this problem, then you stand the best possible chance for recovery. If not, then you are doomed to suffer chronic pain.

So what is this “most important physical sign?”

Hypolordosis

“Hypo” means less or reduced.

“Lordosis” is the natural curve found in the neck and lower back.

So hypo-lordosis means a reduction in a spinal curve, in the case of whiplash, the neck curve.

Here’s a picture of a neck curve that is straightened due to an auto collision. The yellow line indicates the approxiamte curve of a normal neck.

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Generally, the more straightened the neck is, the worse the injury. In some cases the neck will actually be so injured it will curve the opposite direction. This is called a “kyphosis.”

X-rays are Vital After a Car Crash

Therefore, after a car crash, your doctor must see whether or not you have a normal neck curve. He or she cannot do that without taking an x-ray. So when you show up at your family doctor’s office or ER after an accident, even a minor one, and they do not take an x-ray, you know they are not the best place to be managing your condition. This sign must be looked for on x-ray to determine the extent of your injuries and give you an estimate on your long term recovery.

Identifying the Abnormal Curve is a Start…

but it is not the end all. Your doctor or therapist must also provide you with treatment that is aimed at improving your curve and getting it back to normal. A doctor or therapist who does not provide you with treatment capable of accomplishing this is not treating your problem correctly.

How do you suppose you will know if your neck curve is getting better?

Taking a comparison x-ray after a period of treatment is the only way to tell if your curve is improved. So, any doctor or therapist who does not take comparative films of your neck is doing you a disservice.

This is important.

Research tells us that people with uncorrected neck curves after an accident suffer with chronic neck pain, headaches and stiffness. You also have a 600% higher risk of developing early osteoarthritis with an uncorrected neck after an accident.

Here’s an example of a person who suffered a strain that caused Hypolordosis after a car crash and later on re-exam was found to be improved after rehabilitative care in my office.

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For more information on car accident injury treatment, including a free e-book and audio and a free online video seminar series, go to http://orange-car-accident.com

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Car Accident Neck Exercise Videos Part 3

Neck exercise videos for car accident victims
Orange County, CA Auto Accident Specialist
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA 92868

The third and final video of this 3 part series is the most important exercise to restore a normal curve to a neck that has been damaged by a car crash.

It is an exercise that has not only been proven over many years to restore normal curvature, but many patients enjoy the relief they feel after doing this home therapy.

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For more information on car accident treatment, go to http://www.orange-car-accident.com, you may also be interested in a free online video seminar The Truth About Whiplash.

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Car Accident Neck Exercise Videos Part 2

Auto accident neck injuries and neck exercises
Dr Barry L Marks, Chiropractor Orange County, CA

This is the second of three videos for neck stabilization and correction following a car accident whiplash injury. If you’ve been in an accident and have suffered a reduced neck curve as a result, then you must do these exercises to correct your neck curvature to prevent serious problems years down the road.

Video number 2 depicts Neck Extensions which are vital for restoring neck muscle strength and stamina.

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For more information on car accident injury treatment, including a free online video seminar and free report, go to: http://www.orange-car-accident.com

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Car Accident Neck Exercise Videos Part 1

Neck exercises for auto accident victims
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA

Whiplash injuries caused by car crashes often results in damage to the neck characterized by a loss of normal curve. Medical researchers have found that a persistently reduced cervical curve increases the victims risk for early onset osteoarthritis by 600%. Therefore it is important to re-establish a normal curve as part of the rehabilitation process after an auto accident.

Previous posts gave examples of exercises to restore strength and stability and reshape the neck curve. We now present videos showing the exercises for more clarity.

Video number 1 of 3 depicts an exercise known as Head Translation. Head translation exercises are important to restore proper mechanics and function of the upper neck region, which is particularly prone to whiplash trauma.

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Neck Exercises for Car Accidents Part 4

Orange County, CA Car Accident Neck Exercises
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA

Exercise 3: Gravity Traction

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1. Roll up a bath towel into a 4” roll, or you may use a hard foam roll, and place it on the end of your bed.
2. Lie on your back with your neck over the roll while your head hangs down over the edge of the bed.
3. Hold for 5 min/day for week one, then 10 min/day in week two, increasing to 20 min each day.

For more information on car accident injuries including a Shocking Free Report and an Online Video Whiplash Seminar, go to http://www.orange-car-accident.com

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Neck Exercises for Car Accidents Part 3

Orange County Car Accident Neck Exercises
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA

Exercise 2: Neck Extension

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1. Lie face down on your bed or the floor.
2. Keeping your chest and shoulders down, lift your head up and attempt to look at the ceiling.
3. Hold position for 10-20 seconds depending on your strength.
4. Lower your head, then repeat 10 times.

For more information on car accident injuries including a Shocking Free Report and an Online Video Whiplash Seminar, go to http://www.orange-car-accident.com

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Neck Exercises for Car Accident Injuries Part 2

Car Accident Neck Exercises
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange County, CA

“How Do I get My Neck Back to Normal?”auto_accident_x-ray

We will assume for the sake of simplicity that you have concluded your Initial Relief Care treatment. This treatment has probably taken you anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Your pain should now be about 70% better than when you were first injured. It is now time for the second phase of care, which is called Spinal Rehabilitation care.

The two parts to Spinal Rehabilitation Care are:

1. In office visits at roughly twice each week for approximately 4-12 weeks
2. At home care daily, 7 days a week until curve returns to normal

Your in office visits will consist of:
·Various forms of cervical (neck) traction that depends on how severe your loss of curve is to mold your neck into the proper curvature.
·Isoelectronic muscle rehabilitation also known as Russian Stimulation, to increase muscle strength in the back or your neck and shoulders.
·Myofascial release (stretching, deep muscle massage, etc) to remove muscle tension
·Chiropractic spinal adjustments to maintain proper joint alignment and freedom of movement to allow your neck to be curved.

Your “homework” will include:
·General stretching of the neck and upper back that you were assigned in Initial Relief Care to loosen the muscles followed by…
·Head translation exercise to improve upper neck motion and stability
·Neck extension exercise to strengthen the neck
·Gravity traction to stretch the muscles in the front of the neck and mold the neck into the proper curvature.
·Ice pack to relieve inflammation caused by exercise

There are 3 exercises I recommend for the neck if there is a reduced curve on x-ray following an auto accident.

Exercise 1: Head Translation

Stand or sit in a comfortable position. See figure 1.

Imagine your chin being pushed backward, while your neck stays stationary. You should feel increased tension in the upper neck region as your head slides backwards. See figure 2. Hold position for 20 seconds

Return to normal position, figure 1.

Now stick chin outward while neck remains still and hold for 20 seconds. See figure 3.

Repeat movement from position 2 to position 3, 10 times.

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Neck Exercises for Car Accident Injuries Part 1

Orange County, CA Car Accident Injury Neck Exercises Info

Dr Barry L Marks, Chiropractor, Orange, CA

Before we discuss specific neck exercises, we first must understand…

What Happens to Your Neck in a Car Crash?

At the moment of impact in a typical rear-end collision, your head remains momentarily still while your body is forced forward. This instantaneous separation of the movement of your torso and head causes the neck shape to be deformed injuring muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, joint surfaces, nerves and even your brain.

This all occurs before you are even conscious of the collision. By the time you realized you were hit, your spine as already been damaged!

The degree of spine damage depends on many factors including your age, gender, body type, vehicle type, seat and head restraint type, your position at impact, previous accidents, and more. Interestingly, vehicle damage has been repeatedly shown NOT to be a good predictor of bodily injury.

One of the most reliable factors of injury are your symptoms and how soon after the collision they show up and your x-ray findings. Much research has gone into determining the long-term outlook of crash victims and how to predict whether you will recover from your injuries or not.

The presence of an abnormal neck curve on x-rays after a collision is a key factor in your prognosis. Medical researchers have found that if your neck is damaged it will change it’s shape which is readily measurable on x-ray examination. How far from normal your neck curve has deviated determines how badly you are injured and how difficult it may be to return your neck to normal.

Consider the pictures below…on the left is a normal curve that resembles a backwards “C.” On the right is an “S” shaped curve due to whiplash.

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“What is a Normal Neck Curve?”

A normal “C” shaped neck curve measures between 30 and 40 degrees. There is some debate about whether or not the higher number, 40 is a steadfast norm. I believe, if you are between those numbers that is a good place to be.

Let’s compare a normal neck, Figure 1 and an abnormal neck in Figure 2:

You may have noticed that the patient is facing to the left instead of to the right as in the pictures previously, but you should also note that Fig. 1 has a nice deep curve, while Fig. 2 is very straight. This is a classic example of what is called a “hypolordosis” or decreased curve of the neck.

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What you need to understand is that after your initial treatment that is designed to reduce pain by quelling inflammation and spasm, it is highly probable that your neck will still be misshaped like this. Unfortunately, doctors who do not know about or do not understand the importance of fully rehabilitating a neck after an accident, treat many crash victims. So once your pain is reduced, these doctors will unceremoniously release you from care without taking a second set of x-rays to measure your curve. You will be released with less pain, but your neck is still damaged inside and will eventually become painful again. Worse, is that later you will suffer deterioration of your neck joints and have early osteoarthritis. Medical research indicates a 600% increase in risk for early arthritis in victims with persistently reduced neck curve after a crash. As you can see, it is very important for your long-term health to correct your neck as much as possible.

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In the next post, we will cover the specific neck exercises you MUST do if you have suffered an auto accident.

For more information on car accident injuries including a Free Report
and a Free Online Video

Seminar, go to http://www.orange-car-accident.com


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Teen Driving Safety Videos ALL Parents & Young Drivers Should Watch 3/3

Teen Driving Safety
Drunk Driving Awareness info
Dr Barry L Marks, Chiropractor, Orange, CA
Car Accident Injury Specialist

This is the third of 3 videos I have come across that parents and young drivers should watch together.

The third video reinforces the destructive power that each car possesses. It also graphically depicts the consequences of driving while impaired. In this case after a moderate amount of alcohol, but it could easily have been texting, goofing with friends, eating, even changing the stations on the radio.

Please share this with others and make the streets safer for all of us.

European DUI Commercial *Graphic*

Dr Barry Marks, DC
http://www.orange-car-accident.com

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Teen Driving Safety Videos Every Teen and Parent Should Watch 2/3

Orange County Car Accident Info
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA

Teen Driving Safety Videos Part 2 of 3

If you missed part 1 of this 3 part series, go here Part 1.

As this memorable video shows, you cannot imagine the lives that are affected by drunk driving.

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Please share this post with friends and family so that we can help protect those we love.

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