Symptoms Of Neck And Back Herniated Disc Injury After A Car Accident




As we grow older, the discs in our spine become less flexible; therefore, the risk of injury increases. Herniated discs can occur in any area of the spine but they are more likely to occur in the neck and lower back. Individuals between the ages of 30-40 are more vulnerable to this injury. This type of neck and back injury commonly occurs when a person falls from a high place, or if he lifts a heavy object improperly, or if has been involved in a car accident.

Herniated disc injury can be extremely painful and also very annoying. No individual deserves to suffer from such pain and discomfort: however, if you are suffering from this type of neck and back injury because you recently got involved in a car wreck, you need to know more about this condition and what to do about it.

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How Does A Car Accident Cause Herniated Disc?

The first thing you need to understand is what a spinal disc is. The spinal disc is the cushion between each vertebrae of the spinal cord. It absorbs the shock that the spinal cord and vertebrae take in every single thing we do. Without these discs, the vertebrae will always be rubbing against each other which would cause a huge amount of pain, discomfort, and wear on the spinal column.

When the disc is herniated, the soft material inside the spinal disc goes out the outer lining of the cartilage. Typically, there should be a space in between the discs and the spinal column; however, if when the herniated disc compresses on a spinal nerve, it will result in pain, weakness, and numbness. With this neck and back injury:

  • The disc will move out of place or break open due to injury or strain. If this occurs, you will feel pressure on your spinal nerves.
  • The lower area of the spine is the common place for a slipped disk. The neck discs can also be affected. But the upper-to-mid-back discs are rarely affected.

This condition usually occurs in a vehicular accident. When a car accident occurs, it will put too much stress on the spinal column which can result in slipped disc. The disc structure comes through the spinal channel and press against the nerves in the spine. According to the personal injury attorneys at the California-based Bob M. Cohen & Associates, this type of injury can cause severe pain and may require therapy or surgery to relieve pain and symptoms.

Symptoms Of Herniated Disc Injury

  • If the herniated disc is in your lower back, you will feel sharp pain in one area of your leg or hip. You might also feel numbness in other parts of your body. You might also feel pain or numbness at the back of your calf or on your sole.
  • If the herniated disc is in your neck, you may find it painful to move your neck. You will also feel deep pain near your shoulder blade. The pain may move to the forearm, upper arm, or your fingers.

You need to understand that symptoms of herniated disc are not immediately noticeable right after the car accident. You may notice pain that starts slowly; however, you should not dismiss this pain because it can get worse. You might experience pain when you are:

  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • When sneezing, laughing, or coughing
  • When you are walking long distances or when you are bending backward
  • You have a hard time standing on your toes or you can’t stand on one side.

Do not make the common mistake of taking the pain for granted. This type of neck and back injury can become worse over time leading to chronic pain, lost productivity, and inability to work. If you are a car accident victim, immediately seek medical attention and look for a credible injury lawyer to file a claim for damages.

 

The author, Kris Hopkins, is a healthcare professional. In her line of work, she has treated patients with herniated discs who were under a lot of pain. In this article, she aims to raise awareness regarding this neck and back injury.

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Foods That Relieve Chronic Pain



What foods help to relieve your painWhen it comes to dealing with chronic pain, one is tempted to try absolutely anything that might end up working in your favor. This includes drugs, even those that are considered strong. No doubt, a few non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs help a lot in relieving chronic pain, but they aren’t your only choice. You should rely on them only as a last resort and not as your first option! In fact apart from the use of pain relief pills, you can actually handle pain more effectively if you include the intake of certain food items in your daily diet. Not depending on any single kind of food won’t help; what you need is a healthy balanced diet along with foods that are known to relieve you of chronic pain.

So load up on those veggies, fresh fruits, whole grains and certain other foods discussed below before reaching for any pain pill.

Dark Cherries relieve pain

Dark cherry contains anthocyanin which helps in diminishing chronic pain. According to a study, people suffering from pain crave for these and by making cherries a regular part of their diet, they are able to avoid the wave of pain. Dark cherries are healthy to eat anyway, just be sure that you properly rinse and clean them before eating.

Turmeric lessens inflammation and pain

Turmeric spice contains an active ingredient named Curcumin which is known for its anti-inflammatory property. It helps turmeric fight against the pain caused by inflammation. One can add this turmeric to their diet in a variety of ways, like it can be used in fresh form as a root on salad, can be mixed into soups, eaten as dried spice and much more.

Papaya relieves pain

Papain, a strong enzyme which is used in medicines, is present in papaya. It is also used to render the meat soft and tender as it breaks down the powerful connective tissues present in the meat. For patients, papaya’s skin is helpful in relieving pain and inflammation. You can fully benefit from it by eating the fruit in pure form as this way you can get both antioxidants and fiber as well. As part of a research, doctors injected this powerful enzyme, papain, directly into the spine and it resulted in reducing back pain significantly.

Whole Grains fight against pain

Whole grains are a rich source of fiber and by making them a part of your diet, you can maintain your body weight which is an important factor to avoid chronic pain. Whole grains are also rich in magnesium. Studies have revealed that this mineral has helped reduce muscle pain in different animals.

Olive oil for pain relief

Olive oil takes the top spot when it comes to fighting pain. This oil, that is a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols, helps control pain in different parts of your body. Another important factor to be kept in mind is that olive oil is an alternative to butter which has a great amount of saturated fat.

Strawberries-pain fighters

Strawberries are known for helping with pains and aches as it is an antioxidant with strong pain relieving properties. Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C and known to hinder pain after a surgery or a broken bone.

Greens help fight pain

Spinach is a great source of vitamin K, a nutrient with pain relieving properties. Vitamin K is also helpful in maintaining healthy joints and lending strength to your bones. Dark leafy green veggies can help you get all the vitamin K that you need in your routine diet.

Warning: Vitamin K can result in blood clotting so if any of you are taking anticoagulant, visit your doctor before raising its intake.

Yummy Dairy and pain

Dairy foods contain two important nutrients that are helpful in bone building; these are vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D has dual properties i.e. it plays an important role in both promoting bone strength and reducing chronic ache.

Orange juice that is rich in vitamin D and calcium also helps fight chronic pain along with soymilk that plays a similar role.

Other Helpful Foods include

  • Soy
  • Mint
  • Grapes
  • Spices
  • Cranberry juice
  • Caffeine
  • Wine
  • Salmon
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger

 

Author: David Silva is a nutritionist who tells how you can rely on certain foods to get rid of different kinds of pains. He also highlights the importance of improving your diet plan to specifically help with the relief of chronic pains as well as maintenance of weight. His health booklets can be found at Phentermine Pharmacies to help you deal with related issues.  

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Back Pain Can Be Debilitating



how to reduce back painPeople that are and have suffered from back pain can attest to the fact that it can debilitate and put life on hold.  Facts and myths about the back are everywhere and sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between the two.  This article will cover some of the myths and some of the facts to help distinguish between them.

Injuries are Not the Only Cause of Back Pain

Many people believe that back pain is caused by accidents resulting in an injury to the back; this is not true.  There are other factors that can cause pain in the back such as diseases, infections, disc degeneration, or inherited conditions.  If one is suffering from back pain finding the root of the problem is important so that the issue can be addressed before it becomes worse.  Lifting heavy objects in an incorrect manner can often cause back pain though usually temporary, but if the action is repeated time and time again permanent damage could occur.  Eventually most people have to lift something heavy and they can avoid injury by doing so correctly; squat close to the object to be lifted, keep the back straight and the head facing forward and use the power from the leg muscles to rise with the object.  Never twist or turn while lifting; this could cause serious injury to the back.

Straight is not Always Best

Mom always tells you to sit up straight; that slouching is bad for your back and posture.  She was not one hundred percent correct; too much time sitting straight up can be a strain on the back as well.  If you are confined to a desk and find yourself sitting a majority of the day put a little thought into what you can do to help the back.  Occasionally lean back in you chair with your feet on the ground and put a slight curve in the back to give it a stretch.  Make a concerted effort to get out of that chair and stand for a while; maybe while reading work materials or talking on the phone.  When the work day is over and the fatigue is settling in give your back a boost by performing some light yoga stretches to keep it strong and healthy.

Support the Back

Our back is a large part of support for our bodies, so we should make certain that we treat it right and give it the proper support.  Start with where you sleep and determine if you have the correct mattress.  Firmer is not necessarily better; some studies have proven that persons sleeping on a medium to firm bed rather than firm tend to have less back pain.  Maybe you sleep posture isn’t great and it’s causing you problems.  Talk to your doctor about getting a sleep pillow that can help with support while in slumber.  There a number of shoe inserts now available that can help improve back support ranging from hard foam to gel materials.  Another big myth is that rest is always best for back pain; in reality spending one to two days being immobile may actually cause the pain to worsen.  Keeping yourself at a healthy weight is another factor in the battle against back pain; obesity can increase back pain and being super skinny does not mean there will be no back pain.

It Doesn’t Have to Mean Surgery

There are many options available to alleviate back pain so don’t jump to the conclusion that surgery is the only option.  Working with a chiropractor is often a solution for many people.  The simple manipulation of the spine can do a lot of good and acupuncture has been proven to help in some cases as well.  Talking with your doctor to develop an exercise regime designed to strengthen the back is definitely a great place to start.

 

Donna Lee Jane writes on health and well-being for DearJane. Donna is a nurse with two decades of experience shares with you this article on Back Pain

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Sports And Back Injuries: What You Need To Know



back pain at lumbarWith the goal of staying fit and active, many of us choose to play sports rather than head to the gym. It’s easy to understand why; when we think of playing football or basketball, we typically think of it as a fun, leisure activity, while going to the gym, or doing other forms of exercise, can often feel like a chore. So it’s easy to forget, in the heat of the moment, just how much hard work our bodies are doing. Maybe you skipped a warm-up, pushed yourself too hard, got tackled at the wrong moment, or simply had an accident; sports injuries happen to the best of us and almost a fifth of them affect the back.

Injuries aren’t always immediately noticeable; it’s quite common to first notice a problem when you wake up the next morning in pain, leading to confusion about what exactly caused it. Some of the most common causes of back injury in sports are:

  • Forgetting to warm up; while some recent research has indicated that warming up prior to exercising isn’t as necessary as we often assume, warm-up stretches prepare the muscles for the stress they’re about to go through and should never be skipped, no matter what sport you play.
  • Repetitive movements; sports such as swimming, golf, jogging and weightlifting all involve repetitive movements that put strain on the muscles in the back.
  • Contact sports; for example, rugby. Injuries are common in contact sports and often affect the back or neck.

Types of Injury

If you don’t notice an injury until after you’ve finished playing, it’s probably a chronic injury. Chronic injuries are typically recurring and first appear after playing the sport for a while. A chronic injury often aches and is more painful when you play. They can also be accompanied by swelling.

Acute injuries, however, are immediately noticeable. They can occur very suddenly and are often extremely painful. Acute injuries can also cause swelling and limited movement.

Treatment

So what can you do if you get injured? If you are in extreme pain, or the injury has caused a flare-up of an older injury, you should always see a doctor. It’s possible to treat most other injuries yourself, but if you don’t see any improvement, or the injury gets worse, make an appointment with your doctor.

If it’s safe to treat yourself, the first thing you need to remember is to rest. Immediately after injuring yourself, and for approximately two days after, avoid putting too much strain on your back and, whenever possible, stay sitting or lying down in a comfortable position. Use an ice pack on the area to relieve pain up to eight times a day, for up to 20 minutes at a time.

Using a back support will also be very helpful following an injury. Back supports provide compression and support for your back and spine, helping to relieve pain while also adjusting your posture and minimizing any risk of further injury. A back support will also help you in the days and weeks following your injury; as you begin to recover and get back to normal, doing light exercise and daily activities that may put strain on your back, the support will limit movement in your back, avoiding aggravation of your injury. There are many different types of back supports available, so you should be able to find one that’s a good fit for your injury.

Injuring your back doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to play sports again. By treating your injury as described above and slowly beginning to exercise the area through gentle movements and stretches, you will begin to recover. Use a support at first and go slow; don’t get impatient and don’t play sports again until you can stretch and move without pain. Remember to always see a doctor if the pain gets worse or doesn’t improve.

When you’re ready to get back to playing, remember to follow these tips to avoid another injury:

  • Always warm-up or stretch before you play and cool down afterwards.
  • Don’t push yourself; if you’re tired or in pain, stop.
  • If your sport involves jumping, remember to land with bent knees.
  • Always wear suitable footwear and clothing, including safety equipment where necessary.
  • Try not to always do the same thing; a healthy body needs a balance of cardio, flexibility and strength exercises.

In some cases, sports injuries can be inevitable. However, if you rest, use a back support when you’re in pain and avoid pushing yourself beyond your limits, you’ll be back to normal in no time.

My name is Paul Smith and I have suffered from sporting back injuries many times and so offer this advice so that you can avoid doing so!

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Treating Whiplash Holistically- Ditch The Pain Meds



physiotherapy for whiplashI can still recall being parked at the same light, the familiar light at Main-street. I had been listening to something on the stereo, unaware of any proximal dangers. I had my window rolled down and I had been watching a group of outlandishly dressed kids dancing in front of a pub. All I can recall was seeing stars, because what happened came out of nowhere.

I had, as you can guess, been hit by a car. More specifically, I had been rear-ended. Apparently people still drink and drive, who would have known? After the initial impact I went into a general panic-mode. I burst from my seat, my body aching, but able to move. I went through the general procedure, checking to make sure that the other driver was okay and so forth. The police soon arrived, and then I was off on my way with an ugly, mangled bumper. I was happy to be alive.

The following days I began to experience grueling pains in my back and upper-neck. I knew that I had whiplash, but I wasn’t sure how to go about treating it. I did the normal thing and went to see a doctor. Sure, they had oodles of prescriptions, and being the trusting consumer that I was, I was happy to take them off their hands. Yes, these medicines temporarily made my pain go away. But they also made me loopy, frazzled, tired and nauseous. They did not correct the problem. I was at a temporary loss.

What Exactly is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a number of injuries that a person can experience as a result of a sudden distortion of the neck. Whiplash is the name of the injury that occurs after the impact. It occurs when a sudden jolt stretches the spine, tearing and stretching ligaments. The head snaps forward, then back again. This can result in the spine creating an “S” shape.

Research Made it Clear

After doing a bit of research (and speaking with others who also had experienced whiplash), it became apparent that what I needed was not medicine, but physical therapy and chiropractic help. My doctors scoffed at the idea of a chiropractor, but I was willing to do whatever it took to alleviate my pain. I was also not ecstatic about invasive surgeries and zombifying pain medications. I was on a quest to cure my ailment with holistic measures.

Holistic Treatment for Whiplash

There are a number of measures that one can take in order to help heal injuries naturally. Not only are these measures much less costly, but generally they yield better results. As a society, we have become obsessed with eating organic foods and changing our light-bulbs to lessen energy consumption, so why are we wasting so much time, money and effort on non-holistic forms of treatment?

  • Rest-  Good old common rest. Just like a broken arm, your neck is injured. The body needs time to recover. Though rest is essential, just like everything else, too much can be harmful. The neck does need stimulation, otherwise one is more likely to suffer for a greater amount of time.
  • Supplements-  Any time that a bone is injured, it is paramount to analyze our diets. If we aren’t getting the nutrition that we need, our bodies will slow their rate of recovery. It is important to be getting extra calcium, vitamin D and iron to promote strong, healthy bones.
  • Cervical Collar- A soft collar around the neck is like a cast. It helps to reduce unnecessary movement of the neck.

Seeing a Chiropractor

After deciding to fix my problem naturally, I did a simple search on the internet. Tons of chiropractors were available in my area. I spoke with a few friends (those who have been in car-accidents have experienced whiplash) about chiropractic care and I was recommended to quite a few. I went ahead choose a chiropractor in my area and had great success with the treatment I received.

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are a godsend to those of us with whiplash. Chiropractors are specifically trained to understand the way our bones work, move and function. In a sense, our spine is their specialty. Generally, treatment for whiplash consists of the chiropractor relaxing and stimulating the dysfunctional muscles. This is generally done by delicate stretches of the tense muscles. In addition, contractions of the inhibited muscle(s) may be rendered.

Essentially, the chiropractor administers finger pressures, contractions and muscle stimulations on trigger points to fix the problem from within. They also analyze your day-to-day regimes, including exercise and diet. You will be hard-pressed to find a chiropractor whose solution is to jam pills down your throat.

Through holistic treatment may not be for everyone, it is the solution for the common-case. Indeed, some people are greatly injured and do require medication and surgery. For most of us though, this is not the case. In the end, rest and seeing a chiropractor is all that I required.

Author: Alexandra Meehan is a freelance writer who loves the outdoors. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys poetry, biking and taking trips to the beach. Alexandra is consumed by environmental impact and holistic health which is why she prefers treatments such as chiropractic from her Placerville CA chiropractor instead of turning to prescriptions to treat pain.

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