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3 Keys to Avoid Chronic Neck or Back Pain After a Car Accident- Tips From Whiplash Expert Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

3 Keys to Avoid Chronic Neck or Back Pain After a Car Accident – Tips From Whiplash Expert Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

 

Having seen hundreds of patients after car crashes there are many mistakes that people make which cause longer lasting and sometimes permanent damage to the spine from a car accident or whiplash trauma. Many patients come in shortly after a motor vehicle accident and some come in a long time after once they are aware that their chronic neck or back pain is not going away. One of my jobs as their chiropractor is to educate them on how they can get better now and stay better in the future.  Here are 3 tips of things to do after any car wreck.

#1- Seek immediate treatment or an opinion. If you are in an accident and there is immediate pain, it needs to be tended to immediately. This initial pain very well may worsen in the next day or two, so the sooner it is diagnosed and treated the better. High levels of pain should be checked in the emergency room to rule out bone fractures or other trauma to the body’s vital organs or the intervertebral discs. Whether or not trauma care in the E.R. is necessary, the next step should be a specialist in whiplash. This would be specific chiropractors. All chiropractors can see a car accident patient, but you want one who is expert in this area. You want one that has post-doctorate training and certification in whiplash and auto accident trauma to be the one to examine your injuries. The higher the level of training in this area, the higher the specificity in finding and helping to resolve your problems.

 

#2- Start with ICE to reduce inflammation, not heat!  One of the most basic rules of treatment is that ice helps decrease inflammation because it pushes the blood away from the muscles, tendons, ligaments, all the soft tissues that are trying to heal after an injury. Heat will bring blood towards the area thus making it more difficult to repair the area. When in doubt, ice! I am continually amazed how often a patient comes in after an accident and they have been told by someone to put heat on it- even from the E.R. and urgent care centers!! Try to get extra amounts of water for hydration to the muscles and extra rest as your body is working in overdrive to repair itself and will feel fatigued and run down for a while.

 

#3- At a minimum, get spinal x-rays to check the alignment and curvatures of the spine as well as under the radar fractures that may occur. This is necessary before undergoing any form of treatment! Just a few months ago I examined a woman after her car accident. She inquired if her son should be checked as well since he had a little bit of pain. After I agreed, she brought him in and I started with an examination and x-rays. I found a large fracture at his fifth lumbar vertebrae! If he had begun many forms of treatment without knowing about this he would have been injured worse from treatment. This case was a surprise since his levels of pain were much lower than expected with this finding. As a rule, after a car accident, at least get spinal x-rays and a complete examination performed by a car accident chiropractor that is expert in this area.

Chronic Neck Pain After Car Accidents Treatment by Chiropractor in Kyle TX

As a chiropractor treating patients in car accidents I often see patients come in with neck pain that have a car accident whiplash injury in their history.  The story often goes that they were young and bounced back rather quickly after the accident not thinking they were injured.  Years later they develop nagging neck pain for no good reason at all.  After a chiropractic and orthopedic examination in the office and taking x-rays I often get the rest of the story…
A car wreck causes G-forces to go through the body (that it is not prepared for) at various points in the body.  As the neck is in extension position, such as it would be after being rear ended from behind, it becomes a vulnerable area for the force from the accident to damage.
How does the accident cause damage?  On the surface it can cause muscular damage which would result in tension, muscle spasm, pain, etc.  It also creates joint inflammation from the spinal joints crashing into one another and causing sharp pain and inflammation.  The muscular damage is the easiest and quickest to resolve. The joint damage usually takes more time.  The intervertebral disc acts like a shock absorber to the spinal vertebra and are often herniated (broken) or compressed creating bulging from the injury.  These can create chronic vulnerabilities in the neck chronically.  If a herniated disc puts pressure on a nerve then it can create nerve symptoms like numbness and tingling and will require proper management.  The spinal ligaments can also become inflamed and stretched in a motor vehicle accident.  Stretching of the spinal ligaments may or may not contribute to short-term pain and symptoms, but they are likely to contribute to problems down the road. Loosened ligaments may allow the curvature of the neck to change creating more tension and pressure in the neck and upper back that eventually becomes chronic pain.
These are just a few of the effects that a car accident or whiplash injury can cause.  If you are ever in a car crash make sure you are evaluated by a personal injury certified chiropractor that does an examination and x-rays to determine what treatment can resolve the injury and prevent it from becoming a chronic pain situation for you.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

Chiropractor in Kyle is Certified to Treat Work Injuries

Chiropractor in Kyle is Certified to Treat Work Injuries
Did you know that Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness is certified to evaluate and treat your work injury?  We can also treat under your worker’s compensation claim for injury.  These can include back pain, neck pain, sprains and strains, slip and fall, auto accident, and more.  Sometimes they are due to a specific incident causing the injury and other times they may be from repetitive strain types of conditions leading to pain and inability to do work duties or activities of daily life.  Musculoskeletal work injuries are very common and easier to resolve the sooner treatment begins.
The traditional approach of pain medicine and muscle relaxers or pain injections is a way to cover up the pain symptoms but does not resolve the cause of the occupational injury.  Chiropractic along with therapy can help the body heal and eliminate the cause of the problem.  Once this has happened the pain will go away and the function of the body will improve thus allowing work duties to begin.
Dr. Ryan Browning has been certified as a Designated Doctor through the Texas Worker’s Commission for three years and has helped many patients recover from work injuries including when they are going through workers compensation.  Once you contact our office we can help you begin the process of getting authorized to receive treatment in our office through the insurance.  We are glad to help in this process to help you get better!

Neck Pain Tips – Kyle TX Chiropractor

Are you tired of living with neck pain? Have you started to think that it is normal to have headaches? Maybe you have started to have migraines or that upper back tension is unbearable! These are all very common reasons to find a chiropractor and get your spine aligned. There are a few causes that lead most to experience neck pain….

#1- The Neck Joints are out of alignment or lack proper movement. When the joint get stuck they lose their ability to move freely throughout their range of motion and start to feel stiff. A healthy joint has a springy quality of movement to it.

#2- Irritated or Pinched Nerves. The nerves coming off of the spinal cord in your neck exit the spinal bone through holes in the side. Improper alignment or posture of the bones causes that hole for the nerve to become more narrow. This increases your chances of the nerve rubbing on the bone and getting irritated or pinched. These can cause neck pain, numbness in the hand, carpal tunnel like symptoms, headaches, tingling and more.

#3- Poor Posture- Years of sitting at a computer for your job will at some point lead to neck or low back pain or other conditions. The neck is meant to have a specific curvature in the spine and poor posture at the computer, driving, sleep position, or excess time looking down at phones or tablets will diminish the curve, thus leading to the eventual onset of migraines or headaches, muscle tension or pain.

#4- Tense muscles- Changes in the curvature of the spine will force the muscle to lengthen and thus seem tense. Extra stress, whether it be mental (work/relationship/money), physical (manual labor/desk job/repetitive motion) or chemical (poor nutrition/dehydration) will increase tension in the muscles. The upper back is where people “hold their stress”. This is because of the changes mentioned in #3.

These are a few quick references to the most common reasons that lead to neck pain, back pain, headaches including migraines, jaw pain (TMJ) and more. If you would like to find out why you have neck pain, we are here to help!

In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning

Top 5 Underlying Causes to Your Back Pain- by a Chiropractic Doctor in Kyle TX

Top 5 Underlying Causes to Your Back Pain- by a Chiropractic Doctor in Kyle TX

Did you know that back pain is the second most common reason that employees miss work?  It ranks behind only the common cold.  Studies show that most people will experience a substantial event of back or neck pain throughout their life.  It’s something that most people will not act to prevent from happening, but will react and seek care after pain, numbness or other symptoms appear.
I hear it all the time…”Not sure what caused this pain, it just started” or “What do you think caused this kink in my neck?”  The answer is usually an accumulation of events rather than one single event such as a car accident.

So, here are the TOP 5 UNDERLYING CAUSES to your neck pain or back pain!

#1- Your Posture!  When you’ve spent years sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day or you grow up looking straight down at your iphone or ipad, the result is inevitable that the curves in your spine will have problems.  The neck curve will straighten out and sometimes start to curve in the reverse, the shoulders start rounding forward and the head hangs more forward in a forward head posture.

#2- Your Sleeping Position! Imagine walking around all day with your neck flopped over to the side for eight hours.  Sure sounds like a pain in the neck, eh? Yet, every night you are going to sleep and doing the same thing night after night.  On top of that, your hips are all twisted up all night, thus torqueing your lower back and twisting the spine.  See where I’m going with this?

#3- Your Sedentary Lifestyle! Imagine a day like this…you wake up and sit down as you drive to work to sit down at your desk to go and sit down to eat lunch to go back to sit down at the desk to the sit down in the car to drive home to sit down for dinner to sit down and watch some TV. All the while, sitting puts more stress on your lower back than standing.  Remember this, sitting is to your spine what sugar is to your teeth.

#4- Your Stress! Stress is the #1 contributing factor to health in America. It is the greatest contributor to heart disease, stroke, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal pain including neck pain, back pain, migraines and headaches.

#5- Your Old Car Accident! Research shows that more than half of car accident victims will have some lingering effects from a past motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is notorious for stretching out ligaments, damaging the muscles and changing the spinal curves.  Too many pop a few Tylenols and get the pain to go away, but fail to get the proper treatment necessary.  This often times requires chiropractic care, physical therapy or home exercise, x-rays, and a proper treatment plan

 

At Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness we believe in getting you out of pain and into health! Call us today to ask about a free consultation.

In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

How to Find a Good Chiropractor -Kyle, Buda, San Marcos

How to Find a Good Chiropractor -Kyle, Buda, San Marcos

Chiropractic is the world’s #1 natural healthcare option aka “alternative” medicine. In all reality, it is not medicine of any kind since chiropractors do not prescribe prescription medication or surgery. When there is a need for these, we refer out to the appropriate medical specialist. Many people can treat their musculoskeletal problems like migraines, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, disc bulging and others with chiropractic if they only knew about it.

There are many different styles of treatment in chiropractic and this can cause confusion for people. They might have been used to one chiropractor and relocate to another town and find a local chiropractor only to be surprised when the treatment method is very different. This is one obstacle that keeps some from utilizing chiropractic care for their health and wellness needs for the long-term. When a friend from out of town or a patient moves far away and asks for a recommendation, I literally have to research their websites and sometimes make a call to find one that I would personally recommend for them, to make sure they are in good hands.

I’ve decided to list a few good qualities to look for when searching for a chiropractor
#1- X-rays taken in the office. Most people should receive clearance through a thorough examination and x-rays before getting a spinal adjustment. A physical exam may suffice some of the times, but all too often the x-rays uncover hidden issues that the chiropractor and the patient would have never known had the x-rays not been taken. I’ve seen things on the x-rays many times that would have never been found without them. Offices that don’t have the convenience of x-rays onsite usually skip them due to convenience.
#2- Variety of treatment techniques. Over the years one thing I’ve learned is that no two people are alike. To go along with that, no two spines are alike either. One method of spinal adjustment may get rid of your headache, while the next patient may need a very different technique to feel the results. A chiropractor should be able to deliver a variety of technique styles in order to fine tune things along the way throughout your treatment. Many people avoid chiropractic because they are afraid of hearing the “pop” or getting their neck “cracked”. There are many ways to still benefit from chiropractic and not have to feel the “pop”.
#3- Post-graduate education. To become a chiropractor you have to complete your undergraduate degree and then complete four years of chiropractic college. It’s a doctorate level degree. It’s tough and difficult. That being said, the learning should never stop. Research never stops, new developments in science and healthcare and the education of your chiropractor should never stop. Look for one that goes after post-graduate certifications and attends educational seminars regularly.

#4- Word of mouth referral. While it’s important to have information readily available, it’s even more important for the locals to speak well of the doctor and their office. Nothing replaces good old fashioned just taking care of people! Most of our patients come from Kyle, San Marcos and Buda and we certainly do our best to give great results and to be well-spoken of throughout the community and other local businesses.
If you are looking for a chiropractor a good resource is your local Chamber of Commerce for a recommendation. You can reach the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 512-268-4220.
For more information about our office, Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness visit our website: http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/
You can feel free to call us at 512-405-0400. If you have questions, feel free to set up a complimentary consultation to see if we are a good fit for your healthcare needs.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

What is that nerve pain causing numbness and tingling down my leg? -Chiropractor near Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, San Marcos TX

What is that nerve pain causing numbness and tingling down my leg?  -Chiropractor near Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, San Marcos TX
One day you wake up and notice a pain for the first time.  It’s not the usual back pain as you’ve grown accustomed to a backache now and then, but this one feels different.  It’s as if the leg is asleep due to numbness or has a tingling sensation to it.  You start to wonder what is causing this. Ever have this happen to you?
Numbness and tingling down the leg is referred to as sciatica.  It occurs when there is pressure on one of the nerves that goes down the leg.  All of the nerves traveling down the leg start on the spinal cord in the low back (lumbar spine) and branch off into different cords that travel to different areas of the leg.  These nerves are what send messages to all of the structures down the leg from the brain to communicate.  When there is misalignment in the spinal bones of the low back this can cause a pinched nerve by putting pressure on the nerve itself, creating the numbness or tingling sensation.
When the spine is in proper alignment and the motion of the joints is moving well, you are much less likely to have pressure on the sciatic nerve or any other nerve pain.  Other factors that can put pressure on a nerve are the discs.  A bulging disc or herniated disc can also put pressure directly on a nerve.  They can also create low back pain or neck pain, and other symptoms.
Try chiropractic care to see the results for yourself!  We see many people come in with sciatica and similar symptoms.  We see many others for problems like whiplash after car accident, sports injuries, pregnancy pains, neck and back pain and more.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Kyle TX Pain Relief and Health Assurance

Kyle TX Pain Relief and Health Assurance, serving Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, Austin and Wimberley
We love to help get you OUT of pain and get you IN to health!  That’s what the entire healthcare system should be aiming to help you do to avoid this “healthcare” crisis.  The problem is our country doesn’t have a true “health” care system, it’s a “sick” care system.  There is little thought on health and wellness, vitality, disease prevention, optimal function of the body!  Even still, many Americans are now choosing this anyways, because they want true HEALTH!  This isn’t dictated by a big corporation’s insurance policy issued to you, but it is clearly consumer driven.  This is why we are having a wellness revolution of organic food, farmers markets, yoga and pilates, exercise and nutrition, Omega 3s, essential oils, wellness and vitality products, chiropractic, acupuncture, meditation and many other natural remedies for healing and well-being.
It’s great to see patients that come in that say “I just want to stay well.” Now don’t get me wrong…we are happy to serve those searching for pain relief from neck pain, back pain, debilitating migraines, tension headaches, whiplash from a car wreck, sciatica, numbness and tingling, herniated disk, scoliosis, and the list goes on!  However, we hope that more and more will turn to spending a little bit of time and energy on preserving health instead of having to regain it.  If you need help with any of this, we are always happy to sit down with you for a few minutes to discuss your problems, your goals, and what direction can help you get there.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Chiropractic Care Can Fix Your Pain In The Neck! -Chiropractor Near San Marcos, TX

Chiropractic care can fix your pain in the neck! -near San Marcos, TX, located in Kyle, TX (Plum Creek)
Many people suffer with neck pain and search for pain relief.  Neck pain may contribute to migraine headaches, jaw pain (TMJ), tension, back pain, dizziness, numbness and tingling and other symptoms.  I have found that most people reach for a pill to get immediate pain relief.  Sometimes this quells the neck pain and associated symptoms for a  while, sometimes it doesn’t.
I believe the best form of pain relief is by finding the cause of it and then fixing it.  This is where chiropractic comes into play.  You may think of your chiropractor as a back pain doctor, but we aren’t actually treating the pain, we’re treating the person.  When the cause of the symptom…usually poor spinal alignment, dysfunctional spinal biomechanics, muscle imbalance, bad posture, nerve irritation or a pinched nerve.  Once the cause is identified and removed, the body no longer sends signals of dysfunction, i.e. neck pain, headache, dizziness, numbness, etc.  Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong…just like the check engine light in your car.  Ignoring these symptoms would be like putting a piece of tape over the check engine light and hoping nothing bad happens.  This process may play out for years until the proper chiropractic treatment resolves the problem.
In our office we treat the whole person with chiropractic care and other physiotherapies to relieve these symptoms and teach you how to maintain pain relief and live a healthier life!  If you are looking for a chiropractor in the San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, or Wimberley areas or just want to see if it can help you, give us a call at Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness, located in the Plum Creek area of Kyle.  You can call at 512-405-0400 or visit us online at http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/    You can even request your appointment through our website at http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/make-an-appointment/
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Kyle, TX Chiropractor Treats Sciatica, Hip Pain, Leg Pain, Numbness, Tingling, Pain

One question that I occasionally hear is: Can you treat sciatica?  The answer is usually YES!  Radiating pain down the leg  resulting in numbness or tingling is usually referred to as sciatica. Sometimes this is coming from the actual sciatic nerve and sometimes it is coming from one of the lumbar nerve roots as it branches off the spinal cord in the low back.  Either way the process is usually the same.  When pressure is placed on the nerve, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, hot/cold sensitivity, these are all nerve symptoms.  The #1 cause of these nerve symptoms is improper alignment in the low back portion of the spine. Misalignment can cause pinching, irritation or squeezing on the nerve which will eventually result in the symptoms associated with sciatica.  Chiropractic care can help with sciatica.  In fact, most days we see a couple of patients with sciatica.
After spinal misalignment, the next most common cause is muscles pressing the nerve and duplicating the same sciatic-like pains. Chiropractors can also help in this situation by improving joint alignment, reducing the muscle spasm or tension, and recommending the correct stretches to help the pain.
The third most common cause of sciatica is a bulging disc.  Disc bulging is very common and sometimes the bulge is just pressing onto the nerve passing by resulting in the familiar numbness and tingling.  Disc spaces can be evaluated on x-ray by a chiropractor and this condition can be resolved in most people.
Sciatica can also be associated with low back pain, hip pain, leg pain and other problems.  If you would like to see if chiropractic care can help you give our office a call at 512-405-0400.  You can read more about us at  http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning
Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness