Dr. Anderson commonly sees two types of patients who have flexion/extension type injuries to the neck (“whiplash”) and related injury to the lumbar spine:
- The individual who has recently been in a car wreck or serious sports injury, and for insurance documentation and acute management has received emergency medical care (typically in a hospital), including X-rays and basic neurological and physical exam.
- The individual who mentions in their history past car accidents or other forms of injury. This individual is often unaware that long past injuries may not have been fully repaired, and are often contributors to neck and should pain and stiffness, and are as well the cause of many headaches.
Both cases can normally be helped by the care provided in this office.
In the first type of case, what was not done in the hospital or medical outpatient facility was the specialized chiropractic and applied kinesiology examination to measure in which ways non-force repositioning therapy can be provided to the injured area to facilitate faster healing. The specialized procedure, Injury Recall, should immediately be initiated and is completely safe even in serious injury (because it is non-force). This can help clear neurological shock from injury to the body and speed recovery.
In the case of the second individual, Dr. Anderson follows a specific strategy to meticulously check areas that have been injured in the past (and distant areas of the body that are reflexively related) to see if some muscle or ligament stretching, tearing or weakness remains that can be healed by the integrative therapies we employ. Often this allows the pain of chronically restricted joints to vanish quite rapidly.
Dr. Anderson has observed in his practice that in many instances low impact (slow speed) injuries cause more long-term structural problems than do higher impact collisions. We often hear patients say “oh yes, well that collision really didn’t do any damage to my car, and I didn’t feel injured by it.” What is commonly seen, even in low impact injuries, is that the muscles at the front of the neck (the neck flexors) have been micro-avulsed – pulled away – from their attachments, leaving the neck in a vulnerable and unstable condition which the body is always trying to protect. This simply places a greater demand on our fully occupied stress management system, and the result is tiredness AND a neck that will be prone to stiffness and accelerated osteoarthritic degeneration. When neck flexor strength is restored, the normal C curve is re-established in the neck more easily (when previously it was flattened), and that has a major beneficial impact on all the nerves exiting from the cervical spine that go other parts of the body. When the neck is stable, applied kinesiology has clearly shown that feature helps to stabilize the lower back.