Please don't take chances with your health. A wellness plan that's easy to understand and follow through on is key to good health all through your life. Make chiropractic a cornerstone of that plan, and you're well on your way to living a life that's active and free from pain.
Have you or someone you know been involved in a motor vehicle collision? One of the most common injuries from a car crash is the damaging effect of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even to the side. Whiplash destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain as well as these other indicators:
• Blurred vision
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
• Reduced range of motion in the neck
• Arm pain
• Neck stiffness
• Low back pain
It is critical that chiropractic care is sought immediately after an automobile accident since allowing the effects of whiplash to go untreated can induce long-term pain. The seriousness of the physical effects of an accident is not always known or felt immediately following. It can take days, weeks or even months for major symptoms to show up, which is why chiropractic care is essential to maintaining the health of a spine that has been through a trauma.
Any body part that is jarred or thrown forward unexpectedly and beyond normal limits can sustain stretched ligaments and even tears. Those supporting the head and neck are especially vulnerable to this kind of tearing during a collision. Since chiropractors specialize in the care of bones, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, they are crucial to visit after an accident. All those major parts of the body are important to keep in optimal health and correct alignment so they can function properly and all body systems can operate seamlessly.
Early care and treatment means full healing and recovery is quickly realized. Even a car crash that is seemingly minor with limited damage to the car itself can cause serious injury to the driver and passengers. Chiropractic treatments are the right step toward restoring the body. They relieve pain, make necessary adjustments to spine alignment and may include massage or foam roller techniques. Beyond treatment, advice for optimal nutrition, as well as exercises to continue healing on your own after appointments, are just a few examples of the way chiropractors care for the whole individual after an accident.
Everyone in our office, from our receptionist to your chiropractor, has one goal in mind--to help you feel better fast. We know that when your body isn't in top shape that your entire outlook on life can be affected. That's why you'll always be greeted with a smile here and leave with an even bigger one on your face.
We believe that chiropractic care is the cornerstone of any comprehensive and holistic health program. When your body works the way nature intended, your spirit soars--and so do you.
Work Injury Information
Did you know:
Industrial injuries result in injury to a worker, both physically and financially.
Back pain is responsible for more loss of work time and increased medical expenses related to treatment than any other ailment.
Neck and back damage account for more that 90% of work injuries.
Chiropractic gets injured workers out of pain and back to work fast; with lower treatment costs compared to other forms of treatments.
Dr. McMinn has been successfully treating work injury cases for over 23 years. Lower back pain and repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, are just two of the more common work related conditions Dr. McMinn treats on a regular basis.
His staff can fill out the claim forms, and process your claim. If you need time off work, he can communicate with your employer, so they know your intention is to return to work as soon as you can safely do your job.
It is important to receive care from a chiropractor following a work injury, not only to stop the pain, but also to rehabilitate the affected area. Without proper care, it is more likely that an industrial injury could later reoccur.
What can cause a work injury?
Work related injuries are caused or made worse by the work environment. Work related injuries can cause severe and debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling; reduced worker productivity; lost time from work; temporary or permanent disability; inability to perform job tasks; and an increase in workers compensation costs.
What are the risk factors for work related injuries?
Repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects; prolonged awkward postures; and vibration contribute to work related injuries.
How common are work related injuries?
Musculoskeletal disorders of any cause are among the most prevalent medical problems, affecting 7% of the population and accounting for 14% of physical visits and 19% of hospital stays. When looking specifically at cases involving days away from work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 1994, approximately 32% of all illness cases were the result of overexertion or repetitive motion. This figure includes back injuries.
How can I prevent a work injury?
Remember the importance of ergonomics. Make sure your chair and workstation are set up in a way that minimizes any unnecessary pressure or demands on your body.
Be sure to use proper form when lifting heavy boxes or other objects. Be sure you are bending your legs and not your back when lifting.
Keep your work area neat and organized.