Can Spinal Manipulation Help Patients with a Disc Herniation

Written by Dr. Jay Heintz on Monday, 01 June 2015 13:00.

Following a car accident, a common injury is that of a disc herniation. Some patients undergoing auto injury treatment may wonder if spinal manipulation will help their recovery. There have been some studies, though not compelling, that suggest manipulation of the spine may be effective for treating back pain. But, what if the back pain is caused by a disc herniation?

There is a big concern within the chiropractic and medical community as to whether or not spinal manipulation is an affective auto injury treatment for disc herniation – or if this procedure will only make the back pain and injury worse. Unfortunately, the most effective treatment still remains unknown to this day – and most clinicians must experience with different treatments to find what is truly effective for their patient.

What the Studies Say

There was a study completed in March of 2014 that examined this very issue. They assessed how patients with disc herniation responded to high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation therapy. The purpose of the study was to see if there was any reasonable improvement through spinal manipulation or if the treatment made it worse.

Here is what the study concluded:

  • There were significant improvements at all times
  • At three months, over 90 percent of patients had improved
  • At one year, over 80 percent of patients had improved
  • Chronic patients also reported improvement by the one year mark

So, the study has shown that a large majority of patients that receive spinal manipulation for their disc herniation (including acute and chronic cases) report a significant improvement.

Injured in an Auto Accident? Seek Treatment As Soon As Possible

If you were injured in an auto accident or suffer from a disc herniation, spinal manipulation may be the right treatment for you. But, you must first meet with a chiropractor or medical professional for assessment. Houston Injury Solutions Network can put you in touch with a chiropractor in your area for auto injury treatment – contact us today.


Does the Position of Your Head Matter in a Car Accident?

Written by Dr. Jay Heintz on Monday, 08 June 2015 12:00.

Whiplash is a common auto accident injury. Once is occurs, a patient could suffer from long-term issues, such as chronic headaches, neck pain, and visual or auditory disturbances. Recent evidence shows that the position of a person’s head at the time of the accident could increase or decrease the likelihood of a whiplash injury.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that is caused by a sudden change in the neck’s positioning. It is common in car accidents, especially in rear-end collisions. The symptoms of whiplash can vary, but some of the more common include:

  • Tenderness in the neck and shoulders
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches or migraines

Severe whiplash injuries can result in damage to the ligaments, nerves, etc. Some people will feel pain immediately after the accident, while others may take a few days to notice their accident injury. 

How Position Affects Your Accident

Having your neck in a non-neutral position could increase the likelihood of a whiplash injury after an accident. In a study published in February 2015, researchers assessed how neck position plays a role in whiplash. They concluded that an incorporation of ligament laxity in the upper spine could determine the traumatic response. A few things researchers discovered was:

  1. If your neck is out-of-position at the time of a rear-end impact, you have a higher risk for injury.
  2. Increased risk is as high as 50 percent more based on position.
  3. The location of your injury and the associated pain depends heavily on your overall posture at the time of the accident.

Can You Prevent Whiplash?

Correctly using your car’s headrest is a good place to start, but there are things that may be out of your control. For example, you may be looking to the left before making a right-hand turn at the same time someone rear ends you. Proper use of a headrest in this situation would not matter. But, having your car’s headrest angled and lifted to the proper height can help absorb some of the impact. A few tips for proper position include:

  • Having the restrain two-inches from the back of your head.
  • Ensuring the height of the restraint reaches the top of your head.
  • Keeping your seat’s incline to less than a 20 percent incline.

Getting Assistance for Your Whiplash Injury

If you have a whiplash accident injury, do not wait to get treatment. By starting early, you can help alleviate pain and other symptoms and hopefully, recover faster. Houston Injury Solutions has chiropractors and other primary care specialists that can help with your whiplash injury. Through manipulation, muscle work and other treatments, our specialists are here to help you get back on your feet. Contact us today to find a specialist near you.


Why Is Early and Consistent Treatment So Important Following an Auto Injury?

Written by Dr. Jay Heintz on Friday, 01 February 2013 18:31.

Following an auto accident, it is imperative that someone who has pain be evaluated and treated as soon as possible.  This needs to be done to rule out significant injury that may require immediate referral for bracing, casting or surgery.  In cases where the injury does not warrant surgical evaluation, statistically speaking, an uncomplicated sprain/strain should resolve within 6-12 weeks.  However, anyone who is injured and does not seek immediate treatment is possibly penalized in two ways.  The most important is the time it takes to recover from an injury and the second is how you are perceived during the settlement process. 

When trying to recover from an injury there are three phases of healing acute, sub acute, and chronic.  Acute phase is defined as the first 48-72 hours of an injury.  The sub acute phase begins 48-72 hours after initial injury and last for weeks to months.  Chronic phase is weeks to months after an injury.  Obviously, the sooner you start treatment the faster and better your chances are for full recovery.


Chiropractic for Personal Injury Accidents

Written by Dr. Jay Heintz on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 02:59.

Dr. Tim Runnels of North Houston Chiropractic shows in the video below, a typical chiropractic office setup for the treatment of personal injury accidents. Dr. Runnels' office services the areas of North Houston, Spring, Humble, and The Woodlands. He showed his rehabilitative suite where muscles are retrained following injury or auto accidents to make sure that there is complete resolution of the damaged tissues. Many modalities were demonstrated including muscle stimulation, which is often used to either reduce muscle spasm or take away pain, and ultrasound, which is used to break up scar tissue inside of muscles.

In his x-ray suite, Dr. Runnels shows how patients are initially examined and how they can rule out acute fracture from personal injury accidents by taking x-rays. Spinalator tables are utilized to mobilize the spine and allow for successful spinal manipulation. Dr. Runnels also utilizes acupuncture for a variety of conditions including pain. The latest addition to North Houston Chiropractic is laser treatment, which promotes mitochondrial firing allowing individual cells to perform more efficiently so they can heal quickly from personal injury accidents.

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