If you’ve recently been in a car accident and are now experiencing neck and shoulder pain, there’s a good chance that you are suffering from a whiplash injury. Whiplash is common following even minor accidents and can turn into a chronic injury if it is not quickly and appropriately treated.
At SaludMax Medical Corp in Miami, Florida, our doctors are skilled in treating whiplash injuries and can help restore your range of motion and relieve your pain. For more on treating Whiplash call our Miami Chiropractic office today at(786) 828-7905 or (786) 447-0154 or email us your appointment reques
Whiplash occurs when the head is raised above the upper-cervical spine. This lifting action creates a strain/sprain in the region just beneath the skull, which is where an individual will usually experience the symptoms associated with whiplash. However, symptoms may also be present in other areas of the neck. If a whiplash injury is sustained, turning one’s head often increases his or her pain and discomfort level.
Two of the most common symptoms experienced by an individual with whiplash are neck pain and stiffness. A headache at the base of the skull is present in more than two-thirds of the patients who are diagnosed with whiplash. This headache may be unilateral (only on one side) or bilateral (on both sides). Furthermore, this pain can extend to the shoulders, arms, upper chest, upper back and low back.
Ringing in the ears;
Vertigo (room seems to be spinning); and/or
Although these symptoms are alarming, they typically disappear in a relatively short period of time: However, while rare, there are occasions when these symptoms last for a longer period of time (up to several years). Therefore, if these symptoms persist, it is imperative that the patient seeks car accident treatment and inform his or her doctor right away.
On many occasions, the signs and symptoms of whiplash do not develop for some time following the injury: Frequently, the onset is delayed from two to 48 hours and some individuals do not experience whiplash symptoms for several weeks. Although this scenario is fairly common, the reason is not completely understood, some believe that the delay in muscle soreness is responsible for this circumstance. This is one of the reasons that undergoing an evaluation from an experienced emergency physician following a vehicle accident is essential.
If sciatica is making your life more challenging, SaludMax Medical Corp can help. Our Miami doctors will discuss your symptoms with you. The symptoms of sciatica are distinctive, but it’s important to understand what is causing your pain, so you may also receive tests like an x-ray or MRI.
Sciatica is usually linked to a problem in the spine that irritates the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and continues down through your buttocks and your legs. This nerve gives and receives information to almost the entire lower half of your body.
When the nerve gets irritated, it no longer functions correctly, leading to symptoms of pain, weakness, tingling, a burning sensation, and loss of balance. The symptoms can range from mild to severe.
A spinal disc that is herniated and bulging
Spinal stenosis, in which the spinal canal becomes narrow
Spondylolisthesis, which causes vertebrae to slip over one another
Hot/cold compression therapy
Exercises that relieve the pain and prevent future flare-ups
Medications may also be used to treat sciatica, especially during acute flare-ups. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroids and medications that treat nerve pain such as gabapentin may be used to relieve sciatica.
In some cases, particularly those that are caused by a herniated disc, surgery to repair the disc may be necessary, and our Miami doctors will discuss this with you.
Sciatica is a condition that causes weakness and sometimes a shooting pain that radiates down the back of one leg. A number of conditions affecting the lower back can lead to sciatica including pregnancy. While sometimes sciatica is merely irritating, it does have the potential to become debilitating.
Medications and physical therapy are often used to treat sciatica. If sciatica has been causing you trouble, call the Miami offices of SaludMax Medical Corp to schedule your appointment with one of our excellent doctors or therapists to get started on your treatment right away
Herniated Disc Treatment
Healthy discs in your spine allow you to stretch up and down, arch from side to side and twist comfortably and easily. When problems develop in your discs, normal daily activities become challenging and painful, and your quality of life can quickly go downhill.
At SaludMax Medical Corp in Miami, Florida, we are skilled in diagnosing and treating disorders and injuries of your spinal discs. If you are in pain, call our Miami Chiropractic office today to schedule your examination so we can diagnose the problem and begin your treatment
The discs in your spine are cushions between your vertebrae that keep the bones of the spine from touching and also give your spine its flexibility and range of motion. Discs are often compared to jelly donuts because of their tougher exterior and squishy interior.
A herniated disc occurs when a bit of the softer center of the disc pushes through the tougher exterior. The result is usually quite painful
Pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc, and the exact location of the pain can vary depending on the location of the herniated disc. For example, a herniated disc in the neck will cause pain in the shoulders and arms, and a herniated disc in the mid to lower back will cause pain in the buttocks, legs, and feet. This pain tends to be sharp and radiating, and the intensity can increase with movement.
Other symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the extremities. In extreme cases, a herniated disc can lead to a condition called cauda equina syndrome, in which you could lose control of your bladder or bowels. This is a medical emergency, so call our Miami office right away if this occurs.
Fast treatment at our Miami office can resolve the pain of a herniated disc and restore lost function. Treating a herniated disc usually involves a combination of physical therapy and medications. At SaludMax Medical Corp in Miami, our physical therapists are skilled at treating this condition and can help you recover.
Heat and ice therapy
Electrical stimulation therapy
Our Miami physicians may also provide medications to help control your pain while you recover, and these may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and other painkillers as well as muscle relaxers. In some cases, your Miami doctor may provide you with steroid injections.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct a herniated disc. If we believe that surgery is necessary in your case, your Miami doctor will discuss this with you.
Call our Miami office today to schedule your appointment with one of our excellent providers. Herniated discs require prompt treatment to heal, so let us help you get your life back.