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What is Whiplash?

 

Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through lightning-quick motions and extreme stresses.

 

Most cases of whiplash are caused by car accidents where the person has been rear-ended. Other potential whiplash causes, while comparatively rare, can include assault, bungee jumping, rollercoaster, football, falls while skiing or during equestrian events, and other high-impact activities where extreme acceleration-deceleration forces might be applied to the cervical spine.

Whiplash is medically known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome.

 

Whiplash Symptoms Can Be Extensive

The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain, which can range anywhere from mild to pins-and-needles tingling to excruciating. Other symptoms can include neck stiffness or reduced range of motion, neck instability, shoulder and/or upper back pain, or a headache. There could also be tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates into the shoulder and/or down the arm.

Whiplash symptoms can be numerous, complicated, long-lasting, and hard to diagnose, which is why they are commonly known as whiplash-associated disorders. Concurrent injuries may also be symptomatic, such as a stinger, concussion, radiculopathy (pinched nerve with radiating pain into the arm), or shoulder injury.

If a whiplash injury causes a person to have reduced physical or mental abilities—even if they are just temporary—it can result in increased social isolation.

 

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The Biomechanics of Whiplash

The process of a whiplash injury sustained in a car accident can vary depending on many factors, including the angle of the collision.

Usually, the collision happens from behind, resulting in a whiplash injury that can be considered to occur in five general phases:

  • The car gets hit from behind, which causes the seat to push against the back. The spine then gets loaded with forces that compress the cervical spine upward against the head.
  • The torso (in contact with the seat) continues to accelerate forward but the head (not in contact with the seat yet) does not. As a result, the cervical spine’s natural C-shape (lordosis curve) temporarily becomes an unnatural S-shape. The abnormal compression and shearing forces can potentially damage intervertebral discs, facet joints, and other neck structures.
  • Person’s head slams back into the accelerating seat. Soft tissues at the front of the neck are likely to be injured here as the neck rapidly extends backward.
  • The head bounces off the seat and now accelerates forward.
  • The seatbelt restrains the body (likely preventing a much worse injury) and the neck rapidly flexes as the head whips forward. Soft tissues at the back of the neck are likely to be injured here.

While the severity of the car crash usually correlates to the severity of the whiplash injury, there are exceptions.

Sometimes a sturdy car does not crunch up and thus shows no significant outside damage, but the forces that were not absorbed by the car exterior were instead transferred through the seat and thus caused worse whiplash. Also, whiplash injuries have been recorded in incidents where the speed at impact was less than 10 miles per hour.

 

The Course of Whiplash Pain

Most people who sustain a whiplash injury will completely recover within 3 months, but some studies show a significant number will have chronic pain or other symptoms that linger longer – sometimes for years.

Factors that increase the risk for a longer recovery include:

  • Severe pain at the time of injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Older age
  • Female gender

Whiplash symptoms may present at the time of the whiplash injury, or there could be a delay of up to 24 hours before they appear.

 

When Whiplash Is Serious

Anyone who experiences physical symptoms after a motor vehicle accident is advised to see a doctor for a checkup. However, any of the following signs require immediate medical attention:

  • Severe pain
  • Neck instability
  • Pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand
  • Problems with balance or coordination
  • Mental health issues, such as increased irritability, depression, trouble sleeping, reduced concentration, or other drastic changes in behavior

Seeking treatment early for whiplash is recommended. Delaying treatment can reduce its effectiveness in some cases.

Originally seen on Spine-Health

 


If you or someone you know was injured in a recent car accident, we welcome you to contact us to see about your treatment options

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Stem Cell Therapy: Side Effects & Aftercare

 

Two of the biggest trending questions about stem cell therapy, aside from insurance coverage and costs, are what is the aftercare from a stem cell therapy injection and are there any side effects.

 

We’re going to answer both of these questions today.

 

Stem Cell Therapy Side Effects

The products we use are FDA regulated as a human cell and tissue product (HCT/P) and are intended for homologous (human to human) use. Fortunately, the chances of a reaction towards this treatment are immeasurably small for most individuals.

ice pack for injection site painThe only side effects that have been reported are redness and slight swelling to the injection site. These side effects usually subside within a few hours or days after the procedure.

If this happens, we urge our patients to use ice packs on the injection site and do not take ibuprofen for the swelling, as NSAIDs can hinder the results of the regenerative injection.

 

Stem Cell Therapy Aftercare

While stem cell therapy remains a minimally evasive, safe, and effective treatment protocol for osteoarthritic joints like knees, shoulders, and hips, we do ask our patients to follow a simple routine of aftercare.

 

walking for recovery stem cellsWalking – We encourage our patients to get active just by walking. Walking is one of the best full-body, low-impact exercises. Once our patients receive a regenerative therapy injection, they find great joy in indulging in this once sometimes painful activity again.

 

Joint-Specific Exercises – We provide our patients with specific exercises to help rehabilitate the joint that has received a regenerative injection. These exercises and stretches can help patients increase their range of motion in conjunction with their post-injection therapy.

 

We also suggest to our patients that they keep a journal as to how they are experiencing the changes to their joint(s) after the regenerative injection.

A few items of interest our patients have told us include:

  • Being able to walk up and down the stairs without pain
  • Walking longer distances and durations
  • Ease in getting up from a seated position
  • No stiffness in the mornings when they wake up

 

weight loss as a result of stem cells injectionsWe should also mention that one of the best side effects of regenerative stem cell therapy injections is weight loss as a result of the increased physical activity!

 

 


 

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Results are best seen with osteoarthritic joints like knees, shoulders, and hips.

Sign up today for a free no-obligation consultation to see if you are a candidate for this remarkable new treatment option.

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Ultimate Guide to Regenerative Therapy

 

Are you considering Regenerative Therapy?

 

A full suite of Regenerative Therapy treatments is now available at Ohio Therapy Centers for treating chronic osteoarthritic pain.

 

This breakthrough treatment option provides pain relief and healing without the risks of surgery, general anesthesia, hospital stays, or prolonged recovery and downtime from life.

By using a range of regenerative medicine treatments in conjunction with one another, we can help you reach a fuller recovery with fewer undesirable side effects.

 


 

Some of the most popular Regenerative Treatments we offer are:

 

Amniotic Allograft Injections

 

This tissue comes from the innermost layer of the placenta, the tissue that shields the fetus during pregnancy. Amniotic tissue, which is donated during C-section, is considered the only tissue that is universally appropriate for the purpose of transplants.

  • Contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates cartilage and promotes new cartilage growth.
  • Contain no steroids. Instead, the injections rely on naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents, such as cytokines, which are small proteins released by cells that have a specific effect on the interactions between cells, on communications between cells or on the behavior of cells.
  • Contain growth factors, which stimulate tissue growth.
  • Carry no threat of patient rejection.

 

This tissue is accepted without the risk of rejection. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

 

Ohio Therapy Centers also offers Regenerative Therapy using Cord Matrix 

 

Cord Matrix is very safe and effective for healing and repairing chronic osteoarthritic joint pain issues.

The cord matrix treatments we use are derived exclusively from the umbilical cord after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available.

Once again, all cord matrix donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

 

Regenerative Therapy has been acknowledged in medical history across the world as a big discovery in natural healing.

 


 

How is Regenerative Therapy done?

 

After your initial consultation with our experienced doctors to see if this type of treatment can work for you, we schedule a time for you to come into our office for the procedure, which takes less than one hour to perform. 

Our Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners use ultrasound-guided imaging to find the best place to inject the matrix mixture of cells, growth factors, proteins, collagen, and hyaluronic acid into your joint. 

The matrix mixture starts to metamorphosize into different cells; this allows the growth factors to become tissue cells, bone cells, or other kinds that are needed in that area. This ability to become whatever cells are necessary for the affected area is what medical practitioners believe is so unique about Regenerative Therapy.

This huge number of growth factors injected into the body will help in healing the injuries at an accelerated pace. 

 


The best results for Regenerative Therapy are most often seen in osteoarthritic joints like the knees, hips, and shoulders.


 

We offer Regenerative Therapy at our Integrated Physical Medicine locations:

Xcell Medical Group in Elyria

Ohio Healthcare Partners in Fairlawn

Atlantic Medical Group in Canton

Eastside Medical Group in Shaker Heights

 

To find out more about this amazing and revolutionary breakthrough treatment option and to schedule your free consultation, please call our Regenerative Therapy Hotline.

1-833-FOR APPT (367-2778)

Restore. Regenerate. Relieve.

 

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