At Integrative Healthcare Solutions, our very own Dr. Edgar Vesce and his skilled chiropractic team has been proudly serving Jacksonville and the surrounding areas with the highest standard of care for more than a decade. One of the more common services we provide here in our Beach Boulevard office is that of personal injury treatment. If you've recently been injured in an auto accident, workplace accident or sporting mishap, our experienced team is here to help you find relief.
Common Types of Personal Injury
There are many types of personal injury we see and treat in our office on a regular basis. To diagnose your specific injury and begin working towards a treatment and symptom management plan, we recommend that you first schedule a consultation and evaluation with our chiropractic team. This will allow us to evaluate your symptoms and determine the specific cause and scope of your injuries. From there, we use our patient-centered approach to come up with a custom-tailored treatment plan that suits your specific needs and lifestyle, recognizing that there's no such thing as a "universal" treatment plan for any injury.
Auto Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, auto accidents occur quite frequently and the injuries related to them can be debilitating. By far the most common auto accident injury we see in our office is that of whiplash, which occurs at the time of vehicle impact. The upper spine (cervical spine) is thrust forward, usually into the seat belt strap in front of the driver or passenger. Meanwhile, the lower spine (lumbar spine) of the spine remains mostly still. The end result is a great deal of strain on the upper back and neck, as well as torn and damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the affected area of the spine.
Those suffering from whiplash usually experience neck and back stiffness, pain, and sometimes even tingling or numbness anywhere between 24 and 48 hours after the accident.
We also see a number of athletes come into our office with symptoms of sports injuries, which can be either acute or chronic. Acute sports injuries tend to happen suddenly, whereas chronic injuries occur more gradually over time. Some examples of an acute sports injury may include:
- a strain or sprain
- joint dislocation
- bone fractures
On the other hand, some of the chronic sports injuries we tend to see include:
- runner's knee
- tennis elbow or golfer's elbow
- plantar fasciitis
- pinched nerves
If you're an athlete suffering from symptoms such as back pain, foot pain, leg or arm weakness, or joint problems, we recommend that you schedule an appointment for an evaluation as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
No matter where you work, there's always a risk of workplace injuries. One of the most common workplace injuries we see in our office is that of slip-and-fall or simply fall incidents. When these occur, it is very possible that the person involved will land on their tailbone or in some other way that places excessive strain on the neck and back. This is how injuries like herniated and slipped discs occur. The force of the impact with the ground causes the fluid-filled discs between the vertebrae to become herniated or dislodged from their proper placement. The end result can be sharp, shooting pain in a very specific area of the back or neck.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
The good news is that if you're suffering from any of the above personal injuries, chiropractic care may be able to help. We highly recommend turning to chiropractic care before you commit to any risky treatments offered by your doctor or physician, such as surgeries, injections, or even the use of prescription pain killers. That's because with chiropractic care, you can enjoy natural, non-invasive treatment for your injuries and avoid the potential risks and side effects that come along with prescription medications. Furthermore, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your injuries and symptoms are being treated at their source, rather than being simply "covered up" with strong pain killers and other prescription drugs.
At Integrative Healthcare Solutions, we offer a wide range of chiropractic treatments and therapies to help you find relief from your symptoms.
Chiropractic Adjustments in Jacksonville
The most common treatment we tend to recommend to our personal injury patients is that of chiropractic adjustment. This is a manual therapy that is conducted by our skilled and experienced chiropractor in-house. Specifically, the goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to correct poor alignment of the spinal column, thus relieving pressure points on nerves and improving your overall spinal health. And because your spine and central nervous system are so closely related, many patients find that when their spine is in better alignment, they experience less pain and find relief from many personal injury symptoms as well.
Specifically, adjustments can be effective in treating pain from an auto accident injury like whiplash. It may also help with symptoms related to herniated/bulging discs, sciatica, and even persistent headaches/migraines. Typically, chiropractic adjustments are recommended in conjunction with other chiropractic therapies to ensure the best possible results.
Another common treatment we employ in our office is that of spinal decompression, which is especially effective in treating herniated and bulging discs, such as those sustained during a workplace fall. Specifically, spinal decompression works by gently and slowly elongating the spine, thus relieving pressure on damaged discs. This, in turn, can allow the dislodged discs to naturally fall back into their proper place and thus relieve pain.
There are three important phases involved in spinal decompression therapy. Phase one involves the treatment itself, whereas the second phase integrates corrective and rehabilitative exercises to strengthen muscles around the spine. Finally, core rehabilitation exercises are utilized to restore the full health of the spine for long-term benefits.
Massage therapy is yet another common treatment we recommend to personal injury patients—especially those suffering from a sports-related injury. Specifically, we offer a wide range of massage options to suit your needs, including:
- Manual therapy
- Deep tissue massage
- Sports massage
- Trigger point therapy
Overall, the main purpose of massage therapy is to relieve muscle tension and promote blood and oxygen circulation throughout the body. This, in turn, can result in faster healing times as well as symptom relief. Specifically, patients have reported that they enjoy relief from back pain and experienced improved range of motion following massage therapy sessions in our office. Many also report that they experience decreased anxiety and relief from muscle spasms.
Typically, corrective exercises will also be recommended as part of a personal injury treatment plan. The purpose of these is to make sure that weaknesses in the body are corrected and your range of motion is restored after treatment. This will in turn reduce your chances of a similar injury in the future. In our office, we can show you how to perform a number of corrective exercises so you can complete them in the comfort of your own home.
In addition to these chiropractic treatments, we are also happy to provide:
- therapeutic ultrasound
- interferential electrostimulation therapy
- intersegmental spinal traction
If you've suffered from a personal injury, be sure to see our chiropractor for a thorough evaluation—especially before you agree to any invasive or aggressive treatments proposed by your physician. You want to avoid risks and side effects as much as possible.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Jacksonville Beach Chiropractor
At Integrative Healthcare Solutions, our Jacksonville Beach chiropractor takes great pride in serving patients with the utmost of care and expertise. If you've been looking for a chiropractor you can trust with your injury treatment and symptom management, we're here to help. We also understand that your schedule may be hectic, which is why we're happy to offer evening appointments for your convenience. We also accept most medical insurance plans and offer a 10% military discount for both active members and veterans.
If you're interested in finding out more about our practice or would like to schedule your free consultation with us, simply give us a call today. We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have and find an appointment date and time that works with your busy schedule. We look forward to helping you find relief from your personal injury symptoms and providing you with the skilled therapies and treatments you need for improved health and wellness.