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Ligament Injury from Auto Collisions

We see lots of auto injury patients in our Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) office, and neck pain is the most prevalent issue we have encountered in our clinic. It's not surprising when you take into account that your neck is exposed to very high levels of strain during the course of a crash.

Indeed, a 2006 study discovered that the stresses on your neck during a rear-end impact actually pull and damage the ligaments of your cervical spine!

The key to successful treatment after an auto injury is to:

  • Get early care. It's important to repair spinal motion before scar tissue starts to form.
  • Keep the injured area mobile. Limiting motion also leads to scar tissue formation.
  • Encourage healing. Chiropractic treatments help to increase blood flow to the damaged area, improving the recuperation process.

If you live in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) and you've been hurt in a car accident, give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974. We'll locate the starting point of your discomfort and help you get back on the road to health!

Tominaga Y, Ndu AB, Coe MP, et al. Neck ligament strength is decreased following whiplash trauma. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006;7:103.


Whiplash Injury Treatment and Neck Artery Injury

In a car crash, your head can be very rapidly and aggressively whipped about. This motion can damage many assorted areas of your neck, including the blood vessels that supply your brain.

The spinal blood vessels are especially vulnerable, because they actually pass through the cervical spinal vertebrae.

While your neck is whipped like that, the blood vessels can be torqued or stretched out, damaging the lining of the arteries. This can cause irritation or tearing, and in some cases, can block the circulation of blood.

Symptoms of vertebral artery trauma can be experienced as a pain in the rear of the head that gets worse over time, and it can be on either side of the head or in the middle. Sometimes the pain is felt as dull, and in some cases it might feel like a build-up in pressure or a pulsating feeling.

If you have these warning signs, it's essential that you get medical attention as soon as possible.

If you have been in a car wreck, Dr. Helton is here to help. We can help identify the root source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) heal from these sorts of problems.

Call our office today at (503) 771-1974 for a consultation or for more advice.


Portland Auto Injury Treatment and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a problem experienced by many auto injury patients, and there are two basic explanations.

The first is direct trauma to the shoulder during the impact. If your shoulder hits something directly, it can tear the joint capsule. In addition, if you are clenching the steering wheel firmly during a rear-end impact, your body can lag behind the car, applying tension on your wrists and shoulders.

The second cause of shoulder pain is not as direct and can be harder to identify. Injuries to the neck or back can produce pressure on the nerves that travel from the spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. This can be puzzling, as the pain or numbness is sensed in one part of your body, while the problem is actually in your spine.

Chiropractic is a proven, effective way to help men and women with shoulder problems, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) since 1980.

If you have been in a crash and have symptoms of shoulder injury, Dr. Helton is here to help. We can help pinpoint the root source of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We've helped many people in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) heal from these types of injuries.

Call our office today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment or for more advice.


Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) Chiropractic Wellness

The majority of people think of chiropractic as a successful way to treat back pain. Although this is true, numerous research studies show that chiropractic may be able to alleviate a number of other health problems, while supporting general overall health.

The research shows that chiropractic can be beneficial for scoliosis, osteoarthritis, radiating pain, pregnancy-related health issues, high blood pressure, sports wellness, fibromyalgia, lowering stress hormones, and even enhancing immunity!

While dozens of scientific studies have explored the many benefits of chiropractic care, the best way to experience the many advantages is to try it out yourself! So take the leap and learn how chiropractic care can enhance your whole body well-being today.

To get the full story about the research on chiropractic care, check out this information on ChiroNexus.


Chiropractic Safe for Older Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain

We see patients of all ages in our Portland chiropractic office, but we find that chiropractic is especially beneficial for our older neighbors. As we age, it's important to stay active and mobile. Research shows that people who stay active are less likely to develop long-term health problems than those who lead more sedentary lives.

Now new research finds that chiropractic is also safer for older people than medical care for musculoskeletal aches and pains.

In this study published in the reputable medical journal Spine, researchers from Dartmouth University looked at the Medicare records of over 6 million people over 66 who sought care for musculoskeletal problems, like back or neck pain. They found that patients who received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment, compared to those who saw a medical doctor for care:

"In conclusion, among Medicare beneficiaries ages 66-99 with an office visit risk for a neuromusculoskeletal problem, risk of injury to the head, neck or trunk within seven days was 76% lower among subjects with a chiropractic office visit as compared to those who saw a primary care physician. Among subjects who saw a chiropractor, the likelihood of injury was increased in those with chronic coagulation defect, inflammatory spondylopathy, osteoporosis, aortic aneurysm and dissection, or long term use of anticoagulant therapy."

The increased risk to patients with cardiovascular issues is certainly something to take seriously, and we work closely with medical providers to make sure that chiropractic is a safe option for our patients with these health problems.

This study shows that chiropractic is safe for people with back or neck problems, no matter your age. If you would like to stay active and healthy, give our Portland office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment. If you have concerns about whether chiropractic is the best option for you, we'd be happy to answer all of your questions!

Whedon JM, Mackenzie TA, Phillips RB, Lurie JD. Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Spine 2014;Dec 9.


Portland, OR (Woodstock, Sellwood) Auto Injury Relief

No one plans to get in a car crash, but sometimes life surprises you, leaving you with pains that you didn’t have before. Fortunately, you can plan how you take care of the situation: some visits to your Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) chiropractor, Dr. Helton, can allow you to lessen the symptoms.

Frequent Auto Injury Symptoms

Despite the fact that a variety of injuries can occur as a result of an auto accident, some of the most frequent include whiplash injury (which can create pain in the neck and head); bulging discs (producing back pain, sciatica, or neck pain); and misalignment of your spine. All have the capacity to severely limit your capacity to carry out daily activities free of pain and discomfort.

The Chiropractic Option

Dr. Helton is seasoned in the diagnosis and treatment of auto injuries. After a very careful analysis of your condition and individual history, he will build the best plan for you personally. Treatments could entail spinal adjustments, manipulation by instrumentation, gentle soft tissue therapy, exercise rehab, and a range of other natural therapies.

Whereas some health professionals are focused primarily on dealing with the symptoms, Dr. Helton doesn't stop there. He concentrates on discovering – and rectifying – the cause of the symptoms. Dr. Helton appreciates that the right relief is permanent, which is what he sets out to do for his patients in the Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) area.

What If You Were Not Injured In the Car Accident?

Even if you don’t feel as if you were injured in the car crash, a visit to your chiropractor is suggested. Some injuries will not be felt immediately, allowing them to get worse and worse until someday down the road they are more difficult to treat.

Don’t allow that happen to you. Schedule an appointment with our office in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood). Dr. Helton will see to it that everything is aligned so that you feel your very best today, and into the future!


Headaches & Kids

Does Your Child Have Headaches?

Find out what happened to one child who saw a chiropractor for migraine headaches...

Imagine an 11-year-old boy who is excited about life and loves learning. Then imagine what could potentially happen to him once he develops migraines. His headaches are so bad that he can't think straight in school. When he has a migraine, reading is pointless; it can't happen. Light bothers him and all he wants to do is hide out in his bedroom in the closet, crying himself to sleep. It's not a good existence, and his parents would feel helpless.

But maybe parents don't have to feel helpless when this happens. Maybe they could take their child straight to their chiropractor's office and commit to a series of chiropractic adjustments for five treatments. And then they could assess their child's results.

That's what one set of parents did for their 11-year-old boy who had suffered endlessly from headaches of migraine severity for four years. The medical treatment wasn't working and the migraines continued, two to three times a month.

However, over one month, the parents took their child to the chiropractor who adjusted the spine of the child according to whatever spinal segments needed to be adjusted. At a nine month follow-up, the chiropractic researchers discovered that the severity of the headaches had dropped from migraine level all the way down to mild headaches. He didn't have any migraines anymore.

No one can say that every child with migraines can be helped with chiropractic but what we can say is that if one child was helped, it's entirely possible that many more children with migraine headaches may be helped with chiropractic.

Source: Alacantara, J. and Pankonin, K. Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with migraine-type headaches: a case report and selective review of the literature. Explore 2010; 6 (1).


8 Reasons Why You Need to See a Chiropractor After an Auto Injury

Over 1 million people are injured in rear-end car crashes each year in the US, and many of these result in some kind of pain. Even a low speed crash can result in abnormal motion of your head and neck, resulting in torn ligaments and muscle tissue.

If you've been in a crash, you need to get effective treatment and chiropractic is a proven safe and effective way to recover from all of the most common types of pain experienced after a crash:

  1. Early intervention boosts recovery rates - Research shows that the sooner you get treatment after a crash, the better your chances of recovery.
  2. High success rate - A 1996 study found that over 90% of whiplash injury patients improved with chiropractic care.
  3. Headache - The most common symptom after an auto injury and one that chiropractic is very effective at treating.
  4. Neck pain - 90% of patients report neck pain after a car accident, and we're trained to treat this kind of pain.
  5. Back pain - Injury to your low back is common during these types of crashes, and chiropractic has been shown to be the most effective way to treat acute or chronic back pain.
  6. Dizziness - Many cases of dizziness or vertigo caused by car crashes originate in the neck, and, again, something that chiropractic is perfect for.
  7. Radiating pain - This is another common problem we see in our clinic and one that we've helped many patients recover from.
  8. TMJ pain - Jaw pain is another common symptom we see in our office, and it also oftentimes starts with neck injury from a collision.

Chiropractic works by restoring your body's natural function and helping your body heal itself without risky drugs or surgery, and it's the perfect way to recover after something as traumatic as a car crash.

If you've been injured, give our Portland clinic a call today for an appointment.


Injury from Low Speed Auto Collisions

Even though it might just seem like a minor fender-bender, biomechanical studies have found that you can be injured even during a low speed auto crash. Studies done in the last ten years have found that the human head can experience high G-forces and rapid motions that can strain or tear delicate ligaments in your neck.

This video describes what happens during a crash using a live crash test subject. As you can see in the video, a human head weighs about 10 pounds; during a crash, this your head is accelerated to such a degree that it effectively weighs 90 pounds, putting tremendous stress on your neck.

If the ligaments or muscles in your neck are damaged, you'll typically wake up the day after the crash with a stiff, sore neck. That's caused by inflammation and swelling of the damaged tissues.

It's important to get care as soon as possible after such injuries, as if the area isn't treated, scar tissue will begin to form. That can cause permanent restriction in movement of your spine and even chronic pain.

We've helped many patients in our Portland office who have been in an auto collision, and we'd love to help you recover, too. We're conveniently located in the Woodstock neighborhood of Portland. Give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment.


How to Measure Results of Your Chiropractic Treatment in Portland, OR

Chiropractic isn't some magical type of treatment that you need faith in to see if it works. You can measure the results you receive from your treatments.

Here's how to do exactly that:

Know where you're starting from. What are all the symptoms you are feeling before you start your chiropractic treatment? For example, if you have a neck ache, some of the symptoms on your list may be:

  • Pain in your neck
  • Tight neck muscles
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Can't sleep at night
  • Tight back muscles
  • Vision changes
  • Can't turn neck to the right

List as many symptoms as you can possibly think of, even ones that seem to be unrelated. Chiropractic treatments affect the entire body and some of your other symptoms may be relieved because the adjustment resets the nervous system connection to the different parts of your body.

Give the symptoms on your list a rating. For example, pain is always rated on a 0 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst possible excruciating pain.

Your can make a scale of your own from 0 to 10 for every one of your symptoms.

Record all of this in one location, preferably a notepad or composition book dedicated to only these symptoms. Then date your initial assessment and call it, “Initial Assessment”. Don't forget to put a date and time on it.

Next start your chiropractic treatments. Write up another rating sheet for all the symptoms immediately after your chiropractic treatment and before you go to bed that night. Don't forget to date and time stamp it. Also mark on the page of symptom ratings that you received a chiropractic treatment that day, because there may be other days where you don't get a treatment but are still recording symptoms.

Record your symptoms ratings three times a week. Do this for as long as your chiropractic treatments last.

Then look at your progress. What did chiropractic treatments do for you? Most likely, almost all of your symptoms will be gone!

Our office is conveniently located for people who live in the Woodstock, Sellwood, and East Moreland neighborhoods. Give Dr. Helton a call today to begin your whole body wellness!