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Whiplash Injuries are often a result of an auto accident, mostly likely when it's a rear end collision. One of the most frequently asked questions is:

If I get into an auto accident / car accident, is the position of my head restraint (Head-rest) REALLY that important? The short answer is YES!

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Whiplash injury and Head restraints

What happens to my head and neck when I'm in a rear-end Collision?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck due to forceful and rapid back and forth movement, like what happens during a rear end collision. 

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Neck pain which could worsen with movement
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck

At the Dufour Accident Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center, our Personal Injury Chiropractor comprehends the gravity of your Auto Accident or Personal injuries. Dr. Dufour brings over 22 years of experience in successfully treating Auto Accident and Personal injury-induced conditions, including Whiplash and lower back disc injuries. His expertise extends to a broad spectrum of injuries, encompassing:

Auto Accidents and Work Injuries: Recognizing the unique challenges posed by injuries sustained in auto accidents and the workplace.

Headaches: Acupuncture may also be employed for effective headache relief.
Tech Neck: Addressing neck and upper back pain resulting from prolonged computer usage.

Migraines: Acupuncture is utilized as part of the treatment for migraines.

Back Pain: Including the use of acupuncture for back pain management.

Neck Pain and Stiffness: Acupuncture serves as a complementary approach for neck pain relief.

Upper Back and Shoulder Pain: Acupuncture is integrated into the treatment plan for shoulder and upper back pain.

Lower Back Pain / Stiffness: With acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for lower back pain.

Pain into the Back of the Leg or Butt Cheeks (Sciatica): Acupuncture is utilized to address sciatic pain effectively.

Dr. Dufour's comprehensive approach goes beyond treating specific injuries, encompassing a range of conditions to ensure holistic well-being. Trust our center to provide personalized and effective care for your unique needs.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a specialized health care profession that centers on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, recognizing the impact of these disorders on overall health. The primary focus of chiropractic care is on addressing neuromusculoskeletal complaints, encompassing a range of conditions.Chiropractors employ a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments and other manual therapies, to alleviate pain, enhance mobility, and promote overall well-being. The holistic approach of chiropractic care aims not only to address specific complaints but also to optimize the functioning of the entire musculoskeletal and nervous systems for improved health.

Doctors of Chiropractic, commonly known as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians, specialize in a drug-free, hands-on approach to healthcare. Their practice encompasses a comprehensive range of services, including patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Chiropractors possess extensive diagnostic skills and are trained to offer a holistic approach to care. This includes recommending therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises to support recovery, as well as providing nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling to enhance overall well-being. Chiropractic care emphasizes a patient-centered philosophy that promotes natural healing and optimal health through non-invasive methods.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury.

Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.

Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

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