Spinal cord injuries occur when the spine or surrounding nerves sustain damage or trauma. If you were in a traffic accident, fell at work, or developed a disease, you may be suffering from such an injury—whether it’s a slipped disk, pinched nerve, or otherwise.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our chiropractors in Lehigh Acres will diagnose your condition and provide the spine injury treatment you need. We want to restore your quality of life today.
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There Are Two Main Types of Spine Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are typically classified into two main categories:
- Complete: When there is total paralysis below the injury site, the victim might suffer quadriplegia (paralysis in both arms and legs) or paraplegia (paralysis in both legs).
- Incomplete: The victim has suffered a spinal injury that partially affects the way they move. For instance, one side of the body may be more affected than the other.
To better understand your condition, our physicians will perform a physical evaluation and/or order imaging tests, such as an x-ray or MRI.
Our Chiropractic Doctors Offer These Treatment Options
Based on your needs, we may decide to treat you with chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, or a combination of the two.
The purpose of physiotherapy is to reduce pain, prevent further injury, and regain flexibility and mobility.
The types of physiotherapy our physicians offer include:
- Corrective care: Relieves pressure from the spinal nerves
- Massage therapy: Relieves pain and stress and helps the patient relax his muscles
- Ultrasound therapy: Regenerates tissue by using ultrasonic waves
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM): Heals strained or damaged muscle tissue through painless electrical signals
- Stretching and strengthening: Strengthens your back and promotes internal healing
- Rehabilitative therapy: Enhances a patient’s range of motion and stability over time
Chiropractic care is when the physician adjusts and realigns the spine by using quick force and thrusts. According to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, patients who received chiropractic care made significant improvements in their mobility.
Treatment methods include:
- Diversified adjustment: This is the most well-known technique of chiropractic care. Here, the physician thrusts the spine into alignment.
- Side posture: Typically used for patients with lower back pain, the patient lies on his side with one leg forward while the physician applies force near the pelvic area.
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique: Involves manipulation of the entire spine; the patient lies facedown while the chiropractor applies pressure onto different areas of the spine.
- Seated diversified: Used to treat neck injuries; It’s a similar technique to the first one, but the patient is seated.
- Activator: The doctor uses a handheld adjustment device to employ controlled manipulation techniques. This is different than adjusting the spine manually.
- Toggle recoil: This is geared toward patients with less severe injuries, as it is a gentler technique. Here, the doctor applies controlled thrusts and pressure to an affected area.
Your doctor could also use techniques, like the Sacral-Occipital Technique or extremity manipulation, to target other areas (like the neck and hips) in addition to the spine.
The Four Stages of Rehabilitative Therapy for Spinal Injuries
We classify rehabilitation into four stages. You may move through these phases chronologically or fluctuate between multiple phases. It’s also normal to spend more time in one phase than another.
Our four-step rehabilitation program includes:
- The acute phase: Your physician will focus on relieving your pain. They may have you do some exercises and massage the affected areas.
- The rehab phase: This is usually the longest stage of recovery, and your physician may use different techniques to find the one that’s right for you.
- The strengthening phase: Your recovery may become more intense as you get stronger, so you may use free weights or undergo deep tissue massage sessions.
- Maximum medical improvement (MMI): Your physician feels that you are ready to return to your regular activities. After receiving chiropractic care, you might feel more limber than you did before.
Many patients ask us: “How long will it take to recover from my spine injury?” The fact is, everyone’s recovery time is different. You may respond better to one treatment than another person with the same condition.
Other factors, such as age, weight, and prior activity levels, can also play a role in your recovery period.
Our Chiropractors in Lehigh Acres Can Team Up With Your Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were hurt in an accident and retained legal help, we can work with your lawyers to build your personal injury case. For example, we can write a report that details:
- Your spinal injury diagnosis
- The expected length of your recovery period
- The cost of your spine injury treatment
- What it will take for you to reach MMI
- What your treatment will entail, like if you need medical equipment
This information will demonstrate the connection between your Lehigh Acres accident and your spinal injury. Furthermore, we help patients who were in a variety of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Sports-related accidents
If you need help hiring a lawyer, Specific Care Chiropractic can recommend a firm.
Call Specific Care Chiropractic Today for Lehigh Acres Spine Injury Treatment
Whether you suffered a spinal injury when you got into a bicycle accident at Manatee Park or fell at Crossroads Shopping Center, our chiropractors are ready to work for you.
We will take a personalized approach when assessing your condition and creating your treatment plan. For more information on how our Lehigh Acres team can help, connect with Specific Care Chiropractic at (239)369-9109. Let’s schedule your first appointment today.