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Chest Injuries from a Car Accident Can be Related to Spinal Trauma

Common chest injuries from a car accident are soreness, pain, and bruising, typically from a seatbelt. However, the chest pain some experience are the result of severe injury, like fractured ribs, require different treatment.

The rib cage is a part of the musculoskeletal system. It connects to the spine. Our accident and injury clinic in Plano is a sensible choice to ensure your spine is properly aligned, relieving muscle tension that may be causing your symptoms. 

Symptoms of Upper Back and Chest Pain

If a spinal column is misaligned, it could create a variety of symptoms that radiate around to the chest. Some of these symptoms include:

  • A sharp, almost shock-like pain
  • Dull achiness that felt in the chest, upper back, or even the shoulder
  • Noticeable pain when trying to take a breath
  • Tingling feeling in the chest
  • Rib pain
  • Stiffness
  • Fullness or pressure feeling in the chest

Treatment With Chiropractic

Chiropractic care involves more than just “cracking bones.” In fact, we don’t crack bones at all. However, what we do is adjust joints. Adjusting joints into proper alignment allows the patient’s body can function as designed. Our skilled chiropractors have decades of experience treating chest injuries related to car accidents. Many of these injuries are found to coincide with issues related to the spinal cord. Through a series of treatments (that may include gentle manipulations, ultrasound, hot/cold modalities, electrical stimulation, or traction) it is possible to get relief from your chest injury. Not all chest injuries (or bodies) are the same. After an initial evaluation at our accident and injury clinic in Plano, we’ll provide you with a diagnosis and a treatment plan specially designed to relieve your pain and discomfort.

Get Help With IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic

Chest injuries from a car accident could reveal a more serious problem. Don’t take your chances with an inexperienced chiropractic clinic. Contact your trusted accident and injury clinic in Plano today. Additionally, for your convenience, we have locations in Frisco, Richardson, and Dallas. Click here to schedule your appointment now, or call us at (972) 232-2227. 

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What Are the Most Common Injuries after an Accident?

As an accident and injury clinic in Dallas, we see many patients that have pain as the result of car accidents. Many of the injuries we see are similar. We’ve decided to do a multi-part blog series, to share with the most common accident injuries that we treat.  

Common Car Accident Injuries

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 3 million people are injured in car accidents every year. Injuries resulting from accidents can range from very minor to permanent, life-altering injuries. 

Injuries are typically divided into one of two categories: penetrating injuries or impact injuries. As you can imagine, penetrating injuries occur when any foreign object punctures the body. For example, glass shards embedded in the skin, or any other object causing scrapes or lacerations. An impact injury is when a  body part slams against an object in the vehicle. Impact injuries cause both superficial and internal injuries, but do not penetrate the skin. 

The following list are more injuries we see in our accident and injury clinic in Dallas.

  1. Soft tissue injuries
  2. Chest contusions
  3. Arm and leg sprains and strains
  4. Various injuries to the back
  5. Whiplash (as discussed in a previous blog)
  6. Head trauma

Injuries vary in severity, and you may feel pain right away or not feel any pain for several days. As we go through this series, we will discuss the most common car accident injuries in further detail. In our next blog, we will talk specifically about soft tissue injuries. 

Call Us When You Need an Accident & Injury Clinic

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you want a highly skilled accident and injury clinic in Dallas who can help you recover. You can trust the team at IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic’s skilled providers for real pain relief. Book your appointment online by clicking here or call (972) 232-2227 today – we will work with your insurance. Need an office closer to your work or home? We also have locations in Frisco, Plano, and Richardson.

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Can Scoliosis be Helped by Chiropractic Care?

The definition of scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis most commonly begins during childhood and affects approximately 3% of the population. Not everyone who suffers from scoliosis will require surgery, but they may endure pain and other complications as a result. If you’re looking for a noninvasive approach to help with your scoliosis symptoms, a chiropractor can help.

Symptoms of Scoliosis Treated at our IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Office

Scoliosis can cause a myriad of symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should call a chiropractor experienced with scoliosis in Frisco today.

  • Chronic back pain
  • Hips are uneven
  • One shoulder is higher than the other
  • Your head is not centered directly over your pelvis
  • Your body appears to lean to one side

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you think you might be suffering from scoliosis, a chiropractor will complete a thorough evaluation along with imaging studies, which most often includes a few x-rays and a physical evaluation. These imaging studies show a clear picture of your spine, which is important when developing a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

The treatment plan outlines the frequency of your visits, the projected duration of your visits, what types of therapies will be utilized, and education on home exercises. Initially, your chiropractor will want to see you a few times weekly until your spine starts adapting to the changes and proper alignment. As treatment progresses, your visits will decrease in frequency to the point of only needing routine maintenance.

Talk with Your Physician

Since scoliosis is a lifelong condition, it is important to ask your doctor the following:

  1. How often do you need chiropractic adjustments?
  2. How many times should you get adjusted by a chiropractor?

Scoliosis Care at IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic in Frisco, TX

Although there is no cure for scoliosis in severe forms with chiropractic treatment alone, a chiropractor can help relieve your symptoms and prevent the curvature from worsening. Experience relief of your scoliosis by visiting IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic in Frisco. Call us at  (972) 232-2227 and schedule your appointment today, or click on “Book Appointment” to confidentially schedule through our secure site. We also have offices in Richardson, Plano and Dallas.

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What Age Is Child Chiropractic Care Important?

One of the biggest misconceptions about child chiropractic care is that it’s only for adults. In fact, regular relief child chiropractic care has countless benefits for children, too. Anyone, at any age, can be adjusted by a chiropractor. Yes, even newborns just days old! If you’re seeking natural chiropractic care in Plano, TX, we’ve got you covered.

Results For All Ages

From newborn to teenagers, natural chiropractic care is a noninvasive treatment that can help your child grow developmentally through optimal wellness. When the vertebrae of the spine is restricted and not moving properly, this interrupts signals from the nervous system that communicate with the entire body. Let’s take a look at some of the ways your child could benefit from treatment with our pediatric chiropractors in Plano, TX at our chiropractic clinic.


Childbirth is not an easy task for mom.  It is also strenuous on your little human. They’re squeezing their way into the world through the tiniest space. Through this process, it’s quite possible they may experience spinal misalignment that could be the culprit for issues like colic, difficulty breastfeeding, earaches, or congestion. Natural chiropractic care realigns your baby’s spine to relieve stress on the nerve pathways, and your baby will be more comfortable.

Toddlers and School-Aged

Learning to walk comes with countless falls. Learning to ride a bike, climbing a tree, rollerblading, skateboarding and sports. These are all normal childhood activities that take a toll on the body. If the spine jolts and moves the vertebrae out of its normal position it can compress nerves.  After that, it can create pain, irritableness, trouble sleeping, and more. Above all, remember that, without treatment, the more serious the effects will be.

Next Step

Opening up communication from your child’s spine to all of their organs and other bodily functions will allow them to sleep better.  Consequently, they will also breathe better and function at their greatest capacity. No matter the age of your child, now is the optimal time to schedule a visit with a pediatric chiropractor. We have offices in the Winnetka Heights area of Dallas, Richardson, Frisco or  Plano, TX, areas.  Schedule your child’s initial visit at our pain and chiropractic injury clinic at (972) 232-2227.

What Is Back Pain and How to Treat It?

Back pain is a very common injury seen in the majority of the population.

Our daily activities often  play a very crucial role in our back pain. If someone has a desk job or if they work from home, they most likely spend a majority of their time hunched over, with bad posture, staring at a computer screen for multiple hours. Generally, a lot of people want to become more active, but they lack the proper biomechanics needed to perform certain workouts and then they experience low back pain. If someone lives in a city with bad traffic or that person has to drive long hours for work, they are often sitting in a position that compromises their back for a long duration of time. On top of that, what if a person gets into a car collision? Their back is already in a compromised position and then you add a high velocity impact to the equation and that results in a more trauma to the body. If we look at our daily activities and the tasks that we need to perform in order for us to survive, it makes sense why a majority of the population has back pain.

How will we ever get out of pain if we cannot stop working, being active or performing our daily activities?

Well with Chiropractic care we can help minimize the intensity and the frequency that a person experiences pain with proper treatment and exercises, so that you can continue to live your life.

Often times, when a person experiences an auto collision it can be very detrimental and traumatic to their back. It may unravel back pain that a person has never experienced before. This back pain may be the result of stress and strain on the paraspinal muscles on each side of the back. The back pain could also result in a disc herniation that irritates spinal nerves around the disc causing radicular symptoms. Radicular symptoms include sharp, shooting, numbness or pain that refers to different parts of the body. The back pain could also be so severe as a compression fracture caused by the auto collision. We refer and recommend imaging such as X-rays and MRIs to properly educate the patient on what may be the root cause of their back pain. A number of times,  patients discover a slight curvature in their spine or scoliosis. However, the patient has never experienced back pain like this prior to the accident. Most times the scoliosis is not caused by the accident, but due to prior events that we have experienced throughout life that cause a gradual change in the curvature of a spine. The auto collision could irritate those muscles that have already been compensated for so long and create pain more prevalent on one side of the curvature than the other.

As Chiropractors we are highly trained and skilled in treating your back pain.

We refer and recommend imaging to accurately diagnosis and educate the patient on the root cause of their back pain. The proper imaging also helps us know what areas we can and cannot adjust. For instance: if a patient has a spinal fracture, we will not adjust the area.

We primarily start most patients on passive care, which includes E-STEM, Myofascial therapy, Heat or Ice. Whenever the patient is out of the acute phase, we will introduce the chiropractic adjustment to them. The Chiropractic adjustment is a specific thrust into a joint used to improve motion and physical function. The adjustment can be performed with hands or an activator.

We combine passive therapy with active therapy to correct and strengthen certain areas of the body or muscles that are not working correctly. The exercises that we use are not meant to be extremely exerting or provide a great amount of fatigue. The exercises and stretches are used to create proper biomechanics, improve function and range of motion to specific areas. Overtime these proper movements will eventually become muscle memory in hopes of decreasing the frequency of back pain.

Throughout all of the treatments and therapies we are constantly documenting and measuring the progress of the patient. These measurements include patient feedback, as well as range of motion, muscle testing and deep tendon reflexes.

As mentioned before, we are constantly moving, constantly under stress and strain from our jobs and daily activities. It would almost be impossible to eliminate back pain; we would have to stop everything. However, we can not afford to stop moving, because our lives and others depend on our productivity. With Chiropractic care and proper therapy, we can help minimize the intensity of pain and the frequency of a person’s pain. Combined with the proper exercises and stretches we can alter those faulty movements and create the proper biomechanics needed to sustain the progress made for a longer period of time.

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Can I really get injured in a low speed accident?

Injuries from Low Impact Accidents

A low impact auto accident is generally defined as an incident that takes place at speeds less than 10 miles per hour (mph). This type of collision usually causes the least amount of damage to the vehicles involved. Body injuries can result from any accident and that includes ones that occur with vehicles going less than 10 mph. Soft tissue injuries are the most common problem for those involved in a low impact accident.
A motor vehicle accident that takes place at speeds between under 10 mph often brings about little visible damage to the cars involved. Sometimes due to the fact that minimal damage was done to vehicle the injuries to the people in the vehicles are overlooked. This does not mean that bodily injury did not occur to the passengers during the crash.
While an automobile is built to take a slow 5 to 10 mph crash that is not necessarily true for your body. In a low impact accident a person’s soft tissue can be damaged.The back and neck are the usual problem spots for soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue is basically a person’s ligaments, tendons and muscles. Soft tissue injuries are typically classified as contusions or bruises, sprains or strains. 
A contusion is an injury to the soft tissue caused by blunt force. This force produces pooling of blood around the injury causing discoloring of the skin. This is commonly is referred to as a bruise. Bruising can be found in different shapes and colors.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament often brought about by a wrench or twist. A sprain can be a simple sprain, a partial tear or a complete tear. This can happen to various parts of a person’s body during an accident. It is not uncommon for a person to twist in their seat as a vehicle strikes theirs during the incident.
A strain is an injury to the muscle or tendon caused by overuse, force or stretching. The force of the car crash can push on a person’s soft tissue or cause parts to stretch in an abnormal way.Muscles and tendons support your bones. A strain may cause a partial or complete tear in the muscle and tendon combination.
The neck of a car occupant can whip forward causing the most common rear impact injury known as whiplash. General Motors (GM) did a study regarding crashes at speeds below eight mph. GM found, to no surprise, that injuries do occur at such low speeds. The study also showed that whiplash injuries account for more than half of all injuries connected to vehicular accidents. 
Although these types of injuries are characteristically classified as minor nearly 30 percent of those hurt in low speed collisions have reported having neck pain up to three years later. This injury is likely to be worse in those that experienced a rear end collision. Depending on the age of the person this injury could cause a permanent disability.
A motor vehicle can take the force of a low speed collision without showing much damage due to the advances car manufacturers have made in the construction of their vehicles. When a collision does occur the force of the accident pushes inertia somewhere and once the automobile has taken part of that energy away the occupants take the rest. These forces are what can cause people bodily harm even in a crash of below 10 mph.Soft tissue injuries can occur to those involved in a low speed impact and though these injuries might be hard to see they exist.