Therapy for Auto Accidents

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Therapy for Auto Accidents

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are Highly Effective After an Auto Accident

Goetz with CaptionAn automobile accident, even a small one, has the potential to cause serious physical pain and emotional trauma to those involved. Chiropractic can help restore the body to the condition it was in before an accident, while massage and other physical therapies will help to relieve the pain, both physical and psychological. Some common auto accident injuries that can be addressed with chiropractic and physical therapies include:

 

 

  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal disc injuries
  • Pain in the neck and back
  • Pain in the extremities

Chiropractic Care After and Auto Accident

An auto accident can cause a misalignment in the spine, which can in turn affect the functioning of the nervous system and lead to negative consequences for the entire body. Even if these symptoms do not manifest immediately, it is important to have a thorough examination after any accident, regardless of how seemingly harmless it is. Chiropractors are specialists of the spine and can reestablish the proper alignment of the spine and restore its normal function. The manual manipulations performed by a chiropractor put the spine back into alignment, allowing the nervous system to perform as intended. Chiropractic adjustments can also provide immediate relief from the pain associated with whiplash and spinal disc injuries. Both of these conditions are caused by misalignments in the spine.

Physical Therapy Provides a Range of Benefits

The various physical therapies available generally serve one of three goals:

  • Reduce or eliminate pain
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase strength

At Advance Health Services we employ a number of physical therapy modalities to help our patients quickly recover from their accident injuries. Some of the most common and highly effective therapies we use are:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electric muscle stimulation (EMS)
  • Micro-current
  • Cervical and lumbar traction
  • Paraffin

Massage Combats Muscle Spasm and Inflammation

Many auto accident injuries, including whiplash, can involve inflammation of the muscles and muscle spasms in addition to pain and soreness. Massage is an excellent therapy for these symptoms, especially when used alongside chiropractic and other physical therapies. Along with relieving pain, massage can make joints more pliable, which aides in chiropractic spinal manipulations.

If you have been in an auto accident, you owe it to yourself to visit Advance Health Services, even if you don’t believe you were injured. Our chiropractors, and physical and massage therapists, are well equipped to help you recover and get your body back to its pre-accident condition. Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Hidden Auto Accident Injuries

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Hidden Auto Accident Injuries

Chris Goetz - Thursday, January 21, 2016

These Auto Accident Injuries Do Not Always Reveal Themselves Immediately

Goetz with CaptionAuto accident injuries are not always immediately apparent. Part of the reason is the hormones and endorphins that the body produces during a stressful event like a car accident. These natural chemicals can make one unaware of the pain from their injuries and make them feel as if nothing is wrong. To further complicate matters, some injuries may not even show up on X-rays or MRI’s. For these reasons it is important to be aware of how your body feels for days and even weeks after an accident, paying attention for any pain and discomfort that reveals itself later.

Here are some of the most common types of injuries you could suffer in an auto accident that sometimes do not reveal themselves immediately:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Spinal Injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by a forceful and rapid back and forth movement of the neck. The name comes from the movement’s similarity to the cracking of a whip. It is most often seen occurring during auto accidents that involve a rear end collision. Whiplash is sometimes referred to as a neck strain or sprain, but there are other types of neck injuries that fall under those descriptions.

A victim of whiplash may experience neck pain, stiffness, numbness, and spasms as well as headaches and dizziness. Left untreated whiplash could develop into chronic neck pain. The reason this type of injury is not immediately recognized is because some of the symptoms may not appear for a few days and those symptoms can be mistaken as being caused by another type of injury.

Concussion

A concussion is categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury. It can be caused by a blow to the head as well as a violent shaking of the head or upper body. Most concussions are temporary and can be treated with rest. Concussions are often hidden injuries because most of the symptoms can be caused by other injuries. On some occasions concussions can cause loss of consciousness. Here are some of the symptoms that may point to a concussion:

  • Headaches
  • Memory Loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of balance and coordination

Spinal Injury

One would think that a spinal injury is not likely to go unnoticed. In most cases that is true. However, facet syndrome is a type of spinal injury that could easily be mistaken for something else. Facet syndrome is the irritation of the joints on the back of the vertebrae. These joints are responsible for many of the twisting movements of the body. They can be impacted in an auto accident. Often the pain from facet syndrome is a dull ache which can easily be attributed to soreness from being in an auto accident. More serious symptoms could appear later and include chronic pain and loss of mobility.

In other cases spinal injury symptoms are simply confused for different injuries. Pain or numbness in the extremities, for example, is not uncommon.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a stressful or frightening experience. It is not caused by an actual physical injury to the brain and is therefore not apparent immediately following an accident. Instead, the symptoms will develop over time and sometimes continue to worsen for weeks or months. Some common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares

PTSD is treated with counseling or psychiatric care.

The reality is that you should see a doctor after being involved in any kind of auto accident, no matter how seemingly small. At Advance Health Services we work to heal accident victims every day. Our doctors and physical therapists employ a range of tests that could reveal hidden injuries before symptoms appear, allowing us to begin treatment right away. If you are involved in an accident call us to make an appointment.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

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SpineForce

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SpineForce Strengthens the Core

Goetz with CaptionThe SpineForce Reactive Neuromuscular Trainer is a device, developed for chiropractors, designed to exercise the core muscles to improve strength, balance, coordination and posture. Before the development of Spineforce there was no technology able to specifically target the 180 spinal muscles of the core. This important muscle group is used for stability and balance. The muscle activity triggered by SpineForce also hydrates the muscles and ligaments by increasing blood flow to them.

Many conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, like low back pain, are linked to low endurance of the core muscle group. Core muscle strength is essential for overall health. Furthermore, strengthening the core muscles can improve posture and helps to prevent injuries. SpineForce is extremely effective for athletes or anyone participating in sports, but its benefits can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of physical strength or age.

How SpineForce Works

Spineforce engages every muscle in order to strengthen the spinal muscles. This is done without force, but rather through a gentle action that enhances balance and restores movement to patients in rehabilitation. The SpineForce device includes a platform on which the patient stands. Two handles are connected to a movable column. The patient holds these two handles which include highly sensitive sensors that measure the force applied on them. As the platform oscillates, the user tries to balance a target that appears on the control panel. The SpineForce device continually measures the force applied by the patient and provides appropriate resistance to exercise the core muscles and promote full body health. This push and pull action works to make the core spinal muscles all work in coordination.

How SpineForce Can Help You

No other machine precisely targets the 180 muscles of the core. Spineforce effectively strengthens those muscles while simultaneously providing a cardio-vascular workout. The exercise provided by SpineForce strengthen the core and promote back muscle health. It is highly effective for rehabilitation, whether from a sports injury, accident or surgery. Its benefits extend beyond rehabilitation by helping to prevent future injuries. Other benefits include:

  • Treatment of low back pain
  • Anti-aging conditioning and strengthening
  • Improves coordination, balance and posture
  • Improves movement and fluidity
  • Improves scoliosis
  • Stimulation of spinal fluids

At Advance Health Services we promote core strengthening as part of an overal approach to overall health. We are proud to offer the SpineForce to our patients as part of that approach. SpineForce is covered by many insurance plans. Contact us today to set a consultation and try SpineForce for yourself.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

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Massage Therapy

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Incredible Benefits of Massage Therapy

Goetz with CaptionMassage is more than just a relaxing indulgence. The use of massage therapy to treat pain and ailments is as old as civilization itself. It is among the oldest healing techniques still in use today. In the present day there are close to one hundred different massage modalities used throughout the world. It is recognized as one of the most powerful non-invasive therapies available to treat ailments like pain, fatigue, stress, poor circulation and a variety of other physical problems.

Massage therapy involves the application of pressure to, and the manipulation of, different parts of the body. Many massage therapists use several different techniques like tapping, stroking, kneading, friction, vibration, and compression during a single session. It all depends on the needs of the patient. At times, mechanical devices are used to supplement the therapist’s manual techniques. At Advance Health Services we encourage the use of massage for overall health and wellbeing. Its uses are many.

  • Stress Relief – This is probably what most people associate massage therapy with. A single massage can lower insulin and cortisol levels as well as one’s heart rate. Massage therapy has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
  • Pain Relief – Neck and back pain are the most obvious conditions to benefit from massage, but it could be used to relieve pain throughout the body by relaxing tense muscles. Sufferers of chronic headaches and migraine can also benefit from massage therapy.
  • Relaxation – A good massage therapist can put a patient’s body and mind into a restful and relaxing state which can last well after the massage session is over.
  • Posture – This goes hand-in-hand with massage’s relaxation benefits. Tense muscles and muscle pain lead to poor posture. Massage works to combat that.
  • Increased Circulation – The pressure a massage therapist applies to the body encourages better blood flow which in turn increases the flow oxygen throughout the body.
  • Increased Flexibility – Massage promotes fluidity in the joints and increases range of motion. Greater flexibility decreases the change of injury.
  • Immune System – Massage naturally increases the body’s immune system.
  • Rehabilitation – For all of the reasons listed above, massage therapy plays a major role in many rehabilitation programs, especially were an injury has occurred.

If you suffer from any ailments, or just want to improve your overall health, consider giving massage therapy a try. It will likely provide benefits beyond those you are seeking. At Advance Health Services we employ massage therapists who are experts at various techniques which will provide tremendous health benefits. Call us today to schedule your massage session.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

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DRX9000

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Spinal Decompression and the DRX9000

Goetz with CaptionThe last ten years has seen the arrival of spinal decompression systems like the DRX9000 from Axiom Worldwide. These devices were developed to provide an alternative to invasive treatments for back pain while avoiding some problems often associated with traction like fatigue, discomfort and the muscle spasms it sometimes triggers. Traction is an excellent therapy tool, but in some cases it might exacerbate the pain. The DRX9000 is particularly effective in providing relief from bulging vertebral discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica and degenerative disc disease. DRX stands for Decompression Reduction Extraction. The DRX9000 by Axiom Worldwide is the best system of its kind.

The split table of the DRX9000 reduces friction. With the patient laying on their back, the chest and shoulders are positioned into a support harness. The harness is attached to a system of air bladders, motors and pulleys that provide the motion of the machine. This motion produces a force that decompresses the space between the vertebrae. The onboard computer allows for precise adjustment of the decompression force and the angle of the pull. The DRX9000 is so precise, in fact, that it can target a specific spinal segment. Ultimately, what the DRX9000 does is provide more space to the discs between the vertebrae, which reduces pressure and herniation.

A Quick and Not Unpleasant Experience

A DRX9000 decompression session takes about 30-40 minutes, all told. The first several sessions start with a low to moderate decompression force which is increased over several sessions. Many patients report experiencing relief after just one session. Others will feel the benefits after a few. How quickly you begin to feel relief is dependent on the severity of your injury. Treatments are generally administered two to three times a week for six weeks, but some patients may require a longer or shorter regimen.

Before and after each decompression session you will be treated to physical therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and hot and cold therapy. At Advance Health Services we have two DRX9000’s, each equipped with a DVD player and overhead monitor. You can choose from a collection of television shows to watch during your treatment. Some patients find the experience so comfortable that they take a short nap during their session.

DRX9000 decompression treatments are affordable, especially when compared to surgery. Many insurance companies do cover decompression treatment. Call Advance Health Services to set up a consultation and find out if you are eligible for this highly effective back pain treatment. Our staff will verify if your insurance covers the cost of the treatment.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Herniated Discs

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Herniated Discs

Chris Goetz - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Herniated Discs Can Affect the Back, Neck and Extremities

Goetz with CaptionOf all the injuries one can sustain in an automobile accident, a herniated disc in the spine is one of the most potentially serious. Left untreated a herniated disc can cause a lifetime of pain and disability. It is important to recognize the signs of a possible herniation after an accident, and to consult with a doctor if any of the symptoms occur. Luckily, there are effective treatments to treat a herniated spinal disc including non-surgical methods that can produce excellent results.

The vertebrae, or bones that make up the spine, are separated by the spinal discs, called intervertebral discs. These discs act as cushions between each of the several vertebrae allowing the spine to bend and move. A herniated or slipped disc happens when all or part of the disc protrudes from its place between the vertebrae. Very often the protruding disc comes in contact with one or more of the many nerves that branch out from the spine. This contact causes pain and other problems in the back and other parts of the body, depending on which disc and nerves are affected. The lower back, also called the lumbar area, is the most common site of herniated discs, but they can also occur in the neck, or cervical portion of the spine. Slipped discs in the thoracic, or middle part of the back, are rare.

Any of these symptoms following an auto accident may indicate the presence of a herniated lumbar disc:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain radiating to the hips, legs or buttocks
  • Pain in the calfs or feet
  • Numbness in any of these areas

A herniated cervical disc presents itself a little differently.

  • Pain in the shoulder blades
  • Pain radiating to the arms, hands or fingers
  • Pain when moving the neck
  • Numbness in the shoulders, arms, hands or fingers

Additionally, a herniated disc can cause weakness in the arms and legs. Patients who have suffered a slipped disc after an auto accident may have trouble performing common daily tasks. Pain from a herniated disc can worsen by sitting, standing or walking for prolonged periods of time, by coughing, sneezing or laughing. The pain is often worse at night.

Spinal Decompression Provides Effective Non-Invasive Treatment

There are many options for car accident treatment in Miami and for herniated discs including pain medication, physical therapy and surgery. A relatively new form of treatment that has provided excellent results is spinal decompression therapy. This treatment seeks to relieve pressure between vertebrae in order to allow the disc to recede to its normal position.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit uses spinal decompression to painlessly and effectively repair herniated intervertebral discs. Through a slow and methodical separating of specific vertebrae, the DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit reduces the pressure being applied to the injured disc while simultaneously encouraging blood flow to the area. This release of pressure allows the disc to regain its proper shape and position over time, while the increased flow of oxygen rich blood helps the disc heal more rapidly.

The DRX9000 Spinal Decompression Unit applies computer controlled, gentle pulls to specific vertebrae to provide relief to the affected discs. The thirty to forty minute process is repeated two or three times a week, gradually relieving pain over time. However, some patients begin to experience pain relief after only one or two treatments. Contact us at Advance Health Services today to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression in Miami.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Car Accident Injuries

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Car Accident Injuries

Chris Goetz - Friday, March 01, 2013

Beware: Car Accident Injuries May Not Be Immediately Apparent

Goetz with CaptionBeing involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience, and the aftermath can be disruptive to your life and health.  A number of issues could arise including vehicle repairs, loss of your primary mode of transportation, missed work, dealing with insurance companies and, of course, discomfort, pain or possibly a serious car accident injury. Even in the absence of an obvious injury, a victim of a motor vehicle accident could experience:

 

 

  • Upper and lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Brain injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Leg, knee and foot injuries
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue

It's also possible to feel nothing at all. In some cases your own body may block the sensation of pain immediately following a stressful event. Another common pitfall is the fact that pain medications prescribed after an accident may mask underlying problems.

For these and other reasons it is important after any accident, no matter how minor it might seem, to be examined by and doctor that specializes in the treatment of injuries sustained from auto accidents. Once it has been determined that injuries are not life threatening, the next step should be a visit to a pain management clinic, a chiropractor or a physiatrist.

Without the right evaluation and treatment, the conditions listed above could surface weeks or months down the road.  Spinal injuries that go untreated will not heal correctly and could lead to future chronic pain and discomfort.

A doctor that specializes in pain management and physiotherapy is more familiar with the types of injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents, in particular those that the patient may not yet be aware of.  Through x-rays and other orthopedic and neurological tests, a pain specialist can determine if structural or soft tissue damage has occurred and if muscle strength, range of motion or nerve function have been compromised.

Even after a hospital visit, is it important to visit a doctor who will treat your injuries and guide you through rehabilitation. It is important to understand that a hospital will insure that injuries are not life threatening and possibly prescribe medication to manage pain. But medication is not treatment for underlying muscular-skeletal issues. Only through rehabilitative therapies such as chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound, traction and other techniques  can structural and soft tissue damage be corrected. In some cases surgery may be an option.

Make sure to consider all of these issues after any accident. Most importantly, seek the advice of a health professional to insure your continued health and wellbeing.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Spinal Decompression

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Spinal Decompression

Chris Goetz - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Is a Breakthrough in Back Pain Treatment

Goetz with CaptionJust under a million spinal surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Eighty percent of all Americans will experience back pain in their lifetimes and contribute to the $50 billion spent annually on its treatment.  As patients continually seek more effective treatments that will help eliminate debilitating pain,  non-surgical spinal decompression has emerged as breakthrough in the effective treatment of degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and a number of other back afflictions. It uses computer controlled mechanical traction to relieve the pressure on spinal discs.

Deterioration of the spinal discs is know as degenerative disc disease (DDD). It is characterized by a reduction in the amount of the gelatinous substance at the center of the discs, and by the weakening of the disc's exterior structure. DDD usually occurs gradually and is a common result of aging. A herniated disc results when the nucleus of the disc protrudes out. This puts pressure on the adjacent nerves resulting in pain, numbness or weakness.

It's pressure reducing effect makes non-surgical spinal decompression an excellent treatment for both degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. In addition, non-surgical spinal decompression is an effective treatment for:

  • Sciatica - pain, weakness, or tingling radiating to the extremities
  • Posterior facet syndrome - worn joints in the spine
  • Radiculopathy - injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Back and neck pain

Spinal decompression treatment is comfortable and gentle. A harness is placed around the patient's hips and the patient lays down on the cushioned table portion of the machine. The harness is connected to the machine and the traction motion creates a release of pressure between the vertebra. The on board computer precisely controls the force and angle of the pulling motion, assuring that the treatment is applied the correct disc. The release of pressure also promotes better flow of water, oxygen and nutrients to affected discs and nerves.

The treatment can be highly customized for each patient. A single treatment can last from 30 to 45 minutes. A typical treatment plan will call for 3 to 5 sessions a week for 4 to 7 weeks. Non-surgical spinal decompression can be complimented by other treatments such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat or cold therapy.

Patients that should avoid this treatment are women who are pregnant, those with tumors, bone fractures, or metal implants and surgical hardware placed in their spine or are suffering from osteoporosis.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Back and Neck Pain Treatment

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Back and Neck Pain Treatment

Chris Goetz - Monday, February 11, 2013

Back and Neck Pain Treatment Should Consider Severity and Cause

Goetz with CaptionMost people are familiar with back and neck pain in their own lives but may be surprised to learn that the two are among the most common reasons for doctor visits, and they are a major cause or disability, lost work and high healthcare costs.  About 80% of adults experience moderate to severe back pain at some time in their lives, and 50% suffer from neck pain.  Back and neck pain can be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from the life threatening, like heart attack or trauma, to the more benign, such as strains and sprains.

The neck and back contain many muscles, bones, nerves and veins.  The most common cause of pain is soft tissue injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Whiplash, which can be caused be a strike to the head, a fall, or an automobile accident, even a small one, is a type of injury caused by a sudden distorting extension of the neck muscles.  Other common causes are arthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease and nerves pinched by a herniated disc.

Back and neck pain can lead to other debilitating conditions like stiffness, immobility, decrease of range of motion as well as headaches and pain radiating to other parts of the body.

In some instances back and neck pain is not severe and can be treated at home.  In those cases the methods below may be enough to alleviate the pain until the injury heals.

  • Resting the neck and back, moving them as little as possible followed, after a few days, by light exercise of the affected area.
  • Applying cold, usually from a plastic bag of ice, for 15 minutes every hour.
  • Medication such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Severe or persistent back and neck pain, or worsening symptoms, should prompt a visit to the doctor’s office.  Also, if the source of the pain cannot be determined a doctor can rule out anything serious.  Often medical history and a physical examination are enough to diagnose the cause of back and neck pain.  If not, there are many tests that can be employed to localize an injury including x-ray, CT scan and MRI.

There are many back and neck pain treatment options available, and which are used depends on the severity and cause of the pain.

  • Massage therapy is among the oldest healing techniques, and still one of the most effective.  There are more than 80 forms of massage for treating different sorts of pains and ailments.
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves to create heat in the affected muscles.  This heat promotes blood flow and loosens muscles.
  • Electric muscle stimulation uses low currents to therapeutically stimulate muscles and nerves.
  • Traction is the use of mechanically created force to stretch and mobilize the spine.  It alleviates pain by stretching muscles that have suffered from spasm.
  • Chiropractic care involves manual therapy and manipulation of the spine.  It is particularly effective for treatment of back and neck pain.
  • Non-surgical spinal decompression is performed with a precision, computer controlled system called the DRX-9000.  It works at relieving pressure on nerves, and repositioning spinal discs to allow rehydration and oxygen and nutrients to be more easily absorbed.
  • Surgery, although considered a last resort, can be extremely effective in reversing back and neck pain.

Since most back and neck pain is caused by sprains or strains, one can expect to recover fully with proper care and treatment.  When dealing with back and neck pain it is important to bear in mind its severity and cause.  A carefully considered treatment plan is the best path to a quick recovery.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.