Plano Texas Chiropractor – Dr. F. Scott Villines

Plano Texas Chiropractor – Dr. F. Scott Villines


As a Chiropractor in Plano Texas I evaluate and treat many patients with headaches.  This is a short video that shows the physiology behind some headaches and the mechanism of response.  Patients with headaches even if they are chronic in nature respond very well to chiropractic in most instances.

Dr. Scott Villines a Chiropractor in Plano Texas shares information regarding the common injuries often associated with car wrecks. This information can help you to make and informed decision when it comes to your health.  Call our office if you are having pain after an accident to see how we can help.

This video focuses on the difference in neck pain treatments of chiropractic versus traditional medical care. Watch the video and call the office if you have questions or when you are ready to get your health back.

Plano Chiropractor discusses the effects of “Whiplash”.

Plano Chiropractor, Dr. Scott Villines talks about what really causes whiplash injuries in an accident and the proper treatment of those injuries.

            Whiplash is a non-medical term for a condition that occurs when the neck and head move rapidly forwards and backwards or, sideways, at a speed so fast our neck muscles are unable to stop the movement from happening.  This sudden force results in the normal range of motion being exceeded and causes injury to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) of the neck. Classically, whiplash is associated with car accidents or, motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) but can also be caused by other injuries such as a fall on the ice and banging the head, sports injuries, as well as being assaulted, including “shaken baby syndrome.”

            The History Of Whiplash.  The term “Whiplash” was first coined in 1928 when pilots were injured by landing airplanes on air craft carriers in the ocean. Their heads were snapped forwards and back as they came to a sudden stop. There are many synonyms for the term “whiplash” including, but not limited to, cervical hyperextension injury, acceleration-deceleration syndrome, cervical sprain (meaning ligament injury) and cervical strain (meaning muscle / tendon injury). In spite of this, the term “whiplash” has continued to be used usually in reference to MVCs.

            Why Whiplash Occurs.  As noted previously, we cannot voluntarily stop our head from moving beyond the normal range of motion as it takes only about 500 milliseconds for whiplash to occur during a MVC, and we cannot voluntarily contract our neck muscles in less than 800-1000 msec. The confusing part about whiplash is that it can occur in low speed collisions such as 5-10 mph, sometimes more often than at speeds of 20 mph or more.  The reason for this has to do with the vehicle absorbing the energy of the collision. At lower speeds, there is less crushing of the metal (less damage to the vehicle) and therefore, less of the energy from the collision is absorbed.  The energy from the impact is then transferred to the contents inside the vehicle (that is, you)! This is technically called elastic deformity – when there is less damage to the car, more energy is transferred to the contents inside the car.  When metal crushes, energy is absorbed and less energy affects the vehicle’s contents (technically called plastic deformity).  This is exemplified by race cars.  When they crash, they are made to break apart so the contents (the driver) is less jostled by the force of the collision.  Sometimes, all that is left after the collision is the cage surrounding the driver.

            Whiplash Symptoms.  Symptoms can occur immediately or within minutes to hours after the initial injury.  Also, less injured areas may be overshadowed initially by more seriously injured areas and may only “surface” after the more serious injured areas improve. The most common symptoms include neck pain, headaches, and limited neck movement (stiffness). Neck pain may radiate into the middle back area and/or down an arm.  If arm pain is present, a pinched nerve is a distinct possibility. Also, mild brain injury can occur even when the head is not bumped or hit. These symptoms include difficulty staying on task, losing your place in the middle of thought or sentences and tireness/fatigue.  These symptoms often resolve within 6 weeks with a 40% chance of still hurting after 3 months, and 18% chance after 2 years.  There is no reliable method to predict the outcome. Studies have shown that early mobilization and manipulation results in a better outcome than waiting for weeks or months to seek chiropractic treatment. The best results are found by obtaining prompt chiropractic care.

Plano Chiropractor (Dr. Scott Villines) has been practicing in North Texas since 1994.  His office is located in East Plano at the corner of Park and Los Rios.  Dr. Villines has a family friendly practice utilizing low force techniques which are gentle on infants to the elderly.  The office is open Mon-Thurs 9-12 and 3-6 please call (972) 424-4266 with questions or to set up an appointment.

 

 

 

Plano Chiropractor Discusses The Neck as Your Life Line

 

Plano Chiropractor Dr. Scott Villines discusses the importance of diagnosing a “pain in the neck”.

The nervous system is the master control network for your body, directing virtually every function and action, from monitoring your life needs, to precisely responding to threats to your health.

Each system, from your heart and blood vessels, to your digestive and immune systems, is directed through nerve impulses originating in your brain or spinal cord that travel through its protective bony structure: the spinal column.

The neck region is the most vulnerable region of the spine to injury. Indeed, even death can be brought through significant trauma to the neck. When the trauma is not fatal, the consequences can still be severe, such as when paralysis strikes.

Most people will not experience these severe injuries, however sprains of the delicate ligaments with subluxation (misalignment) do commonly occur. Despite the injury being smaller, their location (the neck) makes their impact more profound. Functions throughout the body can be impaired when the nerves in the upper neck are compromised.

Within chiropractic, there are specialists who focus their entire care on the uppermost two vertebrae of the spine.

Because every nerve passes through the neck, if irritation or compression is present, virtually any system of the body can be affected. The point being is that a neck disorder will not necessarily just cause neck pain or headache. Dizziness, digestive problems, fatigue, high blood pressure and generally reduced quality of life are some of the symptoms patients commonly experience.

If you have suffered a severe whiplash, you may have noticed far more than a stiff neck. Indeed, recent research suggests whiplash needs to more thought of as a whole body disorder.

We take these injuries in our office and address them in both a specific and comprehensive manner. Most patients who have suffered a neck trauma will require x-rays to analyze the posture of their spine.  X-rays may also need to be taken in specific positions to test the stability of your ligaments and to determine precise levels of impaired movements. Without this road map, it is difficult to determine how care should be directed and factors that could influence your long-term prognosis, such as degeneration.

Dr. Scott Villines is a Plano Chiropractor with offices in East Plano near the cities of Parker and Murphy at the corner of Park and Los Rios.  Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9-12 and 3-6.  Call (972) 424-4266 to schedule an appointment or to ask a question.

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