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At Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. We have included information below about the different chiropractic services offered in our Plainfield chiropractic office, but please contact us if you have any questions!

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How we can help you

person touching person's belly

 

Prenatal to Maternal

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Dr. McCarthy has treated many pregnant patients at Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation, and their eventual infants.

 

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front, causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman's spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overtaxed, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.

While pregnant be sure to get adjusted regularly. Chiropractic care is important to help maintain a healthy skeletal structure and nervous system function throughout a pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery. Chiropractic care can also help with preventing or reversing breech babies.

 

Prenatal and Fertility

Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine matter for most chiropractors. Your body is an amazing creation that can accomplish numerous miraculous tasks including creating new life. These miraculous tasks are accomplished under the direction of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master communication system of the entire body.

In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits. Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal. Keeping the spine properly aligned, clearing the nervous system of excessive interference, and counseling patients in nutrition, exercise and changes to lifestyle, make the chiropractor one of your best options to help your body function in harmony with the way it was designed.

Also note that chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other accepted approaches to resolving infertility concerns and can greatly improve the chances of successful medical procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

 
Infants

Birthing is potentially traumatic for a child, especially when modern obstetrical appliances are used. But even in a natural birth, there can be trauma.That’s why it is important to bring your infant to Dr. McCarthy to get checked over.

Regular Chiropractic care can help relieve the following in babies: Ear infections and ear aches,colic and acid reflux, fussiness, feeding and breastfeeding/latching issues. Chiropractic care in babies also keeps babies healthier because their nervous system and immune system are supported.

 

Low Back Pain And Sciatica

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to our Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation office, outnumbered only by neck pain. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

The susceptibility of the low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury. 

As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. Contact our Plainfield chiropractor . . . so we can help! 

The Causes of Low Back Pain 

Subluxations 

Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment. 

Disc Herniations 

Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc aka slipped disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care. 

Sprains, Strains and Spasms 

This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much. By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get in to see their chiropractor. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight. 

Stress 

Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, exercise as well as chiropractic care. 

Sciatica 

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It's likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze. 

The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle and chiropractic care.

Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic 

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it's simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.

Don’t deal with low back pain any longer than you need to, give us a call at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation so we can help you immediately!

girl reading book

 

Chiropractic And Kids

When a child first learns to crawl they will hold their head in an uncomfortable flexion for long periods of time just so they can explore. When a child first learns to stand up they tend to fall often. When a child first learns walk they start to fall into, onto or from objects. If all these mini traumas are left uncorrected, they can become traumas that have far-reaching effects.

Once a child leaves the toddler stage behind they tend to learn physics and physical science first hand from slides, monkey bars, and other fun objects around the playground. Some of the more serious injuries we see at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation are the one from school, recess, and unorganized games. The kids are just learning their boundaries, life is happening but so are traumas that need to be checked.

Finally the child hits puberty and the growths of teenage life is about to happen. During this period of time kids are playing organized competitive sports, their body is growing and they are carrying heavy book bags. Things get can get complicated quick so don’t let scoliosis go unchecked during this important timeline!

Ask your Chiropractor how fixing your child's nervous system can help treat: Constipation, Bed wetting, Chronic ear infections, Immune deficiency issues, Asthma and Allergies, Breathing difficulties, and/or recovery from an illness or injuries.

 

Auto Accidents
and Whiplash 

The pains that a car accident and whiplash bring can be difficult to live with but here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation, our chiropractor makes sure you do not have to live with those pains for long. 

Today, we know that whiplash result from hyperextension or hyperflexion (extension and flexion beyond normal physiological limits),actually rather an extremely rapid extension and flexion that causes injuries. Unlike a broken bone where a simple x-ray can validate the presence of the fracture and standards of care can direct a health care professional as to the best way in which to handle the injury, whiplash injuries involve an unpredictable combination of nervous system, muscles joints and connective tissue disruption that is not simple to diagnose and can be even more of a challenge to treat.  

It is the single most common complaint in whiplash trauma, being reported by over 90% of patients.  Often this pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades.  Whiplash injuries tend to affect all of the tissues in the neck, including the facet joints and discs between the vertebrae, as well as all of the muscles, ligaments and nerves. Facet joint pain is the most common cause of neck pain following a car accident.  Facet joint pain is usually felt on the back of the neck, just to the right or left of center, and is usually tender to the touch.  Facet joint pain cannot be visualized on x-rays or MRIs.  It can only be diagnosed by physical palpation of the area. 

Disc injury is also a common cause of neck pain; especially chronic pain.  The outer wall of the disc (called the anulus) is made up of bundles of fibers that can be torn during a whiplash trauma.  These tears, then, can lead to disc degeneration or herniation, resulting in irritation or compression of the nerves running through the area.  This compression or irritation commonly leads to radiating pain into the arms, shoulders and upper back, and may result in muscle weakness. 

Damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back are the major cause of the pain experienced in the first few weeks following a whiplash injury, and is the main reason why you experience stiffness and restricted range of motion.  But as the muscles have a chance to heal, they typically don't cause as much actual pain as they contribute to abnormal movement.  Damage to the ligaments often results in abnormal movement and instability.

Headaches 

After neck pain, headaches are the most prevalent complaint among those suffering from whiplash injury. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head.  Brain injury z Believe it or not, mild to moderate brain injury can happen following a whiplash injury, due to the forces on the brain during the accident.When the brain is forced forward and backward in the skull, the brain bounces off the inside of the skull, leading to bruising or bleeding in the brain itself.That’s why its important to get check after an accident as soon as possible.  

Dizziness 

Dizziness following a whiplash injury usually results from injury to the facet joints of the cervical spine, although in some cases injury to the brain or brain stem may be a factor as well.  Typically, this dizziness is very temporary improves significantly with chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae.  It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities. We are proud providers of care for Accident Treatment Centers.

 

Neck Pain

Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems. At Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation, neck pain is the most common discomfort we see in our clinic next to low back pain. Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so.

The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down the arms and to some degree, the upper back. This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck! Symptoms in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and "pins and needles". 

These symptoms can be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition in the hands that is often found in people who work at computer keyboards or perform other repetitive motion tasks for extended periods. Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back. All of which can be treated by your chiropractor.

 

Poor Posture and “Text Neck”

One of the most common causes of neck pain, and sometimes headaches, is poor posture. Are you looking down at your phone or computer too long? It's easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it - even an activity as "innocent" as reading in bed can ultimately lead to pain, headaches, and more serious problems. 

Contact us at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation if you are having neck pain, relief can be only a phone call away!

a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa

 

Headaches

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.

Each individual's case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. Here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation, our chiropractor can evaluate your case to determine if chiropractic care can help relieve your headaches.

man wearing black and blue jersey shirt on field

 

Athletic Care And Sports Chiropractic

Chiropractic care and sports training go hand in hand. Dr. McCarthy at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation enjoys treating varying different types of athletes that walk into our clinic.

Many professional athletes have publicly shared that chiropractic adjustments are crucial before and after their athletic feats. NFL champion Emmit Smith likened a single football game to being in more than 30 car accidents. With this kind of impact on the body, athletes need the best healthcare possible.

Injury Prevention

What happens when you add impact to spinal misalignment? Injury. Chiropractic doctors assess athletes’ bodies, identifying problems with joints, muscles and movement patterns. Between spinal adjustments and exercises to strengthen weak areas, chiropractors help athletes prevent many injuries.

 
Enhanced Performance

Many athletes claim that, not only does chiropractic care decrease injuries, but it even enhances their game. Chiropractic treatment improves flexibility and range of motion, which are important for peak performance in many sports. Every NFL team has a chiropractor on staff and every Olympic team has a chiropractor on staff!

Healing Injuries

Athletes frequently consult chiropractors about their injuries. Sports trainers in particular tend to send their athletes to chiropractors for low-back pain and musculoskeletal problems. Proper chiropractic care can decrease an injury’s severity and reduce pain. The athlete may recover faster than she or he would without chiropractic treatments, allowing a quicker return to the game.

Amateur Athletes

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to warrant chiropractic care for your sports injuries. Millions of people run marathons, CrossFit, race bikes or participate in golf and tennis tournaments without ever going pro. Over the course of their athletic lives, most will have at least a few strained muscles, jarred spines, torn ligaments and other painful consequences. If your injuries are lessening your joy in your sport and interfering with your training or goals, call our Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation clinic so we can help get you back on the court, green or field.

women's gray jacket

 

Geriatric Care

 
Preventing Falls in Older Adults

As most older adults know, a single fall can change their lives. For instance, an independent individual may fall in his or her home and land in a nursing facility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older adults went to emergency rooms into 2013 after falling. Of these, 734,000 were hospitalized. The best solution? Prevent falling in the first place.

Here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation we help reduce fall risk by assessing posture and gait, and using spinal manipulation to improve musculoskeletal alignment. Better posture leads to fewer falls. If you are over 65, we at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation can use low-force techniques to manipulate your spine.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease involving loss of bone tissue and the disorganization of bone structure. Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people worldwide and more than 10 million Americans.

In terms of osteoporosis, regular, vigorous exercise and proper nutrition provide the right setting and the right ingredients for maintaining healthy bones. Regular chiropractic care, by correcting spinal misalignment's and optimizing nerve system functioning, makes it possible for your body to properly use your exercise and nutrition to keep your bones healthy and strong.

woman in red and black floral tank top sitting on gray sofa

 

Quiropractico Quiropractica

 

El Dr. Paul McCarthy es un quiropráctico que sirve a Plainfield, Illinois, así como Joliet, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Oswego y las comunidades alrededor. El Dr. McCarthy y el resto del equipo de bienvenida en Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation se han comprometido a proporcionar soluciones quiroprácticas para satisfacer sus necesidades únicas. Si usted está experimentando dolor de espalda, dolor de cuello, dolores de cabeza, o incluso tensión muscular y tensión, Al igual si usted ha estado en un accidente automovilístico, el Dr. McCarthy puede ayudarle con cualquier dolor que pueda estar experimentando. También ofrecemos masajes, así como terapia física.

Tenemos personal que habla español. Usted no tendrá que preocuparse de tener a alguien para traducir. Junto con eso también tenemos todo nuestro papeleo de Paciente Nuevo traducido en español. Estaremos encantados de ayudarle!

Si usted no ha estado en un quiropráctico antes y quiere saber más, por favor envíenos un correo electrónico o llámenos al 815-439-9800 para recibir las respuestas a sus preguntas de nuestro experimentado equipo. También puede llamarnos para programar una cita con nosotros, o también puede solicitar una cita aquí en nuestro sitio web.

person touching person's belly

 

Prenatal to Maternal

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Dr. McCarthy has treated many pregnant patients at Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation, and their eventual infants.

 

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front, causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman's spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overtaxed, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.

While pregnant be sure to get adjusted regularly. Chiropractic care is important to help maintain a healthy skeletal structure and nervous system function throughout a pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery. Chiropractic care can also help with preventing or reversing breech babies.

 

Prenatal and Fertility

Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine matter for most chiropractors. Your body is an amazing creation that can accomplish numerous miraculous tasks including creating new life. These miraculous tasks are accomplished under the direction of the nervous system. The nervous system is the master communication system of the entire body.

In many cases, fertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, high stress and poor lifestyle habits. Chiropractors are nervous system specialists and reducing interference in the nervous system is their primary goal. Keeping the spine properly aligned, clearing the nervous system of excessive interference, and counseling patients in nutrition, exercise and changes to lifestyle, make the chiropractor one of your best options to help your body function in harmony with the way it was designed.

Also note that chiropractic care can be used in conjunction with other accepted approaches to resolving infertility concerns and can greatly improve the chances of successful medical procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

 
Infants

Birthing is potentially traumatic for a child, especially when modern obstetrical appliances are used. But even in a natural birth, there can be trauma.That’s why it is important to bring your infant to Dr. McCarthy to get checked over.

Regular Chiropractic care can help relieve the following in babies: Ear infections and ear aches,colic and acid reflux, fussiness, feeding and breastfeeding/latching issues. Chiropractic care in babies also keeps babies healthier because their nervous system and immune system are supported.

 

Low Back Pain And Sciatica

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to our Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation office, outnumbered only by neck pain. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

The susceptibility of the low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury. 

As long as it is healthy and functioning correctly, the low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Professional powerlifters can pick up several hundred pounds off the floor without injuring their low back. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries out of the trunk of their car, picking something up off the floor, or even simply bending down to pet the cat can cause a low back injury.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. Contact our Plainfield chiropractor . . . so we can help! 

The Causes of Low Back Pain 

Subluxations 

Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment. 

Disc Herniations 

Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc aka slipped disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care. 

Sprains, Strains and Spasms 

This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much. By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get in to see their chiropractor. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight. 

Stress 

Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to do some relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, exercise as well as chiropractic care. 

Sciatica 

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It's likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze. 

The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle and chiropractic care.

Treating Low Back Pain With Chiropractic 

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it's simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.

Don’t deal with low back pain any longer than you need to, give us a call at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation so we can help you immediately!

girl reading book

 

Chiropractic And Kids

When a child first learns to crawl they will hold their head in an uncomfortable flexion for long periods of time just so they can explore. When a child first learns to stand up they tend to fall often. When a child first learns walk they start to fall into, onto or from objects. If all these mini traumas are left uncorrected, they can become traumas that have far-reaching effects.

Once a child leaves the toddler stage behind they tend to learn physics and physical science first hand from slides, monkey bars, and other fun objects around the playground. Some of the more serious injuries we see at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation are the one from school, recess, and unorganized games. The kids are just learning their boundaries, life is happening but so are traumas that need to be checked.

Finally the child hits puberty and the growths of teenage life is about to happen. During this period of time kids are playing organized competitive sports, their body is growing and they are carrying heavy book bags. Things get can get complicated quick so don’t let scoliosis go unchecked during this important timeline!

Ask your Chiropractor how fixing your child's nervous system can help treat: Constipation, Bed wetting, Chronic ear infections, Immune deficiency issues, Asthma and Allergies, Breathing difficulties, and/or recovery from an illness or injuries.

 

Auto Accidents
and Whiplash 

The pains that a car accident and whiplash bring can be difficult to live with but here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation, our chiropractor makes sure you do not have to live with those pains for long. 

Today, we know that whiplash result from hyperextension or hyperflexion (extension and flexion beyond normal physiological limits),actually rather an extremely rapid extension and flexion that causes injuries. Unlike a broken bone where a simple x-ray can validate the presence of the fracture and standards of care can direct a health care professional as to the best way in which to handle the injury, whiplash injuries involve an unpredictable combination of nervous system, muscles joints and connective tissue disruption that is not simple to diagnose and can be even more of a challenge to treat.  

It is the single most common complaint in whiplash trauma, being reported by over 90% of patients.  Often this pain radiates across the shoulders, up into the head, and down between the shoulder blades.  Whiplash injuries tend to affect all of the tissues in the neck, including the facet joints and discs between the vertebrae, as well as all of the muscles, ligaments and nerves. Facet joint pain is the most common cause of neck pain following a car accident.  Facet joint pain is usually felt on the back of the neck, just to the right or left of center, and is usually tender to the touch.  Facet joint pain cannot be visualized on x-rays or MRIs.  It can only be diagnosed by physical palpation of the area. 

Disc injury is also a common cause of neck pain; especially chronic pain.  The outer wall of the disc (called the anulus) is made up of bundles of fibers that can be torn during a whiplash trauma.  These tears, then, can lead to disc degeneration or herniation, resulting in irritation or compression of the nerves running through the area.  This compression or irritation commonly leads to radiating pain into the arms, shoulders and upper back, and may result in muscle weakness. 

Damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back are the major cause of the pain experienced in the first few weeks following a whiplash injury, and is the main reason why you experience stiffness and restricted range of motion.  But as the muscles have a chance to heal, they typically don't cause as much actual pain as they contribute to abnormal movement.  Damage to the ligaments often results in abnormal movement and instability.

Headaches 

After neck pain, headaches are the most prevalent complaint among those suffering from whiplash injury. While some headaches are actually the result of direct brain injury, most are related to injury of the muscles, ligaments and facet joints of the cervical spine, which refer pain to the head.  Brain injury z Believe it or not, mild to moderate brain injury can happen following a whiplash injury, due to the forces on the brain during the accident.When the brain is forced forward and backward in the skull, the brain bounces off the inside of the skull, leading to bruising or bleeding in the brain itself.That’s why its important to get check after an accident as soon as possible.  

Dizziness 

Dizziness following a whiplash injury usually results from injury to the facet joints of the cervical spine, although in some cases injury to the brain or brain stem may be a factor as well.  Typically, this dizziness is very temporary improves significantly with chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic care utilizes manual manipulation of the spine to restore the normal movement and position of the spinal vertebrae.  It is by far the single-most effective treatment for minimizing the long-term impact of whiplash injuries, especially when coupled with massage therapy, trigger point therapy, exercise rehabilitation and other soft tissue rehabilitation modalities. We are proud providers of care for Accident Treatment Centers.

 

Neck Pain

Most neck and upper back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems. At Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation, neck pain is the most common discomfort we see in our clinic next to low back pain. Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so.

The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down the arms and to some degree, the upper back. This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck! Symptoms in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and "pins and needles". 

These symptoms can be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition in the hands that is often found in people who work at computer keyboards or perform other repetitive motion tasks for extended periods. Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back. All of which can be treated by your chiropractor.

 

Poor Posture and “Text Neck”

One of the most common causes of neck pain, and sometimes headaches, is poor posture. Are you looking down at your phone or computer too long? It's easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it - even an activity as "innocent" as reading in bed can ultimately lead to pain, headaches, and more serious problems. 

Contact us at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation if you are having neck pain, relief can be only a phone call away!

a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa

 

Headaches

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck.

Each individual's case is different and requires a thorough evaluation before a proper course of chiropractic care can be determined. Here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation, our chiropractor can evaluate your case to determine if chiropractic care can help relieve your headaches.

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Athletic Care And Sports Chiropractic

Chiropractic care and sports training go hand in hand. Dr. McCarthy at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation enjoys treating varying different types of athletes that walk into our clinic.

Many professional athletes have publicly shared that chiropractic adjustments are crucial before and after their athletic feats. NFL champion Emmit Smith likened a single football game to being in more than 30 car accidents. With this kind of impact on the body, athletes need the best healthcare possible.

 

Injury Prevention

What happens when you add impact to spinal misalignment? Injury. Chiropractic doctors assess athletes’ bodies, identifying problems with joints, muscles and movement patterns. Between spinal adjustments and exercises to strengthen weak areas, chiropractors help athletes prevent many injuries.

 
Enhanced Performance

Many athletes claim that, not only does chiropractic care decrease injuries, but it even enhances their game. Chiropractic treatment improves flexibility and range of motion, which are important for peak performance in many sports. Every NFL team has a chiropractor on staff and every Olympic team has a chiropractor on staff!

 

Healing Injuries

Athletes frequently consult chiropractors about their injuries. Sports trainers in particular tend to send their athletes to chiropractors for low-back pain and musculoskeletal problems. Proper chiropractic care can decrease an injury’s severity and reduce pain. The athlete may recover faster than she or he would without chiropractic treatments, allowing a quicker return to the game.

 

Amateur Athletes

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to warrant chiropractic care for your sports injuries. Millions of people run marathons, CrossFit, race bikes or participate in golf and tennis tournaments without ever going pro. Over the course of their athletic lives, most will have at least a few strained muscles, jarred spines, torn ligaments and other painful consequences. If your injuries are lessening your joy in your sport and interfering with your training or goals, call our Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation clinic so we can help get you back on the court, green or field.

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Geriatric Care

 
Preventing Falls in Older Adults

As most older adults know, a single fall can change their lives. For instance, an independent individual may fall in his or her home and land in a nursing facility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older adults went to emergency rooms into 2013 after falling. Of these, 734,000 were hospitalized. The best solution? Prevent falling in the first place.

Here at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation we help reduce fall risk by assessing posture and gait, and using spinal manipulation to improve musculoskeletal alignment. Better posture leads to fewer falls. If you are over 65, we at Plainfield Spine And Rehabilitation can use low-force techniques to manipulate your spine.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease involving loss of bone tissue and the disorganization of bone structure. Osteoporosis affects more than 200 million people worldwide and more than 10 million Americans.

In terms of osteoporosis, regular, vigorous exercise and proper nutrition provide the right setting and the right ingredients for maintaining healthy bones. Regular chiropractic care, by correcting spinal misalignment's and optimizing nerve system functioning, makes it possible for your body to properly use your exercise and nutrition to keep your bones healthy and strong.

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Quiropractico Quiropractica

 

El Dr. Paul McCarthy es un quiropráctico que sirve a Plainfield, Illinois, así como Joliet, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Oswego y las comunidades alrededor. El Dr. McCarthy y el resto del equipo de bienvenida en Plainfield Spine and Rehabilitation se han comprometido a proporcionar soluciones quiroprácticas para satisfacer sus necesidades únicas. Si usted está experimentando dolor de espalda, dolor de cuello, dolores de cabeza, o incluso tensión muscular y tensión, Al igual si usted ha estado en un accidente automovilístico, el Dr. McCarthy puede ayudarle con cualquier dolor que pueda estar experimentando. También ofrecemos masajes, así como terapia física.

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