How to Properly Choose an Oak Lawn Chiropractor

 

Botti Chiropractic & Wellness

5569 W. 95TH Street, Oak Lawn IL 60453 / 2674 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago IL 60614

 

If you have any experience with chiropractic or you know somebody that has, you will often hear them tell you that “you need to find the right chiropractor” or a “good chiropractor”.  Most often this is done through word of mouth.  “You should go see my oak lawn chiropractor Dr. Botti…he’s really helped me!”  While referrals are good a start one must consider why he or she is making an appointment with a chiropractor before he or she sets out to choose the appropriate one.  If for example a person feels as though they need a tune up or has an inclination that they may need to be adjusted well then that person will pretty much have success anywhere they go.  There is the exception that we do see often in our Oak Lawn office where a patient believes this is what they need, only to find out through examination that this not what they need.

Many times long standing although minor aches and pains which come and go are the result of underlying biomechanical and neurological compromise which needs to be treated in a logical order.  This order needs to exist as to 1) Not harm the patient…and 2) Improve the patient’s condition successfully.  In our practice for example, we put so much emphasis on proper diagnosis from the get go that we often do not adjust our patients until we have intervened on higher levels of priority.  As a chiropractic physician, we often need to confirm our suspected diagnosis by having the patient introduce a single specific exercise between their first and second visit as a test to determine whether we are right in our suspected diagnosis, and can proceed with a recommend course of treatment, or if we need to take a look at our differential diagnosis and further explore another angle.  Patients are often confused or frustrated when I tell them that I want them to perform a single exercise after their first visit and that we will further assess their response on their next visit.  However, when the patient returns feeling substantially better and I have not even physically treated the patient  it can be very rewarding in that it creates patient trust, and allows me to proceed with treatment in confidence.  You will quickly be labeled a “bad chiropractor” if you assume you know what is best for a patient without actually confirming it first – something that happens all too often unfortunately.

For example, a patient presents to the office complaining of neck pain.  Patient X, a 32 year old female, has a three year history of intermittent/frequent neck pain  ranging VAS 2/10 to 7/10 at its worst, however as the patient sits before us the pain has been a steady 3/10 for the last month.  Although Patient X didn’t mention this on her intake forms we find out from further questioning that the patient has a history of right sided migraine headaches and occasional right sided jaw pain.  Pt. attributes sinus issues to the migraines and was given a mouth guard by her dentist which gives her some relief, although the pain does not go away entirely.  Patient X states that she used to be able to “crack her own neck”  but now she can not.  The patient has been seeing another chiropractor for the past two years who would put her on stim and heat and adjust her monthly.  She also states that the chiropractor took xrays and actually showed her that the curve in her neck was “reversed”.  Before finishing the exam the Patient X states that she knows she’ll be better once she gets adjusted since this has given her relief in the past.

One type of chiropractor may be thinking to himself at this point, “fantastic-this patient already knows that I have what she needs…what should I have for lunch”.  A Chiropractic Physician, on the other hand, never assumes.  A Chiropractic Physician listens to the findings of his orthopedic or neurological examination.   A Chiropractic Physician correlates his objective data with the relevant subjective data from his patient.  A Chiropractic Physician confirms his diagnosis without harming the patient.  A Chiropractic Physician treats the causative factor of a patient’s pain with the appropriate and most evidence based methods.

In the above mentioned case, we were able to diagnosis without MRI,  that the patient was dealing with chronic disc herniation’s at multiple levels throughout the cervical spine.  Despite the patient insisting that we adjust her, we instead introduced some simple specific functional movements for the patient to perform over the next several days while asking her to also avoid doing a few things that she was probably doing without knowing the harm it was causing.  When the patient returned for her second visit she informed us that she was feeling significant improvement in her symptoms and had not woken up with migraine since speaking to us.  Patient X has since asked us to address several other issues that she forgot to mention on her intake forms and has referred several of her family members in with similar issues.

In summary, when choosing an Oak Lawn Chiropractor that’s best for you, choose one that does not emphasis methods of treatment or new cutting technology in their office.  Chose one who appears to spend time with their patients.  Choose one who appears to show an emphasis on diagnosis and objectivity.  And choose one that appears that is cautiously optimistic when delivering their treatment recommendations to you vs. overtly confident – as confidence comes discipline, confirmation and patience!

For more information on Patient X’s condition or symptoms that you may share with Patient X please see some of the links below.

 

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BOTTI CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS

5569 W. 95TH STREET, OAK LAWN IL 60453 / 2674 N. HALSTED, CHICAGO IL 60614

www.bottichiropractic.com

 

  1. http://practicalneurology.com/2010/12/evaluation-of-cervicalgia-with-headache/
  2. https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/pain/spine/discogenic/cervical-disc-disease-referred-pain-tmj
  3. https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/herniated-disc/cervical-herniated-disc-symptoms-and-treatment-options
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/chronic-pain-the-invisible-disability-2017042811360
  5. http://www.chiropracticspinalanalysisnetwork.com

Does Massage Therapy Help Against Back Pain?

Does Massage Therapy Help Against Back Pain?

I originally thought that massage therapy would be a gentle, soothing massage that would lessen the ever present tightness in my shoulders and lower back. Boy was I wrong.

I made an appointment at the insistence of my boss because the neck pain I had experienced since adolescence was becoming more intense from the way I sat at my computer.

I was led into a pastel room with soft lighting and asked to strip to my underwear and lay face down on the table. My head went into a donut shaped holder and there was a place to rest my arms. The massage therapist came in and asked me some questions about the location of my pain and then went to work.

It was the most excruciating pain I had ever felt.

Deep tissue massage is used for breaking up the tightness in the muscle tissue and retraining the muscles. Although the first few sessions seemed to hurt more than they helped, I stuck with it, coming three times a week for a month. By the end of the second month I had begun to look forward to each session and noticed that I wasn’t clenching my jaw as much. I also noticed that my lower back didn’t hurt as much at the end of the day.

The therapist had given me several back stretching exercises to do at night and the results were amazing. I now refer all of my friends with muscle pain for massage therapy.

Massage works the soft tissue-muscles, ligaments and tendons-to stimulate circulation and improve muscle tone. It is a system of kneading and pressing on specific muscle bundles just underneath the skin, but a good massage therapist can reach deeper muscles. Massage is and ancient and simple form of therapy.

Another benefit is improved breathing and circulation. Because the lymphatic system runs parallel to the circulatory system, there is improved elimination of waste through out the body, and in order to experience the full benefits the client is taught how to breathe deeply and slowly. While the few initial visits were quite uncomfortable, the full result was entirely relaxing.

An occasional soft massage is so relaxing that many people fall asleep during the treatment.

However, if you have pain like mine a course of several treatments will result in the full benefit, such as along with increased circulation and improved breathing, a relaxed muscle is a good way to prevent sprains and torn ligaments, especially if you are an athlete. ( I am far from being an athlete, but am just as prone to injury from excess tension and structural weakness.)

For example, when the structure in my lower back is compromised due to inactivity, I am much more likely to strain my back when I lift heavy objects, even though I am aware of how to properly lift a box-with your knees, not with your back- but because my legs and lower back are weak, massage can greatly improve the position of the muscles and makes them more pliable, thus resulting in less chance of sprain or strain.

Massage is also used to relieve fatigue, which can be caused from the muscles in the body being so tight that you use extra energy to function. Because massage relaxes the muscles, the entire body doesn’t have to work so hard and what was once fatigue can now be energy directed elsewhere.

One last note on the benefits of massage-the use of massage oils help lessen the friction of massage on dry skin, and are often used as an aromatherapy along with the massage process. A good, clean essential oil such as rosemary can leave the client feeling relaxed and calm, so don’t hesitate to ask your therapist to use scented oil.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic Back Pain

Eighty percent of the American population experience back pain. Out of that, an estimated 15-20 % develops protracted pain while approximately two to eight percent have chronic back pain.

Back pain is one of the most common causes of doctor’s visit and one of the leading reasons why people miss work. Usually, an episode of back pains lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The condition becomes chronic when it lasts longer than 12 weeks.

What causes chronic back pain?

Chronic back pain is often attributed to degenerative changes or traumatic conditions of the spine. Additionally, it is also associated with various conditions, including fibrositis, inflammatory spondyloarthropathy, and metabolic bone conditions.

There is no definitive cause of chronic back pain but epidemiologic data suggests the following risk factors:

* Cigarette smoking
* Morbid obesity
* Occupations that require repetitive lifting
* Forward bending
* Twisting positions
* Exceeding physical capacity
* Exposure to vibration caused by motor vehicles or industrial machinery

How do you treat chronic back pain?

Chronic back pain may be treated without resorting to surgery. An uncontrolled study conducted by Saal et al showed that 90% of patients with herniated lumbar disk and radiculopathy (symptoms of chronic pain) were successfully treated with aggressive rehabilitation and medical therapy. This only goes to show that surgery is not an absolute necessity when it comes to treating chronic back pain.

Most healthcare professionals suggest a three-phase treatment plan for chronic back pain, consisting of the following:

* Bed rest
* Medications
* Physical therapy

Bed rest for chronic back pain is only advisable for two days. Several studies have shown that two-day bed rest is more effective than 7-day rest period in increasing a person’s recovery rate. In addition, it has been found that prolonged bed rest can make chronic back pain worse instead of better as the long bout of inactivity may cause secondary complications to arise. An inactive patient with chronic back pain may experience deleterious physiologic effects, which could lead to shortened muscles and other soft tissues, decreasing flexibility and range of motion and reduce muscle strength.

Medications for chronic back pain includes tricyclic antidepressants that can alleviate insomnia, enhance endogenous pain suppression, reduce painful dysesthesia, and eliminate other painful disorders such as headaches. Additionally, anticonvulsant medications (useful for reducing paroxysmal or neuropathic pain) and calcium channel blockers and alpha-adrenergic antagonists (for treating complex regional pain syndrome) may also be used for treating chronic back pain.

Physical therapy for chronic back pain may be divided into passive and active categories. For passive therapies, the patients are subjected to the ministrations of a physiotherapist, often with the aid of modalities (like ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, etc.) and manual therapy. Active therapy, on the other hand, involves exercises which a person with chronic back pain may perform to help build up and maintain muscle strength and increase recovery rate.

 

Tips On How To Get Rid Of Back Pain

Tips On How To Get Rid Of Back Pain

It happens to everyone sooner or later: That twinge, spasm or sharp pain in the spine. Back pain is an extremely common ailment. It does not necessarily signify a more serious problem; it is certainly annoying enough on its own. It is not something that sufferers need to resign themselves to, though. This article has some great tips for fighting back against back pain.

Massage therapy has been proven a very effective method for alleviating lower back pain as well as helping with other problems. It can help improve sleep and lessen anxiety and depression which may also be causing the back problems. Overall massage therapy has many positive benefits and is great to use in combination with heat or ice therapy.

While anesthetic and steroid shots are common for back pain, this is not effective for everyone. In addition, prolonged episodes of this can actually sometimes cause more back pain to the person. However, these methods are popular and necessary for treatment of back pain in some scenarios. Again, it is your physician that will determine the treatment.

If you’re suffering from back pain, be sure to take a cautious approach to your activities throughout the day. Know your limitations and know when to stop yourself from inflicting more pain on your back. If you’re engaging in an activity that is causing you to start to feel back pain, stop immediately, or you’ll risk doing further damage.

Giving birth can lead to back pain. If you find your self in this category, start exercising soon after your delivery. The faster you can get your abdominal and back muscles toned, the faster your pain will go away. Just make sure you wait until the doctor says it is okay for you to exercise.

Depression can be one of the culprits associated with back pain, so it is important to treat any symptoms of depression in conjunction with back pain if you are experiencing both. The depression may actually be helping to cause the pain, so eliminate the culprit and get rid of the pain.

It is important to learn how to lift safely in order to avoid back pain and injury. When you lift safely, you use the large muscles in your legs to spare your back. Bend at the knees, suck your stomach in and keep the item close to your body as you lift.

Once your initial back pain subsides, try going for a walk. Don’t carry anything and keep your head up. This kind of gentle exercise can reduce back spasms and improve your mood. If the walk doesn’t reduce or eliminate the pain, it will at least take your mind off of it.

Back pain can arise from any number of sources. It might be a complication, a result of overexertion or simply a problem that someone is naturally predisposed to. Regardless of its source, back pain is something that can be fought against. Reviewing good advice like that provided in this article, can be the first step in getting rid of back pain and enjoying a healthier spine.

White willow bark

White willow bark

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White willow bark

The white willow tree (Salix alba) bark has been used in China as medicine due to its capacity to alleviate pain and treat fever. The potent ingredient found in white willow bark is salicin, which is converted by the body into salicylic acid. The very first aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) was from various herbs that contain salicin but works the same way. White willow bark was often referred to as ‘herbal aspirin’. White willow is the most commonly used willow species. There are other members of the species that contain salicin as well. These include crack willow (Salix fragilis), purple willow (Salix purpurea) and violet willow (Salix daphnoides). These are all sold under willow bark label.

There are a number of health benefits derived from using white willow bark, among them are:

* It relieves acute and chronic pain such as headache, back and neck pain, muscle aches and menstrual cramps. The salicylic acid found in white willow bark lowers the levels of prostaglandins which are compounds similar to hormones
that causes pain, aches and inflammation.

* It controls discomforts associated with arthritis. Arthritis sufferers have reported reduced swelling and inflammation while taking white willow bark. Consequently, increased mobility in back, knees, hips and other joints were noticed.

It may take a while before you can see the effects of white willow bark compared to aspirin but the effects last longer. It does not have harmful side effects associated with aspirin too such as stomach bleeding and other adverse effects.

White willow bark comes in different formulations such as: tincture, tablet, powder, dried herb/tea and capsule. In choosing white willow bark supplements, use the following special tips:

§ Choose supplements that contain 40 mg. salicin
§ Most ailments require one or two pills three times a day for a total dose of 60 to 120 mg of salicin. Follow the directions in the label.
§ Capsules, tablets and other formulations are more reliable source of salicin than white willow bark teas because the unrefined bark used in teas used only small amounts of salicin. Tea might be more soothing but you need to consume huge amount to get the therapeutic dose.
§ Pills are better choice in treatment because they also do not have the bitter taste of the bark.

White willow bark interacts with aspirin. So, it should be taken with aspirin or NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibruprofen and naproxen. If combined with these drugs, there is an increased risk of stomach bleeding. White willow bark can used for extended periods without any side effects if taken at recommended doses. If taken beyond the required dosages it may result to stomach upset, nausea or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). If you notice any of these reactions, stop taking the herb immediately.

You should refrain from taking white willow bark if you are sensitive to aspirin or if you have ulcer or other gastrointestinal condition. Do not take the herb supplement if you have tinnitus. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should refer to the doctor first before taking the herb supplement. Do not give white willow bark to children below 16 years old.

Useful Tips For Sufferers Of Back Pain

It is estimated that anywhere from 70 to 85 of all adult men and women will experience some degree of back pain at some point during their life. Back pain can be caused by medical conditions, injuries, or even poor posture. This selection of tips and tricks will help you to more effectively manage your back pain.

Back pain comes in many forms. Make sure you know exactly what type of pain you are trying to relieve. Did you lift something wrong or twist the wrong way? Or are you just getting old? Each different type of pain will need different methodologies.

In order to avoid back pain, avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Sitting is bad for your back. If you must sit at a desk all day, get up every so often and stretch or walk around. Likewise, if you spend a lot of time in the car, take frequent breaks so that you can stretch your legs.

Believe it or not, sleep is actually an essential part of healing from back injuries. Your body does most of its repair work at night when you are relaxed and sleeping and can dedicate all of your energy to healing. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, then good sleep is as important as good medicine.

Do not wear a shoe with a heel over one inch. If heels higher than this are worn, the wearer’s center of gravity shifts. This causes back strain and pain. It can become chronic pain if high heels are worn often. If they must be worn, limiting the amount of time spent in them will help decrease the chance of pain and injury.

Know when to see a doctor. Many people try to handle their back pain by themselves, and that usually works for a time, but a doctor can be an invaluable source of information and relief. A doctor can do tests that determine the cause of your back pain, as well as, prescribe medicine to soothe your pain.

Getting a bone density test and checked for vitamin deficiencies may help you fight back pain from the inside out! Your back pain may be worsened or even caused by certain internal elements that only your doctor can see so get checked for good bone health to determine if your back pain can be helped with supplements, a specific diet or prescribed treatment.

Stop when your back hurts. People who suffer with chronic back pain sometimes try to work through the pain or to keep going when their back hurts. This can make your back pain worse and increase any damage you’ve already done. Always take the opportunity to rest for a while so that you don’t hurt your back further.

Whether you are suffering from back pain caused by a sports injury, on-the-job accident, or preexisting medical condition, follow the advice from this article to keep your pain levels in check. Hopefully, you will gain insight into your treatment options and alternatives for achieving long-term relief from your pain and suffering.

Solid Advice On Back Pain

About Back Pain and Alternative Treatments for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors receive, and it can be one of the most difficult to treat. That’s why it’s important to find your own ways to manage back pain. This article will provide you with some tips that will make your back pain a bit easier to cope with.

Over-the-counter products do work wonders for back pain, and one of the best you can get is a sports injury product called Icy Hot. This hot-and-cold treatment cream is really inexpensive and can be used for a wide assortment of muscle-related issues. If you have muscle-related back pain, this cream may help.

Both heat and cold can help relieve back pain. There is no consensus on which sensation is superior; different sufferers respond differently. Also, individual backaches can call for different treatment, even in the same sufferer. The wise back pain sufferer will experiment with both hot and cold treatments to determine which one is best for his or her particular ache.

If your job involves a lot of sitting at a desk, make sure you have a good, ergonomic chair. While this can be expensive in the short term, have a damaged back can cause a lot of pain and be very expensive to fix. Save the trouble and splurge on a nice chair.

If you are deficient in vitamin B-12, you may be at risk for back pain. Studies show that this vitamin can alleviate low back pain. People who receive vitamin B-12 injections, show a statistically significant reduction in pain and disability. Meat and dairy products are some other good ways to get vitamin B-12.

Not all back pain is from your muscles or from slipped discs, so be sure that you’re not dealing with nerve pain called sciatica. This pain may not be able to be treated like normal back pain. Make sure you understand the type of back pain you’re dealing with if simple remedies don’t work.

While back pain can have all types of causes there is one solution that is almost sure to relieve the pain. The thing that almost always helps with back aches is improving the skeletal muscles and bones related to your back. This will allow you to carry more weight with less of a problem.

If you have back pain troubles, be patient and resist the temptation to stress out about your problem. The individual backache tends not to last longer than six weeks, and most resolve themselves far earlier. Treatment in the meantime can ease your pain and reduce symptoms, but whatever action you take, keep in mind that your suffering is temporary.

As medicine develops, doctors will come up with better ways to treat back pain. In the meantime, you should focus on what you can to to help ease your back pain. In this article, you’ve found some great advice that should making living with back pain less of a challenge. Try these tips, and see what methods work best for you.

Going to School to Become a Chiropractor

Going to School to Become a Chiropractor

Chiropractors also called chiropractic doctors treat your neck pain, lower back pain, muscle pain, sciatica and whiplash. If you have any health problem that is related to ligaments, joints, nerves and tendons of the body then it is necessary for you to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors are health care professionals who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of such problems. This profession does not use surgery or drugs to treat such kind of problems.

So you want to become a chiropractor. For that you have to take admission in a chiropractor school. If you are interested in becoming a chiropractor but don’t have any information about any of the chiropractor schools, you can always use the internet.

On the internet there are several websites that give a complete diary of chiropractor schools. You will get a comprehensive list of chiropractor schools on these websites. These websites will also tell you about the scope of chiropractic careers. They also tell the prerequisites to get admission in a chiropractor school.

Most Chiropractor schools teach you a variety of manipulative techniques that are designed to reduce pain and muscle spasm. These techniques will also improve the function of your joints. These schools provide quality chiropractic medicine training.
Chiropractor schools are more in developed countries such as Canada and United States.
These natural healing techniques are extremely useful in curing common joint problems and you can get knowledge about these techniques only in a chiropractor school.

When you visit these chiropractor schools they will give you information in detail about their various educational programs. While choosing a chiropractor school, you check out the programs that the school is offering in chiropractic. Make sure that you take admission in a reputed chiropractor school.

Chiropractic doctors are highly respected individuals. Hence it is necessary that you obtain this degree from a good chiropractor school. Most chiropractor schools in America and Canada provide excellent chiropractic courses. These courses take around 10 to 12 trimesters to complete.

In order to get admissions in these chiropractor schools, you should have a degree in sciences or arts that has a focus on human biology, chemistry and physiology. Each chiropractic school has its own pre requisites. That is why it is essential that you contact the concerned department of that college to ensure that you satisfy all requirements that are needed for enrollment.

Chiropractor schools believe that only physical body cannot be considered for achieving good health. They believe that mind, spirit and body are interconnected. Hence these schools also teach related treatments such as massage therapy and acupuncture during chiropractic session.

Chiropractor schools provide extensive training in chiropractic that will help you to become a successful chiropractic doctor. After getting some hands on experience you can start your own chiropractic clinic.

Chiropractor schools teach their students to diagnose skeletal and nervous problems. They also teach how to treat these problems without taking the help of drugs or surgery.

Techniques such as manipulation of extremities and spine are taught to cure these problems.

Back Pain Management

Tips To Learn About Back Pain Management

If you suffer from back pain, you know how much it can interfere with every aspect of your life. Back pain can affect the quality and ease of simple daily activities like showering, getting an item off a high shelf, and even sleeping. There are things you can do to combat back pain, though. Here are some great tips.

Don’t stress out about a new back pain. Lower back pain is very common, especially among middle-aged Americans. It is unlikely to be an indicator of a more serious disease or condition, and it will likely clear up over time even if it is not treated by a medical professional.

In order to prevent back pain and injury, you should face the object you are lifting, bend at the knees, tuck in your stomach muscles and avoid jerking or twisting. If you jerk, twist or bend at the waist, you are very likely to get injured or make any existing back pain worse.

If you often wake up with back pain after sleeping, you may need to consider getting a new mattress. A mattress that is too soft or old offers little back support and can be the cause of stiffness. Having your back in a bad position for eight hours every night can easily cause a lot of pain.

When dealing with back pain, it’s always a great idea to ensure that your weight is distributed evenly when standing. Do not put more weight on one leg than the other. Of course, you cannot avoid this while walking, but while standing, maintain good posture and even weight distribution to help with back pain.

There are many different options to help relieve back pain and help gain back health. However, given the different situations and back problems and how vital the health of your back is to your well-being, a doctor should always be consulted before any other type of particular action is taken.

A regular program of exercise can be vital in avoiding or treating back pain. Like the rest of the muscles in your body, your back muscles grow weak if they are not exercised. Weak back muscles are more susceptible to injury. Make sure that you exercise, and that your routine works out your back. May people mistakenly assume that you should not exercise when you have back pain. In most cases the reverse is true! But always check with your doctor.

You may want to consider massage therapy for your back pain. Massage therapists can put pressure on your the muscles in your back that are bothering you which could help alleviate some of your pain. If being used for the purpose of helping back pain, some insurances may even cover massage services.

Back pain can be extremely inconvenient and extremely uncomfortable, and at its worst, it can affect virtually everything you do. Using tips like the above, however, you can effectively fight and deal with back pain and restore the quality of your life. Don’t let back pain keep you down — be smart and follow tips like these.

Whiplash Compensation Claim – Take These Actions

Whiplash Compensation Claim – Take These Actions

Even the most cynical of us would agree that occasionally accidents do happen. However, more often than not, an ‘accident’ isn’t really an ‘accident’ at all and a certain level of fault for the accident has to be placed squarely on the shoulder of the person who caused the accident. The same is certainly true in the case of a car accident. So, how would you go about getting proper whiplash compensation following a car accident?

Unlike other injuries that can occur in a car accident, more often than not the symptoms of whiplash, such as a whiplash neck injury, will not manifest themselves until the morning after. Usually, the accident will cause the whiplash to manifest in the form of:

• a headache, most likely all over the head with particular emphasis on the back of the head, or the forehead, or behind the eyes of the victim; or

• neck pain; or

• both of the above, with the headache likely to be more painful initially than the neck ache, but with the neck ache likely to be more prolonged and with the chance of this developing into Osteoarthritis in the future.

So, with an accident injury of this nature, i.e. one that does not manifest itself immediately, you would think that making a whiplash injury compensation claim would be an extremely onerous task – as causation proof of the injury would be difficult. However, you can make it easier to make a compensation claim for whiplash if you adhere to the following guideline procedures following the accident:

1. As Soon As You Can, Write Down Exactly What Happened That Caused The Accident To Happen

When you write your notes about what happened to cause the accident, which you should try and do as soon as you can following the accident. You need to make notes of exactly what happened leading up to the accident, during the accident and subsequent to the accident. You should also take note of:

• where the accident took place
• what the weather conditions were like (e.g. was it foggy and slippery?)
• what the time was
• whether there were any witnesses who can verify your story
• exactly what you said to the other person(s) involved

If possible you should use your mobile phone camera to take photographs of the damage done to your car and you, as well as of the road surface and the general weather conditions.

2. Have A Medical Examination Immediately

Even if you are not feeling too bad following your accident, it can take a few hours, even a sleep, for the symptoms of whiplash to manifest. However, the longer you leave it until you get a medical examination the more chance there will be that the person who caused the accident can say that your injuries could have been caused by something else other than the car accident. Or, worse, the whiplash injuries could have been mitigated if only you had sought medical attention earlier.

To protect both yourself and your potential whiplash injury compensation claim, you should take yourself off to the hospital and have a complete medical examination as soon as you can, following the accident. Once you have had the examination you should ask the doctor to write a report detailing the chances of you having suffered an injury as a result of the accident – including the chances of you having suffered whiplash.

If you do this, you may well find that it is a lot harder for the person who caused your injury to claim that the whiplash was the cause of anything but their actions.

Keep in mind that whiplash injuries can have lasting effects. They can also have a very dramatic effect on your life – especially if they manifest into Osteoarthritis. So do not take a potential whiplash injury lightly and make sure that you protect any future rights that you may have to bring a whiplash injury claim.