Our mission is helping the injured heal, recover, and restore their health. While it can often be a sensitive topic to address, we handle many severe cases and treat patients who have been victims of extreme injury. While not all back, neck, shoulder, or hip injuries may appear severe initially, if left untreated, some injuries can turn into chronic pain and disable the use of muscles in other parts of the body. We specialize in car accident injury and recovery as well as other extreme injuries to the back, neck, hips, legs, shoulders, and spine. Oil Changes and Back Injuries Think about oil changes for a minute. The purpose of an oil change on a car is to remove particles, sludge, and any worn out oil that has made its way into the engine. The purpose of oil is to lubricate the engine (pistons) and absorb heat so that the car can run at peak performance. Over time the oil wears out and breaks down and becomes less effective in protecting the engine. When the oil has been left untouched for a long time, the car runs the risk of build up in the engine, slowing the pistons down, potentially causing overheating and eventually causing damage to other parts of the engine. Additionally, if the car engine has been put under extreme conditions such as towing or stopping and starting a lot, the oil may wear down faster. What does this have to do with back injuries? When you’ve been putting a lot of use or weight on your back, or perhaps performing movements that are not naturally part of your routine… or maybe you experience a car accident when extreme force (such as whiplash) is put on your back or neck… this can be the equivalent of extreme conditions that may overload your body’s capacity to function. Think of these unnatural movements or injuries as particles that collect in the oil of the engine. If you back and body are not used to some movements that suddenly occur, this can cause serious damage and pain. When a serious injury or extreme force occurs on the body, the safest option is to seek medical help immediately, regardless of the lack of pain. If you don’t feel pain that doesn’t necessarily mean the body isn’t in injured or in pain. The body often responds in adrenaline to numb pain or injury, but this will eventually wear off. The Role of a Chiropractor in Traumatic Injuries While you may not feel pain right away, the body can sometimes be suppressing pain through adrenaline. We call this a type of survival mode. Additionally, although the body is designed to send pain signals to alert of an injury, sometimes these signals may come through other parts of the body or muscle groups that are not directly connected with the injury. For example, you may hurt your hip playing tennis, but you may first feel pain in your lower back or legs first before any sign of a hip injury. A chiropractor’s job is to evaluate the entire body for balance and look for signals to alert of injuries that may not be obvious. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate posture, muscle groups and movements, spinal and bone alignment, blood flow, and even sensory or brain signals such as temperature, touch, pain, and pressure. A chiropractor is trained to examine and look for limitations of movement and motor signals in addition to the common pain signals. The bottom line: injuries may not always be obvious through pain or touch. A chiropractor is trained to find these hidden injuries and address them with corrective treatments and natural chiropractic adjustments. How do we handle Traumatic Injuries? We always start with a full body evaluation and examination. Next we will use x-rays to look closely at the spine and skeletal structures. We may also gently test or examine the place of injures with touch, gentle pressure, movement and other methods to evaluate the severity of the injury. Lastly, we will talk with you about our observations and concerns. We’ll give you the pros and cons to the injury. And finally, we will present you with a possible treatment plan to help you recover and get the help you need to get back to your pain-free lifestyle. Examples of Extreme Injuries While there are many different scenarios that might cause injuries, these are the most common injuries that we treat in our Tulsa Chiropractic Clinic. Car AccidentsSports InjuriesWorkplace InjuriesSlip and Fall InjuriesStagnant Movement Injuries Budging, Herniated or Ruptured DisksFractures or Dislocations of the SpinePinched NervesTorn Muscles or Ligaments Steps to Take for Extreme Injuries First and foremost, if you’ve been injured seek medical help immediately. Do not wait for the pain to subside. Get help. Call your local medical provider or our Tulsa Chiropractic office immediately for guidance and direction. Secondly, depending on the injury, stay calm and reduce all movements. If you have experience bleeding, internal pain, or pain spasms, be do not wait to get medical help. Lastly, when dealing with a severe injury, remember that the faster that you can see a medical professional, the faster your recovery begins. Schedule a Same Day Appointment We offer walk-ins, call ahead, and same day appointments. Give us a ring at 918-836-7900 or fill out the form below for immediate response. You do not have permission to view this form.