• Whiplash

    Chiropractic care is your solution for pain after an automobile injury! Dr. Romano and Dr. Zempel are experienced chiropractors who have treated patients suffering from whiplash, disc herniation, muscular strain, and soft tissue injuries after a traumatic accident. Let’s talk about whiplash.

    Motor vehicle accidents are not only devastating to your vehicle, but also to your body. Patients who are hit from behind often sustain both hyperflexion and hyperextension injuries causing significant soft tissue damage. During hyperflexion, the vertebrae (bones in your spine) are propelled into flexion beyond their physiological limit. Think about this- you can bend your head forward, into flexion, (bringing your chin to your chest) comfortably without pain. If someone came over and pushed your head down, your neck would still bend, but this motion is not natural. This can cause damage to the discs resulting in disc bulges or ruptures which irritate the spinal nerves. Within your spinal column, you have pairs of nerve roots that exit out at each level. If the nerve is compromised, or if something is pushing on the nerve, you will have pain. If the ligaments are badly stretched or partially torn, the joint will become unstable. Ligaments attach bones to other bones. When the ligaments are stretched too much, they cannot hold the vertebrae in place. If you overstretch a rubber band, it becomes loose- the same thing can happen in your body! Strained musculature surrounding the injured area will become weak and the vertebral joints will no longer have strength or support. Hyperextension injuries are caused by the joint being forced beyond its normal physiological barrier, into extension (the opposite of flexion). This causes tearing of the anterior longitudinal ligament, which runs along the front of the spinal column.

    Hyperextension Hyperflexion Sprain or strain of cervical tissues ADAM

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    Our chiropractic offices (Gaithersburg and Riverdale) specialize in treating soft tissue injuries! Chiropractic care will help to restore the normal function of the joints and heal the ligaments and muscles that were damaged in the accident. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, look no further than Life Chiropractic. You do not have to live in pain!

  • Life Chiropractic is Blogging!

    Welcome to Life Chiropractic’s blog page. We’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves and let you know how we are serving the community in both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. If there is a topic you’d like to hear about, let us know and we answer your questions in our next blog!

    Life Chiropractic Clinic has two offices (Gaithersburg and Riverdale) to help you conveniently receive chiropractic care. We are committed to helping you achieve your health care goals and keep you pain free without the use of medication. Life Chiropractic consists of two doctors: Dr. Philip Romano and Dr. Tara Zempel. Your chiropractic team can treat any and all of your musculoskeletal complaints- neck pain, low back pain, numbness and tingling, headaches. Have you been hurt in a car accident? Chiropractic care can be helpful for that too! Our physical therapy modalities are other tools we use to help relieve your pain. Both offices are equipped with ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, hydromassage therapy, intersegmental roller tables, kinesiotape, and more.

    When you call Dr. Romano or Dr. Zempel at Life Chiropractic, you will be seen and treated that day. Your first day treatment consists of a neurological, physical, and orthopedic exam to diagnosis and assess your current condition. We will immediately start your treatment plan! Life Chiropractic will always explain what is causing your pain and how we can help you fix it, so you will be educated on managing your care. If you have a question or concern at night or on the weekends- call us! The office phone will be answered by one of the doctors 24/7 or your call will be returned promptly.

    You do not have to live in pain! Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment that does not rely on medication to mask the pain. Our team at Life Chiropractic can help you determine what is causing your pain and the solution to living a pain free healthy and active lifestyle. Dr. Romano and Dr. Zempel are devoted to serving the Gaithersburg, Riverdale, and surrounding communities with experience, knowledge, and dedication to chiropractic care. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, call us or stop in today! We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and show you around the office. Thank you for trusting the team at Life Chiropractic with your health. Remember, your chiropractor has got your back!