Treating Whiplash

Dr. Pete Lazarnick “Dr. Pete” is readily available to you when accidents happen unexpectedly in everyday life, such as whiplash injury due to a sporting mishap or auto accident. According to Mayo Clinic, “whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” The sooner you come in to see your Carrollton chiropractor, the sooner we can get you on the road to recovery!

Symptoms of whiplash include:

- Neck pain and stiffness
- Worsening of pain with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Fatigue
- Dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sleep disturbances
- Irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Depression

We offer a variety of services to help manage pain and treat whiplash damage, such as chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises, …

Importance of Vitamin D

As the days get shorter, we at the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) want to remind our patients of the importance of Vitamin D. This nutrient, made in the skin in response to sunlight, is what allows our body to absorb calcium and build strong bones. It is essential for the prevention of osteoporosis and related problems such as hyperkyphosis (extreme forward curvature of the spine).
Our bodies do not produce their own calcium. We absorb it from what we eat. Vitamin D turns on and off our body’s ability to absorb calcium, although few people in modern America are at risk of absorbing too much. But lack of calcium is a common problem, and the reason is that many people do not get enough sunlight for their bodies to manufacture Vitamin D.
There are other sources of Vitamin D. It can be found in fatty fish oil, egg yolks, and beef liver, and both it and calcium are commonly supplemented in breakfast cereal, milk, plant-based milk substitutes, and orange jui…

Introduction to Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition a lot of people have heard of, but not much is known about. It is a sideways curvature in the upper spine that causes people’s shoulders and hips to be uneven. At the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete), we monitor patients for early signs of this condition’s development and help them to manage its symptoms without drugs or surgery.
Not all cases of scoliosis are severe. They may be caused by the legs being uneven lengths or damage to the back muscles. But in most cases, scoliosis develops for unclear reasons in teenagers going through their growth spurt and will become worse until the growth spurt ends. It can occur in children of either sex but tends to progress more in girls. Scoliosis is not always painful during its early development, but it may eventually cause chronic back pain.
One of the most common treatments for scoliosis is a plastic brace worn under the clothes. It is worn until the child stops growing in height. If they…

Vertebral Compression Fractures

Hairline fractures can develop in any bone when put under stress. And when fractures develop in the bodies of vertebrae, a person may suffer pain whenever they are upright. But although they are serious, vertebral compression fractures respond well to the safe, minimally invasive chiropractic treatments we offer at the Carrollton office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete). In this blog post, we’ll explore what causes compression fractures and how to prevent them.
The vertebral bodies are the weight-bearing, flat parts of the bones in between the spine’s spongy discs. In a person with healthy bone density, it would take a powerful blow to make them crack. But in a person with osteoporosis, a vertebral fracture may be caused by something as minor as a sneeze. Fractures usually occur in the lower thoracic spine and tend to cause worse pain when a person is standing or active. Older women are at particularly high risk.
Patients may be advised to limit their activity and wear a spinal brace du…

Facet Joint Disorder

Facet Joint Syndrome is one of the most common of painful conditions. It affects the joints in the back of the spinal column that connect vertebrae together, and the pain it causes can be widespread. Fortunately, with safe, conservative treatment, we at the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) can relieve patients from pain while putting their joints in the best position for complete, natural healing.
The facet joints allow the spine to move in all directions and are complex structures. They may be damaged by sudden trauma, such as whiplash, or their dysfunction may develop gradually as a result of degeneration in the cartilage or nearby spinal discs. Small tears in the joint’s tissue can cause its components to slide out of place (a subluxation) and trigger spasms in the nearby muscles. Degeneration is likelier to occur when the joints are subjected to excessive weight and are overused in a repetitive manner.
It is often difficult for patients to determine t…

Spinal Stenosis

If you live in the Carrollton, GA, area and require of chiropractic care, look no further! One of the many conditions Dr. Pete Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) treats is Spinal Stenosis. This is a disorder where the spaces of the spine shrink. It causes uncomfortable symptoms that can inhibit your everyday activities. Reach out to our staff today to learn more about your treatment options.

Spinal Stenosis begins with a shift in your spinal canals. These necessary structures move out of their mandated positions. This pushes open spinal spaces into smaller areas. The results are painful symptoms. Overall, your spine doesn’t have enough room to correctly function.

There are a few noted risk factors for this condition. The most common one is your age. Your vertebrae naturally narrow as you age. It’s a result of a lifetime of everyday use. It’s not something that can be completely avoided. The likelihood of developing thickened ligaments also occurs. These create boney spurs that grow into the spinal ca…

Neck Stretches

One of the most common ailments we see at Dr. Peter Lazarnick’s (Dr. Pete) Carrollton, Georgia chiropractic office is a stiff neck. While there are numerous causes of cervical pain, the most common are overuse and traumatic injuries. Our minimally invasive and non-addictive treatments include adjustments to the cervical spine and therapeutic exercise, which will help strengthen soft tissues that have been worn down.
Injured patients should not attempt to devise their own therapeutic exercises, but we find that people are likelier to seek help when they have some idea of what to expect. The exercises we prescribe are meant to gradually increase the neck’s flexibility, as well as its strength. Some of these include slowly bending the neck in different directions, rotating it, and holding it in different positions, such as with the ear pressed against the shoulder. Over time, patients would increase the duration of their stretches and their number of repetitions each session.
As the neck m…