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Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Biannual Scholarship Winner!

We had a huge success last year with our scholarship award! With so many applicants entering amazing essays, it was very difficult to choose one winner. Therefore, this year, we decided to do two scholarship awards. One award will be at the beginning, while the other at the end of year.

Our winner for the first award in 2016 is Michael Yi from Washington.

About Our Winner

Michael Yi

Michael Yi will be a freshman at University of Washington this upcoming fall. Since his junior year of high school, he has developed a passion for programming. He is currently a software engineering intern at Microsoft this summer. In addition, Michael has developed a love for serving others. He has served as Co-President of Hugs for Ghana, a student-led, non-profit organization, raising thousands of dollars to help Ghanaian children in need. As a direct admit to UW’s Computer Science Department, Michael hopes to combine his two passions to develop technology that will tangibly help others.

*For more information on our scholarship awards, check our website for updates on the 2nd round of 2016 scholarship applications.

Have a good summer!

~Dr. Lee Ferrell and the staff here at Wells Chiropractic

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Congratulations to Our 2015 Annual Scholarship Winner!

Congrats to Vamshi Krishna Garikapati for winning our 2015 Annual Scholarship

About our winner

While I come from an Indian nationality, I have lived and gone through many sectors of America since I first moved here at the age of two. Growing up, I was always attached to some sort of electronic device whether it be a television, computer, calculator or video game; I would always be curious as to how typing on the keyboard would translate onto a computer screen, or how small game cartridges would render into hours worth of entertainment. But later on as a teenager, I saw the potential in electronic devices to be used in fabricating more than just entertainment for children but also to advance the fields of medicine, materials science, and chemistry. With this and my lust for a STEMcentric education, I began developing a passion for helping further our known boundaries in these fields through interdisciplinary research and was able to pursue it at the Loudoun Academy of Science throughout all four years. I came up with significant findings in fabricating water repellent nylon and aluminum through unique synthesis, etching, and coating mechanisms during my international collaborative research program with students from Hwa Chong Institute in Singapore. Apart from research, I strived for an excellent education by maintaining a high academic GPA while also helping tutor and volunteer around my community while becoming active in a variety of school clubs, which eventually gave me the opportunity to enroll into the University of Virginia.

I always believed that the gift of education provides one of the best opportunities to improvise societal needs which itself becomes a new philosophy that encourages forward thinking and a steady progress to the community in need. With my first few steps into college as a prospective Computer Science major, I hope to proactively exchange ideas, passions, and knowledge with others to not only further our intellectual curiosity and development amongst individuals but also to expand and integrate their knowledge bases in helping forward society as a whole.

*For more information on our scholarship awards, check our website for updates on our 2016 scholarship applications. Have a Happy New Year!!!

~Dr. Lee Ferrell and the staff here at Wells Chiropractic

How Chiropractic Care helps the “Whiplash” Injury Most Commonly Associated with Car Accidents

We treat many patients who suffer from injuries due to car accidents. The most common of these injuries is the Whiplash injury of the spine. A whiplash injury is an injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, typically in a motor-vehicle accident. This is also known as a Sprain/Strain injury to either your neck, mid back, and/or low back. Because each patient can have a whiplash that is different, it is not possible to generalize about the chiropractic whiplash treatment.

The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each whiplash injury and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the physical examination as well as determining factors discovered on X-Rays.

We commonly treat whiplash injuries with the following techniques and therapies:

  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Electronic Muscle Stimulation
  • Various Exercises and Stretches
  • Proper Ergonomic and Lifestyle changes
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Intersegmental Traction Therapy

The primary treatment for a whiplash injury is address the joint dysfunction within the spine. This is where chiropractors use the technique of spinal manipulation which involves gently moving the involved joint or vertebrae into its proper juxtaposition. The goal here is to restore and enhance joint function within your spine, with the general result of resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain.

The next protocol for treatment relates to muscle dysfunction. Muscle relaxation and/or stimulation consists of electronically stimulating the muscle that has excessive tension or repeated contractions of the muscle that is inhibited. This is commonly known as “Muscle Spasm.”

If the muscle is very tight, the next approach is various exercises and stretches. A more aggressive stretch may be applied by the chiropractor, as well soft tissue pressure techniques to target the trigger points to relieve the pain associated with the spastic muscles.

Proper ergonomic and lifestyle changes may be in order to help with “at home maintenance” for your injuries in order to decrease the strain from everyday activities. The chiropractor will recommend advice and techniques to address factors in a patient’s work, home, or recreational activities that perpetuate the dysfunctions that result from the whiplash injury due to the car accident.

Another therapy we use is called Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The idea is to take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure to stimulate blood circulation. The use of water as a medium to facilitate thermoregulatory reactions for therapeutic benefit has been commonly known to alleviate the pain and increase the recovery process for patients with whiplash injuries.

The final treatment therapy we use is Intersegmental Traction. When the spine’s postural muscles (the muscles that hold you upright) are traumatized by a car accident, muscle spasms (which were mentioned earlier) will occur. The intersegmental traction table’s job is to elongate the postural muscles of your spine in an even manner in order to allow proper joint motion, as well as circulation and increased range of motion throughout the spine.
In conclusion, long term damage to the spine is especially common in auto accidents left untreated by physical medicine. Doctors of chiropractic have for years recognized the need for neuro-structural integrity in the affected areas of the spine, and that most victims of automobile injuries do not fully recover under medication only. In our experience, results have shown that these patients may continue to have problems for years after the accident. Chiropractic treatment has been proven to help decrease the pain from whiplash injuries and inhibit long term damaging effects.