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Denver Chiropractor shares: What You Need to Know About Delayed Pain After a Car Accident

What You Need to Know About Delayed Pain After a Car Accident

 

Bottom Line:

 

If you can walk away after a car accident without any catastrophic injuries, you may consider yourself lucky! Even if you feel ok after exchanging information and speaking with the police, it’s always a good idea to see a Chiropractor following an auto accident. With your adrenaline pumping in the aftermath, your brain may not immediately register the pain signals coming from your body. Often only after you’ve had some time to calm down do you notice you may be struggling with aches and pains.

 

Why it Matters:

 

Ignoring a new ache or pain after a car accident and hoping it will go away is not smart. Even minor symptoms can be an indication of a more significant problem.

 

Receiving a complete and thorough evaluation is critical to discovering any injuries early on so that you can receive the best care and treatment to put those injuries in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible.

 

The following symptoms often have a delayed onset and may not appear for hours (or even days!) after an auto accident:

 

  • Headaches: A concussion, neck injury, mild traumatic brain injury, or whiplash can lead to chronic headaches after a car accident. Don’t dismiss a headache or dizziness until it’s been adequately evaluated by a doctor.
  • Back pain: Pain in your back following a car accident can take hours or days to surface. This could be a sign of a spinal disc, soft tissue, or whiplash injury.
  • Neck/Shoulder Pain: If you notice pain in your neck, shoulders, or arms, it may be a sign of a whiplash or spinal injury.

 

Next Steps:

 

Delayed onset of symptoms after a car accident is quite common. It doesn’t mean that you’re “making it up.” The stress of a car accident can make it difficult to truly assess how you feel minutes after the event. It takes time for swelling and inflammation to begin, and if you notice pain hours or days after your auto accident, don’t dismiss it. Get a proper evaluation as soon as you can. Doing so has the potential to make a massive difference in your quality of life! We can help you with a full exam (including Xrays), Chiropractic Care, Active Release Techniques and Targeted Rehab protocols.

 

Science Source(s):

 

Whiplash. WebMD. 2019.

 

Whiplash: How These Injuries Can Cause Chronic Pain

 

Whiplash: How These Injuries Can Cause Chronic Pain

Bottom Line:

 

Whiplash injuries used to be considered “no big deal’, but times have changed. Doctors now know that whiplash can cause lifelong pain and disability if not treated properly. During a car accident, the head often suddenly moves forward and backward with a tremendous amount of force. Even low-speed collisions can generate enough force to injure the delicate ligaments in your neck that support your head.

 

Why it Matters:

 

When you experience a whiplash injury, your head and neck extend beyond their normal range of motion. This can create partial tears or other damage to the muscles and ligaments around your spine and injure the spinal disc, nerves, or muscles. A few key indicators that you may have suffered a whiplash injury include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, pain into your arms/shoulders, or limited range of motion.

 

  • It’s estimated that over 80% of people involved in a car accident will sustain whiplash injuries.
  • Whiplash injuries are now considered severe, and often permanent injuries to the ligaments of the neck occur after the rapid back and forth motion experienced during an accident.
  • What’s more, nearly 50% of people with neck pain or whiplash following a car accident will continue to have pain one year after their initial injury.

 

Next Steps:

Receiving the proper diagnosis and care after a car accident can help reduce your likelihood of struggling with a lifetime of chronic neck pain. Our practice is focused on accurately assessing, documenting, and treating people who have been involved in a car accident. We’d ready to help you regain your quality of life as quickly and safely as possible! Just call 303.300.0424

 

Science Source(s): 

 

The Association Between a Lifetime History of a Neck Injury in a Motor Vehicle Collision and Future Neck Pain. European Spine Journal. 2010.

Our Denver Chiropractor (s) share: How to Survive Working From Home

A recent comment on our Facebook page prompted us to make this video. Here’s the comment: “Given so many people are currently working from home, with non-ergonomic work station set ups … would love to learn your recommendations on how to counteract that!”

 

Our Denver Chiropractor demonstrates a real live shoulder treatment

In this video we’ll show you a real live shoulder treatment in our office as Dr. Samantha works on the shoulder that Dr. Glenn injured pretty badly in a mountain bike crash. You’ll see how we use tools like ART, cupping, adjustments and rehab to help injuries heal naturally.

 

Denver Chiropractor shares: Banded Side Plank Clamshells

Here’s another new video on strengthening the hips (and core and shoulders) with a banded side plank / clamshell. The band is from Insonder and can be found at various online retailers. As always use common sense, make sure this is right for you and check with a doctor first.. Click on the image below to watch it on our vimeo page

We are open for all of our patients and are looking forward to seeing you. We continue to follow all CDC / State of Colorado guidelines for safety and social distancing, including wearing masks and gloves. The City of Denver does now require that everyone wear masks in public places.

Please call Ellie at 303.300.0424 to make an appointment to come see us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

This week’s 1-Page Health News

Wellness/Prevention: Protect Yourself from the Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that many Americans don’t take proper precautions to protect themselves from the sun. To reduce the risk for skin cancer, the academy recommends the following: seek shade when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; wear sun-protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses; use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on all skin not covered by clothing. American Academy of Dermatology, April 2020

Exercise: Walking Offers Many Health Benefits. Walking is a great weight-bearing exercise associated with the following benefits: increased cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness; reduced risk of heart disease and stroke; improved management of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes; stronger bones; improved balance; increased muscle strength and endurance, and reduced body fat. Department of Health & Human Services (Australia), May 2020

Chiropractic: Conservative Care Can Reduce Need for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery. Among a group of 150 patients on a waiting list for carpal tunnel release surgery, researchers observed that participants who performed tendon gliding exercises for six weeks were about 25% more likely to cancel their procedure within the following six months. Doctors of chiropractic often incorporate tendon gliding exercises in their treatment recommendations for carpal tunnel syndrome patients in addition to nutritional recommendations and manual therapies to relieve pressure on the median nerve at the wrist and elsewhere along its course. Journal of Physiotherapy, April 2020

Our Denver Chiropractors discuss: Shoulder Pain & Where to Start

Dr. Samantha Leger and Dr. Glenn Hyman walk you through what you can do when you injure your shoulder. Dr. Samantha evaluates Dr. Glenn’s shoulder injury from a mountain bike crash and shows you how you can tell if you need immediate medical attention. The doctors also show you which rehab exercises you can start right after the injury. As always this is not a substitute for medical advice. Make sure this is right for you and use common sense.

Denver Chiropractic Center article / video of the week: Is There a Perfect Posture?

Is There a Perfect Posture?

Bottom Line:

“Sit up straight and stop slouching!”You’ve likely heard this since childhood, but is there such a thing as perfect posture? The answer is a bit complicated. The latest research shows that it may be more important to think about a “balanced” or “dynamic” posture than perfect posture, and we’re also discovering that our ability to change positions and move may be more critical than our static position while standing or sitting.

Why it Matters:

Your posture is made up of a dynamic pattern of responses, reflexes, and habits,not a single position. Gravity, your work environment, and your anatomy all play a role. For instance, sitting for hours on end staring at a computer screen is a perfect example of an imbalanced and challenged posture as a result of ergonomics. Over time,this imbalance can lead to forward head posture, which can cause pain andeven degenerative changes inyour joints. Forward head posture affects millions of people who spend their days using computers. It places stress on the neck and shouldersand weakensthe supporting muscles.

  • Forward head posture affects millions and results in neck pain for up to 75% of people.
  • Neck pain, tension, stiffness, and tenderness are all signs of chronic forward head posture.
  • Trapezius strengthening has been shown to provide clinically significant relief for those struggling with neck pain as a result of forward head posture.

Next Steps:

Strength and flexibility play a significant role in your posture. Having good core strength and balancing that strength with flexibility can help you dynamically adapt to your environment. While “perfect” posture may not exist, each one of us has an opportunity to improve our strength, flexibility, and ergonomics to reduce our likelihood of experiencing pain.

 

If you spend your days looking at a computer, let us know. We’ll be happy to recommend a care plan to help you balance the effects of all that screen time.

Science Source(s):Effects of Lower Trapezius Strengthening Exercises on Pain, Dysfunction, Posture Alignment, Muscle Thickness, and Contraction Rate in Patients with Neck Pain; Randomized Controlled Trial. Medical Science Monitor 2020

Denver Chiropractic Center Covid-19 update

We have great concern and empathy for everyone who is dealing with this difficult and unprecedented viral pandemic, both locally and globally. We do intend to keep our office open during this Covid-19 crisis. (Of course if any federal or state government entities order that we close, we will.)

As we stay open we are implementing a few procedural changes to practice social distancing within our office. In order to do that we will:

  • Limit the number of daily appointment spots available
  • Bring patients into treatment rooms and out of the waiting room as quickly was we can
  • Continue thoroughly disinfecting each treatment room after each patient

We ask of you:

  • If you are sick, have a cough or have a fever please don’t come in (please stay home entirely).
  • If you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please don’t come in (again you should self-quarantine)
  • Please try to come as close to your appointment time as you can (we want to avoid having several people in our waiting rooms).

We still fully intend to operate our normal schedule. As I said last week, we have always taken steps to prevent spread of viruses: flu virus, norovirus, various other stomach viruses, and cold virus (which is also a coronoa virus).

These things are almost always circulating in some form or fashion. We will continue to take steps to prevent the spread of this new virus. These steps include hand sanitizing after each patient visit, table disenfecting, and so forth. We do have gloves in the office and if you would prefer that Dr. Samantha or myself wear them during your treatment, just ask.

We will continue to follow all advisories and directives from the state and Federal governments.

Please make sure to stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, and avoid large crowds. Move away from heavy sneezers and coughers. Use hand sanitzer and good hygeine practices.

With some common sense and persistence we will all get through this together.

Back to work after the snow day- Our Denver Chiropractors are ready to help you.

Feb 10- We are back in the office after the snow day on Friday. We are ready to help you if you need to come see us. Just call 303.300.0424 or us the contact form on our website.

Here is today’s 1-Page Health News:

Diet: Foods That Raise/Lower Diabetes Risk. The current research notes that a diet rich in whole grains, lean dairy, fish, nuts, and fresh vegetables and fruit is associated with a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, a diet featuring high amounts of red and processed meat, refined grains, and sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to an elevated diabetes risk. National Institute of Public Health (Pakistan), December 2019

Exercise: Exercising in Very Cold Weather May Harm Lungs. Researchers from the University of Alberta warn that lung function can worsen over time when they are exposed to cold weather, especially during exercise. Experts advise that if you work out in the cold, it’s a good idea to do the following: perform an indoor warm-up to help dilate the lungs, reduce your exercise intensity to allow the lungs more time to warm and humidify the air, and shield your mouth from the cold air during exercise. University of Alberta, January 2020

Chiropractic: Spinal Pain and TMD. Using data from the Korean National Health Insurance Review and Assessment database, researchers report that nearly half (48%) of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) patients also have spinal pain. Additionally, the more severe a patient’s TMD symptoms, the more likely they were to also have neck pain or back pain. Past research has demonstrated that dysfunction in the cervical spine can cause or contribute to TMD, and treatment to improve function in the upper spine, such as chiropractic care, can reduce jaw pain and associated disability. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, December 2019

Mental Attitude: Peppermint and Dementia Risk. Among a group of 948 seniors, researchers observed that those unable to smell peppermint and other strong odors were more likely to develop dementia in the following five years. Neuroepidemiology, January 2020

Wellness/Prevention: Losing Tongue Fat May Ease Sleep Apnea. In a study involving 67 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who participated in a weight loss program, researchers found that a reduction of weight in the tongue contributed to about 30% of the benefit in OSA improvement associated with weight loss. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, January 2020

Denver Chiropractor shares today’s 1-Page Health News

Here is today’s 1-Page Health News:

Health Alert: Marriage Benefits the Heart. An analysis of data concerning over 3.5 million adults found that marriage is associated with a reduced risk for vascular disease, coronary artery disease, aneurisms, and other heart-related conditions. New York University December 2019

Diet: Eat Five Servings of Fruits and Veggies a Day! A review of data from 61 published studies concluded that consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is associated with higher optimism and self-efficacy, as well as reduced psychological distress, ambiguity, and depressive symptoms. Nutrients, January 2020

Exercise: Is Steady State Training for You? Steady-state training (SST) involves maintaining your heart rate below your target maximum for an extended period of time and is great for strengthening the heart because it maintains a steady state of aerobic output which forces the body to become efficient at pumping oxygenated blood through the body. Constant steady-state training also helps the body burn fat for fuel, and compared with high-intensity training, there is a lower risk for acute injury. The downside to SST is that there is a higher risk for stress or repetitive injury because you are doing the same thing for an extended period of time and it takes longer to see results. American Council on Exercise, January 2020

Chiropractic: Pelvic Alignment and Lumbar Spine Pathologies. When compared with individuals without a history of back pain, patients with lumbar degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis, and failed back surgery syndrome are more likely to exhibit abnormal spino-pelvic alignment. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to improve spinal alignment abnormalities with a treatment approach that may include a combination of manipulation, mobilization, and specific exercises. Journal of Craniovertebral Junction & Spine, November 2019

Mental Attitude: Dementia Risk Can Be Reduced in a Short Time. Using data from South Korea’s National Health Screening Program, researchers report that seniors who brought their blood sugar and blood pressure readings to normal levels over a five-year time frame reduced their risk for dementia by about 12%. Journal of Clinical Medicine, January 2020

Wellness/Prevention: Prepare Your Car for Winter Safety. Getting stranded in your car during winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following suggestions to prepare your vehicle for cold weather: service the radiator; check fluid levels; check the tread on all tires or replace tires with ones meant for all weather or snow; keep your gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines; and use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer. The CDC adds that you should have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, food and water, a compass and maps, a first-aid kit, plastic bags, and a flashlight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2019