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Auto Accidents and the Unseen Injuries

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Millions of people are involved in serious auto accidents or minor “fender-benders” every year. Speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause injury regardless of whether or not the occupants of the car wear a seat belt. While victims of serious accidents are treated in a hospital right away, victims of minor accidents usually walk away. These people do not even realize that they have been injured until days or even weeks after the event when they start to feel symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches or dizziness. These unseen injuries are generally referred to as “soft tissue” injuries. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat soft tissue injuries and to look for the causes of potential pain.

After an auto accident, even if you are not feeling pain, it is highly recommended that you visit a Chiropractor. Here are some of the most common symptoms resulting from auto accidents that Chiropractors can evaluate and treat:

Whiplash: Whiplash is a term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.

Headaches: Many accident victims will experience headaches. Post traumatic headaches that get better in four to six weeks are considered acute headaches, but those that stay at the same pain level, start to get worse, or go beyond six weeks are more concerning.

Numbness: Numbness and tingling down the arms and legs, also known as paresthesia, can also include symptoms such as pain, burning, pricking, or creeping along the skin. These symptoms generally indicate a malfunction of sensory nerves. Chiropractors can examine the spine to check for injuries.

Dizziness (Vertigo): Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings and can be hard to describe. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is one form of Vertigo. Vertigo is a medical term to describe the feeling of spinning, whirling, or motion either of yourself or your surroundings.

Lower Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most prevalent types of chronic pain resulting from spinal injury caused by a car accident. The forces created during a high speed car accident are enough to cause vertebral fracture and spinal instability which results in pain throughout the back. Chiropractic treatment takes the pressure off the joints of your spine, calming the nerves and relieving the pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have recently been involved in an auto accident, contact your local Chiropractor, Dr. Rita Cummings to schedule an initial consultation and exam. Dr. Rita Cummings, at Tamarac Wellness Center, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (303) 731-5723 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Protect Your Back During Fall Yard Clean Up

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Leaves are falling this time of year and it’s time to block off your weekend for fall yard clean up. Before you tackle the daunting task of raking and bagging all those leaves, read these helpful, common sense tips to help prevent potential back aches and pains.

Warm Up and Stretch: Raking leaves is considered exercise and like any pre-workout regimen you need to warm up your cold muscles to prevent injury and strains. Jogging in place for a few minutes will get your heart rate up and blood flowing to all your muscle groups. Stretch your back muscles by bending forward to touch your toes. Another important stretch is to squat into deep knee bends without twisting at the waist. Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders and arms. Hold each stretch for 8 seconds, release and repeat at least 2 times.

Choose Your Rake: The best rake to use will be one that allows you to reach leaves a short distance away from your feet without having to bend or twist. Rakes that are too tall or too short will force you to contort your body and cause muscle strain and pain. A new rake is worth the investment and can last for years.

Maintain Good Form: Don’t hunch over the rake. Proper position for raking will require you to keep your legs slightly bent, to keep your weight centered and to reach with your arms and not your back. While raking do not keep your feet planted in one position. Pivot your feet in the direction you are raking. While bagging the leaves be sure to squat and use your knees instead of bending over at the waist.

Take Breaks: Raking requires a series of repetitive motions which exhaust muscles. You should focus on switching your lead arm throughout your leaf raking session. For example, rake with your right arm forward for 10 minutes and then switch to your left arm for 10 minutes. Take stretching breaks often and drink lots of water!

Recover: After the work is done, be sure to stretch again. If you feel discomfort use ice to soothe the muscles.

Dr. Rita Cummings, at Tamarac Wellness Center, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (303) 731-5723 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Depressed? Back Pain

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It is very likely that those who have chronic back pain or intense back pain may be experiencing depression as well. However, Dr. Linda Carroll, of the University of Alberta, published a study in 2004 that proved the reverse can happen too; Dr Rita Cummings agrees. Depression can be a risk factor for the onset of severe neck and low-back pain. From her studies, Dr. Carroll and her colleagues discovered that those suffering from depression are actually four times more likely to develop neck and back pains than those who are generally well.

Studies suggest that depression has been attributed to the under-production of norepinephrine or serotonin, or both, and affects over 8 million people in the United States, CO inclusive.

People with depression usually experience the following signs of depression: grief, unhappiness, despair, and misery. Severe insomnia, a loss of appetite, and a decreased sex drive are among the other sides of depression. In spite of the depression, psychomotor agitation is frequently related to these signs of depression.

Some patients with mental depression in Denver alternate between depression and mania, which is called either bipolar disorder or manic-depressive psychosis.

It is routine for your chiropractor to perform orthopaedic and neurological tests, and a history consultation. From this, your chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center will be able to design a personalized treatment plan specific to your condition.

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