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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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Chiropractic Care Foot Pain

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The majority of foot pain is due to a lack of proper support or inappropriate footwear. Excessive pressure or irritation from shoes causing corns, calluses and aggravation of the first toe (also known as Hallux Valgus) can produce foot pain, according to Dr Rita Cummings. When shoes worn are too tight, the metatarsals become compressed or toenails can be injured, resulting in foot pain. For an overly mobile foot, plantar fasciitis ( a frequent cause of foot pain) can develop if support is insufficient. Another widespread source of foot pain in CO are ankle sprains. Plantar flexion with inversion is the most commonly-seen type of ankle spain.

With foot pain treatment, it is important not only to manage the acute injury but to attempt to prevent future occurrences. A successful foot pain therapy at Tamarac Wellness Center includes ascertaining the needs of the specific activity or sport and creates a must-do post injury rehabilitaion regimen.

Your Denver chiropractor can correctly diagnose your foot pain and its real cause by taking a detailed history and examination, including neurological and orthopaedic testing and radiographic studies as well. Then the chiropractor will handle the development of a plan of management that is specifically made for your case.

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Osteoarthritis Care Denver

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, a main characteristic being a decrease in functionality and motion of the joints. Unlike acute diseases, Denver osteoarthritis creeps up on a person. Osteoarthritis is generally seen on the knees, hip and joints of the hand. Osteoarthritis is frequently seen in about 50% of people over 55 years old. It can occur in any of the joints in the body. The two main classifications of osteoarthritis are:
1. Primary osteoarthritis – a result of repeated and too much strain. A history of the disease in relatives also predisposes a person to it.
2. Secondary osteoarthritis – almost always a consequence of trauma.

The primary signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis in CO are:
1. Pain – is what usually brings the patient to look for treatment
2. Stiffness – is often felt in the mornings
3. Swelling – develops when there is persistent inflammation
4. Crepitus – a popping sound that comes when lubrication is absent and synovia rub against each other

Osteoarthritis therapy at Tamarac Wellness Center includes:
1. Losing weight – lessens the stress on weight-supporting joints
2. Exercise – for strong muscles and growth of cartilage
3. Diet – rich in Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin sulfate, vitamins C and D, and calcium
4. Heat – when used properly can alleviate pain and stiffness

By doing a comprehensive history-taking, examination and orthopaedic as well as neuroligical testing, and aided by radiographic images, your Chiropractor, Dr Rita Cummings, can diagnose your osteoarthritis and its level of severity. By doing so, he can create a plan of management and adjust it to suit your specific case and needs.

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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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Tennis Elbow Chiropractic Care

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On the top of the list among the illnesses of the upper body is the Denver tennis elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis.

But tennis elbow is not unique to tennis players only. In addition to tennis players, manual laborers, carpenters and secretaries develop tennis elbow. This is produced when the muscles of the forearm (wrist extensor group) is exposed to intense strain. So any activity which requires repetitive wrist extension is intrinsically what causes tennis elbow, according to Dr Rita Cummings. Localized pain in the tendo periosteal junction where the common extensor tendon originates from (outer area of the elbow) is a common complaint in 9 out of 10 cases of tennis elbow. Some patients with tennis elbow say they have radiating pain to the posterior portion of the forearm and wrist area.

The lengthy treatment course due to the lack of a tendon sheath makes having CO tennis elbow an ordeal in itself. The common extensor origin resembles a muscle more than a tendon, but its blood supply is not adequate and thus, it cannot get nutrition from the fluid that is found within a tendon sheath.

Your Chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center has the necessary skills to perform a complete examination and history, as well as orthopaedic and neurological testing to find out how far gone is your tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). With the findings, they will develop a custom plan of management just for your case.

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Denver Shin Splints Therapy

Monday, October 18th, 2010

With shin splints, the patient complains of pain in the front or back of the lower leg that is insidious in onset upon visiting Tamarac Wellness Center. It is not easy to specifically define shin splints. Diseases that are known to cause shin splints are tendonitis, periostitis, muscle strain and interosseous membrane strain.

The two known types of shin splints in Denver are: 1. Anterior shin splints – happen when the muscles in the front of the leg which act to absorb shock become weak and overstressed due to continually running or walking on hard grounds. Another cause is wearing shoes that do not have shock absorbers. The force is sent to the shin bone and a shin splint is produced. 2. Posterior shin splints – named as such when the back leg muscles are involved. As ankle stabilizers, these muscles become strained when the patient pronates too much.

The middle to lower third of the shin bone is where pain is felt in shin splints. An important differential for shin splints is a stress fracture, says Dr Rita Cummings. But shin splints are usually not seen in x-rays, as they come out as normal.

Your knowledgeable chiropractor, of CO, will conduct a complete history and examination that includes orthopaedic, neurological testing and radiographic studies to know the level of severity of your shin splints. Then they will design a plan of management suitable for your case.

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Chiropractic Treatment Vertigo Dizziness

Friday, October 15th, 2010

An illusion of the body moving or your surroundings moving is called vertigo. The motion with vertigo is rotational and one way (unidirectional).

The perception of this motion comes with a minor difference, according to Dr Rita Cummings. When the patient has a feeling of the environment revolving around him, which is objective vertigo. On the other hand, when the patient feels he is turning round and round in his milieu, which is subjective vertigo.

Dizziness is distinct from vertigo in some aspect. Patients in CO are more inclined to describe dizziness as any feelings of loss of balance, light-headed or nausea without motion perception.

The following procedures will be applied to you by your Denver Chiropractor: history-taking, comprehensive examination and neurological and orthopaedic tests. These will help him discover the cause of your vertigo and dizziness. Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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Anxiety Therapy Denver

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

According to Dr Rita Cummings, anxiety is typically associated with feelings of uneasiness and fear.

Indeed, anxiety has uses; it triggers basic survival instincts and has for centuries. Anxiety works similarly to the way a burgular system does, becoming activated when danger is perceived. Anxiety is a natural response to difficult and challenging events. But it should not control your life or overwhelm you and make you feel helpless. If this is the case, you should visit Tamarac Wellness Center. A never-ending feeling of anxiety can often have disastrous behavioural consequences like drug or alcohol abuse or overeating.

If you find your sleep interrupted by anxiety or you worry endlessly, these may be symptoms of anxiety problem or anxiety disorder. Go to your Denver chiropractor for assistance.

Anxiety disorder happens to many people. In CO, around 3% of the adult population will go through an anxiety disorder in any given 12-month period. Anxiety disorder is twice as likely to occur in women than in men. Anxiety disorder is exhibited by intense fear and apprehension over certain events. This feeling may last for 6 months or more.

Your chiropractor will do a complete history-taking and examine you thoroughly, including neurological and orthopaedic tests. Then your chiropractor will develop a management regimen modified to suit your unique case. If you want additional info, visit denver-chiropractor.org.

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