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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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Neck Pain

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

At any point in time, the prevalence of neck pain is about 12% for the adult female population and 9% for the adult male population. As a matter of fact, the occurrence of Denver neck pain is about half that of lower back pain. Neck pain, specifically a stiff neck, affects 45% of those who work. Oftentimes, they do not miss work as they would with back pain. Resulting from increased flexibility, the neck becomes less stable and does not have as much protection. As the parts of the neck become overused, neck pain results.

Neck pain can be used interchangeably with pain in the shoulder and shoulder pain can sometimes be pain in the neck. The most common causes of neck pain and shoulder pain are injuries to the soft tissues including the muscles, tendons and ligaments, says Dr Rita Cummings. This can be a result from whiplash. Arthritis around the neck can also create pain in the neck and shoulders since the nerves are irritated. Neck and shoulder pain can also be associated with health conditions involving the heart, spinal cord, or lungs.

Visit your doctor of chiropractic CO to find the root cause of your neck pain; the chiropractor will evaluate the structure of your neck. As part of the diagnostic exam, the following will also be checked for issues: spinal discs, spinal cord, facet joints, supporting muscles, etc.

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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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