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Auto Injuries Increase Risk of Future Back Pain

Posted on 15 February, 2018 at 9:40 Comments comments (0)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations reports that more than two million people are injured every year in auto-related accidents involving either a passenger vehicle, large truck, or motorcycle. Furthermore, that number appears to be climbing at an alarming rate, increasing more than five percent between 2014 and 2015 alone.

 

Certainly, being involved in this type of incident can have long-lasting effects. For instance, one study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that “a substantial minority” of subjects questioned reported experiencing anxiety when traveling in a motor vehicle post-accident, with 10 percent developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition that, in some cases, plagued them for years.

 

Well, another recently published study has found that being in a car crash can also result in long-term physical ramifications as well. Specifically, it discovered that back pain can linger or appear long after the vehicle has been fixed and the debris has been cleaned out of the roadway.

 

In April of 2017, the European Spine Journal presented a study involving 789 adults, all of whom reported experiencing mild low back pain or no pain at all. Upon entering the study, each person was asked whether or not he or she had been in a motor vehicle accident resulting in low back pain, making note of whether their level of pain increased, decreased, or stayed the same six and 12 months down the road.

 

Approximately 74.8 percent of the participants responded at the six month mark, with 64.5 percent providing input at 12 months. Of those who did respond, researchers noticed a positive correlation between those who had previously been involved in an auto accident and the incidences of low back pain at a later date. In other words, having a car crash in your past may increase your risk of back pain in the future.

 

This is partially why being assessed right after a car wreck is so critical. While this is relatively standard when it comes to auto injuries that can be seen or easily felt, damage done to the musculoskeletal system isn’t quite so visible or easy to pinpoint, which also makes it easier to ignore.

 

Educating patients is the first step to helping them resolve any subsequent back issues. The second step is to regularly ask them whether they’ve been involved in a crash, no matter how small. If they have, addressing that issue first and foremost can keep their quality of life from being compromised months, years, or even decades later.

 

References

 

Mayou R, Tyndel S, Bryant B. Long-term outcome of motor vehicle accident injury. Psychosomatic Medicine 1997;59(6):578-84.

Nolet PS, Kristman VL, Côté P, Carroll LJ, Cassidy JD. The association between a lifetime history of low back injury in a motor vehicle collision and future low back pain: a population-based cohort study. European Spine Journal 2017;doi:10.1007/s00586-017-5090-y

Traffic Safety Facts. (August 2016). 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Written by: Michael Melton on February 15, 2018.on February 14, 2018.

Natural Flu Treatment and Prevention

Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu bug is constantly changing. In fact, every year another new strain finds its way into our communities, threatening our health and putting us all on high alert. With the peak of illnesses occurring somewhere between December and February, that makes this a perfect time to learn how to prevent the flu from finding its way into your body, and you can do it naturally by taking a few specific actions.

 

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

 

One of the most important things you can do to keep from getting sick is practice good hygiene. This means washing your hands with soap and water several times a day; keeping your hands and fingers away from your mouth, eyes, and nose as those are the three areas that flu bugs like to use as highways into your body; and not sharing cups or food utensils with others.

 

Eat Vitamin Packed Foods

 

In a post published by The Clarion-Ledger, author Rebecca Turner, who is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and certified specialist in sports dietetics, recommends getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need from whole foods versus supplements. This means eating a variety of fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. Some immunity boosting foods to consider include oranges, broccoli, and even mushrooms.

 

Limit Contact with Others

 

Because flu viruses are easily spread from one person to another, you may want to limit your contact with others–especially if you have a weakened or compromised immune system. When you do have to go out, again, keep your hands and fingers away from your facial area. Additionally, try to avoid high traffic areas or places where you are around a lot of people in tight spaces, such as sports arenas or public transportation.

 

Take In as Much Sun as You Can

 

For a majority of us, sun isn’t the easiest to come by in the winter months. However, even 15 minutes of direct rays can help raise your levels of vitamin D, a supplement that, according to a post by Dr. Cynthia Aranow in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, “has been used (unknowingly) to treat infections such as tuberculosis before the advent of effective antibiotics.” If sunlight is not an option for you, you can also increase your vitamin D intake by eating foods such as salmon and other fatty fish, eggs, cheese, and mushrooms.

It isn’t always easy to avoid the flu, but take these preventative actions and you have a good chance of making it through the season without getting sick.

 

See Your Chiropractor!

 

Research shows that chiropractic can actually boost your immune system and it promotes wellness in other ways that can help you ward off colds and the flu. Visit your chiropractor regularly to keep you and your family well!

 

References

 

Aranow C. Vitamin D and the immune system. Journal of Investigative Medicine 2011;59(6):881-886.

Influenza (Flu). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

 

Written by: Michael Melton on October 6, 2015.

 


Superfood

Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 6:50 Comments comments (0)

We don’t need to go searching in the deepest and darkest of jungles to find the next SUPERFOOD! Most of the natural fruits and vegetables that we eat today are SUPERFOOD if they have been grown in healthy and nutrient dense soil.

We’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat” and that applies to what our fruits and vegetables “eat” or take up as well. If our foods are grown in healthy and nutrient dense soil, they will produce healthy and nutrient dense food for us to eat.

WORK HARD AND LESS

Posted on 22 January, 2018 at 8:00 Comments comments (0)

The Danes (some of the happiest people in the world) tend to show up at their jobs, get their work done with intent and focus, then go home happy knowing that they have given their best. Working hard does not mean working more. On average the Danes work a 37 hours week, which leaves them time to do other more gratifying things than just doing more work. Enjoy your week!

Why Chiropractic is Superior for Musculoskeletal Pain

Posted on 18 January, 2018 at 4:30 Comments comments (0)

Countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat musculoskeletal complaints like back pain, neck pain, or sciatica. Now a new study from Switzerland has looked at the relative benefits of chiropractic compared to medical care for the most common types of pain issues.

 

In this study, the authors examined data from people who reported spinal, hip, or shoulder pain. 403 patients saw a medical doctor for relief; 316 people saw a chiropractor. Four months after treatment, the patients were asked to fill out a survey reporting on their recovery.

 

The authors found that:

 

“Patients initially consulting MDs had significantly less reduction in their numerical pain rating score…”

Patients who saw MDs were significantly less satisfied with the care they received and the outcome of that care.

Patients who saw a chiropractor had significantly lower healthcare costs for their treatment.

The authors conclude that patients should first be sent to a chiropractor for musculoskeletal problems, rather than a medical doctor:

 

“The findings of this study support first-contact care provided by DCs as an alternative to first-contact care provided by MDs for a select number of musculoskeletal conditions. Restrictive models of care in which patients are required to contact a medical provider before consulting a chiropractic provider may be counterproductive for patients experiencing the musculoskeletal conditions investigated and possibly others. In addition to potentially reducing health care costs, direct access to chiropractic care may ease the workload on MDs, particularly in areas with poor medical coverage and hence enabling them to focus on complex cases. The minority of patients with complex health problems initially consulting a chiropractic provider would be referred to, or comanaged with, a medical provider to provide optimal care.”

 

Houweling TAW, Braga AV, Hausheer T, et al. First-Contact Care With a Medical vs Chiropractic Provider After Consultation With a Swiss Telemedicine Provider: Comparison of Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Health Care Costs in Spinal, Hip, and Shoulder Pain Patients. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2015;38(7):477-83.

 

Written by: Michael Melton on January 3, 2016.on January 6, 2016.



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