When to see a Chiropractor

If you suffer from back, neck or muscle pain, you may have a hard time getting better. This is because most people first rely on over the counter (OC) pain medications.  This approach is also the first recommendation of most medical doctors.   

OC pain medications may be temporarily effective for pain reduction however, because they do  not correct the underlying cause of the problem, the symptoms will likely return once the drug has worn off.  This can lead to over medicating which is very harmful to your health.

Chiropractic care can be very effective in addressing underlying causes of pain such as: structural imbalances, postural weakness and spinal dysfunction. These are frequently the most common reasons people suffer with ongoing back, neck and muscle pain.     

Chronic Pain (symptoms lasting over 3 months): A lot of people suffer from chronic pain throughout their lives. People often chalk this up to aging. This can be a big mistake. While it is natural to feel some degree of aches and pains as a person ages, chronic pain is not normal. If this describes you and the pain does not go away or gets worse, you should seek an evaluation with your chiropractor.

New activities such as beginning a new exercise program or new sport such as weightlifting or running can very quickly cause neck and back problems that may have been developing over years only to finally become apparent once the demand on the body increases.  

This is certainly true whether you are 25 or 55. Plenty of people end up injured or in pain when they suddenly begin to make a physical change in their lives.  

First seeking help from your chiropractor can go a long way in avoiding a major injury and setback in your new routine.

At The Back Pain Relief Center we can identify underlying problems before they become worse, kind of like your Dentist detects a cavity before a root canal is necessary, and teach you proper stretching and warm-up techniques before and after your activity of choice.

If you are in pain, don’t cover it up with potentially harmful medications. Your body is telling you that there is a problem.  Call us at The Back Pain Relief Center at 425-259-3700.  We can help!   http://ift.tt/1DnV2CQ

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Cervical Mobility Predicts Disability

Whiplash may result in chronic, long-term symptoms in certain trauma victims known as Late Whiplash Syndrome.  Predicting which segment of the whiplash population is a useful tool early on in the care of the traumatically injured whiplash victim.  A recent study by Kasch et al. (2001) showed that long term handicap after whiplash injury is predictable by measuring neck mobility in a standardized manner.  The accuracy of this assessment was increased by the addition of clinical assessment.  The sensitivity of this type of testing was 73% and 91% respectively.  Accurate and valid scientific testing of range of motion in the cervical spine is a MANDATORY part of the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan for whiplash victims.
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Cervical fusion surgery accelerates cervical degeneration.

When a client requires surgical intervention after a traumatic event, a very recent article AGAIN confirms what has been published in the past; it’s NOT OVER after the surgery.
In a study by Matsumoto, et al. (2009), a 10-year follow up MRI of patients who underwent anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) compared to healthy controls was conducted.  The authors state, “There have been few studies which investigate incidence of progression of degenerative changes at adjacent segments in patients treated by ACDF comparing healthy control subjects…However, ACDF is associated with several peri and postoperative problems, one of which is adjacent segment degeneration” (Matsumoto, et al., 2009, p. 36).  Later on in the research paper, the authors report, “However, clinical symptoms including neck pain, shoulder stiffness, and numbness in the upper extremities were significantly more frequent in ACDF group than in control group.  This suggests that adjacent segment degeneration might be in part associated with the patients’ symptoms” (Matsumoto, et al., 2009, 42).
That means that surgical correction is not the end of the claimant’s injuries.  Future care is required in ALL FUSIONS to ensure the progression of degeneration and the reactivation of sensitive structures is monitored.  Doctors that are trained properly in triaging and treating the traumatically injured not only understand the necessity of future care, but also how and when to properly document it.
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Exercise: Walk it off.

Because exercise helps use up oxygen, it causes your body to burn stored fat.  If you walk 4 miles per day, 4 times per week, you will burn 1,600 calories a week.  If you don’t change your diet at all and walk that same distance for 6 months, you will lose 12 lbs.  Walk that same distance for a year and you will drop 24 lbs.  Mayo Clinic
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Watch your Back! See your Chiropractor!

Half of all Americans suffer from back pain each year.  25% of Americans adults reported they suffered from back pain for at least a day within the last three months and lower back pain is the 5th most common reason people visit the doctor. CDC
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Lower Your Risk

Consistent exercise (30 minute walk every day) lowers the risk of colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other cancers.  Those who exercised consistently for at least 10 years had the lowest risk of all.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, December 2010
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