Archive for January, 2012

Is chiropractic care needed following an accident?

Do you need to seek out chiropractic care following an auto accident? My answer is a resounding “yes!” Why is it so important? Why can’t you just rest and take the medications that were prescribed by your medical doctor? Is the insurance company going to give you a hard time about it?

The reason why chiropractic care is so important after an accident has little to do with you being in pain (although it’s good for that too). A vertebra that moves out of its normal alignment can wreak havoc on your neck or low back.  When a vertebra moves out of alignment, it reduces the natural motion in the spine causing your body to adapt.  Over time, altered curves in your spine develop, which can lead to degenerative disc disease and arthritis. You may not be in a lot of pain immediately following the accident, but research indicates that most people will experience a bulk of their symptoms after a few days.  New symptoms may become present even up to a year after your accident.

Once you start to feel symptoms, this is a good indicator that something has moved out of place, and likely that you’re experiencing a sprain/strain kind of injury. Sprain and strain don’t sound horrible, but really they are describing tears of various tissues in your body. The severity of the tear will indicate the type of treatment you should probably consider first. The chiropractor can help make the determination.

Eventually, your body will heal with scar tissue. Scar tissue is more sensitive than the previously uninjured tissue that you had within you before. Once scar tissue sets up (this takes about 3 weeks following the trauma), it will become increasingly difficult to get you back to your pre-accident state. Receiving some chiropractic adjustments to your spine will help assure that your spine is in its best position as that scar tissue begins to form. The better your spine is when all of this occurs, the more likely you can return pain-free following your therapy and treatment.

So why can’t you just rest and take the medications? That may be your best first course of treatment for a couple of days following your accident, but certainly can’t be the best choice long term. The medications are there to help you with pain, to help you get through the difficulty of the initial phase of your injury. However, they’re certainly not fixing anything.

In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, you can typically receive additional therapies that will help your muscles and other soft tissue heal more quickly than just “resting” alone. The additional therapies also help with pain, swelling, and inflammation and can be a big help in the speed of your recovery.

If you have been in an auto accident here in Kentucky, your auto insurance will cover your medical expenses to help you recover from your injuries.  Visit Dynamic Chiropractic and Rehab for top-rated chiropractic care and rehab so that you can return to a pain free life as quickly as possible.

Manual Therapies for Your Diabetic Neuropathy

If you have diabetes and one or more of these symptoms[1]:

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  • Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Deep pain, especially in your legs and feet
  • Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Numbness, tingling or burning in your arms, hands, legs or feet
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness, especially when you try to stand up
  • Drooping facial muscles
  • Loss of bladder control

You’ve probably been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy.

Your doctor has probably explained that diabetic neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy specific to patients who have diabetes and that diabetic neuropathy is caused by lack of blood flow to the nerves and elevated and uncontrolled blood sugar levels.

You’re probably taking painkillers…

You’re probably closely monitoring your blood sugar (hopefully)…

You’re probably being more careful about your diet (as you should)…

So how are your diabetic neuropathy symptoms now?

If they’re not improving, you might want to add something else to your treatment plan…

Chiropractic and Manual Physical Therapy Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy

Chiropractic care for diabetic neuropathy patients usually concentrates on correcting misalignments in the spine.  Those misalignments can wreak havoc on your nervous system and your internal organs – including the pancreas, a direct link to diabetes.

If the other pieces of your treatment puzzle are not working as quickly as you had hoped, and you’re doing everything else your doctor tells you to do, contact your local NeuropathyDR® specialist.  Your NeuropathyDR® has an exclusive treatment protocol with proven results for diabetic neuropathy patients.  An integral part of that treatment protocol is chiropractic adjustment to correct problems with your spinal alignment.

Pain Reduction and Nerve Repair

As a result of your chiropractic adjustment for diabetic neuropathy, the next step in your treatment for diabetic neuropathy is taking steps to reduce your symptoms and help the nerves repair themselves.  This can be done through a combination of topical pain medications, manual manipulation of the bones and joints to properly align the nervous system and nerve stimulation.

Proper alignment of the bones and muscles and nerve stimulation are all important aspects of successful treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Personal Care Tips For The Diabetic Neuropathy Patient

Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is growing at an alarming rate.

One of the things that makes diabetes so deadly is the risk for infection and resulting amputation.  Diabetic neuropathy is a serious contributing factor in the risk for amputation.

While you’re undergoing treatment for diabetic neuropathy[2] and having chiropractic adjustments, pay particular attention to your feet, hands, arms and leg.  Contact your NeuropathyDR® specialist immediately if you notice any blisters, sores, torn skin, or inflammation.   The combination of your diabetes and your diabetic neuropathy can lead to very serious infections that are slow or impossible to heal.   This can lead to dire complications that can be avoided if you receive the proper medical treatment early.

Do a visual inspection and don’t rely on soreness or pain.  Your diabetic neuropathy impairs your ability to feel pain in your extremities and you may not notice the problem until it’s too late for successful treatment.

Keep a close eye on your diabetes.  Make note of any of the symptoms we described.  If you have any of the issues we’ve discussed, contact your local NeuropathyDR® and take full advantage of their expertise in the treatment of peripheral neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy and their ability to provide chiropractic care to correct misalignment in your spine.

The positive effects of chiropractic adjustment on diabetic neuropathy are being affirmed by a growing number of case studies.  Give it serious consideration in treating your diabetic neuropathy.

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Tired of Living With Joint Pain or TMJ?

Chronic inflammation can radically degenerate joint cartilage and other connective tissue if the degeneration is faster than the bodies ability to repair itself.  In an attempt to repair itself, the joint will attempt to heal itself but often times the repair is faulty and overgrowth occurs, as in bony osteophytes.  This further contributes to the insidious cycle of pain, stiffness and degeneration.

 

Periarticular acu-injections are a combination of Lidocain (local anesthetic) and Zeel.  Zeel is a safe and effective biological medicine (no artificial chemicals) for joint pain, osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, TMJ, spondyloarthritis and improved cartilage/connective tissue function.  Zeel was developed by world renowned German physician/researcher Dr. H. Reckeweg and is used worldwide.  It is made up of 15 natural active ingredients (mostly amino acids, minerals, and botanicals) intended to provide relief of arthritic symptoms and promote the regeneration of healthy connnective tissue function.  In a recent study Zeel acu-injections were found to be more effective than cox-1 and cox-2 inhibitors and with excellent tolerability.

 

Periarticular means around the joint and that’s exactly where the acu-injections are administered.  Typically, a problem joint receives 3-6 small acu-injections around the joint area, twice a week for several weeks.  Periarticular acu-injections are effective for most minor, medium and large joints such as shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, toes, fingers and TMJ.

 

It is very important to finish the series because of the synergistic effect of the treatment, much the same as antibiotic, where even if the symptoms subside it is critical that the patient finish the entire series in order to realize fully the benefits of the treatment and minimize relapse of the inflammation cycle.

Because the acu-injections are periarticular and not intra-articular (deep inside the joint) the needle is only injected to a depth of less than a 1/4 inch.  This combined with the fact the needle size used is not much larger than a human hair (about 10 times smaller than most needles and often referred to as acu-injections) the discomfort level is minimal but the effectiveness of the treatment is phenomenal at stopping the pain and inflammation cycle.