Archive for the ‘Auto accidents’ Category

Disc Injury After Auto Accident

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Following a rear end collision it is common for the patient to have whiplash from the impact of the accident.  The sudden impact of being rear ended forces the body into different and opposing directions at a speed that is uncontrollable and near impossible to stop while it’s occurring.

Another term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to quickly move in one direction and then another in the opposite direction and this causes the soft tissue to become injured in the process.

Immediately following an accident it is always advised to have an evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any fractures or any life threatening conditions. Most of the time an injured person will be sent home and instructed to follow the R.I.C.E. method to begin the healing process. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are typically what follow a slight rear end collision but there are times when they develop into more serious grades of injury that involve a more complex treatment.

In about 25% of those cases a disc injury is caused and can become a chronic problem. Most disc related injuries involve a tear in the outer portion of the disc and the nerve endings in them get torn and cause pain. It can take months for those tears to heal and with proper treatment that person can return to their normal daily activities without any residual problems.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience following whiplash can be;
Dizziness
Headaches
Stiffness
Visual changes
Memory changes
Jaw pain

Some symptoms related to a disc herniation from whiplash are:
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tingling or burning sensation in the arm, hand or fingers

Herniated disc are generally diagnosed from a combination of the medical history, examination and imaging studies from MRI. There are different approaches and strategies for the person who was injured in an accident to insure proper healing in order to get back to their normal routine as fast as possible. A common treatment technique for many practitioners is called McKenzie method. These exercises are used to extend or stretch the area of the spine that is injured and helps decrease the pain levels of the person who was injured.

Chiropractic care and home exercises are beneficial and non invasive ways to manage pain following certain types of disc injury following an auto accident.

Avoiding Back Pain With Yard Work

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Yard work and maintaining the lawn is a good stress reliever for some people. Many homeowners enjoy being outdoors when the weather is nice. However, it is called yard “work” for a reason and while enjoyable there are a lot of efforts needed to get the work done. Bending over to pull weeds, the constant vibration from sitting on a riding mower or using a push mower can all increase pain levels for someone who was injured in an auto accident. Pain can make an enjoyable hobby like gardening or a household duty such as yard work un-enjoyable. This loss of enjoyment factor must be documented in the doctors notes so the attorney representing the patient can settle the claim with more ease after the patients doctor or rehab facility helps them feel better.

Once you are out of the initial acute phase of your injury and have been cleared by your doctor to become more active, you should take it slow so you don’t re aggravate the injury. also instead of doing outdoor task that you would normally do in one day, spread the task out over the course of the weekend or get someone to help you with the work.

Here are some tips to follow before going outside to perform yard work after suffering from back pain.

  1. Drink plenty of water before, during and after being outside to avoid dehydration
  2. Stretch before going outside to perform yard work. Make sure the muscles in the low back are loose so you don’t put excess strain on the area.
  3. When bending over, make sure you lift using your legs. Avoid picking anything up by just bending over and coming right back up.
  4. NEVER twist your body when you are leaning over. (this is a compromising position for the spine and can be problematic)
  5. Use knee pads if you will be doing gardening task to decrease stress on your joints.
  6. Take breaks frequently so that your muscles don’t fatigue in one certain position and go into spasm.

Dealing with back pain at home following an accident  can hinder your normal activity but it doesn’t have to stop it completely. As long as you make some minor changes to keep yourself out of trouble, you can still perform your hobby without worry.

I’m a good referral for your neighbor who mentions the need for a Marietta Chiropractor and not being able to spend as much time doing yard work because of the pain they feel after their auto accident. Have them call me and I will bring the enjoyment back to their life!

Did You Quit Your Favorite Hobby After Your Accident?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Marietta chiropractor

The Atlanta Silverbacks are a local soccer team & facility for athletes who compete in the sport on a regular basis. During a recent auto accident consultation I asked the patient if he was unable to perform any hobbies or sports since the accident. He replied with a curious “Yes… ” and mentioned he would not have thought to mention his inability to play soccer competitively after his accident because he didn’t think it was important since it’s just a “hobby”.

Hobbies & sports are considered loss of enjoyment factors and should be documented in the doctors treatment notes. The notation of this, and other changes, to his lifestyle help his attorney properly represent him. Not only should the doctor provide the proper treatment to decrease his pain, rehab the injury and get him back on the soccer field as fast as possible, he can also feel confident that his loss of enjoyment factors are properly documented.

A Danish study in 2009 from the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research proved that the sport of soccer actually strengthens the core and muscles in the low back. In certain instances handling back pain while playing a sport is done with the team trainer or a team doctor. After an auto accident this may pose a problem because of ongoing litigation or the specifics of an accident case. If the player is an amateur and does not have the direct access to medical staff like a professional team player he or she may have more trouble getting the proper treatment and most of the time has to stop participating in the sport altogether. This can be very annoying and frustrating as the victim of an accident because they are no longer able to participate and enjoy something they enjoyed doing before being hurt.

Outside of treating the patient and helping them to recover from the injuries, it is very important that the doctor they are treated by is documenting their loss of enjoyment factors accurately. The doctor’s notes are what the attorney representing the patient uses to help settle their case and if the doctor does not include the small details of information about how the patients life has been affected from the accident then it could be detrimental.

These tips are helpful for the amateur athlete following an auto accident:

1) Get the proper treatment.

2) Understand the timeline, plan and prognosis given to you.

3) Find out what you can do to speed your recovery.

4) Find another hobby you enjoy that wont hurt you to avoid sadness and depression.

There’s a saying about doctor notes “if it isn’t in the notes… then it didn’t happen.

Dr. Branden Evans is a Marietta chiropractor near Atlanta, GA. He has been in practice for nearly 10 years and enjoys helping patients recover after auto accidents. Contact him if you have been hurt and are in need of an injury chiropractor

Did Your Car Accident Make You Fat?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Marietta Chiropractor WellnessThere’s Top chef, Iron chef, Next Great Baker & BBQ Pit Masters and plenty of other TV shows and an entire network dedicated to food & cooking. As a Marietta chiropractor I’ve come across some people who hate cooking and there are many who I’ve met that really find this is a very enjoyable hobby and activity. Whether cooking for themselves or a family of 5, if the person who does most of the cooking in the house gets injured in a car accident,  back pain can disrupt the household flow and sneakily add unwanted pounds to everyone in the house.

One of the common complaints I hear from patients who are victims in an accident is focused around the pain experienced while standing. The types of back pain produced following an accident can vary from minor muscle spasm to disc problems that cause numbness and tingling down the legs. The discomfort can start in as little as 5 minutes after standing and may not go away for hours (even after sitting down). Imagine the everyday tasks you do that would be avoided if your back went into spasm while you stood up for more than 5 minutes. Now imagine the everyday tasks you do that cannot be…

The back pain from standing can increase if you are not able to move or walk around while standing. Combining a sedentary lifestyle with poor eating habits because you avoid the back pain felt while you stand can have long lasting effects. Activities like playing with kids, household chores or mowing the lawn may all change.

Commonly, meal preparations can take as long as an hour when cooking for a family. Weight gain can sneak its way into your waistline if you start to avoid preparing home cooked meals and eat more fast foods and take out because it’s a) easier and b) you can avoid pain.

Some major pitfalls to notice when it comes to not eating homecooked meals are the following:

  • higher calories
  • lower nutritional value
  • larger serving size & over consumption
  • increased diabetic
  • higher obesity risk

If prepared at home it also saves you money and probably taste much better too. Often when foods are cooked at home the person cooking may use healthier alternatives to make the food…such as using ground turkey as opposed to ground beef for certain meals.

Not preparing home cooked meals because of pain felt after being injured in an auto accident falls under a classification called “loss of enjoyment”. This change in daily activity must be documented by your personal injury chiropractor as you go through your chiropractic rehab.

Back Pain After An Accident Is Garbage!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

There’s a household job that I’ve been trained to performed for as long as I can remember. When I was a young boy and was strong enough to haul the garbage “can” to the curb once a week it all began. It used to be exciting…when I was little. As of yesterday I still perform this duty faithfully and at least my 2013 garbage container has wheels to make my life easier. When someone is involved in an auto accident and can no longer perform a household duty such as taking out the trash it needs to be documented as a “loss of enjoyment”. I don’t really enjoy taking out the trash but I’m sure my family members do. And I will very soon enjoy teaching my son the secret science of loading trash into a container and wheeling it to the curb on a weekly basis to prepare him for manhood.

If you’ve ever had back pain and tried to lift something you probably noticed how much of a challenge it can be.
Instances where you have pain and difficulty:

  • lifting
  • stretching
  • bending
  • sitting
  • standing
  • walking or other restrictionsAll of these issues should all be properly documented during your care.  Our office is highly trained to document such problems. Contact a Marietta chiropractor if you’ve been injured in an auto accident and are having  difficulty taking out the trash but suddenly ask someone else in your family to do it because of the pain you experience. We will bring the “enjoyment” back to your life!

Neck Pain With Minor Car Damage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

fender_bender

Whiplash usually occurs when the head is suddenly whipped or snapped due to a sudden jolt commonly involving a motor vehicle collision. However, it can also occur from a slip and fall injury.  Chiropractic is a great method of treatment and health care service to address the injured whiplash patient. We have discussed the cause of whiplash and what happens when we are hit from behind unexpectedly.  We cannot guard against the abnormal forces that occur in the neck as it all happens faster than we can voluntarily contract our muscles. Also, the myth about

no car damage =  no injury is just that – a myth!

In fact, in low speed impacts, less damage to the car transfers greater forces to the contents inside because the energy of the force is not absorbed by crushing metal.

Symptoms of whiplash can vary widely and range from –

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • dizziness
  • jaw pain or TMJ
  • arm pain
  • visual disturbances
  •  hearing problems

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic can help you after you have been rear ended, you have some pain but think you will be ok in a few weeks because the car only had a small amount of damage.

Using Head Restraint to Prevent Whiplash

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Motorist are not the only ones who suffer from the effects of acceleration/deceleration injury aka “whiplash”. Military pilots on aircraft carriers many times received neck injuries from the catapult-assisted take offs, and that led to the construction of head restraints.

In one recent crash test performed by the Center for Research into Automotive Safety and Health, having the head forward by two inches significantly magnifies the force on the head. A low car seat head restraint can cause injury as the head pivots over the top in a rear end collision. Some injuries and accidents can’t be prevented but there are things that can be done to minimize the risk. While at a stop light making sure that the head is rested on the headrest will help reduce the risk of whiplash if rear ended.

Marietta Chiropractor Treats Auto Accidents

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013