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How A Sneeze Can Lead To Back Pain

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Is Back Pain Really Nothing to Sneeze at?

The idea that a sneeze can actually injure your back is not as farfetched as it may seem. It’s a fact that sneezes trigger back pain misery and, in some case, may be the first step in the painful journey wrought by the inclusive condition we call a “bad back.”

It is difficult indeed to acknowledge that a sneeze could have this kind of impact on your spinal health.

After all, you may have lived an active life up to this point, doing all kinds of things that may not be good for your back— playing football and enduring and initiating tackles and blocks, as well physical labor requiring lifting heavy objects, often incorrectly, and all kinds of pushing, pulling and straining.

It is almost laughable, therefore, that after taking such risks over all those years, something like a sneeze could embark you on a voyage through back pain misery, including slipped or herniated discs, upper and lower back spasms that may, in themselves, lead to back injury, as well as, in extreme cases, paralysis of the limbs. It is quite probable that because of the aforementioned activities a disc may be on the precipice of herniation, or protruding from the spine, which means that at least one part of the spine may be vulnerable to any jolt or spasm. Stress, pressure and the jarring impact of a violent sneeze can indeed cause harm, especially if you are not in a stable position.

Sneeze“If you already suffer from musculoskeletal issues, sneezing can make matters worse for you,” reports the Accident and Injury Center, which suggests bracing yourself for stabilization and maintaining the natural arch of your back.

Consider that most of us who suddenly sneeze with people nearby, politely turn away just before the sneeze. This results in turning the head and twisting the spine as it is jolted by this convulsive expulsion.

If you experience sudden sharp pain down the spine after a forceful sneeze, you might want to check it out with your chiropractor or family doctor, who may refer you to a specialist if disease is already present.

Analyzing a sneeze indicates that it does indeed have potential for injury, and the spine— especially one already compromised by injury or deterioration— takes on the brunt of the impact. It’s like launching a missile. You arm the launch by holding your breath and therefore tightening the chest muscles, increasing the air and pressure in your lungs.

The result of a so-called violent sneeze is high-pressured expulsion of mostly air and droplets of mucous leaving the body. The velocity is nowhere near 100 miles an hour as recent laboratory testing has disproved.

It just feels like it at times.

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy…

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Bradford Butler

Diversity Typifies Today’s Chiropractors

If you think of chiropractors as all doing pretty much the same thing, you need to get out more. The truth is that, much like the medical profession, there are many different approaches in practice, procedure and specialization.  

Cardiologists don’t do the same thing as urologists and their differences in diagnoses and treatments extend to divergent parts of the body. The same may be said for chiropractic medicine.

There is what is known as relief care, which is usually associated with a traditional chiropractor who specializes in spinal manipulation and other basic modalities. Relief care reduces spinal pressure in chronic cases, lessening pain and stiffness while increasing mobility. This is for people who need immediate relief and visits are generally more frequent, reports Dr. Brad Butler, Chief of Staff at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy in Oakland and Wayne, NJ.

Another kind of chiropractor is one who follows the model of “spinal correction” which includes additional techniques to bring the spine back to a normal structural state. A typical patient might be someone who is afflicted with a chronic back condition over a prolonged span of time without receiving treatment. This may result in serious spinal damage that requires more of a therapeutic approach through multiple sessions.

Multiple Treatments in One Setting

Neck PainFinally, there are chiropractic rehabilitation offices where multiple techniques, modalities, and even other disciplines such as physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and advanced technologies can be used.

“This is the model we utilize because I feel it’s giving the patient the overall best opportunity to heal and recover from more chronic and advanced spinal conditions,” Dr. Butler noted.

Whatever the state of your health, whether you are seeking immediate relief or preventative or maintenance treatment over the years, chiropractic care is the nonintrusive answer. Maintenance care may come after recovering from injury and subsequent rehabilitation.

Consider all the conditions that may be treated where multiple modalities are available that may not have been available from your father’s chiropractor. They include but are not limited to: chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, tennis elbow, herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, follow up to failed back surgery, low back, mid back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, sprains, strains and sports injuries, whiplash and car accident injuries and even allergies and asthma.

Modern chiropractors rely on a battery of equipment that essentially makes them technicians, including various tables that are effective for treatment of different conditions plus ultrasound, cold laser, acupuncture and activator adjusting tools for expanded patient care.

So all chiropractors are not alike and neither are the conditions they treat and the modalities they use.

 

 

There’s Nothing Phony about Whiplash

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There’s Nothing Phony About Whiplash

Whiplash has a bad reputation and has become stereotyped over the years as something of an imaginary injury.

Why? Many of us associate it with litigious people in neck collars trying to pull off an insurance or disability scam. In truth, it is not only the real thing, but one of the most common forms of neck pain. And that pain is not restricted to the neck.

The name itself indicates that the neck has been snapped like a whip, therefore causing a lasting injury that may become chronic. But historically it has been hard to prove, which why it became so popular among injury fakers after automobile accidents. A sudden jerk of your head forward or backward from a blow, impact or a quick, spontaneous movement of the head may lead to whiplash.

Modern medical technology makes it easier for a legitimate whiplash victim to prove that there is a spinal misalignment beyond the traditional x-ray, thanks to CT scans and MRIs.

Left untreated, whiplash may evolve into a chronic condition that could rob you of healthful sleep, resulting in fatigue and dizziness, the pain of severe headaches, ringing in the ears and back pain, just to name a few common symptoms. Basic symptoms of whiplash include headaches, numbness and tingling in the neck, and pain in the neck, shoulder, jaw and even down to your arm and hand. There have even been documented cases of brain injury from whiplash. Sometimes the symptoms do not occur until days or weeks after the injury.

Diverse Prescribed Treatments Available

Neck PainAt Oakland Spine & Therapy we use a variety of approaches or protocols to determine the extent of injury and misalignment of the spine, starting with an internal look through X-ray studies. We can then proceed with a diverse combination of prescribed treatments, notably spinal manipulation and physical therapy, as well as adjunct treatments like massage and acupuncture. Then there is laser treatment for pain, and our LCT 1000 Deep Tissue (Class IV) Laser is the most effective treatment for pain on the market today

More than one million people are diagnosed with whiplash every year and as many as 25 percent of those deteriorate into chronic conditions. Meanwhile, so many people put up with reduced quality of life without ever having it diagnosed or treated. As noted previously, there is nothing phony about whiplash.

There are all kinds of ways to treat whiplash, although there is not necessarily proclaimed a cure. As with any ailment, many turn to prescribed or OTC medications, even injections, while others receive relief through massage, physical therapy and ultrasound. And what about the most visible treatment, the neck brace or cervical collar? That is immobilization, and even the most traditional treatments are now advocating movement as some kind of treatment.

Various forms of laser treatment are on the cutting edge of treatment, and chiropractic professionals offer more alternatives for healing and pain relief when it comes to whiplash. Laser treatment is offered by many modern practitioners of chiropractic care, as are spinal manipulation and physical therapy which have proven results.

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy…

 

Making Smart Decisions on Joint Health

It has never been a more important time than now to be an educated consumer when it comes to joint health. In previous generations, perhaps as recently as your parents, bad backs, knees, hips, and other joints have relegated those in their forties, fifties and sixties to decades of restricted mobility.

There are so many options, so many decisions to make, that will affect the quality of your life for years to come, that will determine whether you get to live happily ever after.

Consumers will have to be more informed than ever in conquering, or a least living with, joint and back pain.

Educated consumers have to choose what is best for them.  Joint pain is a growing dilemma and it isn’t going anywhere.  Patients have to decide whether they want to treat what’s causing the problem — which is almost always a mechanical issue— or whether they what to wait until significant deterioration occurs and choose their fate?

Knee and hip surgery and replacements are becoming commonplace, with the latter already among the most routinely performed surgeries, approaching 10 million men and women with these implants. Many of them are young enough that they may face replacements of their replacements 20 to 30 years down the road.

Then there are those millions of Americans with ongoing back pain. Those who suffer with it are getting younger, and it is already the leading cause of disability in adults under the age of 45. And, yes, spinal implants of sections of vertebrae are already here.

Medicine has evolved into more treatments of the consequences of these conditions, but only physical therapy and mechanical adjustments can treat the mechanical dysfunction that created the problem in the first place.

It is also true medical advances will continue and that they will become less invasive and less traumatic at doing the same old thing — treating by masking the effects of the ailment once prevention or structural rehabilitation is no longer feasible.

Stimulating Bodily Repair

Mechanical treatments like chiropractic care and physical therapy are superior because they stimulate the body to repair itself, at the same time recovering the initial painful condition and redirecting it on a more healthful trajectory.

Joint pain leading to disability is a dilemma for a growing number of Americans in their forties, fifties, sixties, and seventies. That means increasing millions of people are soon going to have to make choices, including surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic modalities and even stem cell treatment in the coming decades.

According to researchers at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 15 million people in the United States suffering from severe joint pain.  Going by the pain scale many doctors use— with zero representing no pain and 10 being the worst possible pain— anything seven or higher is in the severe range.

Then there are those in the moderate range of four to seven on the scale, many of whom will shortly be suffering severe joint pain. Now is the time for them to start making educated decisions.

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy.

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What Is Torticollis

Torticollis, also called wry neck or loxia, represents a category of neck conditions which exhibit a twisting position of the head and neck outside of a normal neutral position. There are many potential causes for torticollis from sleeping in a faulty position to an injury to the neck, like whiplash. However, it’s commonly labeled as “idiopathic,” which basically means, “We don’t know what caused it.”

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Migraines affect approximately 15% of the general population and are usually managed by medication. However, this traditional treatment approach is not well tolerated by some migraine sufferers due to side effects. Additionally, some people prefer to avoid the risks associated with taking some medications over the long term.

A systematic literature review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving the use of manual therapies to treat migraines found that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is equally as effective as the medications propranolol and topiramate in the management of such headaches.

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Our team leaders recently went on a leadership retreat in Asheville, NC. They spent two days at the prestigious Biltmore Hotel, where they earned certificates in Cultivating Change and Storytelling As A Business Strategy from the Biltmore Center of Professional Development, accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET).

We would like to inform you that our staff has been working hard on learning new innovative ways to provide the best possible care. From our team leaders to support staff, we all have been diligently learning and working on new goals set by our wonderful advisors at the Scheduling Institute.

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