What Can I Expect After I Have Been Involved In A Car Accident?

Some people right after a crash don’t feel anything and that’s one of the things that we see a lot. People will come in numerous weeks after a crash with delayed symptoms. The main thing is that we want to make sure we can diagnose everything because simple symptoms can progress and develop into something severe.

If you’ve been a car accident, don’t hesitate to call Denver Integrated Spine Center today.

What Causes Neck Pain While Sitting At My Desk?

Neck pain is one of the things we see the most here at the Denver Integrated Spine Center. One of the most common reasons is just people’s general posture throughout their normal daily activities, especially sitting at their desk and at their computer.

When they sit at their desk and computer, they have a slump forward with the shoulders, neck becomes very far forward and people sit in this position for a sustained period of time. What we suggest throughout normal day, is taking numerous breaks. They don’t have to be long breaks, but reset the posture all the way back, do simple stretched – neck left, right, forward, back, up and down – and things like that really just to try to facilitate the proper motion again and reset the posture.

Some of the symptoms people could have, when they come into our office here when we sit down with them and talk to them, it can be just general neck pain as a whole. It can be just general tightness, especially from the back of the head back here all the way through the shoulders.

Super, super common, but the main thing is that we don’t let it progress because if it will start to progress, you can start to get headaches that would radiate up into the forehead, behind the eyes, just general tension headaches overall, or they can get a little bit more severe, you know, get numbness, tingling, pains going down into the arms. Those are things that we treat here at the center and if you have any of those symptoms, just come see us.

Why Do I Get Neck Pains And Strains When Sitting At My Desk At Work?

When people sit at their desk and computer, they have a slump forward with the shoulders, the neck becomes ver far forwards and people sit in this position for a sustained period of time. What we suggest throughout the normal day, is taking numerous breaks.

If you’re worried if your neck pain is normal or not, consult a chiropractor, and give Denver Integrated Spine Center a call today.

Can a Chiropractor Help During a Legal Case After an Auto Accident?

ACTAR is the acronym for the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists. That was a group, that’s the only group, that certifies accident recontrsuctionists in the world, and I’ve have gone to court in the past to try to help my patients explain how their injuries occurred.

I was never really allowed to do that, so I decided to go take the same classes that all of the police officers do to become accident reconstructionists. I did that through CSU and the Rocky Mountain Institute for Transportation Safety. What I did is I was always the only non-police officer in the course, and I took all the course work, sat for the ACTAR certification examination, and passed that, and became a certified accident reconstructionist.

This allows me to talk about the bio-mechanics of what happens to you in a motor vehicle collision. It allows me to determine how fast people were going when they hit you, and this allows me to help you come to a fair and just resolution of your medical legal aspects of being in a motor vehicle collision.

Pain Triggered Weeks After an Auto Accident

Having pain come on days later or weeks later is not only common, it is the norm. It happens more often than not. People who have been in a motor vehicle collision will have a lot of adrenaline running through their body, so they don’t feel it until they actually get home and start to relax a little bit. The inflammatory process starts in, starts to inflame muscles, joints, ligaments, and those will cause pain over the next few days.

What also happens in motor vehicle collisions is that the spine is actually knocked out of alignment, and they get what we call forward head posture or ventral head posture where the spine is actually out of alignment. That leads to problems later on in life, much later on in life unless it’s corrected.

Also, disc issues are not only manifested right away with a tear in the disc, but it represents a weakened area of that disc. Sometimes that will propagate, so you can get symptoms like 6 months later that are associated with the motor vehicle collision.

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help with Pain From Scoliosis

Here in the Denver Integrated Spine Center we see a wide variety of patients, scoliosis being one of them. Scoliosis is usually a progressive type of symptomatology as people get older. Here we see older people. We see younger people. In older people basic chiropractic and physical therapy can be a little limited in its overall help in scoliosis but what it can really do it can really lower the pain level down for them, help everybody get through their normal daily activities and basically enjoy life more.

Where we can really make an effect is basically when someone much younger in adolescence comes in and hasn’t gone through their full growth spurt. In that case basically what we will do, one of the techniques we use here is what’s called chiropractic biophysics. It’s the most research based and backed literature that’s out there on actually changing curves as people grow. We want to make sure we institute that properly before they go through their growth spurt or while they go through that so then the bodies can actually develop properly, enable the individual to not be affected near as much as they get older.

Brain Injuries and Auto Accidents

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One of the most common and underdiagnosed injuries from a car accident is brain trauma. These injuries are often hard to detect and take experienced doctors to diagnosis and treat these injuries. Trauma is the most important determining factor in all brain injuries, causing the majority of all cases. Many of these injuries are from direct blunt trauma to the head which can occur from airbag deployment, striking the head restraint, striking the window, colliding with other vehicle occupants, or striking any other parts of the vehicle. It’s important to note that, you don’t have to hit your head to have a brain injury. Rapid acceleration of the head can cause a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. In today’s medical environment we use the terms; traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and post-concussion syndrome (PCS).  The methodology of injury has been debated through the literature and it has now been theorized that brain injury is more of a process than just an event. Not all brain injuries are detected on advanced imaging but that doesn’t mean that tissues haven’t been damaged. It indicates that our testing parameters aren’t yet sensitive enough to detect all of these injuries. During a whiplash trauma there is diffuse axonal injury; indicating that neurons in the brain have become damaged from the sheer force of the collision. The tissues become further damaged by vascular shunting, increase in intracranial pressure, vascular perfusion, free radicals, micro-hemorrhaging, and the release of excitatory neurotransmitters. This can lead to temporary deficits, permanent impairments, and neurologic damage.

The most common diagnosis given to brain trauma is a concussion. Concussions are graded from mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), to severe (grade 3). Several variables are identified such as loss of consciousness, transient mental confusion, and post concussive symptoms. Post-concussion symptoms vary person to person but some of the symptoms are as follows and can last anywhere from days to several years:

Light Headaches Vertigo/Dizziness
Neck Pain Headache
Photophobia- Sensitivity to Light Phonophobia- Sensitivity to Sound
Tinnitus- Ringing in the Ears Impaired Memory
Easy Distractibility Impaired Comprehension
Forgetfulness Impaired Logical Thought

 

Some brain injuries are immediately noticeable while others take time to manifest and develop. It takes a skilled clinician to address these issues and properly document them and treat them. If your doctor is not documenting your working memory, attention, immediate recall, delayed recall, visuomotor tracking, and cognitive flexibility then they are doing you and your case a disservice. Here at The Denver Integrated Spine Center we focus on treating car accident victims; we properly address any cognitive issues and or concerns.

Cognitive issues are very concerning for the individual as well as for close family members and friends. They will be able to see the decline in mental capacity first hand and usually before the affected individual realizes it. Brain injuries affect your job, your relationships, and your overall ability to function at a high level.   These are life altering conditions and need to be treated as such. Not all doctors are created equal in their ability to diagnosis, treat, and document your injuries. It is your doctors’ duty to be able to prove the extent of your injuries and this includes all brain injuries whether it be a TBI, mTBI, or PCS.

If you have been involved in any motor vehicle collisions or feel that your injuries were misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, please give us a call for a free consultation at 303-758-9000.