text neck in denver, co

It’s time to text out and tune in to the real world when it comes to our phone use. Our iPhones and Androids are running and ruining our lives. The masses are becoming corporate sheep that constantly stare at their phones all day. Over use of the phone is turning into a habitual epidemic that is leading us to a whole host of problems. Besides the social disconnect, and the ruined lives from car accidents from texting, neck pain can also result from these sustained postural aberrations of looking down at your overly priced gizmo gadget widget next best thing phone. Chiropractors have termed this condition as Text Neck.

Text Neck from too much phone use can cause severe pain and can lead to permanent injury to the neck if not dealt with appropriately. Especially when the cause of the pain to the person is unknown, like so many of the gradual aches and pains that occurs in the neck. Text neck not only causes neck pain, but also upper back pain and excruciating wanna put yourself out of your misery type headaches.

Sometimes it can be difficult for the doctor to make the connection that the patient’s neck pain is coming from their phone. A patient presents with neck pain and describes the history of their pain as coming on gradually for no apparent reason. This is why it can be difficult to determine the cause of some aches and pains, because the patient hasn’t put 2 and 2 together yet. A good chiropractor can fish this out of a person, but it is not easy as people have a hard time fathoming that their recreational phone use is causing a catastrophe in their neck. There is also the denial stage that someone has a problem with their phone use that also causes the diagnosis of Text Neck to be difficult.

The habit of looking down at the phone to play games, surf the internet, check your facebook, shop online, watch videos on youtube, and read books inadvertently causes over use and under use of muscles in the front and back of the neck. Imagine going to the gym for a year and only working on your pectoral muscles, this is similar to what constantly checking and playing your favorite time waster games does to your precious neck. If your spine was as visible as your face was, we would all take better care of it.

The neck has a similar curve to the low back, and when the neck is out of this healthy neutral position, it distorts the natural neutral lordotic curve of the neck. Maintaining a reversal of the curve in your neck, and out of the neutral position, it slowly deforms the supporting ligaments of the cervical spine. The ligaments in the back of the neck get overstretched and the ligaments in the front of the neck undergo contracture and become shortened. Eventually this will cause a reversal of the curve in neck, even when the person returns to the neutral position of their head being over their shoulders. This habit eventually creates what is known as military neck, a straight neck that is misaligned.

Even worse, when the misalignments of the neck can become so bad that a kyphotic curve results, which is a reverse of the lordotic curve. The unbalanced overly stretched and under stretched supporting spine ligaments add stress to joints, nerves, discs, and muscles. These structures will wear out and can cause premature degeneration of the neck, bulging discs, and numbness and tingling down the arms. Muscles will also become overly active and under active, or weak and tight, and overly strong and lengthened.

Text neck can become a nightmare to deal with, especially if it dealt with by your good amigos named Tylenol and Ibuprofen, and worst yet continuing the prolonged use of looking down at your phone.

As a Denver chiropractor, I routinely treat patients that have neck pain due to their habit of playing with their phones. Some patients are so addicted to their phone that they use their phone while they are being treated on the chiropractic table. As a chiropractor, we have a wide variety of therapies to help your neck. Do your neck a favor and put down your phone.

To Your Health,

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd, Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)

www.DenverColoradoChiropractic.com

forward head posture

Like little baby Jesus, most neck pain seems to come out of nowhere. Its not like you were in a car accident or fell out of bed and there is no outwardly obvious reason for why your neck hurts. Most people do notice some patterns of their neck pain, like it hurts more when I do the dishes, or when you sit at your job. As a Denver chiropractor, most of the new patients that I see have this fluctuating neck pain that is usually caused by forward head posture. Understanding where this pain comes from is half the battle to ridding it. So, I listed the top 5 causes of forward head posture that causes neck pain.

1. iPosture or Text Neck. This is becoming epidemic as more and more people use cell phones. Take a look at person that is using their phone. The head is usually bent forward to at least 50-70 degrees which slowly pulls on all of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, and fascia. This slow pull on the back of neck essentially overstretches this part of the body. This creates an imbalance of stretched tissue.

2. Computer Posture. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, you end up slouched with your head sticking out by the end of the day. It’s almost impossible to escape without someone repeatedly telling you to sit up straight. Computer posture is often the result of poor ergonomics.

3. Pillow Neck. The way you sleep is another source of forward head posture. If you ever sleep on your back while using a pillow, you are slowly creating a forward head posture.

4. Reading Neck or Scholars Neck. Sit in your favorite chair and enjoy your latest murder mystery and soon before you know, you’ve been there for over an hour with head pointing down. Looking downward for a prolonged period doing your desk work or reading will create forward head posture. Some people like to read while lying down in bed which will also slowly give you forward head posture.

5. Couch slouch or Potato Neck. You ever watch a movie while lying down with your head on the arm rest of the couch. Guilty! Everyone does it, but if you do it on a regular basis it slowly juts your head out and then you look like one of the character in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Sitting in your favorite position in the couch that gives your spine banana back will also give you forward posture.

The imbalance of overusing certain muscles and under using certain muscles in combination with only stretching one side of the neck will cause forward head carriage. This is easy to spot as your head will not be above your shoulders, and will be forward compared to your torso. Over time this will create a major malfunction of the system, creating pain, stiffness, kinked necks, headaches, and sore shoulders.

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for treating a forward head posture. As chiropractic adjustments and the other therapies we offer will help restore the natural alignment of your neck. Of course you need to identify the root cause, but putting out the fire while improving your awareness of your posture is necessary. At Denver Chiropractic, LLC we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help decrease your neck pain.

Dr. Trent Artichoker

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225

Headache treatment in Denver is offered through the professionals at Denver Chiropractic, LLC.  Tension, migraine, chronic and cluster headaches are some of the most incapacitating and painful experiences someone can endure. Although most of the time they are not life-threatening, people that experience headaches know that they are something that is uncontrollable and hard to manage. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches and 20% of all people that suffer from headaches have chronic, or recurrent, headaches. Chiropractic care is able to provide relief to those suffering from headaches.

Many headaches are caused by the daily stresses of life. These certain types of headaches, known as tension headaches, form when there is a buildup of tense muscles in the neck, shoulders and back, creating a headache that can become unbearable. A chiropractor is able to loosen those muscles and reduce the headache with their spinal manipulation techniques. The chiropractor will give you advice for stretches and exercises that will help reduce the tense muscles.

A misbalance in the neck region is found to be the cause of other certain types of headaches, and with chiropractic care the neck can be corrected with adjustments, making chiropractic care the most common alternative therapy for headache sufferers. Posture issues can correlate with headaches as well, another issue that can be corrected with chiropractic treatment.

Headache sufferers notice pain decreases after several treatments as their muscles become less tight and nerve irritation decreases. By using chiropractic adjustments, stretching, nutrition and exercises that correct the spine, a patient is able to achieve optimal results. Chiropractors don’t use medications or surgery as a form of treatment, therefore your headache treatment will be handled with spinal adjustments and other hands-on techniques that your chiropractor has determined to benefit you the most. Your headache pain can diminish in a non-invasive way that is meant to help prevent headaches in the future and promote overall health.

Chiropractic adjustments have significant effectiveness for people who suffer from headaches. Patients that experience headaches of any sort benefit from chiropractic treatment with their hands-on techniques and spinal manipulations. Our chiropractic offers headache treatment in Denver to better enhance your well-being.

Contact Denver Chiropractic to learn more about headache treatment in Denver. For those seeking a chiropractor in Plantation FL, consider the help of Westside Chiropractic. Their Plantation chiropractor, Dr. Lisa Owen, can help through specialized treatment and care.

When the body is injured in multiple places it can be difficult for the body to heal itself. You can get back pain from whiplash, a head injury from whiplash, headaches, injuries to the discs, injury to the joints, injuries to the muscles and other supporting tissue, etc. Most often times during a whiplash accident, multiple types of tissue are injured in multiple places. This is the reason you will need treatment and unfortunately you will need more than one treatment.

Below is a table summarizing whiplash injury treatment in Colorado from an auto accident chiropractor. Whiplash is also termed cervical acceleration deceleration syndrome.  The grading of your injuries will be determined by your personal injury chiropractor.

Denver Whiplash Specialist

1. Adapted from Croft AC:   Treatment paradigm for cervical acceleration/deceleration injuries (whiplash).   Am Chiro Assoc J Chiro 30(1):   41-45, 1993.

2. TD indicates treatment duration; TN treatment total number;

3. Possible follow-up at 1 month.

4. May require permanent monthly or p.r.n. treatment.

As you notice, treatment frequency is daily for the first week for the most minor case that could last 11 weeks with a total of 21 visits. If your Denver car accident doctor evaluated you and recommended such a treatment length it is because whiplash injuries take time to heal with proper treatment. Without proper treatment they may never heal properly and preclude you to chronic pain.

As a Denver car crash specialist, I regularly get the deer in the headlights look when I explain to people that they will need approximately 20 plus treatments. I understand that this seems like a lot of treatment, but then again you just had a 3,000 pound vehicle slam into you. Auto accident injuries are unique in that the crash imparts a tremendous amount of force on the vehicle occupants in a very short amount of time (mass=force x acceleration).

If you were in an auto accident in Denver, we can help. If you do not have med pay on your auto insurance, we can provide treatment to you on a lien. A chiropractic lien in Denver is paid off at the end of your treatment through the settlement by the at fault insurance company.

It is very important for you to have patience as your car accident whiplash injuries take time to heal. It is also important to know that you will have aggravations of your injuries, and that healing is an up and down process. Your car accident chiropractor will know if you need to see a specialist or get imaging.

Please feel free to add a question to the comment section or email us at the clinic.

Arthritis impacts vital joints and organ systems. This chronic systemic inflammation and autoimmune disorder has no cure yet. However, treatment can still be carried on to control its effects. Chiropractic treatment is considerable in this regards due recent discovery about this method of treatment. It may not cure the issue permanently but provide relief that is hard to come by for the patients of Arthritis.

Chiropractic treatment became relevant to patients of arthritis since a woman benefited from it. This woman went to a chiropractor for bilateral polyarthralgia, which she endured. Her toes, knees and fingers were attacked by it. Since she was an Arthritis patients she used to take prescribed medication but to no effect. Hypolordosis and subluxation were diagnosed after series of tests. Irritation to nerves of spine is called subluxation and diminution of lung scope is called hypolordosis.

While chronic inflammation is caused due to subluxation, immunity gets reduced due to Hypolordosis. Thus, reduction of irritation relaxes nerves, which reduces inflammation of organs. Apart from that, WBC have been found to increase due to Thoracic adjustment. Besides, upper vertebral adjustment and consequent correction of posture ultimately assists in repair of immune system.

The end result is relief. In case of the mentioned woman, degree of pain that she endured before treatment and that she endured after treatment had reduced from 9 to 1 on scale of 10. Such remarkable effect of chiropractic treatment has rekindled hope of relief among sufferers. Insurance coverage has made the treatment affordable too.

About The Author

This post was contributed on behalf of Dr. Chad Polley, a Chiropractor providing chiropractic services in Brandon and Riverview Florida.

Denver Chiropractic

Injuries

  1. Be Patient – You will get better, but it can takes months of healing as your body experienced a very large amount of force.
  2. Flare Ups – It is normal to have aggravations of your injuries. Healing is an up and down process.
  3. Getting to 100% – Follow your treatment plan! National statistics show an average number of treatments is 26 for whiplash injury.

Treatment 

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments – Spinal manipulation is very important as your injuries produce spasms, stiffness, and tight muscles. This causes the spine to not work properly. Restoring the motion and alignment of the spine is paramount to your recovery.
  2. Physiotherapies – This includes exercise, electrotherapy, moist heat, myofascial release, massage, cold laser therapy, etc.
  3. Initial and Final treatments – It is important for the insurance company and the attorney to have a formal discharge from our clinic. Our clinic produces an extensive initial narrative and a final narrative that is very important for your case.
  4. Duration and Frequency – People respond the best with the following:
    1. 3 times per week for 4 weeks
    2. 2 times per week for 4 weeks
    3. 1 time per week for 4 weeks.
  5. Referral – If you are not responding to care, (you should experience some improvement with each treatment) or need co-managed, we have an extensive network of professionals that we work with.

Who Pays for Your Treatment

  1. Med Pay (your auto insurance) – By default you get $5,000 with certain policies to use for medical bills. It is your advantage to use your Med Pay
  2. No – Med Pay = Lien (others auto insurance) – The at fault auto insurance will not pay medical providers directly and will only pay through settlement via an attorney at the end of your treatment.
  3. Health Insurance/Cash Visit – We don’t accept health insurance or cash prices as our contracts and cash prices do not include the documentation services we provide for auto injury patients.

Attorneys

 Need or Not Need? – If you have been injured and the damage to your car is greater than $1,000 then you need an attorney. If you are being treated on a lien, you need an attorney

  1. Which Attorney? – We have a list of attorneys that we have found reputable and professional that we prefer to work with, but you are free to use your own attorney.
Auto injury doctor in Denver, Dr. Trent Artichoker can assist in specialized treatment and care. Contact Denver Chiropractic today to learn more.

 

By Fort Collins Chiropractor Dr. Mathew Ullom BSc, DC

Following a Whiplash accident, there are a host of different common symptoms that can happen.  Some of the more common symptoms include neck pain, headaches, pain at the base of your head, shoulder, and even jaw pain.  Other symptoms include but are not limited to numbness and tingling, muscle spasms, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, ringing in the ears, weakness, and concentration issues.

Although the term whiplash is the most commonly used term it is archaic and the more recent and more explanative terms are CAD (cervical acceleration deceleration) injury and cervical hyperextension injury, although for the purposes of this article I will use the term whiplash for simplicity.  Analyzing slow motion videos of auto accidents easily gives reason for the updated terminology.  On impact the head whips forward or back and then recoils the opposite direction, in a fraction of a second.

The most common mechanism of injury is an auto accident.  It is very important that your doctor asks the right questions and documents them accordingly.  It is the little details that matter in an accident and this is especially important when it comes to settling your case.  Damage that occurs to ligaments, discs, and joints can be significantly worse if your head was turned looking into the rearview mirror or talking to a passenger.  While driving with one hand can cause rotation in your mid back or having one foot on the brake can torque your pelvis.  As you can see it is the minute details that mater and if the doctor you are seeing is not asking these detailed questions you should probably be asking yourself if you are in the right place.

How long it takes for you to heal whiplash syndromes depends on how severe the trauma sustained to your body is and what structures and tissues were damaged.  But for a quick guideline, muscles usually heal the quickest, taking a few months to repair, ligament and tendons can take six months or more, and discs can take over a year to heal completely.  If you have pain that lasts more than 4-6 months it is often associated with a spinal problem in your spine involving the facets (a part of your vertebrae), ligaments and/or discs that is most likely affecting your nervous system slowing the healing process.

Whiplash treatment in Fort Collins and other cities can be quite diverse.   And if you have read this far you can see the value of finding the right doctor.  You need a doctor, who is detail orientated, trained in soft tissue injuries, and who is genuinely concerned about you, not just a pay check.  When you head to the hospital they will check your vitals, look for broken bones and life-threatening conditions and release you with some medication for the pain.  Their focus is on life and death and not on treating underlying musculoskeletal problems that often lead to future pain and degeneration.  What you need to understand is that pills will not correct structural or soft tissue damage, there are specialized therapies designed for treatment of these injuries that some chiropractors will utilize.

There have been numerous studies that have shown early manipulation and mobilization have better outcomes than waiting weeks or months to seek chiropractic care.  Our Fort Collins whiplash treatment goal for you is to get you back to pre-accident state as quickly as possible.

 

If you are like most people that have been in an auto accident, you probably think that the at-fault insurance company will take care of all of your medical bills. This may be so, but all too often they will not cover all of your auto accident bills. The at-fault insurance company wants to make sure that your bills are medically necessary. After all, the insurance company has limited monies and is a business that is made to make money. I would like to enlighten you just how you get your bills paid, and how you get your injuries taken care of with-out accumulating too many bills.

It’s pleasant to think that all your bills will just be magically paid, but you will soon realize once Mr. Postman delivers the first bill that you will need a game plan. Insurance adjustors are hard to get on the phone without getting their voicemail, and it may be difficult or seem impossible to get a return call from them. A typical bill from the emergency room that did a CT scan is $7,000. Wow! I’m sure the insurance company is just beating down your door to pay that for you.

This is when your own auto insurance policy needs to be examined. You have been paying every month to have auto insurance, but what does it exactly cover? If you are like the average Joe, you have no idea what it covers. Hopefully, you have what is called MedPay or PIP as a benefit on your policy.

In Colorado, by default you get $5,000 in MedPay, which covers medical expenses, regardless of who is at-fault. This benefit can help you out quite a bit, but you have to check your declarations page or call your auto insurance to see if you have this benefit. By law you have to sign a waiver to not have this benefit. I know, I know, the other insurance company said they will pay your bills and you don’t want to tap into your precious insurance because you are afraid that your premiums will go up. When you use your benefits that you have been paying for, your premiums will not go up. You have a right to use your MedPay benefits, even if the other insurance company said that they will pay your bills.

Let’s hypothetically look at a car accident situation where you are injured and your car is damaged. Most insurance companies are fair when it comes to reimbursing you for your car. I do recommend that you get several estimates, and if your car is totaled then get comparable prices in your zip code for the same type of car with similar mileage and condition. When it comes to the medical side of your case, it is imperative to go to a Denver auto accident doctor, a whiplash specialist, a chiropractor who treats accident injuries, and so forth.

A qualified Denver car accident doctor will produce detailed documentation of your accident and just how you were injured from your accident. This is very important, because the medical record tell your story, and you want as much of story as possible told. This comes down to how your life is affected due to being injured from someone else. Let’s say you go to the best Denver whiplash specialist and they fix you up good as can be and you accumulate $4,000 in medical bills.

What you might not know is that you are eligible for a bodily injury settlement. The at-fault insurance company will give you a settlement at the end of your treatment that will cover your medical bills and damages. Damages are in the form of lost wages and pain and suffering.

Most people need a good Denver personal injury attorney to get all of this settled, but some courageous people will settle on their own.  Either route you take, we’ll will say that the insurance company settles your case for $6,000. If you have MedPay on your insurance, that $6,000 in your pocket, but if you don’t have MedPay, you only end up with $2,000 since you had to pay your auto accident bills.

In short, having good auto insurance will pay off for you. Check your policy now and add MedPay, it is not very much to have and can save you a ton of money if you are in a car accident. Also, go to a well qualified auto accident chiropractor and get a good personal injury attorney on your side.