The flu, swine flu, H1N1, vaccinations..the list goes on and on and it’s taking over the news and other media forms the past couple of months. Freehold Chiropractor, Dr. Russell Brokstein, educates the community and surrounding towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell and Jackson, NJ about what the shots contain, many health risks and that there are healthier alternatives. Many people don’t know the importance of chiropractic and how it can actually boost the immune system and allows the body to function optimally. Dr. Brokstein of Hometown Family Wellness Center discusses these topics in the following video:
Most people know about good dental hygiene and what it means to their teeth…but no one ever thinks about good spinal hygiene until it’s too late.. Dr. Russell Brokstein, DC is going to tell you more about how good spinal hygiene can actually improve your health.
As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I am constantly reading articles, papers and blogs about different topics so I can further share with my community. Today I was reading an article from a fellow chiropractor in St. George, Utah. His series of blogs covers everything pertaining to car accidents, from whiplash injuries, strains and sprains, typical symptoms with whiplash type injuries, some home care and most importantly why chiropractic is so important with whiplash and other auto injuries. You can read all about whiplash at his blog: Your Whiplash Injury
So many people get into car accidents of various severity. Some are little fender benders and others end up with total destruction of the car. Important to note is severity of the injuries do not always match the damage to a car. Even a small 5 MPH bumper hit can cause whiplash and other bodily injuries. Unfortunately most people will go to a hospital or medical doctor after the accident, and you are told you are fine as the X-rays are normal. The fact is, hospitals and medical doctors just look for broken bones on the x-rays and miss the most important of the injuries: soft tissue injuries and spinal misalignment.
Many times, people don’t know they were injured because they have no symptoms immediately after the accident. Then 5, 10, 20 or more years later, all of a sudden you start to experience neck pain, back pain, headaches or migraines, even numbness and tingling, not knowing what the cause was. A chiropractor that has worked with car accident injuries can put the puzzle together and show you how it was related to your past accident and treat you properly to correct the underlying cause of the symptoms.
If you have been in a car accident, whether you are in pain or not, you should go to a chiropractor that has experience with auto accidents and have a thorough chiropractic and neurologic evaluation to make sure no long term damage was done. It is much easier to take care of the problem immediately post accident versus waiting until you have more symptoms and scar tissue has formed years down the road.
We have 13 years experience treating auto injuries in our Freehold, NJ chiropractic office located in Monmouth County.
If you are in Utah, make sure to look up Dr. Todd Lloyd, DC as he also had many years of experience treating these types of conditions:
Car accidents happen every day and most people have been in one during their lifetime. As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I see patients from the area, including Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Millstone, Morganville and Jackson, New Jersey in Monmouth County.
While reading some articles online today, I came upon Denver Chiropractor, Dr. Trent Artichoker’s blog post on auto accidents. It reminded me how important it is to educate the community the importance of getting their spines checked after an accident, no matter how serious one things their accident is or is not. Many times people walk away from an accident not feeling any pain, but even a 5 mile per hour little fender bender results in whiplash injuries, also called cervical acceleration deceleration syndrome. It’s important to get checked to prevent future problems, not only with the body, but trying to get coverage by the auto insurance. It’s possible that the symptoms from this type of injury don’t show for days, weeks, months or even years down the road.
I have patients that come into my office with neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, sciatica, numbness and tingling down the arms, or mid back pain not knowing where it came from, but upon proper questioning usually find out the patient had a car accident years before that they thought was harmless. After an exam, it can usually be traced back to the car accident. The difficult part is, if the problem has been laying without symptoms for months or years, scar tissue builds up and is more difficult to correct.
So, whether you do or do not have pain after an accident. It is so important to get examined by a qualified health professional. Many seek the help of a medical doctor, but in most cases they will just treat the symptoms with pain medication, ice and rest. This makes the problem more chronic in the long run as the underlying cause of the pain is not corrected. Dr. Artichoker mentions in his Denver Chiropractic blog there are many options in treatment of an auto accident, but I totally agree that chiropractors are are at the top of the list to get examined and treated by as we are one of the only health professionals trained to examine the joints, nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and other soft tissues and the in treatment in these musculoskeletal conditions.
Documentation of these findings and treatment are so important, especially for insurance needs and in case attorneys and a court case is in the future.
Remember.. no accident is too small for problems to occur. Call our office if you have been in a motor vehicle accident to make sure no underlying problems are present and to get treatment quickly to expedite recovery.
If you are in the Denver Colorado area, make sure you look up Dr. Trent Artichoker, MS, DC:
Denver Chiropractic LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211
As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I have been helping patients who suffer with Scoliosis for the past 13 years. We’ve helped hundreds of scoliosis patients feel better, get rid of their back pain and return to an active lifestyle. We’ve also saved many people from the risky option of surgery.
Scoliosis is an aggravating condition. There’s stiffness, pain and often times a deformed posture. It can also cause headaches, sciatica, increased stress, limitation of activities and over time increased spinal degeneration, as well as disc degeneration.
Many patients suffering with scoliosis have been told they have only three options — to do nothing, bracing, or surgery.
Bracing is often recommended by medical practitioners in the early stages of scoliosis, but one study conducted at the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa compared bracing to non-bracing. And no difference was noticed in the surgery rates (Spine 2007).
This means bracing was no help with their scoliosis. Their scoliosis curvature advanced at the same rate as those who did nothing.
Studies have also shown that patients felt bracing handicapped their life and left a psychological scar.
Surgery Is Not The Only Option
Scoliosis surgery involves implanting metal rods and screws to straighten the spine.
However, numerous studies have shown that multiple complications, including rusting and corrosion, bending, or breaking completely, prove this method dangerous.
Many sufferers who had the rods implanted, end up later undergoing surgery to have them removed.
While I was in chiropractic college, I was fortunate enough to meet another chiropractic student that went around to all the other classes to speak about her experience. When she was 17 years old, her orthopedic doctors told her she had no option but to get rods placed in her spine to correct the scoliosis. She went into detail of the thickness of the rods being as thick as her pinky, how they cut away parts of her vertebral bones, hook and lock in the rods, then place bone filler for the bones they cut away. The bigger problem began a year later when she started experiencing more excruciating pain. Fortunately for her, somebody recommended she follow up with a chiropractor who took more X-rays to find that her scoliosis was starting to bend the rods. He recommended that she have the rods removed and start under chiropractic care. This changed not only her life, but lead her to going into chiropractic for her own career and share her experience with other chiropractors and those who have scoliosis.
In addition, thousands of post-surgery scoliosis patients are legally declared permanently disabled every year. Follow up x-rays on other cases have shown that scoliosis can even return years after the operation.
A Less Invasive Treatment Can Help
Chiropractic has a long record of successfully helping people with scoliosis.
A study published in a scientific journal (JMPT 2001) showed patients with scoliosis who went for chiropractic care had an actual decrease in the scoliosis curvature.
The head of the study, Dr. Charles Lantz, DC, PhD stated…
“Chiropractic appears to offer a distinct advantage in the management and monitoring of early stage scoliosis.”
The most useful part of this study was that the sooner a child underwent treatment, the better the change in the curvature.
Another study showed that “the combined use of spinal manipulation [chiropractic care] and postural therapy appeared to significantly reduce the severity of the Cobb angle in all 19 subjects.” (BMC Muscoloskelet Disorders 2004)
Could This Treatment
Help You, Your Child’s or somebody you know who has Scoliosis?
It’s time for you to find out if chiropractic can help your scoliosis.
Nobody can promise to cure your scoliosis, but chiropractors can promise to use all of their knowledge and techniques to help with your posture, your back and or neck pain, and possibly even improve your curvature if caught early enough.
Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because you (or your child’s) back hurts – and the pain just won’t go away!
If you live in Freehold, Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville or other nearby towns in Monmouth County, New Jersey and looking for a chiropractor, contact us for our special scoliosis consultation.