Car Accident Colorado

Last time we talked about the most important factor as to whether or not you will be injured in a car accident.  People who know they are about to crash seem to do much better than those who don’t.  This Denver Chiropractor wants to give you more information about car accidents.

Getting rear ended at 5 mph in Denver doesn’t seem like a large amount of speed but when you back that up with the size or mass of the other vehicle hitting you , well that can add up to a significant amount of force.  The bigger the vehicle, the more difficult it is to stop.  This is called Inertia.  Here’s the equation: Force= Mass x Acceleration.  The more Mass, the more Force.  It CAN cause neck pain.

What’s also interesting is that  you can not  judge the severity of patient injuries by the severity of the damage to the vehicle.  Most cars these days are built to withstand impacts of up to 12 mph with no apparent damage.  When a vehicle gets crushed from impact, some of this Force is absorbed by the vehicle’s construction materials during the crushing process and less is transferred to the driver and passenger.

However, when there is little to no crush of the vehicle, the full force of the impact is absorbed by the occupants of the car, potentially resulting in more injury.

A rear impact of a vehicle sitting at at traffic light, suddenly accelerated forward 5 mph, causes the vehicle to sustain a G force of 1.9.  (Trust me, I worked out all the math).  This is almost 2x the amount of force we normally experience due to earth’s gravity.

The real factor though is that the people inside the car are subjected to even higher G forces.  It has been shown on live human test subjects that these forces are actually 2-3 times greater than that sustained by the vehicle.  That can mean G forces of anywhere from 6-12!  And here’s the real significance of all this.  Ligaments and discs have been shown to suffer injury at G forces of only 3.5.  That’s how getting rear ended at 5 mph in Denver can cause neck pain!

Dr. Ebeling is a chiropractor in Denver with 22 years of experience.  Call (303) 377-1755 for a free consultation and evaluation if you have been injured in a car accident

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Next time we’ll talk more about risk factors that can cause neck pain from getting rear ended at 5 mph in Denver.

References

1. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Jun 1;29(11):1217-25.

Injury Mechanisms of the cervical intervertebral disc during simulated whiplash

Panjabi MM, Ito S, Pearson AM, Ivancic PC.

Source: Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8071, USA. manohar.panjabi@yale.edu

2.  1958 Severy et al.  Automobile barrier and rear-end collision performance. Presented at the Society of Automobile Engineers summer meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, June 8-13.
(Severy’s group were the first to show that the acceleration of the human head in low speed rear impact collisions could be up to 2-3 times or more higher than the occupant’s vehicle. This is due to the unique and complex occupant-vehicle coupling of this type of crash.)

 

Hurt in a Car Accident in Denver?

Most “minor” rear end car accidents happen at 5 mph or less.  You might not think this would be enough to cause an injury at first glance however there are many reasons why someone in this situation would be hurt in a car accident in Denver.

The most important question to ask in any crash is “Were you AWARE that the crash was coming?”  In other words, “Did you KNOW you were about to be in a crash?”

Studies have shown that people who knew they were about to be in a car accident reported far fewer symptoms and less intensity of headache than people who had been crashed into with no prior warning.

Instinctively when you know you are about to have a collision, your body protects itself by tensing up all its muscles.

People without the benefit of this advance notice were reported to be 15 times more likely to have long term chronic pain.

Another study showed that drivers who were unaware of the impending impact were 20% more likely to be injured.

References

  1. Ryan GA, Taylor GW, Moore VM, Dolinis J: Neck strain in car occupants: injury status after 6 months and crash-related factors. Injury 25(8):533-537, 1994.
  2. Dolinis J: Risk factors for ’whiplash’ in drivers: a cohort study of rear-end traffic crashes. Injury 28(3):173-179, 1997.
  3. Sturzenegger M, Di Stefano G, Radanov B, Schnidrig A: Presenting symptoms and signs after whiplash injury: the influence of accident mechanisms. Neurology 44(4):668-693, 1994.

Next time we’ll talk about more risk factors for having an injury in a low speed rear impact collision.

Robert Ebeling, DC is a Chiropractor in Denver, Colorado with 22 years of experience.  He can be reached at (303) 377-1755 for a free consultation and exam usually the same day you call.
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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a term used to describe “burning pain” in the hands and feet.

The 2 most common causes of peripheral neuropathy or nerve pain is diabetes and alcoholism

Peripheral neuropathy can also be a side effect of medication.

The pain is actually inflammation of the nerve. Think of inflammation as “fire”.

Acupuncture is a great treatment for peripheral neuropathy because there are “anti inflammation” points.  There are “water” points and “fire” points.  You can “fight fire with fire” and also put it out with water.  Using all of these will knock out the pain of peripheral neuropathy.

 

Dr. Robert Ebeling is a Chiropractor and Acupuncturist at A-Just-A-Ble Chiropractic Center in Denver, Colorado (303) 377-1755

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Herniated Disc Problems Visible with MRI

How do you diagnose a herniated disc?

Before MRI, doctors had to rely upon their exam findings to determine what was wrong with a patient.  Classic tests like the Straight Leg Raise, deep tendon reflexes, and pain presentation were all that we had.  Nerve root tests use muscle testing, which can isolate which nerve specifically may be involved with a herniated disc problem.

In other words, weakness of a specific muscle will tell you what nerve is being affected.
When you know the nerve, you know which disc is involved.
Here are the discs and muscles we check:   L3/L4 (quadriceps), L4/L5 (tibialis anterior), and L5/S1 (hamstrings).
If you suspect a herniated disc then you want to know is it a medial or lateral bulge?
Bending the patient to the side one way and then the other while repeating the test that was weak will tell you this information if there is a sudden strengthening of the weak muscle.
We then set up the patient on the flexion distraction table into the position of strength and provide treatment.  Herniated disc problems are visible with MRI but it just confirms what you already suspected from your exam.
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a licensed Denver chiropractor for the last 23 years in Colorado.  He specializes in treating herniated disc problems with the Cox Flexion Distraction method.  He can be reached at (303) 377-1755 for a free evaluation of your lower back. Follow Robert Ebeling, DC on Google+!


 

Lower back pain during pregnancy Helped by Chiropractic Care

Chiropractor Denver, pregnancy back pain, car accident, herniated disc, chiropractor in Denver, Chiropractor 80223, Chiropractor 80219, Chiropractor 80209, Chiropractor 80210Lower Back Pain during Pregnancy Helped by Chiropractic Care

Women report much less problems and don’t have to suffer with lower back pain during pregnancy while under chiropractic care.
Another benefit is that it also helps the delivery go smoother!
Chiropractic care has literally helped millions of women over the years get relief from lower back pain during pregnancy.  It is totally safe and effective for both mother and baby and  can be used all the way up to delivery day.
Dr. Robert Ebeling is a licensed Denver chiropractor and has 23 years of experience in handling these types of cases.  The treatment is very gentle and you’ll feel better right away!

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Chiropractic Care and Lower back pain during pregnancy

Patients, especially women, ask me all the time.  Is it safe to see a Chiropractor while pregnant?  The answer is YES!!  Not only is it safe, chiropractic care helps with the lower back pain during pregnancy  and helps the delivery go much smoother when the time comes.

Chiropractor Denver, pregnancy back pain, pregnancy care, car accident, back care, gluten free, herniated disc, medical conditions, headache relief, pinched nerve, shoulder pain, vertigo, Denver Chiropractor blog, Facebook, chiropractor in Denver, patient video, Chiropractor 80223, Chiropractor 80219, Chiropractor 80209, Chiropractor 80210, neck pain, abdominal pain, Crohns Disease, Asthma, deviated septum, travel painYou have to remember your body is going through changes.  You’re carrying weight where there once was none.  Hormones are flowing, preparing the way for the pelvis to open.  Things will get knocked out of place a little easier.  The good news is that it’s easier to put it back in place and does not require much force at all.

I’ve had pregnant women come in with ribs out of alignment affecting their breathing or their pelvis out of alignment.  If they have never been to a chiropractor before it is totally understandable to be apprehensive.

It doesn’t take much force to realign the bones and they often just pop back in place by themselves with a little pressure.  Pregnant women are actually easier to adjust than regular patients!

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Vertigo Denver

 

Vertigo Denver

Denver Chiropractor (303) 377-1755 Fixes another case of Vertigo

A woman called me at (303) 377-1755 the other day as she had seen online that I fix Vertigo.  I was very excited to help her because I feel that God had given me a dose of it myself in order to figure out a cure and help other people with it.  She came in, we did the Epley maneuver, and it was a success.  We even shot a video about it and called it Vertigo Denver.
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