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    Treating Back Pain After a Car Accident

    Last updated 4 years ago

    No matter how carefully you drive, wintry weather problems such as black ice can easily lead to a car accident. Spinal injuries from a car accident may not be apparent right away. You might not notice back or neck pain until a few hours or days after the accident. If you do experience symptoms, seek help from a back specialist right away to prevent the problem from worsening. A back specialist can diagnose the source of your pain and recommend a customized course of treatment that may include the following therapies.

    Spinal Manipulative Therapy
    Chiropractic care, also known as spinal manipulative therapy, is an effective approach to treating back pain and neck pain. The chiropractor may request an X-ray to determine if any of your vertebrae are out of alignment, which commonly occurs with car accidents. Additionally, the chiropractor can determine if you sustained soft tissue injuries, such as damage to your ligaments, muscles, and intervertebral discs. Then, the chiropractor can perform treatments, such as manipulating the spinal joints back into their proper position. You can enjoy relief of pain, greater mobility, and a reduced risk of chronic pain development.

    Physical Therapy
    Soft tissue injuries are common after a car accident. Your medical care team may recommend physical therapy, which can promote healing and restore strength to your muscles. Physical therapy can also offer pain relief. If you require any surgical procedures following your car accident, working with a physical therapist can accelerate your recovery.

    Therapeutic Injections
    There are a number of therapeutic injections that a back specialist may recommend after a car accident. If you experience neck pain or low back pain, facet joint injections may help you. These injections involve anesthetics and steroid drugs injected into the small joints of the spine. If the car accident caused scar tissue development or nerve compression, an epidural spinal injection may be right for you.

    If you have been injured in a car accident, the back specialists of SpineOne are here to help with treatments such as physical therapy, injections, and chiropractic care. Our medical practice is conveniently located in the Denver area. Please call us at (888) 721-0459 to arrange a consultation.

    Winter Safety Tips to Save Your Back

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Living in a snowy climate has its perks; it’s ideal for winter sports enthusiasts and it’s beautiful when snow blankets the trees. Unfortunately, wintry weather can also be hazardous to your back health. There are a few winter hazards to be aware of, such as slipping on ice and straining your back from shoveling. If you do experience back pain or neck pain, it’s important to see a back specialist promptly to restore your health.

    Shovel Snow Wisely
    If you’ve already injured your back or you have another medical condition, it may be best to hire someone else to clear the snow from your driveway. Otherwise, pace yourself and take frequent breaks. If the forecast calls for snowfall over an extended period of time, start shoveling early; it’s better to shovel a few inches of snow at a time than a foot or two all at once. Use proper form while shoveling. Distribute your weight evenly by bending at your knees and hips. Avoid twisting your back to throw snow on a pile; instead, turn your whole body.

    Decrease Your Risk of a Fall
    Even if you have excellent balance and coordination, you’re still at risk of falling down and injuring your back in the winter. Reduce your risk of a fall by wearing boots with rubber soles in the winter. Consider placing a pair of removable ice grippers over your boots for added traction. When walking outdoors, walk slowly and take small steps. Remember to distribute rock salt over your walkways and driveway.

    Act Quickly in the Event of an Injury
    If you do fall down or strain your back while shoveling, see a back specialist for a treatment plan. The back specialist may recommend X-rays to rule out a slipped disc or vertebral fracture. If you have a soft tissue injury, applying ice several times per day for the first few days can help reduce inflammation and alleviate back pain. The back specialist might also recommend anti-inflammatory medications and chiropractic care.

    Residents of the Denver area who suffer from back injuries are invited to explore their treatment options at SpineOne. Our team of back specialists offers customized treatment plans to suit your unique needs. Give us a call today at (888) 721-0459 and ask us about our physical therapy and chiropractic care services.

    Lower Back Exercises for Office Workers

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have an office job, your muscles probably feel fatigued after sitting down all day. A sedentary lifestyle can also take a toll on your spinal health, potentially leading to back pain and neck pain. Back specialists recommend getting up from your chair now and then to walk around and stretch. You can also do lower back exercises right in your chair.

    Watch this video to see a demonstration of one type of lower back exercise. This fitness specialist explains how you can alleviate tension in your back by clasping your hands behind your back and leaning forward until your chest reaches your knees.

    At SpineOne of Colorado, our physical therapists can show you how to relieve back and neck pain with a series of customized exercises and stretches. Get on the road to wellness by calling us at (888) 721-0459, and be sure to ask us about our other services for spinal health.

    How Your Psoas Muscle Affects Back Health

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The psoas muscle is a large muscle attached to your lower back vertebrae and the top of your femur. Responsible for hip and thigh flexion, your psoas muscle plays a critical role in the health of your back. A tight psoas muscle can affect your health and cause the following conditions:

    Increased Susceptibility to Injury
    When your psoas muscle is in a tight or contracted state, pressure is placed on the discs of the lumbar vertebrae, leading to degeneration. This degeneration makes you more susceptible to injury and can also result in a slipped disc. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can help prevent injury to your psoas muscle and your back.

    Poor Posture
    A tight psoas forces your lower back forward, causing hyper-lordosis. This means that instead of standing tall and upright, your pelvis tilts forward, resulting in poor posture. Symptoms associated with the psoas muscle may come in the form of groin pain, deep belly pain, or lower back pain. 

    Inhibited Gluteal Activity
    A tight psoas impacts the functionality of your glutes, leading to overcompensation in other back muscles, which can result in pain and tightness. Inhibited glute activity is typically the product of sitting for extended periods of time. When seated, the psoas muscle becomes short and tight while the gluteal muscles become long and weak. Other back muscles overcompensate for weakness in the glutes, increasing the potential for injury as the body relies on these muscles to perform an activity that requires the power of the glutes.

    If you are experiencing back pain, contact SpineOne at (888) 721-0459. We are the premier spine care clinic in the Denver area, offering nonsurgical treatment options for patients suffering from back or neck pain caused by work-related accidents, sports injuries or auto collisions. Contact us today to set up a consultation with our qualified medical professionals.

    Understanding Which Muscles Can Contribute to Back Pain

    Last updated 4 years ago

     

    There are three main muscles located in the lumbar spine that contribute to back pain: the quadratus lumborum muscle, the iliacus muscle, and the psoas muscle. All of these muscles attach to the lumbar vertebrae and disc, and hook to the femur at the top of the leg, where they function as hip flexors. Watch this video to learn more about which muscles contribute to back pain.

     

    If you live in the Denver area and are experiencing back pain, contact SpineOne at (888) 721-0459. We are a team of committed, qualified medical professionals dedicated to providing you with nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options for your spine.

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