Chiropractic Care For Slips Trips and Falls

Chiropractic Care for Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the leading cause of injury and worker’s compensation claims in the nation annually. In fact, OSHA requires many different industry professionals to attend specific training for slip and fall scenarios. Their goal is to prevent these types of accidents from happening. While we believe this is an admirable goal and we sincerely hope patients aren’t dealing with slip and fall injuries, we understand that accidents happen. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont provide chiropractic care for slips, trips, and falls.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS?

Slips occur when there’s a loss of traction between your foot/shoe and the surface you’re walking or standing on. Trips happen when you are moving with some momentum and your foot strikes an object causing you to lose balance. Falls create the most opportunity for injury and are described as the sudden loss of balance resulting in an impact that suddenly stops the momentum. These differences may seem subtle at first, but they often change the types of injuries sustained as a result.

COMMON INJURIES RELATING TO SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

Slips

Slips often occur unexpectedly. This means that a person who slips goes from a relaxed state to a very tense state as the body prepares for what may become a fall. This sudden transition from relaxed to tense, especially when the body is not balanced or aligned, can lead to back and neck pain. The muscles pull the skeletal system out of alignment which pinches nerves and causes pain. Patients who’ve experienced a slip may not notice feeling pain immediately but often find themselves sore later. If left untreated, the body “learns” this new alignment, and thus, learns to remain in a state of discomfort and pain.

Trips

Trips also occur unexpectedly – sometimes over an object left in the way, or even over our own feet. The sudden change from the body’s expected momentum on its previously charted path, to its new, off-balance trajectory creates immediate cause for concern. The body tenses up again preparing for the fall that’s sure to come. Regardless of whether a person falls or not, the act of tripping alone is enough to lead to injury. These injuries can be more obvious such as bruises from the object that was tripped over. Or they can lie in strains and sprains to the muscles or ligaments. Patients who’ve tripped may overstretch a muscle or bend their extremities in less than optimal ways out of instinct to catch themselves.

Falls

Injuries from falls vary greatly. They can be minor bruising and scraping, or they can be larger compression fractures and anywhere in between. This depends greatly on the height the fall occurred from and the surface the person lands on. For example a fall from a great height onto a trampoline would likely result in no injuries, whereas a fall from tripping on the street could result in strained muscles and broken bones. From most falls, many people don’t notice severe pain immediately because the body begins producing adrenaline quickly to mask the pain. It’s important to seek medical care earlier rather than later in most cases.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

The correct treatment for patients dealing with injuries from slips, trips, and falls will depend on the injury and the patient’s needs. Some require X-rays, some require other forms of diagnosis before treatment will be administered.  Treatment for many is the manual correction or adjustment. If a patient is uncomfortable with manual adjustments, an activator tool can be used to target and move specific musculoskeletal elements. As with any patient that we treat, our doctors will follow our award-winning treatment process. This will combine manual adjustments or manipulations with dolphin neurostim treatment and finally soft-tissue massage to help retrain the muscles to hold your body in proper alignment for longer. Each of our doctors is trained to see and feel any irregularities, but their most important tool when treating patients isn’t their hands, it’s their ears. Our doctors listen to your needs and to your account of the accident. They use this information to know where to begin your treatment.

SUMMARY – CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pain and the stability to help ensure the injury doesn’t return! Furthermore, we listen to our patients and follow an award-winning treatment process to ensure they get the results they need. Contact us to schedule your appointment today and don’t forget we also offer massages! Our doctors, massage therapists, and staff are dedicated to ensuring you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care for slips, trips, and falls in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

How To Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

EXPERIENCING BACK PAIN FROM WORKING AT HOME IN LONGMONT AND ERIE?

Many patients seek chiropractic help because they experience pain in their back, neck, and shoulders. Unfortunately, while working from home has its benefits, it creates issues for people’s long-term health. The doctors at the Chiropractic Center of Erie and the Chiropractic Center of Longmont noticed a large uptick in patients complaining of pain and discomfort since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This pain stems from poor ergonomic habits created due to the quick adaptation to working from home. We decided to provide some key tips for teaching patients how to prevent back pain while working from home in Erie and Longmont.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?

This answer shocks many patients because of its simplicity. Incorrect posture creates debilitating musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries, if left untreated, can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, blood flow issues including deep vein thrombosis, and in extreme cases nerve damage. Don’t let these things cause added stress to working from home, take some time to read through these steps below to create a healthier working environment within your home. Whether you’re working from home part-time due to the pandemic, or working from home full-time, these tips are sure to save you pain and potentially costly medical bills.

  • Keep your neck straight as often as possible when viewing your computer screen or documents

A comfortable height for your computer screen provides much-needed relief for the muscles in your neck. You should not need to look up or down to view your computer screen from your desk. Raise your monitors off your desk by purchasing a device that can be adjusted to any height from sitting to standing or more frugally approach such as stacking them on books, cardboard boxes, or other household items (keeping safety and balance in mind of course). Documents can be placed on a stand to help keep them at eye level without the need to hunch over your desk to view them. Also, avoid working with your laptop actually in your lap. Laptops were designed for work to be completed quickly between more permanent setups. Whenever possible, your computer should be placed on a flat surface and at a distance that keeps you from hunching to view the screen.

  • Place your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable height in front of you

People would do well to consider following the guidelines laid out by ANSI for the best ergonomic typing position. It requires your keyboard and mouse to be roughly at the height of your elbows. They should be close enough to your body that you don’t have to reach too far for them. Your back should be able to remain against the back of your chair while typing and using your mouse.

  • Sit all the way back in your chair

Your lower back naturally curves toward the front of your body. This is called lordosis, the most relaxed posture for the lower back. This position puts the least pressure on the discs in your spine. When you lean forward, the lumbar spine bends out, called kyphosis, placing added pressure on the lumbar discs. This means people should sit in a way that allows the natural lordotic curve to be supported. Many people find it’s worth investing in a comfortable ergonomic office chair if they will be working from home for a long stretch of time. If this isn’t in your budget, try sticking a pillow or rolled-up towel behind your lower back. It’s not as effective as a new chair, but provides some additional support.

  • Rest your feet flat on the ground while working

People who let their feet dangle freely from their chairs, cross their legs or who tuck their feet under them created added pressure under their thighs. This might not sound like a problem at first, but this posture can lead to DVT or deep vein thrombosis from lack of blood flow to your lower legs not too mention the misalignment created in the pelvis and lower back. DVT can be particularly dangerous because it causes blood clots. These clots, if left untreated, can be potentially fatal if they travel through the body and obstruct the heart’s ability to pump blood. If your feet don’t reach the floor, consider a pile of books, boxes, or another type of footrest that keeps your feet flat on the floor.

  • Don’t stand too long in front of your computer

Standing desks have grown drastically in popularity since the start of the pandemic. They appear to be a great option for people not used to the sedentary lifestyle of working at a desk. While standing desks offer many benefits, they also have some lesser-known drawbacks. Standing for prolonged periods of time causes more harm to your body than constant motion throughout the day. Standing still and typing adds more pressure to your lower legs and causes more stress on your circulatory system. Take a break and walk around every 20-30 minutes and alternate sitting and standing throughout the day to ensure your muscles get the rest they need.

SUMMARY – HOW TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHILE WORKING FROM HOME IN ERIE AND LONGMONT

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont recommend following these five simple tips for improving your working from home environment! While these are great tips and will help keep your body feeling better for longer, our experts still recommend maintaining regular visits to the chiropractor. These maintenance visits will help ensure the long-term health of your back, neck, and shoulders. These visits become increasingly important for those with a sedentary lifestyle and working from home. Contact us to schedule your next chiropractic visit today and ask for more advice on setting up your home office! If you’d like to learn more about treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

Dry Needling for the Pudendal Nerve can provide patients relief

Dry Needling for Pudendal Nerve

This week the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont will cover a sensitive topic for many people. Dr. Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN, hesitated in sending out this blog as it is a very sensitive subject for those who suffer from this condition.  He has recently had a number of patients confide with him about their painful dilemma and Pudendal Neuralgia.  Because Dr. Dave has seen dramatic improvement from these patients and realizes how many people are affected by this syndrome, he is now giving consent to release this blog in the hopes of giving patients relief from pain that has been quoted as; “12 on the scale of 10.” “Like razor blades.” “I sometimes think that death would be better.”

Many patients suffer from pain in their pelvic region and are often too embarrassed to talk about it. This pain, discomfort, or numbness shows up in different areas of the pelvic region including, the genitals, anus, or other nearby body parts. This type of pain makes it difficult to use the restroom, have sex, sit down, or in extreme cases even wear undergarments. Often, this pain gets improperly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all and patients suffer for extended periods of time. Experienced and trained, the Dry Needling expert isolates and treats this type of pain and many times successfully provides relief for patients by treating the Pudendal Nerve.

WHAT IS THE PUDENDAL NERVE?

According to WebMD the pudendal nerve runs from the back of the pelvis to near the base of your penis or vagina, where it branches off into other nerves. It sends messages to the brain from your genitals, anus, and other nearby body parts. It controls the sphincter muscles that open and close when you use the bathroom. Pain stemming from this nerve is diagnosed as Pudendal Neuralgia. This simply refers to the condition of pain, discomfort, or numbness throughout the pelvis, pelvic floor, and genitalia.

DRY NEEDLING FOR PUDENDAL NERVE OR PUDENDAL NEURALGIA

Now that you know about the Pudendal Nerve and Pudendal Neuralgia you’re likely thinking “There’s no way you’re getting anywhere near there with needles!” While we understand this initial reaction, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Dry needling treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia targets the specific pudendal nerve at the back of the pelvis which is the source of the problem and not into the areas that typically register the severe pain. Think of accessing the nerve at the back of the pelvis like a switch that turns on and off a light. The points needled for the Pudendal Nerve are like the switch that can shut down the pain at the end of the nerve. It reduces pain and increases blood flow to the afflicted area. Dry needling for the pudendal nerve also helps relax the surrounding muscles and takes the pressure off of the nerve. Many patients report not feeling the needling process at all and experience relief typically with 2-4 treatment sessions.

Our experts in Erie and Longmont specialize in dry needling safely to treat a number of conditions. Our patients regularly experience the extreme benefits of dry needling in Longmont and Erie. Our advanced dry needling expert, Dr. Dave, ensures that patients are comfortable throughout the treatment for Pudendal Neuralgia and answer all questions before, during, and after treatment. As you learn about his knowledge and experience in the treatment of this area, you can feel comfortable talking about discomfort stemming from the pelvic region and the pudendal nerve.

SUMMARY – DRY NEEDLING FOR PUDENDAL NEURALGIA OR PUDENDAL NERVE

The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont offer patients relief from their pelvic region pain! Furthermore, we make patients comfortable sharing this type of pain and explaining treatment options. Dr. Dave utilizes dry needling for the pudendal nerve to provide quick relief for patients suffering from Pudendal Neuralgia. Contact us to schedule your dry needling appointment today and don’t be embarrassed about mentioning your symptoms! Our doctors and staff are very sympathetic and caring and strive to ensure you receive the holistic treatment you need! If you’d like to learn more about dry needling in Longmont or Erie our other treatments or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our office today. We will gladly answer any questions, give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!