Hidden Auto Accident Injuries

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Hidden Auto Accident Injuries

Chris Goetz - Thursday, January 21, 2016

These Auto Accident Injuries Do Not Always Reveal Themselves Immediately

Goetz with CaptionAuto accident injuries are not always immediately apparent. Part of the reason is the hormones and endorphins that the body produces during a stressful event like a car accident. These natural chemicals can make one unaware of the pain from their injuries and make them feel as if nothing is wrong. To further complicate matters, some injuries may not even show up on X-rays or MRI’s. For these reasons it is important to be aware of how your body feels for days and even weeks after an accident, paying attention for any pain and discomfort that reveals itself later.

Here are some of the most common types of injuries you could suffer in an auto accident that sometimes do not reveal themselves immediately:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Spinal Injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by a forceful and rapid back and forth movement of the neck. The name comes from the movement’s similarity to the cracking of a whip. It is most often seen occurring during auto accidents that involve a rear end collision. Whiplash is sometimes referred to as a neck strain or sprain, but there are other types of neck injuries that fall under those descriptions.

A victim of whiplash may experience neck pain, stiffness, numbness, and spasms as well as headaches and dizziness. Left untreated whiplash could develop into chronic neck pain. The reason this type of injury is not immediately recognized is because some of the symptoms may not appear for a few days and those symptoms can be mistaken as being caused by another type of injury.

Concussion

A concussion is categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury. It can be caused by a blow to the head as well as a violent shaking of the head or upper body. Most concussions are temporary and can be treated with rest. Concussions are often hidden injuries because most of the symptoms can be caused by other injuries. On some occasions concussions can cause loss of consciousness. Here are some of the symptoms that may point to a concussion:

  • Headaches
  • Memory Loss
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of balance and coordination

Spinal Injury

One would think that a spinal injury is not likely to go unnoticed. In most cases that is true. However, facet syndrome is a type of spinal injury that could easily be mistaken for something else. Facet syndrome is the irritation of the joints on the back of the vertebrae. These joints are responsible for many of the twisting movements of the body. They can be impacted in an auto accident. Often the pain from facet syndrome is a dull ache which can easily be attributed to soreness from being in an auto accident. More serious symptoms could appear later and include chronic pain and loss of mobility.

In other cases spinal injury symptoms are simply confused for different injuries. Pain or numbness in the extremities, for example, is not uncommon.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a stressful or frightening experience. It is not caused by an actual physical injury to the brain and is therefore not apparent immediately following an accident. Instead, the symptoms will develop over time and sometimes continue to worsen for weeks or months. Some common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares

PTSD is treated with counseling or psychiatric care.

The reality is that you should see a doctor after being involved in any kind of auto accident, no matter how seemingly small. At Advance Health Services we work to heal accident victims every day. Our doctors and physical therapists employ a range of tests that could reveal hidden injuries before symptoms appear, allowing us to begin treatment right away. If you are involved in an accident call us to make an appointment.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Incredible Benefits of Massage Therapy

Goetz with CaptionMassage is more than just a relaxing indulgence. The use of massage therapy to treat pain and ailments is as old as civilization itself. It is among the oldest healing techniques still in use today. In the present day there are close to one hundred different massage modalities used throughout the world. It is recognized as one of the most powerful non-invasive therapies available to treat ailments like pain, fatigue, stress, poor circulation and a variety of other physical problems.

Massage therapy involves the application of pressure to, and the manipulation of, different parts of the body. Many massage therapists use several different techniques like tapping, stroking, kneading, friction, vibration, and compression during a single session. It all depends on the needs of the patient. At times, mechanical devices are used to supplement the therapist’s manual techniques. At Advance Health Services we encourage the use of massage for overall health and wellbeing. Its uses are many.

  • Stress Relief – This is probably what most people associate massage therapy with. A single massage can lower insulin and cortisol levels as well as one’s heart rate. Massage therapy has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
  • Pain Relief – Neck and back pain are the most obvious conditions to benefit from massage, but it could be used to relieve pain throughout the body by relaxing tense muscles. Sufferers of chronic headaches and migraine can also benefit from massage therapy.
  • Relaxation – A good massage therapist can put a patient’s body and mind into a restful and relaxing state which can last well after the massage session is over.
  • Posture – This goes hand-in-hand with massage’s relaxation benefits. Tense muscles and muscle pain lead to poor posture. Massage works to combat that.
  • Increased Circulation – The pressure a massage therapist applies to the body encourages better blood flow which in turn increases the flow oxygen throughout the body.
  • Increased Flexibility – Massage promotes fluidity in the joints and increases range of motion. Greater flexibility decreases the change of injury.
  • Immune System – Massage naturally increases the body’s immune system.
  • Rehabilitation – For all of the reasons listed above, massage therapy plays a major role in many rehabilitation programs, especially were an injury has occurred.

If you suffer from any ailments, or just want to improve your overall health, consider giving massage therapy a try. It will likely provide benefits beyond those you are seeking. At Advance Health Services we employ massage therapists who are experts at various techniques which will provide tremendous health benefits. Call us today to schedule your massage session.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.

Neuropathy Treatment

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Neuropathy Treatment

Chris Goetz - Friday, January 23, 2015

A Holistic Approach to Neuropathy Treatment

Goetz with CaptionMetabolism is the physiological process that breaks down the foods we eat into its simplest components - protein, carbohydrates and fats. These are the sources of energy the body uses for all of its functions. Sometimes there is a break down in this process. The body has trouble processing one type of food or another and experiences a shortage, or surplus, of one of food's building blocks. This is called a metabolic disorder, and there are many different types.

One of the most common metabolic disorders is diabetes which affects some 26 million people in the US. Type I diabetes involves a malfunction of the pancreas. It fails to produce sufficient insulin to aid in the metabolism of sugar. The blood sugar level becomes imbalanced and can cause all kinds of physiological problems. Some symptoms are mild and can be regulated with medicine and lifestyle changes. Other symptoms can be severe and even life threatening. A common symptom of diabetes is neuropathy, a condition affecting sensory nerves that often results in numbness or pain in the extremities. When combined with diabetes associated vascular impairment, the condition sometimes produces ulcers that can be a risk for infection.

Neuropathy treatments strive to increase nerve function and blood flow while also relieving pain and stopping ulcers from forming. At Advance Health Services, we specialize in the treatment of neuropathy and neuropathic pain. Our physicians and staff are highly knowledgeable about effective neuropathy treatments. One such treatment is The ReBuilder, a device designed specifically to treat neuropathic pain. The ReBuilder delivers a restorative signal to the legs and arms that is comfortable and soothing. This is done without the need for invasive surgery or medication. It works by imitating the natural nerve transmissions of the body to encourage inactive nerves to activate. Advance Health Services offers the ReBuilder and a variety of other treatments to reduce neuropathic pain and discomfort.

Functional Medicine Aims to Restore Balance

Functional Medicine strives to restore psychological, physiological and structural balance. It is a scientific approach to health care that promotes wellness and treats disease through assessment of the unique biochemical aspects of individual patients and by tailoring a treatment plan based on that uniqueness. Functional Medicine works on seven basic principles

  • Science-based medicine
  • Patient-centered care
  • Balance of internal and external factors
  • Biochemical individuality
  • Interconnections of physiological processes
  • Promotion of organ reserve
  • Health as a positive vitality

Following these principles, a physician employing the Functional Medicine approach focuses on the unique physiology, environmental and genetic influences of each individual patient. Assessment includes studying patient history, physical examination and testing. The physician then chooses interventions and treatments with the goal of addressing imbalances and restoring, or significantly improving, optimal physiological functions. Proper physiological function then leads naturally to better health. You can benefit from the Functional Medicine approach to neuropathy treatment at Advance Health Services. Call us today if you need help.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.