After an Auto Accident

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After an Auto Accident

Chris Goetz - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Do Not Wait to See a Doctor After an Auto Accident

Goetz with CaptionCommon wisdom states that you should visit a doctor no more than 72 hours after being involved in an accident. You could be suffering from an injury that you are not aware of, and that can be dangerous. But there is also the effect that waiting to seek medical care can have on a potential case. A serious delay or gaps in treatment can cause a reduction in any money you may be entitled to from your insurance company or the party at fault.

Medical doctors and chiropractors are trained to examine patients after an accident to determine the extent of any injuries suffered. With the proper diagnosis you can make an educated decision about how to proceed with your treatment and any claim you may want to make against the responsible party.

Fault and No-Fault States

States have different laws regarding who pays for personal injuries when an automobile accident has occurred. The majority of US states are “Fault States.” In this system the insurance companies pay claims according to whose negligence caused the accident, or who is at fault. Fault can sometimes be divided among more than one party. If you disagree with the insurer you may need to file a law suit to try to receive compensation.

No-Fault states, like Florida, employ a different system where each insurance company will pay for its own clients’ medical bills. In these states, auto insurance policies include personal injury protection or PIP. In most cases No-Fault states have adopted this system in response to a high number of court battles involving fault in auto accidents.

Statutes of Limitations

Your own safety is not the only concern that should hurry you to visit a doctor after an accident. Many states also have statutes of limitations which limit the time you can wait to file a lawsuit if you have been injured in an automobile accident. Once that time has expired, your legal options will be severely limited. In Florida the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident is two years.

After an Accident

Even if you do not have PIP or think you cannot afford to visit a doctor, call one anyway. Many chiropractors and medical doctors have long term, professional relationships with attorneys that may be able to help you. Here are some other suggestions of what to do immediately following an automobile accident and during treatment for injuries:

  • Insist on obtaining a police report even if the other involved parties do not want one.
  • Take photos of the accident scene if you are able.
  • Keep a journal of your injuries and treatment.
  • Keep copies of all communications regarding your accident from your doctor, lawyer and insurance company.
  • Keep detailed records of all of your expenses related to the accident and your medical treatment.
  • Don’t accept a settlement until you have completed all of your medical treatment.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, and whether you believe you are at fault or not, contact Advance Health Services right away. Our doctors can perform a complete medical examination that will reveal any injuries you may have experienced. After that we can get you started on a treatment plan and get you in touch with an attorney if you need one.

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.

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DRX9000

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Spinal Decompression and the DRX9000

Goetz with CaptionThe last ten years has seen the arrival of spinal decompression systems like the DRX9000 from Axiom Worldwide. These devices were developed to provide an alternative to invasive treatments for back pain while avoiding some problems often associated with traction like fatigue, discomfort and the muscle spasms it sometimes triggers. Traction is an excellent therapy tool, but in some cases it might exacerbate the pain. The DRX9000 is particularly effective in providing relief from bulging vertebral discs, posterior facet syndrome, sciatica and degenerative disc disease. DRX stands for Decompression Reduction Extraction. The DRX9000 by Axiom Worldwide is the best system of its kind.

The split table of the DRX9000 reduces friction. With the patient laying on their back, the chest and shoulders are positioned into a support harness. The harness is attached to a system of air bladders, motors and pulleys that provide the motion of the machine. This motion produces a force that decompresses the space between the vertebrae. The onboard computer allows for precise adjustment of the decompression force and the angle of the pull. The DRX9000 is so precise, in fact, that it can target a specific spinal segment. Ultimately, what the DRX9000 does is provide more space to the discs between the vertebrae, which reduces pressure and herniation.

A Quick and Not Unpleasant Experience

A DRX9000 decompression session takes about 30-40 minutes, all told. The first several sessions start with a low to moderate decompression force which is increased over several sessions. Many patients report experiencing relief after just one session. Others will feel the benefits after a few. How quickly you begin to feel relief is dependent on the severity of your injury. Treatments are generally administered two to three times a week for six weeks, but some patients may require a longer or shorter regimen.

Before and after each decompression session you will be treated to physical therapy such as electrical muscle stimulation and hot and cold therapy. At Advance Health Services we have two DRX9000’s, each equipped with a DVD player and overhead monitor. You can choose from a collection of television shows to watch during your treatment. Some patients find the experience so comfortable that they take a short nap during their session.

DRX9000 decompression treatments are affordable, especially when compared to surgery. Many insurance companies do cover decompression treatment. Call Advance Health Services to set up a consultation and find out if you are eligible for this highly effective back pain treatment. Our staff will verify if your insurance covers the cost of the treatment.

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.

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The ReBuilder

Chris Goetz - Friday, February 27, 2015

The ReBuilder Offers Immediate Drug and Surgery Free Neuropathy Pain Relief

Goetz with CaptionDoctors and patients have been searching for new ways to manage neuropathy pain for years. The secret lies in rebuilding damaged nerve cells. That damage can be caused by a number of factors from having high blood sugar or lack of oxygen in the blood to severely pinched nerves or exposure to dangerous neurotoxins. One direct result of many of these conditions is the reduction of the nerve cells and expansion of the gaps between them. Signals passing through the nervous system suddenly encounter a gap they cannot cross. The resulting sensation is pain, tingling or numbness. Left untreated, these nerve gaps begin to confuse the brain, causing stronger pain and strange sensations like chills when it is warm.

Cholesterol reducing statin drugs can also cause neuropathy when they are overused. This is because the myelin sheaths surrounding some nerves are heavy in cholesterol. When the statin has done its job on the arteries it goes looking for more cholesterol to attack. Enough of this effect will eventually cause nerve damage.

Ultimately, neuropathy can be understood as an electrical problem. The minuscule electrical signals traveling from the brain and through the nervous system are interrupted. The ReBuilder is a device that uses a soothing, restorative electrical signal to fix these nerve problems. It immediately starts to work on eliminating uncomfortable neuropathy symptoms and pain while also gently restoring nerves to health.

The ReBuilder is so effective that patients experience immediate improvements of their symptoms. Pain is reduced while mobility is increased. The process is simple, comfortable and does not involve drugs or any invasive procedures. Furthermore, it takes only thirty minutes per session. The restorative signal that the ReBuilder transmits has several important benefits:

  • Re-educates the nerve paths
  • Re-polarizes the nerve membranes
  • Improves nerve impulse transmission
  • Promotes healing of superficial skin sores and ulcers

The ReBuilder measures the damage of peripheral nerves and then corrects that damage. It sends small electrical signals to the nerves and muscles which are duplicates of the normal nerve signals sent by the brain, only larger so that they activate damaged and inactive nerves. It does this by measuring your nerves every eight seconds and then computing and delivering the correct electrical signal of its own. As the nerves are restored and their condition improves, the ReBuilder continually adjusts its own signal. The results of the ReBuilder treatments are cumulative so it is therapeutic, not just temporary.

If you are ready to try an effective neuropathy pain treatment that has immediate results while not relying on drugs or surgery, the Rebuilder is for you. Call Advance Health Services today to schedule your consultation.

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.

Heavy Metal Toxins

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Heavy Metal Toxins

Chris Goetz - Friday, November 21, 2014

Heavy Metal Toxins Are All Around Us

 

Goetz with CaptionHeavy metal toxicity, or poisoning, refers to the toxic effect certain metals have on life forms. Some metals are not minerals that are essential to biological processes and therefore have no beneficial biological role to play. This makes some of them toxic in certain doses and forms. Lead, for instance, can have harmful effects on one's health in any dose. Other heavy metals that are toxic to the body are mercury, cadmium, arsenic and polonium as well as radioactive metals. Not every heavy metal is toxic, however. Iron is one example of a heavy metal that is essential to biological processes.

Some toxic heavy metals imitate bodily functions and therefore interfere with the regular metabolic process, in turn causing illness. The persistence of toxic heavy metals, like lead, in the environment makes them a serious concern to public health in general. Humans are at risk of overexposure to toxic heavy metals all of the time, and it is generally not possible to completely avoid exposure to them. But reduction of the risk of heavy metal toxicity is possible by making lifestyle choices that reduce exposure. Some of these include diet and reducing the risk of workplace exposure

Know When You Have Been Affected by Toxic Heavy Metals

Acute intoxication from heavy metals can damage the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and central nervous systems as well as the kidneys, lungs, liver and bones. Chronic exposure has been linked to some degenerative diseases and even cancer. Symptoms can be different depending on the specific metal exposure, but some symptoms are common to all and may indicate heavy metal poisoning.

  • Vomiting, diarrhea and nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Central nervous system problems
  •  Heart problems
  •  Anemia

An acute case of heavy metal poisoning can be dangerous and may require immediate medical attention. If you believe you have been exposed to a dangerous amount, visit your hospital's emergency room.

Proper diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity can be difficult because some of the symptoms are similar to those of some diseases. There are heavy metal tests that can be employed, but an analysis of possible exposure is also important. At Advance Health Services we offer hair analysis to determine if there has been a cumulative exposure to the toxic heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we can help you confirm or rule out the role of toxic heavy metals. Call Advance Health Services today if you think you have been exposed.

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.