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BACK PAIN WHEN YOU’RE UNDER 40

Millions of people suffer from back pain, but there’s a misconception that this ailment is most common in people in who are 60 or older. Many young people have back pain too, although theirs is usually from a different cause. Here is a rundown of common causes for back pain in people under 40.

Minor muscle strains. Sometimes known as “weekend warrior” strains, they often occur when you strain a muscle that’s not used to being worked. They can be painful and limit your ability to move in the short term, but they usually heal within a few days. A chiropractic adjustment within the first two weeks of a muscle strain can speed up the healing process. If you are getting these types of injuries on a frequent basis you should see the best Doylestown chiropractor to figure out what’s causing the problem.

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Disc Herniations. If you have frequent events where you throw your back out from something as simple as leaning over to pick a pencil off the floor, you may have a disc herniation. This happens when a disc in your spine pinches the sciatic nerve and causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the back or leg. This is a situation where you need to get evaluated by a Doylestown chiropractic physician. The chiropractor can figure out the extent of the injury and prescribe the correct physical therapy to deal with the pain.

If untreated, the sciatica caused by a herniated disc can worsen, and it can weaken certain leg muscles. In some cases you will need surgery to fix a herniated disc, but in others a combination of therapy and medication can work wonders. If the pain doesn’t let up, you may need cortisone injections in your back. If surgery is needed, the surgeon will remove the herniated portion of the disc to release the pressure on the nerve.

Spondylolisthesis. Another cause of back pain in younger people has to do with a tiny fracture of their vertebrae. It comes in two forms: spondylolysis (a fracture) or spondylolisthesis (a fracture that moves, or slips, forward). This condition is more common among certain types of athletes, such as gymnasts. However, a weekend warrior can do the same thing if he or she overextends the back in the course of a game or workout. This condition can be treated by wearing a back brace to avoid any extreme extension, and also by therapeutic movement and medication.   

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Remember, back pain is not something exclusive to older people. If you’re under 40 and you have back pain on a regular basis, you owe it to yourself to get a diagnosis!

 

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CHIROPRACTIC SPEEDS UP HEALING AFTER CAR CRASHES

December 2, 2015 Leave a comment

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Even a minor car accident can have effects that last for years, including debilitating pain and severe restrictions on body movement. The worst part is, many problems don’t appear till long after the accident. One way to prevent this from happening is to adopt chiropractic care as part of your treatment regimen. It’s a proven method that works — in 1996, British researchers found that 93 percent of car accident injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care from an auto accident doctor. Another study, published in 2015, by a Canadian government group, found that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car accident trauma.

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There are several important ways that chiropractic can help car crash victims.

  •  It reduces inflammation. Ligaments and muscles can experience micro tears in a collision, and that causes inflammation. Chiropractic treatment has been proven to stimulate the release of anti-inflammatory substances that aid in healing.
  • It restores range of motion. Inflammation can make tissues immobile, which slows down healing. Chiropractic can restore the body’s range of motion quickly, which speeds up the healing process.
  •  It reduces scar tissue. Scarring is part of the healing process, but scar tissue can be uncomfortable until the body is able to stretch out the tissue. Chiropractic treatment can help stretch areas — like the neck and back — that are difficult to stretch.
  • It reduces pain. This type of care from a car accident doctor stimulates the release of pain-reducing hormones, which help in the healing process.
  • It prevents chronic pain. Studies show that early treatment with chiropractic reduces the occurrence of long term chronic pain.

There are plenty of reasons to visit a chiropractor in Doylestown if you’ve been involved in a car accident!

Avoid Back Pain With Good Posture

One of the most common causes of joint and muscle pain is poor posture. Slouching, slumping, and other postural bad habits create imbalances that in the long term can cause pain and discomfort.

The problem is that poor posture is something most of us don’t even notice. We’re so used to it that we can actually be surprised when someone points out that we’re slumping, or when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror and see the curvature of our spine.

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There’s no magic formula that will give us good posture says a Jamison chiropractor. It’s just a question of reminding ourselves to practice good posture many times throughout the day. Here are a few tips to help you.

. Sit correctly. Most of us spend hours sitting every day, and this is why sitting with good posture is crucial. A Jamison chiropractor says you should sit as though your head were being pulled up on a string, and you should not dip your head forward. Keep your feet flat on the floor and make sure your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle.

. Avoid heels. High heels may be attractive, but they’re not good for your posture. According to a local chiropractor, standing in heels makes a pronounced curve in your lower spine, putting more pressure on that area. Sitting in heels makes it impossible to get the 90 degree knee bend you need for good posture.

. Stand tall. Proper standing posture is similar to sitting, in that you should keep the head aligned at the top of your spine. Also, your feet should be shoulder width apart, with the weight evenly distributed.

Remind yourself to follow these posture rules every day, and before long you’ll establish healthier posture habits.

Doylestown Chiropractor Celebrates National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day

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It’s something we do every day, but the American Diabetes Association says sitting can lead to chronic illness — that’s why they are starting National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The ADA calls it the new smoking: sitting in the office chair for more than 90 minutes at a time could slowly start to chip away at your health.

A recent analysis published January 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to a 91 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The culprit is the eight to 13 hours a day we work uninterrupted at our desks, socialize on our computers, watch television and drive our vehicles. Those who exercise see slightly less risk, but exercise does not eliminate the impacts of prolonged sitting. Bottom line: sitting for hours every day creates serious health risks.

“Our bodies are not really prepared and not built to sit. We are not built to be bent all day,” says Dr. Jeff McQuaite.  “If you must sit”, Dr. Jeff said “a balancing ball is a good idea to help use those core muscles. It can even help increase your lung and heart capacity.”

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According to the Association’s Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2015: “Evidence supports that all individuals … should break up extended sedentary time at least every 90 minutes.”

The solution: get out of your chair, stand and reach, stretch at the printer, refill your water bottle at the cooler down the hall, walk at lunch — every 90 minutes get your body moving.

“Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®,” said Janel Wright, JD, Board Chair for the Association. “If we prevent these cases from ever developing by implementing simple changes in our work and lifestyle that will benefit millions and save billions in healthcare costs.”

“Research continues to show that maintaining a more active lifestyle helps combat serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and poor circulation, yet many work settings offer few alternatives to a sedentary existence,” says Dr. McQuaite, a Doylestown chiropractor.  “By introducing simple modifications to the workplace organizations can create more active environments that are more productive and healthier for their employees.”

Here are just a few ways you can do it:

At Work:

Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office and in the parking garage

Get up once an hour while you are at work and take a quick walk around your office

Stand up and stretch at your desk

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If you go out for lunch, walk to the restaurant

If you take public transportation to work, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to your office

Use a speaker or mobile phone so you can pace around your office during conference calls

Try some chair exercises during the day while at your desk

Fidget (when appropriate) – tap or wiggle your foot while working at your desk

At Home:

Take the dog for a walk around the block

Do your own yard work such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves

Do your own housework such as vacuuming, dusting, or washing dishes

Play with the kids – play catch or throw the Frisbee around

Walk in place during the commercials of your favorite television show

Carry things upstairs or from the car in two trips instead of one

Walk around the house or up and down stairs while you talk on the phone

While You’re Out and About:

Park at the far end of the shopping center lot and walk to the store

Walk down every aisle of the grocery store

If you are at the airport and waiting for a flight, walk up and down through the terminal

When on a road trip, stop every few hours to stretch and walk around.

For more information, please contact the office:

McQuaite Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

Three Common Mistakes That Central Bucks Car Accident Victims Make

January 29, 2015 Leave a comment

If you’ve been hurt in a Doylestown car crash, you may have heard that the way you deal with your doctor can ruin your car accident injury case.   Three mistakes stand out as both the most common and the most easily avoided mistakes when dealing with a car accident doctor. These mistakes tend to be the results of personalities and could be avoided by the application of one simple rule, “Just the facts” or “Tell the truth.” But rather than leave it at that, here in more detail are three simple mistakes that can ruin your car accident case.

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  1. Don’t Overstate or Minimize Your Central Bucks Car Accident 

As Central Bucks auto injury doctors, we see it all the time. Some people (most, maybe?) can’t help but overlay their personality on the accident. Some people tend to minimize their car accident, “Oh, it wasn’t that bad.” Some people tend to make it more dramatic, “The impact made my car fly through the air!” Either approach is bad for you, your doctor and car accident case.

The best approach is to be factual and complete. This gives your doctor the best and most reliable information to use in his care and treatment of you. Factual and complete information is also the best thing for your accident case. Why?

Your description of the car accident will be written down by your doctor. That writing will follow your case from start to finish. If there’s anything in the medical records about your case that is inaccurate, it can be used against you to suggest either that the accident wasn’t as bad as it really was (because you minimized it when you talked to your doctor) or that you aren’t a very reliable historian (because you exaggerated it when you talked to your doctor).

Not only can the insurance company use your inaccurate statements against you but they can use those statements against your doctor. At some point your doctor may have to testify about your diagnosis and back pain treatment. That doctor may be asked to offer opinions about what injuries you suffered in the car accident. If you’ve given the doctor inaccurate information then your doctor’s opinions isn’t reliable because they’re based on inaccurate information.

  1. Don’t Overstate or Understate Your Symptoms

Another common mistake we see is inaccurate or incomplete descriptions of symptoms. Some people minimize or omit symptoms. Some people overstate their symptoms. Neither approach is helpful.

If you understate your symptoms, obviously, those statements will be used against you later. If, for example, your broken leg really hurts and so does your back, but your back does not hurt as much as your leg, you should report both symptoms to your auto accident doctor. If you keep your back pain to yourself then your doctor can’t write it down and it can be suggested that your back pain wasn’t caused by your car accident.

Overstating your symptoms can be just as damaging. If you report to your doctor that you can’t stand for more than ten minutes or walk more than five blocks but what you mean is that it hurts to stand for a long time or walk for a long time, then tell your doctor that it hurts. But avoid making statements that are inaccurate or overblown.

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  1. Don’t Hide Your Medical History 

We’ve seen this many times where an injury victim had a similar injury ten years before. It got better. Now they’ve been in another accident and the same area that was injured before hurts again. They’re asked, “Did you ever injure this body part before?” Their answer? “Nope.”

Sometimes we forget old injuries. Sometimes we think they just don’t matter because they’re so old. But believe us when we tell you that it is a mistake to forget or omit information about past injuries when you’re asked by your accident doctor. No matter how innocent or inadvertent your omission, the insurance company will try to make it seem that you were intentionally hiding the information about your prior injury. Once it’s shown that you failed to answer a question about your medical history accurately, they will say that you’re not a very reliable witness or that you were being dishonest as part of an effort to make your case look better. Either way, inaccurate or dishonest, you will have hurt your case. So, think hard and make sure you disclose all your prior injuries, if asked.

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Things You Need To Know About Neck Pain

Pain that is located in the neck is one of the most common medical conditions. Neck pain comes from lots of disorders as well as diseases of the neck tissues. It is a discomfort that is being felt in the neck structures including the nerves, bones, muscles, and the discs between bones.
Examples of the common conditions that produce neck pain include degenerative discs disease, neck injury like in whiplash, neck strain, herniated disc, or pinched nerve. Additionally, neck pain also comes from common types of infection like virus infection of throat, leading to neck pain and swelling of the nymph glands. Necks pains can also be caused by rare infections like tuberculosis of neck, osteomyelitis, septic discitis, and even meningitis. It may also come from some conditions affecting the neck muscles such as plymyalgia rheumatica and fibromyalgia.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
The common cause of neck pains is muscle tension or strain. Usually, your everyday task is to be blame. Such activities may include:
– Bending over for hours
– Poor body posture while reading or watching TV
– Having your PC monitor positioned excessively high or low
– Sleeping in uncomfortable positions
– Turning and twisting your neck in quite jarring manner during exercises
Also, falls or accidents can also cause neck injuries such as whiplash, vertebral fractures, blood vessel injuries, or even paralysis. Other causes are:
– Medical condition like fibromyalgia
– Spondylosis or cervical arthritis
– Ruptured disk
– Small fractures on the spine because of osteoporosis
– Spinal stenosis
– Sprains
– Spine infection

Symptoms Associated With Neck Pain
Neck pain is frequently associated with a dull aching. Other symptoms that are being associated with neck pains include tingling, numbness, sharp shooting pains, tenderness, difficulty swallowing, fullness, pulsations, lightheadedness or dizziness, and swelling of the lymph node.
In addition to that, neck pain is also being associated with facial pain, headache, shoulder pain, and tingling or numbness of the arm. These symptoms are usually the result of pinched nerves of the neck.

How Neck Pain is Treated
Neck pain located at the base of you skull may disappear even without treatment. For short term problems, pain killers of medicines and manual treatment such as physiotherapy or chiropractor are recommended. With long term pain, here are the following treatment options:
Chiropractic treatment
• Intensive muscle training
• Physiotherapy, which include advices on posture as well as the use of a good supportive pillow
• Acupuncture – it provides relief in chronic shoulder and neck pain.


When to Contact a Doylestown PA Chiropractor
You should call our office immediately if:
– The symptoms don’t go away within one week.
– You have tingling, weakness, or numbness in your hand or arm.
– If the neck pain is caused by an injury, a blow, or fall – if you can’t move your hand or arm.
– You have a lump on your neck or swollen glands.
– The pain doesn’t go away even with regular doses of over the counter medication.
– You find it difficult to breathe or swallow because of the pain in your neck.

McQuaite Chiropractic Center

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Whether you need a moment of comfort and relaxation, achieve relief from a chronic pain, reduce stress and muscle tension, a massage therapy can always give you tremendous health benefits. This can also help you improve your overall sense of physical and emotional being. Apart from that, this can also enhance your quality of life.
Doylestown Massage Therapy provides amazing benefits to many people of all ages. This is not only beneficial to the stressed, the ill or those injured individuals, its strength in preventing health conditions and illnesses before they start to develop should not also be overlooked. A therapeutic massage therapy can likewise be used as an effective treatment of both chronic and acute stages conditions.

Understanding Massage

A massage is actually a general term that is used for manipulating, rubbing and pressing your skin, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Massage therapists are using their fingers and hands for massage, but they may also use their elbows, forearms as well as their feet. A massage may also range from just a light and mild stroking to a deep pressure.

What Benefits Can You Get from a Massage Therapy?

A massage has been recognized as a part of alternative and contemporary medicine. It is increasingly being offered today together with the standard treatments for many different medical situations and conditions. Various studies even reveal that massage demonstrates great benefits in reducing muscle tension, pain and stress.

Its Therapeutic Benefits

There is no greater reward a person can get than to enjoy a relaxing massage after tiring days at work. Massage will not only make you feel good but it will also make your perform even better. This also provides amazing benefits which include the following:
• Improves immune system
• Increases circulation of the blood in the body
• Promotes the functioning of the nervous system
• Relieves muscle tension and pain
• Reduces one’s blood pressure
• Improves job performance, intellectual reasoning and your mood
• Offers positive effects on various conditions which include migraine, diabetes, arthritis and fibromyalgia
Also, depending on the technique and methods used in massage, this can:
• Stimulate your nervous system that can help in the muscle atrophy reduction
• May increase the tone of your muscle
• Offer nervous system sedation to help ease headaches, symptoms that are related to stress and ease spasticity
• Stimulate sluggish blood circulation

The Great Power of Touch

Massage therapy proves that a simple touch is really powerful. A therapeutic massage is really an essential part of one’s life that you must always include in your health maintenance plan. This is proven effective in increasing your body awareness as well as reducing anxiety and tension. By having a massage therapy to be given by a professional and certified massage therapist, you will surely enjoy the great benefits of a massage therapy.
Massage therapy is actually more than a soothing and relaxing treatment that you can give yourself. A lot of people also enjoy massage due to the fact that it mostly provides a feeling of empowerment and comfort to them. Call our office to schedule your massage in a peaceful, spa-like, health care setting.

McQuaite Chiropractic Center
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
267-247-7000
www.mcquaitechiropractic.com