Could Inadequate Police Reports Be Contributing To The Number Of Bicycle Deaths?

 Anne Lusk, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, believes this to be true and says in a new study published in the journal of Injury Prevention. She and her colleagues have created a blueprint for improving bike-vehicle crash reports.

Lusk said in an interview with Boston’s WBUR radio station that instead of the standard glib, handwritten and standard crash reports, officers should:

“use electronic tablets with drop down menus that have specific vehicle/bicycle codes, for instance, whether the bicyclist was riding inside a painted bike lane when hit, or whether the cyclist crashed into a driver’s open car door. The drop down menu would also include other specific data like a coded vehicle picture and a coded bicycle picture. This information could then be automatically loaded onto spreadsheets for later analysis.”

Joshua Zisson, a Boston lawyer who specializes in bike-related cases and runs BikeSafeBoston, a website about bike law, told WBUR:

“The proposed changes would make a huge difference in determining what happened in a crash, and who was at fault. In the three years since I started my bike practice, I’ve seen hundreds of police reports describing bike vs. motor vehicle crashes, and I would only consider a handful of them to be well written and properly descriptive. The majority range from bad to absolutely awful (i.e., too vague, too brief, poorly illustrated, not illustrated). Giving officers better tools to describe a crash with a bike will almost certainly allow them to do a better job, as they won’t have to force their description of events into a framework designed for cars.”

With gas prices the way they are these days and traffic issues, these changes are crucial.  The League of American Bicyclists, state that the number of commuters who bike to and from work has increased about 62 percent nationwide from 2000 to 2013.   Bicyclists are usually riding during commute hours and we need to learn to accommodate them.

Our law enforcement needs to figure out a way to help bicyclists after an accident, take care of the paperwork in a manner that will help cities determine what changes need to be made in order to make it safer for them to arrive safely at work, and also make it easy for vehicular traffic.

References:  http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/study-police-reports-bike-accidents-save-lives

Inventor Of MRI Has Found Possible Cause For Multiple Sclerosis

A noteworthy press release was sent out last fall that talks about the possible etiology of MS, including an eight-subject trial run at a non-invasive treatment.

If you have had a car accident, whiplash injury or head trauma from some other cause, there may be a lot more going on than you may know. According to the study, head trauma like that seen in whiplash injuries causes obstruction of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) thus increasing the pressure in the ventricles and leaking into the brain. This has become more visible on the new FONAR Upright MRI than the traditional lie-down-in-the-tube MRI.

The obstruction comes as the first few bones in your neck becomes misaligned and causes a backup of CSF. When this misalignment was corrected, the study shows pressure decreases by 28.6%! The flow also becomes uniform again once treatment is given. The idea of the fluid (CSF and blood) collecting in the brain due to the poor draining and improper position of these vertebrae is under review for a cause of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well.

You might think that because the CSF and other vessels are deep in the brain that surgery is required. Au contraire says Dr. Scott Rosa. Dr. Rosa preforms an upper cervical chiropractic technique called Atlas Orthogonal that corrects the malposition of the cervical spine without surgery or drugs. Did you hear that?! NO DRUGS! No prescription and no side effects. No cutting, scarring and recovering. This procedure alone is enough to allow CSF and blood flow to normalize and decrease the pressure that will diminish the risk of the person from developing MS. That is as long as draining remains clear.

Everybody knows that neck injuries present with varying degrees of severity. How long after an injury does it take to develop into a condition like MS? On average, the study showed an 11 year lap between the initial injury and the diagnosis of MS. That should change the way we understand and treat vehicle accidents, sport injuries and other injuries to the head and neck. There are growing numbers of studies and theories relating to decrease flow of CSF and venous blood from the brain.

Reference: Dr. Flanagan uprightdoctor.wordpress.com
http://ucstudies.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/inventor-of-mri-has-found-possible-cause-of-multiple-sclerosis/

Snowboarders More Injury Prone Than Skiers, Especially Women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) By Genevra Pittman.  A new study from a Vermont ski resort found that snowboarders get injured slightly more often than skiers, with the most injuries happening in young, inexperienced female snowboarders.

The types of injuries in the study also varied by sport, with snowboarders most likely to be taken out by a hurt wrist or shoulder, and skiers more commonly injuring a knee ligament.

During 18 winter seasons with 4.6 million visitors, researchers counted a total of close to 12,000 injuries severe enough to bring skiers and snowboarders to the resort clinic.

“It’s true, these things do happen,” said Dr. David Salonen, a radiologist who has studied ski injuries at Toronto Western Hospital — and there’s probably no way to avoid them completely.

But, “For how many people are out there skiing (and snowboarding), injuries are relatively rare,” added Salonen, who wasn’t involved in the new study.

Salonen told Reuters Health that as with any sport, if you use the equipment properly and don’t push the boundaries of your experience or fitness, your chance of injury drops.

For the new study, Dr. Robert Johnson from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington and colleagues analyzed injury reports from Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont, from 1988 through 2006.

Snowboarders accounted for 17 percent of the resort’s visitors during that time, but slightly more of its injuries — about 19 percent. Since 2001, the research team reported, injury rates have been consistently higher in snowboarders than skiers.

On average, both skiers and snowboarders who got injured were younger and less experienced than a group of uninjured athletes who were surveyed for comparison.

“If you’ve got a whole bunch of people that are young and trying to learn how to do something that is like an extreme sport, there’s going to be a higher incidence of injury,” Salonen told Reuters Health.

“In any sport — and skiing and snowboarding is one of them — there are areas that will be more threatening and challenging to the athlete but also more intriguing. As you’re younger in age, you have a tendency to want to push your limits greater in any sport.”

Johnson’s team did not find that injuries were more common in athletes who used so-called terrain parks at the resort, which include half-pipes and jumps, even though researchers had been afraid that would be the case when they were installed.

One in five of all snowboarding injuries in adults and close to two in five in kids were wrist sprains and breaks, which are generally the result of a fall forward on to the snow, according to Salonen. Fractured collar bones and concussions each accounted for about four percent of the injuries in adults and five percent in kid snowboarders.

Among skiers, on the other hand, torn and otherwise injured knee ligaments sidelined one-third of the adult skiers, with leg muscle bruises being most common in kids, Johnson and his colleagues reported in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Salonen said that it’s hard to tell how bad those different injuries were, and one snow sport isn’t typically associated with worse injuries than the other.

He said that in both skiing and snowboarding, recreational athletes need to make sure their equipment fits correctly for their body size, ability and technique, and newcomers should start out with lessons and know their limits on the slopes.

“It’s like any sport,” Salonen said, “if you’re physically not in any position to be able to do what you’re about to do, it’s probably going to be a bad outcome.”

Johnson said that injury prevention is about “common sense, which is a bit difficult to conjure up with the young males… who imitate what they see on the X Games.”

While wearing a helmet and some kinds of wrist guards might be helpful, he told Reuters Health, making safe decisions is what’s most important.

“You have to modify your behavior and not go out hitting your head on trees, whether you’re wearing a helmet or not.”

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/yUR70M American Journal of Sports Medicine, online January 20, 2012.

 

Heading Soccer Balls Could Cause Brain Injury or concussion

I have always wondered about this and knew that brain bruising and damage can sometimes happen with sports and wondered if there were any studies on soccer with heading or passing the ball.

In this article published on January 15, 2012 in the HealthDay News, it states that soccer players need to use the correct techniques when “heading” the ball.  My thoughts are even with proper technique, the brain takes a bit of a beating with repetitive heading.

Although researchers have not yet proven a link between the sport and brain damage, Dr. Alejandro Spiotta and other experts from the Cleveland Clinic said soccer balls are moving at high speeds when they come into contact with players’ heads, putting athletes at risk for a possible traumatic brain injury.

“Even if the cognitive impairment were to be mild, it would still present a major medical and public health concern because of the massive volume of soccer players worldwide,” Spiotta and colleagues wrote. “Any possible detrimental effect may only become clinically evident decades in the future.”

In their review of existing research, published in the January issue of Neurosurgery, the researchers said caution about heading must be used at all levels of soccer. They advised that children use age-appropriate balls until they develop the neck strength and body control necessary for correct heading technique.

English soccer player Jeffrey Astle, who had a reputation as a fierce header, died with degenerative brain disease in 2002. The brain damage he sustained was similar to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease seen in football players and other athletes, the researchers said in a journal news release.

The researchers noted that soccer balls are no longer made of leather and do not absorb moisture, which may make them safer for heading. Also, a debate about the use of soft headgear to help protect players’ heads is ongoing.

The review concluded that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of heading on soccer players’ brains.

References: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_120832.html

FTD doesn’t only stand for flowers, It is also a type of Dementia

FTD also stands for Frontotemporal Dementia (Pick’s disease)

This Syndrome consists of a deterioration of the frontal lobe and temporal lobes of the brain. It is also known as Pick’s Disease.

Symptoms of Frontotemporal Dementia:
There are several symptoms. They are 2 types (1) behavior or (2) difficulty with language.

(1) Includes:

  • inappropriate social behavior;
  • social tact problems;
  • No empathy;
  • easily distracted;
  • loss of insight into the behaviors of oneself and others;
  • an increased sexual drive;
  • food preferences change;
  • easily agitated or increased rate of emotion;
  • lack of personal hygiene;
  • repetitive or compulsive behavior; and
  • decreased energy and motivation.

(2) shows language difficulty.  Spatial skills and memory remain intact.

Is it Genetic?
Studies have shown a high genetic component. FTD runs in families.

Treatment
No treatment has been shown to slow the progression of this syndome. In some cases, anti-depressants have been shown to improve some symptoms. If given a drug, please read and analyze the side effects.

Prognosis
Poor. This disease progresses quickly. Life expectancy is from less than 2 years in some individuals to more than 10 years in others. 24-hour care and monitoring at home or in an institutionalized care setting may be necessary.

Here is an organization that can answer more of your questions:

Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD)
100 North 17th Street Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
info@FTD-Picks.org
http://www.FTD-Picks.org
Tel: 267-514-7221 866-507-7222

Bell’s Palsy, What Is It? What Can Be Done?

Bell’s palsy happens suddenly.  You may awake with one part of your face drooping.  The 7th cranial nerve is responsible for this problem.  It is called (and rightfully so), the facial nerve.   This nerve passes through an opening in the temporal bone located on the side of your head.  If irritated, stretched or impinged it will lose its ability to innervate the facial muscles of your face. You may be unable to raise your eyebrows, pucker your lips, blink or smile.  Basically, you have lost the ability to produce a facial expression.  It can sometimes seem like you are having a stroke.  After a stroke is ruled out, this is when you know it is bell’s palsy.

Symptoms:

Pain around the ear can often happen before the facial nerve shows signs of paresis (muscle weakness) or paralysis.  The front of one side of the face usually feels heavy or numb.  Paresis, often with complete paralysis, develops within hours and is usually maximal within 48 to 72 hours.

After the examiner notices a drooping face on one side, testing is administered and if positive, safe chiropractic care can be started.   If treatment is unsuccessful, then you may want to get checked and cleared for:

  1. Herpes
  2. Ear infections
  3. Sarcoidosis
  4. Lyme disease
  5. Skull fractures
  6. Carcinomatous
  7. Meningitis
  8. Tumors

Treatment:

Medical doctors like to administer corticosteroids which can only be given a limited amount of times and actually has been shown to decrease healing time for tissues in the body and break down joint and bone tissue if used long term.  Chiropractors can adjust the first bone (Atlas) in your neck which can free up the fascial nerve without any side effects.  C1 or Atlas is located near the brain stem and can affect the whole body.

Even if you are not an advocate for chiropractic or have never tried.  Getting treatment is safe, effective and has no side effects.  Ingesting drugs is always an option if the treatment does not provide results.  Pharmaceuticals can produce harmful affects on the liver, kidneys, pancreas and other organs and stress the system.  Try chiropractic, you may be surprised by the results!

Is It Normal For My Child To Have Chronic Pain?

Kids are resilient!  Remember when you were a kid?  You could fall down, scrape your knee and it wouldn’t bother you a bit.  How many times did you fall learning how to walk, ride a bike, or just strain yourself during physical education class?

Kids are small and flexible so doesn’t it make sense that a bone may be moved out of place? Sometimes the body can take care of itself and put the bones back to where they belong, but sometimes the body may need some help.  One warning sign is a child with long term pain.  The body is saying there is something wrong

If your child has chronic pain, it usually means there is a problem and is not normal.  Abdominal pain could mean many different things and it would be a good idea to see a medical doctor to make sure it is not appendicitis or a serious condition.  If your child is experiencing musculo-skeletal problems then there may be a fracture, tear or bio-mechanical problem that needs to be addressed.

After ruling out a fracture or serious problem, chiropractors can analyze and examine your child to make sure that they are functioning properly and are not pulling or straining ligaments, tendons and bones in their bodies.  We are experts in body mechanics and can promote healthy posture, alignment and function.   Starting early in life being aware of your body will lead to a long, vibrant and happy life with limited stress and injury.

Chiropractic is safe for everyone, even kids. We offer gentle ways of allowing the bones to go back and stay where they belong.  We can help keep your child happy, healthy and loving life!

How Can I Take Care Of Vertigo And Dizziness?

Vertigo and dizziness can be scary but there are a couple of maneuvers that can help.

Vertigo happens sometimes when we change position of our head rapidly.  This can happen when changing from a sitting position to standing or from a laying down to standing position.  It can even happen if we turn our head too fast.

Sometimes this problem is because of a blocked nerve in the upper portion of our neck which goes to our inner ear.  It can also be caused by a mass of particles in the inner ear.  In either case, it can be taken care of and you can get your life back!

The Epley Maneuver is helpful with this problem.  It reconfigures the fluid in the ear and allows the inner ear to function.  How this works is a patient is taken from the seated position to laying down on his/her back with the affected ear facing down.  This is held for about 20-30 seconds and then the head is rapidly moved to the other side.  It is again held in this position for 20-30 seconds.  After staying in this position, the patient is then put on their side.  Then the patient is turned to face the floor.

After this maneuver it is recommended to remain in an upright position for 24 hours (or as long as you can sit comfortably).

Chiropractic adjustments to the top of the neck are safe and also help greatly with vertigo or dizziness.  Since the head is moving properly and the nerves are functioning normally, the ear works the way it should and the equilibrium is maintained.  Performing both the Epley Maneuver and adjusting the neck gets great results!

Call our office today if you have this problem!  We can help!

Precise Moves Chiropractic
Redwood City, CA
650-353-1133

5 Tips To Reduce Eyestrain

Eyestrain, the occupational hazard!

Ever feel dull, aching, sensation around and behind the eyes that can lead into a headache. It may be difficult to focus on a book or the computer screen. A dark computer screen surrounded by a bright background such as a window or a lit wall can really put severe strain on the eyes.

Here are 5 ways to get your eyes energized:

  1. Bat your eyelids. Blinking spreads a layer of lubrication across the surfaces of the eyes. This gives them quick relief. It also helps remove dust or grift from the eyes before it causes irritation.
  2. Do what some professional massage therapists do: Rub your hands together to warm them up, then place the heels of your palms over your eyes for a few seconds. The warmth will help them feel rested and relaxed.
  3. “Re-wetting drops” will help remove debris while providing soothing relief.
  4. Keep them cool, crazy cool. Slices of cool cucumber over the eyes can be very soothing. Or you can simply cover your eyes with a cool compress. Wet a towel in cool water, wring it out, and place it over your eyes for about five minutes. Doesn’t that make you say ahhhh?
  5. Give your eyes a break, they sure deserve it: Overuse from staring at the computer screen or driving long distances puts extra strain on your eyes. Every hour take some time and and focus on something other than the computer screen. Then close your eyes and relax for a moment.

We are health and wellness experts at our Redwood City Chiropractic office in Redwood city.  Please give us a call if you would like to make an appointment