3 Reasons To See A Chiropractor After An Injury

Athletes and non-athletes can roll their ankle when walking, running, dancing etc.

As an athlete, the demands put on the body can lead to wear and tear and injuries do sometimes occur. Even more so when we get older. Since our bones and muscles age right along with us, our bodies are more prone to get tweaked and sustain an injury. Seeing a chiropractor for treatment not only can help prevent injuries by keeping the body moving properly and keeping it strong, but if an athlete sustains an injury, it can help with a more speedy recovery. How you may ask?

Well, as you may know many professional athletic teams have added chiropractors to the staff to consult on treatment options when a player is injured. Chiropractors not only treat the spine but any joint that moves. This means not only the spine but extremities too! The full body is assessed and treated.

Here are 3 examples of what chiropractors can do to help with injuries:
1.Faster Healing
A sport injury gone untreated or even just left alone can lead to chronic injuries if the cause is not treated. Chiropractic care improves movement and blood flow to your muscles and soft tissues by allowing them to receive more oxygen and necessary nutrients. Regular chiropractic adjustments also reduce swelling by taking stress off of the area and take pressure produced by inadequate movement of the joints which put strain on the soft tissues and nerve roots which leads to swelling.

2. Better Mobility
Chiropractic care allows for proper movement in the body. This is spinal and extra-spinal. We also perform soft tissue work as well as cold laser at our facility. Increased flexibility and less strain on the body leads to decreased injuries, increased athletic performance and better health.

3. Find issues before there is pain: As most of you know, you get a warning sign before pain will set in. Lack of movement, tightness, a “tweak”, pulling or some sort of dysfunction normally occurs before there is discomfort. If you take care of your body, it will reward you with feeling great and working great! Chiropractic allows the body to do what it is supposed to do, function at its highest capacity!

Remember, if you do get an injury, ice for 15-20 minutes every couple hours for the first 24 hours to take down the swelling. Then after the swelling is down, move! This doesn’t mean go out and run or put a large strain on it but get the joint to move, it will decrease how long it takes to rehabilitate the area.

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

Bicycle Deaths

Car Accident InjuryAnne 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:  https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/study-police-reports-bike-accidents-save-lives

Professional Race Car Driver Injuries

Stock Car Racing and Injuries

I see a lot of people post car accident who worry about why they have an injury to the neck after what they think is a low impact car accident.  After reading this research, it is clear that car accidents cause damage, even if you are not a race car driver.  Professional race car drivers have top notch safety features.  Yes, they are going very fast but the cars are specially made for impact and drivers get injured.  Sometimes severely.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that people driving a “regular” street car get injured when hit by another vehicle.

The following data is from an investigation regarding injuries during and after races between 1996 and 2000.  The results were recorded through medical charts from the circuit medical centre at Fuji Speedway (one of  the largest circuits in Japan).  Race car drivers were from single seat/formula cars or saloon cars.


Data was obtained from 39 races in single seat cars (1030 participating cars) and 42 races in saloon cars (1577 cars).

50 injuries were recorded during the single seat car races, and 62 during the saloon car races (injury rate 1.2 per  1000 competitors per race and 0.9 per 1000 competitors per race respectively). Thirteen injuries were recorded after the race, 12 of them in saloon car racing. Bruises were the major injury in single-seat car racing (58%). Lower limb bruising was more common than upper limb bruising. Most of the injuries in saloon car racing (53.2%) were neck sprains. The incidence of concussion was high in both groups compared with other high-risk sports.


There were some differences in injuries between the two types of car. No serious injuries occurred except for one death. However, the driver’s body is subjected to large forces in a crash, hence the high incidence of concussion. The injuries recorded after the race emphasize that motor racing is a demanding sport.

Racing drivers are exposed to high-risk situations such as car crashes. However, it is not clear exactly how much G-force is loaded on the driver’s body in such situations. Because the driver’s muscles resist the G-force in an actual crash, the G-force loaded on the body may be smaller than that recorded by the car telemeters. Forces that cause severe injuries, such as concussions and fractures, are around 5–10 G, which are produced by acute deceleration of about 150–200 km/h.

Moreover, racing requires extraordinary physical performance in extreme conditions such as the high G-forces caused by breaking and cornering, heavy steering, and high temperature. In addition, it is said that the heart rate increases up to 170–180 beats/min during cornering.1

Thus motorsport is highly risky and demanding, and injuries are recorded both during and after races. The purpose of this research was to draw attention to motorsport by investigating injuries of racing drivers and to present a profile of those injuries.


Injuries recorded during and after races held at Fuji Speedway, which is one of the biggest circuits in Japan, between 1996 and 2000 were investigated retrospectively by using medical charts from the circuit medical centre. All drivers involved in crashes during the race were sent to the medical centre to be checked by a doctor, even if they did not complain of any symptoms; therefore no in-race injuries were overlooked. Some drivers may have gone directly to hospital, so some post-race injuries may have been missed.

The diagnoses of injured drivers who needed further examination at a hospital were recorded at the medical centre. Therefore, all injuries that were checked were recorded.

Neck pain resulting only from injured soft tissue was recorded as a neck sprain. Drivers who experienced either confusion or amnesia after the crash were diagnosed as having concussion. No driver lost consciousness as the result of a crash.

Two types of race were investigated, single seat/formula cars and saloon cars, as it was hypothesized that the difference in car design would result in different injuries. Only the main races involving professional drivers were selected for research, because the accident rate may be different between novice and professional drivers. During the five year study period, there were few changes in regulations on racing cars. This means that the type and incidence of injuries did not differ very much during these five years.

Injuries in single seat and saloon car racing showed that neck sprains and bruises were the most common in both types of car. All injuries to the neck were sprains. Therefore, in the analysis of injury type, neck sprains were not included in the sprains category, but were treated as a separate injury.

Single seat car racing

The number of participating cars was 1030, in 39 races. Fifty injuries      (including one death) were recorded during the races and one afterwards.  The in-race injury rate was approximately 1.2 per 1000 competitors per  race.

Bruises made up 58% of the injuries, and neck sprains accounted for  34%. The other four injuries were: ankle sprain, abrasion, concussion,  and death. The death occurred when the car hit the signboard, which stands at the start line, after being sent airborne when its tire hit that of another car in the straight section of the circuit. The cause of death was recorded as a cerebral contusion. The car may have hit the finishing gate directly at more than 200 km/h because the gravel prevented effective deceleration, so the death may have been instantaneous. Therefore, death was considered an isolated injury and was not included in the analysis of site of injury. One driver with a concussion was sent to the hospital but there were no significant findings on computed tomography scan.

Analysis of the injured body sites showed that most injuries were to the neck 34%. The next most injured body sites were the lower limbs 24%; 11 of these 12 injuries were bruises and the other was an ankle sprain. The number of injuries to the upper limbs was smaller 14%. Six of these seven injuries were also bruises, and the other one was an abrasion. Head/face injuries accounted for 10%; four of these injuries were bruises to the head, and one was a concussion. This shows that the head was prone to hard impacts even though helmets were worn.

One driver was seen at the medical center after the race complained of pain in both forearms. This was thought to be compartment syndrome, but he had no nervous symptoms

Saloon car racing

The number of participating cars was 1577, in 42 races. There were 62 injuries recorded during the race and 12 afterward. The in-race injury rate accounted for approximately 0.9 per 1000 competitors per race.

Most of the in-race injuries were neck sprains 53%. Bruises accounted for 27%; this was much less than in single seat car racing. There were five fractures; these were diagnosed at the hospital. Three were tibial, one was an L1  burst fracture, and another was a Bennett fracture. The rest of the injuries were a concussion, sprain, and abrasion. Two drivers who had concussion were also sent to the hospital; there were no significant findings on computed tomography scan.

The neck was the most commonly injured body site 53%. The next most common site of injury was the upper limbs 21%, more than lower limb injuries, which accounted for 16%. Head/face injuries accounted for 5%; two of these were concussions and one was a face abrasion. The abrasion may have occurred because the helmet rubbed against the face when it shifted during impact.

More injuries were recorded after the race than for single seat cars. Four of the 12 “injuries” were dehydration. One driver had a stomach ache, and the other seven cases were Orthopaedic problems. Two of the latter were right shoulder pain, and the drivers could not lift their arms.


There are some difficulties in analyzing the incidence of injuries among racing drivers, because the conditions of each race are not always the same. The number of participating cars can vary from race to race. As the number of cars increases, more accidents are likely to occur. Also, the speed is different in each category—accidents with faster cars may be more common and severe than with slower cars. Therefore the injury incidence can differ from race to race. These factors which are specific to motorsport make analysis difficult.

We selected races involving professional drivers only because there may be a difference between incidents involving novice drivers and those involving professional drivers. Furthermore, the racing cars used in professional categories are faster. In addition, we investigated two different types of car, saloon and single seat, hypothesizing that the difference in car design would affect the injury profile. The main differences are: (a) the saloon car has a roof—that is, the cockpit is an enclosed space—but the single seat car is open; (b) the cockpit of the single seat car is cramped, especially with regard to leg room. In contrast, the cockpit of the saloon car is relatively spacious.

Bruises accounted for 27% of the injuries in saloon car racing, whereas bruises accounted for 58% of the injuries in single-seat car racing. Analysis of the body sites where bruises occurred in the two groups showed that lower limb injuries were more common in single-seat car racing, and upper limb injuries were more common in saloon car racing. This can be explained by the lack of leg room in single-seat cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States investigates traffic accidents, using the National Accident Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (CDS). Their data for car accidents between 1988 and 1989 show that injuries to the arms are more common than to the legs.  This is the same as our data on saloon cars, the design of which is based on ordinary cars. In our research, neck injuries accounted for 53% and head/face injuries 5% of the total in saloon cars. In single-seat cars, the corresponding percentages were 34% and 10%. The distance to the steering wheel is short in single-seat cars compared with saloon cars, so drivers are susceptible to hitting their head/face on the steering wheel when they crash. This may explain the higher head/face injury rate. The chances of hitting the steering wheel may be low in saloon car racing, but tension forces on the neck may be higher when the head has to stop without hitting something. Therefore the neck injury rate in saloon car racing is high. The head/face injury rate was not high in either group compared with CDS data (39%), and all injuries were classified as abbreviated injury scale (AIS) 1, which is produced by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (table 2). This is because racing drivers are restrained by six-point seat belts, and helmets protect their heads.

The percentage of neck injuries was high in both groups, but there were no serious injuries such as fractures or dislocations, and all neck injuries were sprains classified as AIS 1. This may be because the driver’s neck does not encounter excessive pure tensile, tension-extension, and lateral bending loading. It has been suggested that pure tensile loading on the neck without any other force must exceed 100 G to produce severe neck injuries.  Such a G force is not likely to occur in most crashes. Furthermore, even though the driver hits his head somewhere in the cockpit, the neck may not encounter traumatic tension-extension and lateral bending loading. This is because the six-point seatbelt restrains the body from moving too much when the car crashes, and thus the head does not strike the front with excessive force, which may produce tension-extension injury. Moreover, the headrest of the bucket seat used in the saloon car and the design of the single-seat car, which protects the sides and back of the head, also prevent tension-extension and lateral bending loading.

Two out of three head/face injuries in saloon cars and one out of six head/face injuries in single-seat cars were concussions. The three patients with concussions had amnesia or confusion, but no loss of consciousness. This incidence of concussion is approximately 1.3 per 1000 drivers in saloon car racing (which is a rate of about 4.8% per race) and approximately 1.0 per 1000 drivers in single-seat car racing (which is a rate of about 2.6% per race). In soccer, which has a comparably high incidence of concussion to American football, the rate of concussion is 0.15–0.34 per 1000 athlete exposures (estimated rates are about 1–2% per season for a typical female or male collegiate soccer player). This shows that motor racing has a high rate of concussion compared with other high-risk sports, even though drivers are protected by seat belts and helmets.

What is already known

Racing drivers are known to suffer various disorders; low back pain is typical. Injuries are known to occur in motorsport, but there are few data on the injuries specific to this sport

What this study adds

Injuries to racing drivers during and after the race were investigated. A difference was found between injuries in single seat and saloon car racing. Neck injuries were not severe, but the concussion rate was higher than in other sports.

There is now a device to prevent head and neck injuries called the head and neck support (HANS). This is designed to reduce movement of the driver’s head in a crash and thereby the force on the neck. In our research, there were no fatal neck injuries, but many neck sprains. This device may prevent such neck injuries and may also decrease head injuries. It is not certain how concussions occur when racing cars crash. It may be the result of hitting the head against something in the cockpit or the result of the sudden acceleration of the head. HANS restricts head movement through tethers attached to the driver’s helmet, therefore it may cause the head to stop suddenly during a crash. We are concerned that such an abrupt deceleration may result in the traumatic force on the brain.


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Car Accident Injury Rehabilitation

Most people don’t understand how a small accident can cause injuries. It is real easy to understand if someone is in a head on collision or struck at a high speed. You have got to remember that this vehicle is large and even if you may be a large person, it is still a lot more mass that is slamming into you.

Recovery after a car accident can be slow. The soft tissue damage and alignment issues that occur after a car accident can take significant time to heal (months to years). Often times, victims go to their family doctor for pain medication but this normally only offers temporary relief. It has been found that regular chiropractic visits accelerate the process of healing. Soft tissue work, exercise and visiting your chiropractor to get your range of motion back along with rehabilitation of your body can you feel better both mentally and physically. Also, it is imparitive that you drink enough water, get enough rest and eat foods that are good for you to help you heal.

I was recently checking up on Tracy Morgan who was in a automobile accident and is suing Walmart for his injuries. This accident happened in August of 2014.  As of today, April 23, 2015, he is still recovering from his injuries and is not sure when he can get back to work in the entertainment business. Car accidents are dangerous and can show symptoms for years.  If you are in an accident, please get treatment as soon as possible. Waiting will only make the healing process harder since tissues harden and create scar tissue along with improper alignment which leads to bad body mechanics leading to symptoms.

We can help you heal from an accident and help you become healthy and vibrant again. Call our Redwood City Chiropractic office today at (650) 353-1133.

Can I Still Be Hurt after a car accident when there is little damage to my car?

In a study conducted by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.”

A vehicle weighs a ton and you are very small in comparison.  So even with little impact, just the weight of the mass can cause damage.  Think of being tackled on the street by a 200lb. person and you can imagine being hurt right?  Well, a car weighs way more than that and even though you are strapped in and have airbags, it is still a large mass that has slammed into you.  This causes damage.

Like I mentioned earlier, the damage to a car is different to the damage to a person.   Even though your body may work like a machine, it is not and it can lead to pain and issues with how your body works.  Even if there is no pain immediately, the impact can lead to pain later on.

Please give our Redwood City Chiropractic office a call at (650) 353-1133 so we can evaluate you using our technology that has been used by cardiologists and personal trainers on professional athletes and astronauts.  It tracks your body during your care and tells us how you are healing.

Car Insurance, Settlement And Medical Payments

If you get in a car accident and you have Medical Payments on your insurance coverage, your insurance company will pay for you and anyone in the car that has an injury up to policy limits.  This is really good to add to your insurance policy if you don’t already have it and it only costs a small portion more per year (you will be surprised how little).  With this included in your policy, care is easy and effortless on your part.

Now, if you do NOT have medical payments on your car insurance policy and are hit by someone else:

During your care with a doctor, the insurance company for the person who is “at fault” sends a final settlement for damages to you in the mail or sometimes wants verification over the phone.  After this is verified, the insurance company will send out a check within 30 days after you reach this settlement figure for car damages or in some cases, the car repair shop will send the bill directly to the insurance company for repayment.  A “release” is included with the final paperwork to sign for closure of the damage part of your insurance settlement.  You must sign the release and return it to the insurance after which you are free to deposit the check.

Be Careful What You Sign Though….

If you also have a personal injury claim arising out of the same ­accident, which means you are seeing someone for injuries sustained by your car accident.  Be sure to read the documents you are to sign in accepting a property damage settlement. When you receive the check and release document, make sure the words “Property Damage Only” or “Property Damage Claim” are presented on each of the documents requiring signature.  Do not deposit any check or sign any document that reads General Release” or does not clearly indicate “Property Damage.” If you are not certain that either the settlement check or release is properly marked, ask the insurance adjuster to add “Property Damage Only” on the documents and to write you a separate letter confirming that this settlement amount is only for the property damage part of your claim.

This release is FOREVER and if you sign a document which covers your personal injury, you will no longer be compensated for your injuries and your case is closed.  A lot of insurance companies will pressure you to settle your injury claim, but do not do so until you are advised by your doctor that you are indeed finished with care.  Also, there may be future problems with a car accident injury that may not look like it is attributed to the past accident.  Try and make sure to negotiate future medical expenses in your settlement.  If you are not comfortable with the settlement, you may want to contact a lawyer, continue your treatment and have them negotiate with the insurance company.

Check your insurance policy today and find out if you have medical coverage on your policy, you won’t regret it.


Study Of Future Neck Pain After A Car Accident

FROM: European Spine Journal 2010 (Jun);   19 (6):   972–981

Paul S. Nolet, Pierre Côté, J. David Cassidy and Linda J. Carroll

Centre of Research Expertise in Improved Disability Outcomes (CREIDO), University Health Network Rehabilitation Solutions, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Paul S. Nolet, 86 Dawson Road, Unit 3, Guelph, ON N1H 1A8, Canada e-mail: pnolet@rogers.com; pnolet@uhnresearch.ca

The Association Between a Lifetime History of a Neck Injury
in a Motor Vehicle Collision and Future Neck Pain:
A Population-based Cohort Study

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.

The objective of this population-based cohort study was to investigate the association between a lifetime history of neck injury from a motor vehicle collision and the development of troublesome neck pain. The current evidence suggests that individuals with a history of neck injury in a traffic collision are more likely to experience future neck pain. However, these results may suffer from residual confounding. Therefore, there is a need to test this association in a large population-based cohort with adequate control of known confounders. We formed a cohort of 919 randomly sampled Saskatchewan adults with no or mild neck pain in September 1995. At baseline, participants were asked if they ever injured their neck in a motor vehicle collision. Six and twelve months later, we asked about the presence of troublesome neck pain (grade II–IV) on the chronic pain grade questionnaire. Multivariable Cox regression was used to estimate the association between a lifetime history of neck injury in a motor vehicle collision and the onset of troublesome neck pain while controlling for known confounders. The follow-up rate was 73.5% (676/919) at 6 months and 63.1% (580/919) at 1 year. We found a positive association between a history of neck injury in a motor vehicle collision and the onset of troublesome neck pain after controlling for bodily pain and body mass index (adjusted HRR = 2.14; 95% CI 1.12–4.10). Our analysis suggests that a history of neck injury in a motor vehicle collision is a risk factor for developing future troublesome neck pain. The consequences of a neck injury in a motor vehicle collision can have long lasting effects and predispose individuals to experience recurrent episodes of neck pain.

Dr Amie Gregory thoughts and advice:

It is very important to get treated immediately after a car accident.  Most people rest afterward which is not the best way to go about it.  Soft tissue takes from 8-12 weeks to be rehabilitated and if rested after an injury, the tissue will become more taut and make it harder to move resulting in longer rehabilitation and more injuries.  If it is contradicted to adjust your neck or back after an accident, we can still work on the soft tissue and keep proper movement in your body preventing injuries and get you well quicker!

Causes and Risks Factors Of Neck Pain

What are causes and risk factors for neck pain?

Neck pain is a common condition.  It can occur from a number of disorders and diseases of any tissues in the neck.

Common conditions that may cause neck pain are degenerative disc disease (decreased size of disc space) neck sprain or strain, whiplash, disc problems or nerves that are pulled, squished or stretched.

If you are involved in sports or have had a motor vehicle accident, you are at risk of having neck pain.  It is not only sport or car accident related.  Bad posture when sitting at the computer, office or even texting and watching television can put a strain on the neck.


Neck pain is commonly associated with dull aching. It can keep you from sleeping if neck positions pull on the adjacent nerves.  Sometimes pain in the neck is worsened with movement of the neck. Other symptoms associated with some forms of neck pain include numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, difficulty swallowing, dizziness or lightheadedness.

Problems with the neck can lead to headaches, pain in the jaw or face, shoulder pain.  Since the nerves of the neck go all the way to the fingers, it can cause pain all the way to the tips of the fingers.

What are the structures of the neck?

The neck has seven bones that protect the spinal cord.  Since the neck moves in every direction, there are several different angles of muscles and tissues.  Since we also have discs, skin, muscles, arteries, veins glands, the esophagus, trachea and larynx, any or all of these areas can be affected with dysfunction or stress on the neck.

How can chiropractic help neck pain?

Well, since your neck pain really stems from physical stress or nerve irritation, we specialize in keeping your nervous system and body functioning at its highest level.  We can easily diagnose and treat your condition safely and gently.  We also use physical therapy and massage to help you get better faster and keep you healthy!

Remember, any pain or sensation you feel is generated by a nerve.  So, if you have pain, a nerve is involved, we track the pattern of your nerve problem and find the area that needs care.  Then we show you how to keep good posture and give you exercises to stay healthy.  No drugs, no pain, just relief!

Impingement Sydrome vs. Frozen Shoulder

Impingement Syndrome and Frozen Shoulder are very similar because they effect the shoulder joint but there are some differences.  Lets look at both and see what we can do about them.

Impingement Syndrome (I.S.):
We become more at risk for shoulder can happen as we get older because we become tighter and less mobile.  This condition can sometimes become a problem after bouts of shoulder bursitis or rotator cuff tendonitis.  Injuries to the shoulder inflame the tissues and can cause long term damage.  The rotator cuff muscles become tight and do not function properly leading to decreased movement of the shoulder.

What are the Symptoms?
Difficulty lifting a straight arm over your head or behind your back.  There can be tightness, pain and tenderness on the shoulder area. If this problem is not taken care of, chronic muscle tightness and atrophy can pull or rupture the bicep muscle or tendon limiting ability to bend the arm and elbow as well.

What can be done?

1. Stretching exercises

2. Proper alignment of the shoulder in the joint space

3. Muscle and tissue loosening with massage or sastm (a Graston Technique)

4. Ultrasound, Tens machines can also be used to stimulate the area

What is a frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)?
Frozen Shoulder is similar to Impingement syndrome but the capsule of the arm is affected with loss of movement in all directions (over the head, to the side, backwards).  It happens during active motion (patient does it) or when the doctor moves it and the patient is relaxing the arm.

What causes a frozen shoulder?
Repetitive movements or injury to the shoulder which causes inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the shoulder’s  joint capsule which surrounds the shoulder joint and keeps muscles and tissues in place.

If you are diabetic, have chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis or have recently had chest or breast surgery you are at a higher risk of getting Frozen Shoulder.  Also, long term non-movement of the arm in its normal range of motion can develop frozen shoulder.

How do we know you have frozen shoulder?

During examination we will move your arm and see where its limitations are.  Orthopedic tests will be administered to test strength and neurological testing will be performed.

If necessary, an x-ray with contrast dye injected (Arthography) into the shoulder joint can show problems with the capsule.   Also an MRI can be taken to see soft tissue damage.

In order to help with this problem, proper stretching of the arm and rehabilitation is required.  Stretches must be done everyday to keep good blood flow, movement and mobility.  Here is the bad news….once you have frozen shoulder or impingement syndrome, you have to keep stretching.  It can and will come back.

Both of these problems need a lot of time for rehabilitation.  It can sometimes take be 6-8 months to get back to full function.  Be patient, it will happen, just a lot of hard work to get you back in the swing of things again.

It can be tricky but in either case, our Redwood City Chiropractic office can help.

Burner Stinger Is More Common Than You Think!

This injury is most common with football players but it can happen with anyone who falls onto their shoulder pushing their head to the opposite side of their body.  It can also occur when people stretch their neck muscles and nerves beyond their capacity.  Symptoms of burning or stinging pain in the shoulder or neck occurs.  It is often followed by pain which may radiate down to the arm or hand.  Numbness and weakness of the shoulder or arm may happen immediately or over time.

Treatment begins with icing the injury if there is edema and muscle therapy is begun after the swelling is down.  Low force chiropractic adjustments are greatly helpful and Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy (S.A.S.T.M.) can improve movement of the neck and decrease the affects of scar tissue after the injury.

It is important to start rehabilitation quickly in order to keep motion in the neck and prevent stiffness which will make for a slower recovery.   Exercise programs to improve strength and flexibility are administered once the body is stable.

At Precise Moves Chiropractic in Redwood City, we are very successful with burner stinger syndrome and numerous sports injuries.  If you have hurt yourself, have limited motion or are not functioning at the level you would like, give us a call…we can help!