"Bellevue pedestrian killed in crash with car" was the headline on December 1st of last year. Once again, a completely avoidable tragedy from a car accident. A 77 year old woman was struck and killed by a driver early on the morning of December 1st. The reason? "Icy car windows that were not defrosted and failing to look right for pedestrians contributed to the fatality". If the driver had taken a few more minutes to wait for their windows to clear, odds are they would have seen the pedestrian and this tragedy would have been avoided.
Please, take your time in the mornings, see your surrounding and where you are going before leaving your drive way. For the full story: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/bellevue-pedestrian-killed-crash-car/njJWp/
Car Accidents can create considerable injury to the human body. All too often these injury's are underestimated and can leave the injured with life long disability, because it was not properly dealt with. Below is a fantastic video showing the stages that take place in the human body following a car accident and how it relates to how long it may take to get better.
One complication that I come across quite regularly when treating my patients for their car accident injury's, is that they still have to fly for work. Flying is one of the hardest activities on our body's and if you are struggling with injury's on top of it all it can make it even worse.
Flying presents many health challenges to frequent fliers. The overall stress, the lack of a consistent healthy diet, the extended periods of sitting, the effects of cabin air and the discombobulation of jet lag, all take their toll on the frequent flier.
To deal with the ever-present stress of flying, avoid the chemical (medication, alcohol, etc.) and aim for more spiritual/physical, such as meditation or deep relaxation. Although some airports offer lounges for frequent fliers, sometimes the best option is a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and a meditation tape.
Medical reports have shown that long periods of sitting are significantly detrimental to health and there have been cases where long-haul flights have caused fatal instances of deep-vein thrombosis due to prolonged sitting. Frequent fliers are well advised to stretch regularly, either by getting up and walking the isles or by performing in-seat stretches. These can include neck stretching (tilting ear to shoulder and slowly rolling the head forward and down towards the other ear), back stretching (holding the armrests while twisting the chest to the left and right) and shoulder/arm stretching (placing the palm of the right hand at the nape of the neck, holding the right elbow with the left hand with the left elbow facing upwards and pulling the right elbow gently to the left, and then repeat the procedure on the other side).
A balanced regular diet is essential for health, regardless of occupation, but can be a challenge in airports due to the demands of boarding times and the temptations of fast food. Avoid processed and packaged foods, opting instead for fresh fruit that can easily be brought onboard. Whenever possible, eat at airport establishments that offer freshly cooked meals with fresh ingredients.
Hydration is very important when flying since cabin air is often exceptionally dry. Drink lots of water even though this might increase your number of trips to the toilet. Think of your trips to the toilet as a plus as it gets you out of seat and gives you another chance to stretch. Avoid in-flight alcohol and caffeinated drinks, as these will exacerbate your dehydration. Do not use the tap water from aircraft restrooms, as these are not meant to be potable.
Jet lag requires preparation and post-flight management in order to minimize its effects. For those fliers who will be returning to their point of departure in a short time, maintaining the same sleeping schedule (as much as possible) is highly recommended. For those staying in the destination’s time zone for longer than a day or so, adapting to the new time zone early by using a light box can significantly improve recovery from jet lag. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine, which alter sleeping patterns, can help to reduce jet lag. Switch to the new time zone immediately on arrival and avoid thinking about the time back home.
As a frequent flier, be sure to treat yourself to any airport facilities that help reduce stress and care for the body in healthy ways (massages, quiet rooms, etc.) and avoid those that provide only short-term pain relief.
"1 person killed, 3 others injured in fiery car crash near Bellevue". This was the headline September 12, 2013, and it could have been avoided. I know this because the majority, if not all car accidents can be avoided. They can be avoided by slowing down, don't get distracted, know where you are going so you don't have to look at your phones map, don't text, preset your radio stations, do not drive angry, DON'T DRIVE DRUNK, DON'T DRIVE BUZZED, if you are physically impaired do not drive, fix mechanical problems in your car, slow down when the conditions are bad, use your headlights properly, and for goodness sakes use common sense!
On my way into work this morning I noticed, and heard the car in front of me tailgating and honking at the car in front of him. We were on a two lane stretch of residential road where the speed limit was 35 miles per hour and there are plenty of school buses and children around. As far as I could tell the car that the driver was honking ats only problem was that they were going the speed limit (which obviously was too slow for the guy in front of me). As he was throwing up his hands in frustration he whipped his car around and passed the driver in front of him. Thankfully no one was injured, but this is something I see more and more often as a cause of car accidents...impatience and being in a hurry.
Being late for work does not justify putting other people and yourself in danger. Use these simple tips to avoid a car accident.
1. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going
2. Use http://www.navbug.com/washington/bellevue_traffic.htm to check traffic conditions that may slow you down.
3. Use your smart phone to find alternate routes if you get frustrated with sitting in traffic
4. Take a deep breath!
One of the most common accidents that I see here in Bellevue as an accident doctor is the "rear end crash". Below is a great video by CNET on how to better avoid these types of accidents.
Largest BlueCross/Blue Shield Study of it Kind---Over Ten Years it Shows Regular Chiropractic Care Would Reduce Overall Healthcare Costs By 50%
This ground breaking study has massive implications in general health care as well as car accident injury's. Done in 2007, and can be summed up with this statement, "“My research, conducted over a ten-year period utilizing clinical and cost outcomes data from one of the nation’s largest insurance underwriters, suggest that the regular utilization of chiropractic could reduce the need for hospitalization, pharmaceutical usage and overall global health care costs by almost 50 percent.”
All too often the thing we think about first after an auto accident is our car, but the damage to your body may be far worse.
Many of my patients are surprised to find themselves in pain days, weeks or even months after having had a car accident.. Obviously, if you have been in a major accident, go directly to the E.R. so you can be treated for cuts, organ damage, broken bones or other serious trauma's. After any life-threatening emergencies have been treated, it is a good idea to visit a chiropractor.
As a Chiropractor I am skilled in addressing the dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system that so often happen after being involved in an car accident, especially any misaligned bones. The injury suffered in the neck following a crash can be quite bad, even resulting in postconcussion syndrome and what we call TBI's, or traumatic brain injury's, that may keep you from fully healing. An auto accident can pinch nerves and cause damage to your bones, tendons and ligaments supporting the spine.
The most common condition that I treat as a chiropractor following a car accident is what is called cervical acceleration/deceleration injury's, more commonly known as whiplash. Whiplash from being rear-ended can cause a great amount of chronic, ongoing pain. Though the introduction of seat belts has helped save lives, it can contribute to these types of whiplash injury's. When hit from behind, the seat belt keeps your body from being hurled forward, though, there is no such restraint on your head. What first happens is that your chest, while being supported by the back of your seat, jolts forward, but your unsupported head and neck snaps back. This can cause the neck to go too far back, well beyond its normal capacity, tearing the muscles and ligaments in the front of your neck. Then when your car stops moving your body is flung forward, restrained by your safety belt, but there is nothing to keep your head and neck from being sent forward, injuring the muscles and ligaments in the back of your neck and head.
You may not feel much immediately after a car accident, but do not let that fool you that you have not been injured. This is most likely because your body's natural pain-killing endorphins, like adrenalin, are released when you are injured, masking any pain. You may later experience neck pain, headaches, dizziness or pain radiating into the shoulder and down into your arms or hands.
Many of my patients have experienced relief and stability after an caraccident from headaches, lower back pain, neck pain and even jaw pain. A study in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine found that 93% of people suffering from pain and symptoms of chronic whiplash experienced improvement under chiropractic care. Chiropractic has been shown to be extremely effective in helping with pain after a car accident and lowering the likelihood of it becoming a long term problem.
by Ryan Pauley,
Many individuals who have been involved in car accidents visit a chiropractor to help treat their injuries. In fact, the majority of my clients have seen the most progress from this form of treatment.
I’ve met with a few chiropractors and found there are at least two forms of common treatment: traditional and Pro Adjuster. Traditional chiropractic treatment is the most common and consists of physical adjustments to the spine. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation which is a condition that occurs as a result of a misaligned spinal segment.
Like traditional chiropractic, Pro Adjuster also treats vertebral subluxation. The Pro Adjuster is a tool which the doctor applies to specific areas of the body to determine what areas to treat. After determining the treatment area, the Pro Adjuster tool than applies pressure to that area to increase the mobility of the spinal segments. The Pro Adjuster differs from traditional chiropractic because instead of relying on the doctor’s judgment as to what areas are damaged, the Pro Adjuster measures precise levels of damage and then treats accordingly.
From a practical perspective it seems that the Pro Adjuster would appeal to individuals who are skeptical of physical adjustments. Because the Pro Adjuster tool applies pressure only to a limited area there are no major adjustments which the chiropractor must make when treating the patient.
Personally, I haven’t experienced Pro Adjuster treatment, but the next time I visit my chiropractor I am going to give it a shot.
To learn more about Pro Adjuster please see the following link:http://www.proadjusterlifestyle.com/index.php?do=chiropractic#section1.
To read more about Ryan Pauley and his law group, The Pauley Law Group visit http://www.pauleylawgroup.com/
Intense pain in the back can be due to a number of causes, one that we see quite often here at Bellevue Whiplash Center, at Back in Action Chiropractic is because of car accidents. Yes, thats right, car accidents can injure more than JUST your neck! It’s actually quite easy to have your back injured in an auto accident. The injury usually is a sprain or strain to the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support your back.
Weak, injured muscles due to the accident may suddenly go into spasm from performing the simplest movements. If the discs of your low back, muscles and ligaments can become unbalanced, and it can lead to a misalignment in your spine and create the perfect conditions for acute back pain.
Chiropractic therapy again and again has been proven to be an effective treatment for reducing acute back pain due to injury, and does it in a very safe and cost-effective way. Conventional medical treatment for back pain has not been shown as successful. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, an organization sponsored by the federal government, recommended that people with low back pain first seek treatment using spinal adjustments, as it is safe, effective and does not require drugs.
A study published in the December 2010 issue of The Spine Journal found that patients who were suffering from acute lower back pain had positive results after treatment with chiropractic manipulation, as opposed to no improvement in the control group who were treated with pain medication and physical therapy. The researchers reported that after 16 weeks, “78% of patients in the UC [conventional treatment] group were still taking narcotic analgesic medications on either a daily or as needed basis.” And that “treatment including CSMT [chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy] is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition-specific functioning.”
If you have been in a car accident and find that your low back is in pain, find a chiropractor to assess your injury's and implement an appropriate treatment plan.
Dr. Michael Weir is the clinic director at Bellevue Whiplash Center at Back in Action Chiropractic. We will also be hosting a variety of relevant guest bloggers to help you understand your injuries better.