Posts Tagged ‘auto accident injuries’


Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Exercise

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

injury-physical-therapyExercise and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitative Exercise

Generally speaking, the more fit our bodies are, the less prone to injury we will be. Now, this depends on a lot of different factors, and given those factors, also affects recovery and rehabilitation after an injury.

Height and Weight Ratio

Depending on your height, your weight can indicate that you are underweight, of average weight, overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. There are many health issues that can compound the matter of weight, but the bottom line from a musculoskeletal standpoint is that an overweight body puts extra pressure on our joints and can cause cartilage to wear away much faster as we age. Cartilage is important because it helps cushion our joints (especially in the knees) and the vertebrae in the spine. Extra strain on the joints as well as the muscles can inhibit movement and increase the likelihood of osteoarthritis.

Keeping active is essential to maintaining a strong musculoskeletal structure (including proper bone density).

NOTE: The reason people say that muscle weighs more than fat is because muscle is more dense. If an increase in muscle mass corresponds with a decrease in body fat, you could very well see your weight go up, even if you’re in better shape.

physical-rehabilitationFlexibility

We cannot stress enough how important flexibility is to the body. You don’t have to be a yogi or a contortionist, but keeping your body flexible decreases your chance of injury and can increase speed of recovery. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and ultimately your skeleton all need to move with you, not fight your movement. This is within reason, of course. If you’ve never done a back bend in your life, doing one on a whim will likely cause both pain and injury. Baby steps. Strong ligaments can mitigate the effects of sprains as well.

Muscles and Bone Density

In some cases, swimmers who rarely did workouts outside of the water developed arthritis at a very young age. Swimming is a very low impact (if no impact) physical activity, and while it is truly one of the best forms of exercise you can do, it should not be the only one. In fact, swimming is a great rehabilitative activity because of its low-impact nature.

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Possible Auto Accident Injury? What to Do Next

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

auto-accident-injuryWhat To Do When You’ve been Injured in an Auto Accident

Schedule An Appointment Right Away

If you have been involved in a car accident you should make an appointment for a thorough examination as soon as you can.

Often, individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents have minimal or no symptoms until several weeks after the accident.

It’s important to not only receive immediate treatment for any injuries sustained, but also to document the extent of the injuries, before too much time has passed.

Failure to obtain a timely evaluation or appropriate treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident may negate your ability to receive monetary compensation for any future medical bills, pain and suffering settlements, and compensation for work loss.

NOTE: The State of Florida requires that you be examined by a physician within 14 days of the automobile accident to qualify for PIP (personal injury protection) of your automobile policy.  Failure to do so will result in loss of your PIP coverage $10,000 to pay for your medical claims.

car-accident-auto-injury-factsWhen you first visit the Grappin Chiropractic Clinic, we will determine:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • The number of estimated treatments required to treat your injuries
  • If a referral to another medical specialist is required
  • If special tests are required (i.e. MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
  • If you need to take “injury time off” from work (and provide you with documentation for your employer)

The reason auto accident victims choose chiropractic care for treatment is simple – chiropractic care is exceptional in the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially those involving the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, disc and nerve damage, it’s only natural that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice. (more…)