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Arm & Leg Injury Pain Relief with Chiropractic

As discussed in the second blog of this series, soft tissue injuries  can effect tendons, ligaments, muscles, skin, blood vessels, fat, and connective tissues. Many of the patients we treat in our injury and auto accident clinic in Frisco, have found relief from their arm and leg injury pain with chiropractic treatment and modalities.

Types of Injuries

A car accident, whether minor or severe, can affect your body in many ways. Pain can be immediate, or it may be subtle. Sometimes the pain gradually increases over time. Other times it wanes and then gets worse again. Some common arm and leg injuries we have seen in our clinic include the following:

  • Shoulder impingement 
  • Joint dislocation of shoulder or elbow
  • Strains or sprains of the shoulder muscles
  • Patella (knee cap) compression or dislocation 
  • Damaged cartilage in your knee

No matter the severity or how fast it appears, we all want pain relief.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

As an accident and injury clinic in Frisco, we’ve seen a variety of complex injuries. No matter the injury, it’s important that a trained and licensed professional, experienced in providing arm and leg injury pain relief, evaluates you. A comprehensive evaluation is the best way to determine the source of your pain.

After the evaluation, a treatment plan will be designed specifically for the patient and their injury. We offer comprehensive treatment for pain relief. For example, ultrasound therapy helps with relaxing muscles and decreasing muscle spasms. Electrical stimulation enhances your body’s natural pain relief process. A gentle manipulation helps realign your joints. Hot packs increase oxygen in muscles which helps heal damaged tissue. Cold packs are useful in decreasing inflammation (swelling) in the tissues and reducing your pain.

Start Your Pain Relief Here

If you have suffered any type of injury including arm or leg injuries from a car accident and are seeking an accident and injury clinic in Frisco, Dallas, Richardson, or Plano, IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic can help. We have convenient hours Monday through Saturday and will handle everything through your insurance claim. Book your appointment by filling out the request here, or call (972) 232-2227 today! 

soft tissue injuries of the knee are quite common

How Chiropractic Provides Relief from Soft Tissue Injuries

As discussed in the previous blog, some common injuries related to car accidents. This article will look at the types of soft tissue injuries we typically see here at our accident and injury clinic in Richardson. 

Defining Soft Tissue Injury

A soft tissue injury is damage to the soft tissues of your body and not your bones. This includes ligaments, tendons, skin, muscles, connective tissue, fat, and blood vessels. For example, a bruise, a contusion, or a sprain would be classified as a soft tissue injury. The severity of these injuries varies from a simple bruising to a serious contusion that could require medical treatment.

Common Injuries and Symptoms

As an accident and injury clinic in Richardson, we see sprains, strains, lacerations, contusions, joint impingements, and tears of ligaments, especially in the shoulders and knees.

  1. Sprains and strains typically happen from your body moving forcefully and quickly. You may feel tenderness, stiffness, soreness, reduced range of motion, and swelling. 
  2. Blunt trauma inevitably results in a contusion or bruising. When blood vessels are hit with enough force to cause them to break, bruising develops. 
  3. Impingement occurs when the tendons surrounding a joint are swollen, thus restricting movement. This often results in both pain and weakness.
  4. Torn ligaments, especially in the knees, are among the most common soft tissues injuries.  Possible signs of a torn ligament in the knee are swelling, instability in your leg, or stiffness.
  5. As an accident and injury clinic in Richardson we can diagnose your injury and prescribe treatment plan that caters to you and your goals.

How IRC Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Can Help

Depending on your injuries, we may take one of several approaches to treat your soft tissue injuries in our Richardson accident and injury clinic. We start with an evaluation to determine the severity of your injury. Understandably, that helps determine the course of treatment our skilled professionals will provide. Some methods may include electrical stimulation, massage, heat or cold packs, ultrasound therapy, and gentle manipulation. Click here to schedule your appointment online from the convenience of your home, or call (972) 232-2227 today. 

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Prevention

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Prevention

People who spend a lot of time performing activities that require a high level of force, repetition, or use vibrating tools are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Other activities such as driving, playing musical instruments, knitting, using a sander, screw drivers, air wrenches, waitress work, or assembling small parts are also associated with increased CTS risk. The good news: there are ways we can reduce the risk of developing CTS. Some of these include the following:

  1. Stay Healthy: There are many conditions that contribute to the onset and/or make CTS worse. Exercise, maintain a healthy weight (Body Mass Index – BMI – of 25 or less), stop smoking (or better yet, never start), take your thyroid medication (if indicated), keep your blood sugar normal (obesity leads to diabetes which often worsens CTS), and do your carpal tunnel exercises multiple times a day.
  2. Ergonomics: Use “ergonomic” principles when arranging your workstation such as sitting properly at your home and work computers. The placement of your desk, the computer monitor, the keyboard (consider a convex keyboard rather than the flat type), the mouse (and type of mouse – the track ball mouse requires no arm movement, only the thumb), paperwork space and location. The type of chair and its height are also very important. Avoid desks that have sharp edges as they can compress the forearms and pinch the CTS nerve.
  3. Posture: The position in which you sit is important! Sit in an upright position, head/chin tucked in, feet on the floor or on a box, elbows resting on adjustable arms of the chair bent about 90 degrees, and keep your wrists fairly straight/neutral. Avoid slouching, reaching out with the elbows less than 90 degrees, head shifted forwards and shoulders rounded and feet not positioned under you. When you talk on the phone, STRONGLY consider a headset! Pinching the phone between your shoulder and ear with your head bent sideways for any length of time is a ticket to disaster for developing CTS and/or other types of cumulative trauma disorders (pinched nerves in the neck, shoulder tendonitis/bursitis, elbow tendonitis and more).
  4. Plan your activities: Pay careful attention to your daily routine for activities that may increase your risk of developing or perpetuating CTS. For example, these activities can increase your chance of developing or worsening CTS: playing a musical instrument, knitting, carpentry, playing video or computer games for hours, working on cars, operating vibrating tools, using forceful gripping such as spray bottles, using a crutch, cane, wheelchair, engaging in certain sports such as long-distance cycling that load the arm and hand, skiing – waterskiing requires a firm grip on the handle and snow skiing requires firm gripping on the ski pole.
  5. Sleep: It is impossible to control the position we put our hands/wrists in at night. Therefore, it is essential to wear wrist splints so we avoid bending the wrists in our sleep. Many of us curl up in a ball and tuck or bend the wrists and hands under our chin. In a “normal” wrist, the pressure inside the carpal tunnel DOUBLES when we bend our wrists! If we have CTS, the pressure goes up exponentially or, 6-8 times because of the increased pressure that’s there already because of the CTS. Use a pillow that is designed for you, we’ll help you with that!
  6. Take a break! It’s important to pace yourself if your work or play includes fast, repetitive activities. It’s easy to get lost into what you’re doing so a timer to remind you that an hour has gone by and to take a break is a wise purchase.  There are computer programs that flash on your screen, “Time to stretch!” Some of these may include the actual exercise so you don’t forget what to do. If not, talk to us about what exercises are good to do either at the workstation and/or at home for CTS.
            We realize you have a choice in who you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend or family member require care for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), we would be honored to render our services.