Injuries and Sports

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What to do when you have a sports injuryChiropractic plays a larger role in the health and performance of many athletes. Today, coaches and colleges as well as a number of Olympians include chiropractic care as part of their training regiment. Chiropractors are considered part of the team. Chiropractic care is over 100 years and plays an important part in swimming and other sports.

All athletes, at one point or another, have suffered some kind of an injury, ranging from  a muscle pull, a sprain/strain injury, a repetitive stress injury or a major trauma. Sports and injury go hand in hand! So what can be done to treat sports injuries and what is the most appropriate type of care for treating these types of injuries? Most people who suffer sports related injuries try an over the counter medication (such as Tylenol, Motrin or Aleve). when that doesn’t work then they’ll go to their family doctor for something stronger. Unfortunately drugs only temporarily mask the symptoms, they do not cure sports related injuries. Instead consider a physical medicine approach, such as chiropractic care, to treating sports injuries. Physical medicine includes chiropractic adjustments coupled with a rehabilitation program (physical therapy) which is designed to improve functional range of motion, stabilize and strengthen the supportive soft tissues, foster balance and coordination and of course to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. Many professional athletes and 85% of all Olympic athletes rely on chiropractic care to enhance performance and to help them heal from injuries. The world’s best athletes, such as Tiger Woods, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana, (decathlon gold medal winner) Dan O’Brien, Evander Holyfield, Lance Armstrong, etc.., have all used chiropractic care and it works for them.

A chiropractor can treat knee injuries, pack, injuries, rotator cuff injury, ankle injuries, and much more. Isn’t it time you consider chiropractic care, it will work for you too!

By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat sports injuries and pain  including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.

Chiropractic Care and MVA’s

Instead using pain pills to numb your body there is a better choice. It is chiropractic care and rehabilitation. Not all chiropractors do the same thing. So it’s important to choose one who has the training and equipment to treat auto accident injuries. At Mahler Family Chiropractic Center, we use a unique approach to treating car accident injuries. Our methods are effective and we can often get you out of pain, restoring range of motion, improving posture, and correcting misalignment. Many of our patients have tried numerous approaches to manage their pain and symptoms including  seeing their medical doctor, various therapists and even other chiropractors. Our methods are different and they work. We use a combination of conservative chiropractic care, which is drug free and surgery free, along with laser therapies and muscle and ligament rehabilitation. We treat each case individually and work with you to develop a chiropractic and home care plan that works.

We’re located in Wilkes Barre area Give us a call or visit us at our facility.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat car accidents including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.

Treating Car Accident Injuries

(Also see Chiropractic Care and MVA’s or  The Rights of An Auto Accident Victim)

Whiplash is seriousAn car accident occurs every 2-3 seconds and people who have been involved in a collision will suffer some degree of trauma. An 8 mile per hour collision enough to damage a steel bumper, so imagine the damage it can do to the delicate ligaments in your neck. An 8 miles per hour crash can cause damage and pain to your spine. Now imagine what happens at 35, 45 or even 55 miles per hour! It is important to get your spine check following a motor vehicle accident (MVA) because the underlying trauma may cause symptoms week or even years later.
Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel they are hurt but, the most common injury to the neck is whiplash. Whiplash is caused when the head suddenly accelerates then decelerates. The head may move backward, forward, or sideways or any combination of the three and that result in the damage to muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.

Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to thinking that you are not injured. Therefore, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously and checked immediately. The sooner these injures are detected the more likely you are to make a complete recovery.Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Scientific studies have shown that years after a whiplash injury approximately 50% of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.

To see how you might benifit from chiropractic care see chiropractic and MVA’s.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat car accidents including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.

Phases of Care

PHASE ONE: RELIEF CARE / ACUTE PHASE

INITIAL TREATMENT: Many people seek out chiropractic care because they are in pain. During the first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms, including the pain. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. During this phase of care it is important to retrain soft tissue. To retrain soft tissue it must hold the new pattern for at lest one week therefore treatment cycles of over one week do not accomplish this goal.

One of the many misconceptions when patients start treatment is “if I don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with me – I am healthy.” Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health and often pain and other symptoms only appear after a disease or other condition have become advanced.  Pain is the typically the last indicator that something is wrong and the first one to leve. It is for this reason that people often re-injure themselves or drop out of care to soon.

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease or cancer? Often a paper cut hurts worse than any of these conditions do in the early stages. Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.

PHASE TWO: CORRECTIVE CARE / STRENGTHENING PHASE

The easiest part of the chiropractor’s job is the elimination of pain. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. It is at this point that the patient is most likely to  re-injure themselves. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though the PAIN symptom is gone.

During the correction / restorative phase of your care the chiropractic adjustment is important but not the only treatment required. The patient moves into a strengthening period,  and exercise as well as other therapies to improve rang of motion and proprioception are used in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustments.  During this phase of care, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches at the office as well as at home to help accelerate your healing.

Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups of your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

PHASE THREE: WELLNESS CARE / WELLNESS PHASE

The key to health is maintainance and once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. It is important to think of spinal hygiene at this point. Just like dental hygiene your spine need ongoing care from you chiropractor as well as home maintenance such as exercise and stretching. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.

When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love. Spinal hygiene is important for everyone.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://www.mahler-chiropractic.com
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Treating chronic pain, what is it and what can I do?

chronic painWhat is chronic Pain? It is pain that has persisted for more than six months although in some definitions it is considered chronic if it is over three months. To confuse maters more you could have acute exacerbation’s of a chronic pain condition that seem short lived but the chronic condition is an underling-factor in the acute condition. what are some of the common cause of chronic pain? Chronic pain can be caused by problems or irritations of the nervous system, injuries or degeneration of the joints, muscle injuries.

erve problems can be one of the causes of chronic pain. Interference with the nerve occurs when the nerves is  pinched, choked, stretched or chaffed. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling and other abnormal sensations. These types of nerve problems are correctable by a Doctor of Chiropractic . A Chiropractor can reduce or eliminate the pain by re-aligning the spine. Alignment is achieved through the use of safe, gentle and very specific adjustment to the spine and extremities.   These adjustments take the pressure off the nerves, allowing them to calm down and feel better.

oint problems are another factor in chronic pain or chronic pain syndrome. Healthy joint motion  should be fluid, free and smooth against each other. This motion is like ice gliding on ice.  Dysfunctional joints move like rusty old hinges and needs a shot of WD-40 oil, or the chiropractic adjustment.  When this happens, it sets the stage for arthritis, degenerative joint disease and chronic pain. It must be remember that for joints movement is health. Chiropractors are experts in joint movement and how it affects both nerves and muscles as well as the organ systems nearby.

uscles are under constant stress. Muscle attracted to injured nerves or joints are beyond stressed. If a muscle is injured due to the structures around it or direct trauma this will cause pain. This will cause the muscle to go into spasm, or worse develop trigger points. Trigger points are extremely painful spasms that can cause referred pain to travel up into your head, into your arm or down your leg often referred to as sciatica or carpal tunnel. These are some of the conditions that chiropractors are skilled at treating.

We fix these problems through a combination of acupressure therapy, stretches, laser and specific exercises.   If you’re suffering with muscle spasms, Mahler Family Chiropractic Center is your first stop on your road to recovery. Our unique approach to chiropractic care and unique methods restore joint motion, enhance flexibility, improve balance, and restore coordination. We also strengthen and stabilise the spine  as well as correct postural and structural distortions. Our clinical focus is to get you out of pain and  keep you out of pain by finding and correcting the root causes of the pain syndromes.

I welcome you to call us today to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Is it not time to find out how our unique approach can get you out of pain, give you more energy, improve your posture, restore your flexibility, and improve your quality of life. If you have been suffering with chronic pain, call us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.   We can get together and discuss your case.   We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Please also feel free to visit us at our facility in Kingston, PA.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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We can treat inflammation and in many cases cure inflammation including neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff, foot pain, carpal tunnel, and much more.