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Four Back Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents

According to statistics compiled through studies sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, the leading public health institute in the US, more than one million people suffer a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in the United States every year. The results of these falls range in the extreme, from no harm to the person to as many as 17,000 deaths a year. Commonly reported, are injuries to the back, including:

  • Back Strain vs. Back Sprain
    Initially, the person who has fallen may not be able to distinguish between a back strain and a back sprain because the immediate symptoms are similar. Typically, pain, back spasms and limited mobility accompany both types of injuries. The difference lies in the type of tissue that is injured; a strain involves injured or torn muscle and a sprain occurs where back ligaments are stretched beyond their normal limits. Due to the relative strength of the back ligaments, a sprain is most often the result of greater trauma than that which causes a strain. A back sprain is considered a more serious back injury than a strain.
  • Spondylolisthesis
    This is a condition where one vertebra in the back slides over the vertebra below it on the spinal column, most often occurring in the lower back. The impact from a fall can be the trigger that causes this misalignment.
  • Radiculopathy
    Many refer to radiculopathy as a pinched nerve. It can result when the bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons surrounding the spine are damaged. The trauma to one of these types of tissue causes the root nerve in the spinal cord to compress and become inflamed.
  • Vertebral Fracture
    As the name implies, a vertebral fracture is a break in the bones that comprise the spinal column. Although more often occurring in the lower and middle portions of the spine, a fracture can occur anywhere and may be categorized as mild or severe.

Latent Symptoms

If you have experienced a fall, you should be aware of the possibility of injury that does not immediately manifest itself; symptoms from latent injuries may take days, weeks or perhaps months to develop. This is particularly true when it comes to your back. Often some pain and stiffness will be immediately perceptible, but the more serious problems are masked and will not heal without specific treatment.

Seek Medical Treatment

Many people are embarrassed by falling and make the mistake of thinking they will heal by themselves. The reality is that you cannot make that diagnosis yourself; it is far better to have a trained medical professional make that evaluation.

Premises Liability

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. If your slip and fall accident was due to an unsafe condition created by the owner or controller of some real property or the failure to correct or warn of the problem, you may be able to recover damages under a premises liability theory. It may be in your best interest to speak with an experienced DC personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a cause of action.

 

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A special thanks to our friends and co-contributors at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight into the common back injuries reported by slip and fall victims.

Get Rid of Your Knee Pain Today

New research out of the University of Bristol in England reveals that 60% of those who complained of knee pain as an adolescent, continued experiencing pain 10-20 years later. This data suggests that adolescent knee pain often leads to future osteoarthritis in adulthood.

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in the joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. As cartilage loses its ability to act as a shock absorber, the knee loses elasticity with overuse. Therefore, individuals who played sports in their youth are more at risk for knee pain in their teenage years and also have an increased chance of developing osteoarthritis in the future.

Up until recently, the immediate solution for osteoarthritis was invasive, but I Hate Knee Pain offers a better solution. The proven program is designed to relieve knee pain quickly and effectively, while keeping patients out of the operating room. This FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment uses an all natural substance that is injected into the knee joint using a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging device. This technology allows the substance to be placed into the area surrounding the knee joint with 95% accuracy, resulting in significant knee pain relief with zero recovery time.

At Advanced Wellness Systems, we put our patients first with integrative, hands-on care. Our I Hate Knee Pain treatment program is tailored specifically to your needs so we can help you reach your health and wellness goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

If you suffer from knee pain give us a call at 301-710-9777 and schedule your appointment today at one of our locations in Rockville or Hyattsville.

6 Tips to Reduce Back Pain at Home

According to National Institute of Health, back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lifetime. No matter when it appears or what may have caused it, back pain can be a real burden. Here are 6 simple tips you can use at home to relieve troublesome back pain quickly and effectively.

1. Work It Out

Often, when your back is in pain, the last thing you want to do is exercise. But certain exercises can actually reduce back pain. Adding yoga, pilates and core strengthening exercises to your workout routine will increase flexibility, balance and strength which, in turn will reduce back pain.

2. Use a Heating Pad or Ice Pack

Applying heat to your back can reduce pain, stiffness, cramping and muscle spasms, as warm temperatures loosen up the back muscles and relieve tension. Administer heat to your aching back with a hot compress, a dry or moist heating pad or with a hot bath. Ice tends to work better to reduce inflammation and swelling. A cold pack, iced towel/compress, or cool bath are all great ways to reduce back pain. But be sure to always wrap heating pads or ice compacts in a towel before use, as these treatments should never be applied directly to the skin.

3. Sleep With a Pillow Under Your Knees

Place a small pillow under the back of your knees to reduce stress on your spine and support the natural curve in your lower back while you sleep. By slightly elevating your legs as you sleep, you can greatly reduce pressure on your back.

4. Lose the Heels

Sorry, ladies. If you suffer from back pain, it’s time to say goodbye to your favorite pair of pumps. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are your best bet for back pain prevention, as they reduce the strain on the back while standing. If you must wear heels to an event, consider swapping them with a non-heeled shoe on your way to and from the location.

5. Straighten Up

Good posture is key to both preventing and relieving back pain. Perform posture checks throughout the day and avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching, or bending sideways while standing.

6. Increase Your Vitamin D and Calcium Intake

Vitamin D and Calcium are essential for bone strength. Studies indicate that deficiencies of Vitamin D and Calcium lead to chronic pain in the lower back. So be sure to load up on plenty of  orange juice, dairy products, leafy greens, eggs and fish throughout the day to help reduce symptoms of back pain.

If you suffer from back pain, give us a call at 301-710-9777 to schedule an appointment today.

Hit with Copay Increases, AWS Puts Patients First

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal recently raised their copay for chiropractic and osteopathic treatment by $5. Though on the surface a $5 increase seems minor, the impact on the patient is enormous, as those who sustain injuries requiring multiple treatments are forced to pay the price.

While patients take a hit at the hand of insurance companies, Advanced Wellness Systems continues to put our patients first, with integrative, hands-on care. All of our treatments, procedures, and policies operate with the single overall goal of a healthier, happier patient. Our patient-centric philosophy drives us to continuously develop new programs and initiatives with the health and wellness of our patients in mind–which is why we are excited to announce the upcoming arrival of two brand new treatments that will help our patients strengthen and heal more effectively than ever before.

The first of these treatments is cryotherapy, which uses subzero temperatures to help treat a number of conditions including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and inflammation, among others. A single treatment only lasts 2½ minutes, making cryotherapy extremely time efficient and manageable even with a busy schedule.

The benefits of whole body cryotherapy include:

  • Decreased Muscle Soreness, Pain and Inflammation
  • Improved Muscle Strength and Joint Functioning
  • Decreased Injury Recovery Time
  • Increased Energy and Athletic Performance
  • Improved Immune System and Blood Circulation
  • Decreased Fatigue
  • Reduced Cellulite and Tightened Skin
  • Increased Cell Rejuvenation–Leading to Improved Health of Skin, Nails and Hair
  • Decreased Signs of Aging
  • Increased Metabolism and Calorie Burn

The second breakthrough treatment, coming soon to Advanced Wellness Systems, also enables the patient to save time while experiencing incredible results. ARX is an exercise technology that removes all limitations of conventional, gravity-based equipment by delivering 100% resistance throughout an entire exercise movement. The speed of the motor is slow and controlled, giving patients safe and adaptable resistance throughout their full range of motion. This equipment is designed to provide patients with the safest, most effective form of rehabilitation available.
Give us a call at 301-710-9777 to schedule your appointment today!

On Air: RPT™ Strikes Again, Literally

Slapping pain away might sound contradictory, but Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ is a treatment that does just that. On Good Morning Washington, NewsChannel 8 reporter Eileen Whelan takes a closer look at the one-of-a-kind treatment with RPT™ creator Andrew Bloch, who uses gentle slapping, smacking and prodding to relieve chronic pain.

Whelan describes RPT™ as “a breakthrough treatment for pain” and watches as Andrew treats one of his clients, former NCAA basketball player Jon Larranaga. Before meeting Bloch and discovering RPT™, Larranaga suffered from chronic hip pain for a dozen years. Larranaga tells Whelan that “after seeing Andy for really the first treatment, the pain went away.” He goes on to describe RPT™ saying, “It looks weird, it sounds weird, but it works.”

Bloch tells Whelan about how the unusual treatment works and makes such a big difference. Bloch says “I discovered these involuntary pain patterns in the body, and once I treat them I kind of reset the neurological system, almost like a computer or phone. Once you reset that, the pain is relieved almost immediately.” Essentially, RPT™ is a fascinating solution for anyone who wants pain relief to be as easy as pressing a button. Of course, pressing that button might mean taking a little bit of light smacking.

On air, Whelan is so intrigued by RPT™ ,that she decides to test it out herself. After experiencing the full RPT™ treatment, Whelan is shocked by how well it works. Watch the video below:

Rave Reviews for RPT™ in The Post

“The unconventional method relieves pain in minutes,” according to The Washington Post reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel in an exclusive and in-depth look at Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ and creator Andrew Bloch. Douglas-Gabriel even tried the “slapping” treatment for herself and reports it resulted in immediate relief for her pesky lower back pain.

The Washington Post gets a first-hand account of how RPT™, a combination of physical therapy and acupuncture minus the needles, came to the rescue for 12 Labours CrossFit Columbia team member Teresa Luz. During the CrossFit Games regionals in Atlanta, she suffered what could’ve been a competition-ending injury if it wasn’t for Andrew Bloch, owner and physical therapist at Advanced Wellness Systems, and his breakthrough technique. “It was a storybook ending to the whole experience,” describes Teresa.

Read The Washington Post exclusive to see what happened to Teresa and 12 Labours, and how RPT™ treats even the most excruciating chronic pain.

RPT™ is covered by most insurance and can only be found at Advanced Wellness Systems.

In the Media: RPT™ Creator Andrew Bloch

Andrew Bloch, DOM, MSPT, ATC knows pain and how to treat it. His breakthrough Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ treatment relieves pain in patients from age six to 102. Bloch tells Today in PT how he’s successfully combined physical therapy and acupuncture to treat even the most debilitating pain immediately.

RPT™ is based on the principles of Eastern medicine. Bloch looks for reactive points that correlate with where the patient is feeling pain. Once he identifies the reactive points, Bloch activates reflexive energy, which, in turn, alleviates the pain. “If you have back pain, I would never touch your back to get rid of your pain,” notes Bloch.

When illustrating the complexity of RPT™ to his patients, Bloch compares the treatment to a light bulb. “If your back pain is a light bulb that is not working, most people work on the light bulb,” explains Bloch. “I treat the light switch.” This method resets the body and provides long-lasting relief.

Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ is exclusively offered at Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville, MD. Read Bloch’s full interview on www.TodayInPT.com.

RPT™: Pro Golfers’ Fast Pain Relief

Helping golfers improve their swings often leaves the professionals at Lakewood Country Club feeling below par. Golf professionals Shellie Ferguson and Nicholas Keefer often experience intense pain from spending long hours teaching on the golf course. Luckily, for these pros, tee time led to RPT time, which stands for Reflexive Pattern Therapy, a breakthrough treatment for fast pain relief created by Andrew Bloch and found only at Advanced Wellness Systems.

RPT combines Western and Eastern approaches to pain relief, focusing on particular patterns within the autonomous nervous system that, when located and corrected, relieves chronic pain. This unique technique uses reflexes to fix these patterns, but instead of using a reflex hammer, Andrew uses his hands to deliver fast, pressurized contact movements to patients’ problem areas. “The movements I use evoke a reflex from the patient, causing their body to react with equal momentum,” Andrew explains, “That momentum results in immediate pain relief.”

No, he’s not exaggerating. RPT gives patients immediate relief. Take it from golf pro Shellie Ferguson, who was hardly able to stand up when she first visited Andrew at Advanced Wellness Systems. After just one session of RPT, she was able to walk out of the office pain free. “After the first therapy, I felt instant relief.”

But RPTisn’t just a one-time thing. Once the pain is alleviated, Andrew turns his focus to the somatic nervous system and equips his patients with stretches to strengthen their core for long-term relief. With RPT’s long term relief, your body will be ready for for the front nine, and the back nine.

If you’re feeling like your stuck in the rough, visit www.advancedwellnesssystems.com or call Andrew Bloch at (301) 710-9777.

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