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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.

On Air: Dr. Brian Paris Shares Dangers of Sitting

“Sitting is the new smoking,” Dr. Brian Paris tells News Channel 8’s Larry Smith on Good Morning Washington. A sedentary lifestyle causes a host of problems which include digestive issues, diabetes and obesity. Sitting too much is even linked with an increased likelihood of developing cancer. It may seem like an unavoidable challenge for people whose jobs involve sitting at a desk all day, but Dr. Paris shares how easy it is to overcome a sedentary lifestyle.

The first recommendation Dr. Paris makes is for a wobble chair that allows your whole body to move around while your feet stay firmly planted on the ground. This allows you to exercise your back, legs and abdominal area. Larry Smith even takes a seat, demonstrating the wobble chair himself. Another useful tool is a regular desk that has the ability to transform into a standing desk, so you can switch between sitting and standing.

To avoid sitting too much without buying new equipment, Dr. Paris discloses his personal strategy for making a sedentary routine active. Dr. Paris suggests that for every 25 minutes of time spent working, five minutes should be spent moving around. It can be as simple as getting a drink of water or stretching right at the side of your desk.

 

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.

The Peak Scoliosis Bracing System™

Do You Suffer From Any of the Following? If so, you could have adult scoliosis and the Peak Scoliosis Bracing System™ could be the solution. 

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Weakness, Numbness or Pain in the lower extremities
  • Feeling as though your body is twisted
  • Feeling as though one shoulder / hip is higher than another
  • Clothing doesn’t fit properly

You could be one of 6 million people suffering from adult scoliosis in the United States. A simple scoliosis screening, offered for free at Advanced Spine & Wellness Center, can determine whether or not you have scoliosis and help you on your way to treatment and relief.

Advanced Spine & Wellness Center also offers a breakthrough solution to debilitating pain caused by adult scoliosis. The Peak Scoliosis Bracing System™ is an unloader brace designed to relieve pain and enhance the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with adult scoliosis. This patented, highly adjustable brace improves posture, enhances mobility and ultimately increases the ability to perform daily activities. Here’s how it works:

Peak Scoliosis Features

Call (301) 710-9777 or click here to fill out an appointment request to schedule your free adult scoliosis screening at Advanced Spine & Wellness Center 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:

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Shows How to Wear a Backpack

Imagine hauling around a microwave. It’s no different than what students carry in their backpacks every day, according to Dr. Brian Paris. Backpacks filled with textbooks, gadgets and supplies are literally weighing students down. Nearly 22,000 U.S. students are treated for backpack strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures every year. Dr. Paris demonstrates the right way to wear a backpack on NewsChannel 8’s Good Morning Washington.

Dr. Paris says students shouldn’t carry more than 10 percent of their body weight. However, elementary and middle schoolers are carrying as much as 30 pounds every day. Dr. Paris sees more backpack-related injuries than hockey injuries at his office, Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville and Columbia.

At the top of Dr. Paris’ list of recommendations for avoiding backpack injuries is better organization and strategy. Only bring the books and materials you need and take advantage of assignments available online. In addition to packing light and distributing weight evenly, lift with your knees and carry backpacks above the hips. If your backpack has a sternum strap and hip belt, use them!

Watch Dr. Paris’ backpack tips live on NewsChannel 8 above just in time for Backpack Safety Day on September 16.

Every Day is Labor Day with Knee Pain

Summer may be winding down, but every day is Labor Day when you have severe knee pain. If it’s hard work to walk or even stand up because of throbbing, stabbing and debilitating knee pain, you need to visit I HATE KNEE PAIN, a part of the Advanced Wellness Systems network.

I HATE KNEE PAIN offers a breakthrough treatment without surgery. It’s a simply injection of a natural substance your body already produces that lubricates and protects the cartilage in your knee. Your pain disappears quickly. It’s FDA-approved, and covered by Medicare and most medical insurance.

Free yourself of knee pain and schedule a free consultation today. Call 301-804-2090 or visit www.IHateKneePain.com.

Discover that Labor Day isn’t the only day off from knee pain.

Listen to our latest Radio One spot above.

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris’s Ways to Prevent Vacation Injury

Summer vacation is a time for relaxation and rejuvenation, but millions of Americans suffer from or worsen neck and back pain while having fun in the sun. Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems sits down with anchor Autria Godfrey to discuss the surge in summertime injuries and tips for preventing vacation injury on NewsChannel 8’s Good Morning Washington.

Without fail, Dr. Paris sees an uptick in visits from patients who come back from trips in pain every summer. He attributes the increase in seasonal injuries to people going on vacation and doing what they don’t normally do, whether it be participating in extreme sports, a poor diet, heavy lifting or extended periods of sitting.

In the video above, Dr. Paris shares some tips to help your next summer getaway safely and smoothly:

  1. When traveling by car, sit upright in the driver’s seat with your hands at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock.

  2. Get up and move every two to three hours during long car and plane rides.

  3. Pack lighter to lessen the strain on your back and joints.

  4. When lifting luggage, use your legs and knees instead of back.

  5. Stay hydrated to keep your muscles from stiffening.

  6. Prepare your body for extreme recreation such as rock climbing and kayaking.

  7. “Work in” instead of workout by focusing on activities that rest and recharge the body–reading, walking and yoga.

For more summer travel wellness tips, click here.

 

55 Foods for Arthritis and Joint Health

Millions of American suffer from arthritis. 52.5 million to be exact. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports arthritis, characterized by inflammation and loss of function in parts of the body, is a public health problem. The numbers are alarming:

  • The number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030.
  • Although arthritis is most prevalent among adults aged 65 and older, nearly two-thirds of people with the condition are younger than 65.
  • Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability and limits the activities of 22.7 million Americans.
  • Nearly half of American adults suffering from arthritis have at least one other chronic disease or condition such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity.

Diet plays a major role in joint health, and the right foods and nutrients can minimize inflammation and make managing arthritis easier.

In general, a joint-friendly diet should include fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes and healthy oils. Look for foods rich in Omega-3 and other heart-healthy fats, and Vitamins C, D and K. Limit or avoid red meat, daily, saturated fat and sugars, which all cause increases in inflammation and pain.

The next time you head to the grocery store, take our list of 55 Arthritis-fighting foods.

Printable Version

Vegetables

  1. Bell Pepper
  2. Bok Choy
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Celery
  6. Collard Greens
  7. Egg Plant
  8. Garlic
  9. Ginger
  10. Kale
  11. Leeks
  12. Onion
  13. Shallot
  14. Spinach
  15. Squash
  16. Sweet Potato

Fruits

  1. Avocado
  2. Apricot
  3. Blackberries
  4. Blueberries
  5. Cherries
  6. Grapefruit
  7. Grapes
  8. Lime
  9. Mango
  10. Orange
  11. Papaya
  12. Pineapple
  13. Raspberries
  14. Strawberries
  15. Tangerine

Protein

  1. Edamame
  2. Herring
  3. Kidney Beans
  4. Mackerel
  5. Pinto Beans
  6. Salmon
  7. Sardines
  8. Soybeans
  9. Tofu
  10. Trout
  11. Tuna

Nuts & Seeds

  1. Almonds
  2. Flaxseeds
  3. Pine Nuts
  4. Pistachios
  5. Walnuts

Grains

  1. Brown Rice
  2. Oatmeal

Healthy Oils

  1. Avocado Oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Safflower Oil

Liquids

  1. Almond Milk
  2. Green Tea
  3. Water

Download and print our joint-friendly foods list here.

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