What happens to your spine when it is involved in an automobile accident?

When a vehicle stops suddenly in a crash or is hit from behind, the seat belt will keep a person’s body from being thrown forward. The head may snap forward, then backward, causing a whiplash injury.

Whiplash is an injury caused by the neck and head being thrown suddenly back then forward upon impact. The impact forces the neck and head beyond their normal range of movement causing tissue damage and pain. The pain of whiplash may not appear right away after an accident, but sometimes may take hours to weeks or even months to develop. You may feel pain and stiffness in your neck for the first few days to weeks after a whiplash injury. These symptoms can be indefinite unless otherwise treated. Continue reading

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Stretches & Exercises To Relieve Low Back Pain

The right exercises can help …the wrong exercise can make things worse

Exercises are often very helpful in easing back and neck pain. When muscles are tight and stiff they shorten.  This causes muscles to pull on their attachment points and shift alignment and joint function.  When this series of events occur, people “feel it”.   When the pain or stiffness is present and you try to do something like put on your socks and you can’t “reach”, stretching may help.  It’s also possible exercises or stretching may hurt, so please be careful and do not take this as personal advice if you are in severe pain. If you have a personal relationship with our office please ask Dr. Coleman before starting any exercises. Continue reading

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Fort Collins Foot Orthotics

In recent years many advancements have been made in the treatment of back pain. Over the past decade chiropractic care has increased significantly in popularity as a medical treatment by doctors and patients alike. Instead of medical doctors prescribing invasive surgeries for back pain that often did not work or pain medications that only focused on the symptoms and often times caused other problems, doctors and chiropractors now work together and try to look at what could be the root cause of back pain. Some of the newer trains of thought lean toward correcting the skeletal deformities in the feet with the use of orthopedic devices, along with the use of exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic care, as well as proper nutrition.
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How Much Does Chiropractic Care Cost?

Half the time the reason people ask the question of “how much” it’s really not the question they want to ask. They really want to know if they are going to be sold a block of treatment up front during a sales pitch presentation. The question of “how much” comes from the persons past experience.  Frequently we see patients looking for a Fort Collins chiropractor who have been to other offices and were sold a treatment plan of “x” # of visits over 6 to 18 months for “x” thousands of dollars.  This person usually does not want to “be sold” another plan.

Worried about being sold an upfront prepaid chiropractic treatment plan?  Do not expect a sales presentation because you will not find one in our office.  Continue reading

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Does Chiropractic Care Hurt?

People ask this question for several reasons.  1) Some people are curious and think it “looks like” it would hurt simply do not know because they have no prior experience working with a chiropractor. 2) More frequently, I am asked this from someone who has had a prior chiropractic experience when treatment caused them to feel pain. They are “believers” in chiropractic but want to prevent the same happening again. And, they are trying to find a chiropractor in Fort Collins to give them more personalized care.
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Are Chiropractic X-rays Necessary?

Are Chiropractic X-rays Necessary? 
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if your condition warrants having x-rays

This question is related to many other questions patients ask. Fundamentally the question gets down to the doctors motivation as to why an x-ray study (or any service/procedure) is recommended in the first place. Be cautious of a chiropractor who routinely recommends x-rays to every patient.  Some chiropractors do not use x-rays at all, while others may use them as a defensive practice measure, and or to rule out pathology. Continue reading

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Fort Collins Back Pain Treatment

Fort Collins Back Pain Treatment

Treatment for back pain in Fort Collins can be varied. Based on the type of physician you see, recommendations will follow based on their own standards and experience.  In our office, we believe in offering treatment that addresses the cause of back pain.  Back pain comes in a variety of forms and other names: sciatica, herniated disc, bulging disc, (also spelled disk) lumbago, numbness in the back, legs or buttock, and there is even a condition called “failed back surgery syndrome”.

Our approach in treating back pain is always based on individual patient needs. Treating pain involves addressing several issues at the same time: pain, joint function, muscle function, and mobility. Continue reading

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Question Your Doctor

Curious if your doctor bias about their recommendations for your health?

When you go to a doctor, do you “accept” what the doctor says as “fact” or do you ask for clarification? Asking “why”, or “why not” to your doctor can shed a lot of light and help you make more effective health decisions.  If you don’t ask doctors questions regarding their recommendations, you may not know their motivations or influences. Over Christmas dinner with friends, I had the pleasure of speaking with a friend (who is also a patient in my practice) and works in a medical doctor’s office in Fort Collins. She mentioned to me that recently her doctor had some back pain.  Several of the staff members including my friend said to the doctor “you should try a Fort Collins chiropractor”.   Each staff person had a recommendation for several credible Fort Collins chiropractors they could refer their doctor. The doctor declined any recommendation and instead chose to deal with the problem themselves. I respect the fact that all people, including doctors have a choice in life. However, there is a rub . Continue reading

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Tendonitis: A Common Injury to the Knee, Elbow, Ankle and Shoulder

What is tendonitis?
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon.  Anatomically, tendons are connective tissue that connects muscles to bones. Think back to the Thanksgiving dinner table and picture a turkey leg. The tendons are the white flexible part that connects from the meat (muscle) to the end of the “drumstick” (bone). There are a lot of them!

Tendonitis is a common injury  in knees, elbows, ankles and wrists.
Several common forms of tendonitis are common to people in general regardless if you are an athlete or not. The specific name of the tendonitis condition is given because a sport like tennis or golf most commonly cause an expected and continual “over use” of specific muscles that cause the tendonitis. Continue reading

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Arm Pain Arm Numbness “Tingling” and Shoulder Pain

As a Fort Collins Chiropractor, I am often asked about arm pain and a tingling numbness. Arm pain, arm numbness, and shoulder pain may be experienced as “losing feeling” or having arm tingling. Most often the medical diagnosis is Brachial Neuralgia  or Brachial Neuritis.Over the weekend, I called a friend and invited him to spend some quality time together. Over the past 2 years I have cared for this same friend as a patient who has suffered for many years with a common spinal problem I have helped countless others with – lumbar herniated / bulging disc and sciatic neuritis.  Over the 2-year period, I spent hours educating him.

One our way home I asked about his wife, and how her real estate business was doing. The answer that followed was yet another opportunity for learning on my part that I will summarize in 2 sentences.  Continue reading

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Car Accident Treatment and Whiplash Advice: Your CO Auto Policy Will Pay For Injury Treatment

It’s that time of year when the roads get slick and car accident whiplash injuries become more common. When people are in a festive mood and ready for good times, a car accident is one of the worst things that can ruin good times. In the case of our patient Bill, he was out of work for over a year and was involved in an accident that was not his fault. Bill incurred significantly more damage to his physical body than to his car. Continue reading

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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Fort Collins Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical treatment alternative used to treat painful spinal conditions of the neck and back including herniated and bulging disc, sciatica, degenerative disc, spinal stenosis, headaches, osteoarthritis, and pinched nerves.

spinal decompressionThe treatment works by creating a variable traction force that according to research creates a negative pressure inside the disc and nerve root up to -150mm Hg (mercury). Through computer programmed sequences, the treatment cycles through  distraction and relaxation phases that can be isolated at specified levels of the spine causing a vacuum or negative pressure.

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