Why Contact Dr. Evans After an Auto Accident?

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Dr. Evans specializes in Auto Accident treatment and is specifically trained to detect the types of injuries that occur. It doesn’t matter if the accident is severe or a minor fender bender. It is very important to document the injury as soon as possible to help prevent long term complications. You may be unaware of any injury immediately following an auto accident but may notice pain develop later the same day, or over several days to weeks. The reason for “delayed” symptoms can be from the way the healing process works. Immediately following impact, tears can take place in the soft tissues that range from small “micro-tears” to complete torn ligaments or muscles. As the tissues begin to heal they repair with inflammation and scar tissue that tighten and can restrict movement. If left untreated this abnormal motion can create wear and tear leading to Bone Spurs, Disc Degeneration and “Pinched Nerves”. Nerves that are pinched can create symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and other strange sensations as well as muscle weakness. Chiropractors that specialize in car accident treatment are specifically trained in detecting injuries that are a result of motor vehicle accidents. Whether your injuries are severe or mild, it is very important that you have a car accident chiropractor examine you immediately after an accident. We can determine if your injuries are serious, and give you the treatment necessary help you with the proper correction of your symptoms. Many times, patients are unaware of the severity of their injuries following the first few days or even weeks after the accident. Unfortunately many insurance companies try to deny car accident claims if you don’t contact a chiropractor to document car accident injuries, and provide treatment within the first 2 weeks following the accident. If its been longer than 2 weeks, Dr. Evans will take a very detailed history and may use special “pain documentation questionnaires” along with detailed examination to reveal the underlying cause of your pain.

What are Common Symptoms After a Car Accident?

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder, shoulder blade pain
  • Elbow and Wrist pain
  • Numbness in the arms, hands or legs
  • Blurred vision and ringing in the ears
  • Concentration problems
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety with driving
  • Jaw pain
  • Mid back pain
  • Low back or hip pain
  • Knee and ankle pains

The most common type of injury resulting from a car accident is a neck and upper back injury with headaches. Commonly called whiplash. More serious injuries can include “Slipped Discs” in the neck and back, which are very painful and may require extra testing. These painful problems require skill and gentle care which Dr. Evans has decades of experience handling in our office or as a team with another specialist.

I Saw Medical Doctor and He Gave Me Medication, Isn’t That Good Enough?

Sometimes medications can relieve the symptoms of car accident injuries, which can be good for temporary relief. Dr. Evans will help correct the underlying damage to structure such as a misaligned bones and injured muscles using natural methods. The underlying damage, if left uncorrected, can lead to long lasting chronic problems that might not be prevented by only taking medications.

Do I Need To Be Referred To Dr. Evans?

No. Referral is not necessary. You can See Chiropractor or Medical Doctor for help with your painful problems.

Sugar: The Silent Killer

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Have you ever wondered why so many people die from Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer? The common factor that connects the dots for these diseases is sugar! Here’s how it works. When you eat too much sugar per day, the liver becomes overloaded and stores the excess sugar as fat. This causes the body to become resistant to insulin (the hormone that regulates sugar in the blood.). Sugar elevates in the blood causing inflammation. Inflammation leads to damaged arteries, cells, nerves and immune function. This plants the seed for the crop of disease. The American heart Association advises no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day for men, 6 teaspoons for women, and 3 to 6 for children depending on how old they are. Sugar is found in most processed foods in the store and can hide under different names like Dextrin, Dextrose, Maltodextrin and high fructose corn syrup. Just to name a few. Foods containing sugar are frequently hidden unless you read labels. Here are a few common culprit foods:

  • Yogurt
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Fruit juice
  • Sports drinks
  • Chocolate milk
  • Granola
  • Flavored coffee
  • Iced tea
  • Protein bars
  • Vitamin water
  • Pre-made soup
  • Canned fruit
  • Baked beans
  • Cereal

Kind of sneaky how the food industry has added sugar to our foods, and our tastes have changed leading to Sugar or Carbohydrate Addiction. The Cancer Connection: Dr Otto Warburg identified that cancer cells fermented sugar as their primary fuel source in 1934 and won a Nobel Prize for his effort. Interestingly Breast Cancer incidents began to rise about 10 years after diabetes cases began to flourish in this country. 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer. “Taubes…epidemiological research suggests…that as much as 80 percent of cancer is preventable through diet and lifestyle and diet accounts for ….70 percent of this.” (adapted from Dr Mercola) Sugar is the trigger for the beginning of most of the chronic diseases in our country, and therefore these chronic diseases can be reversed with reasonable lifestyle and fitness changes.

Can't Sleep? Here are Some Helpful Tips

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Sleep is sometimes difficult to achieve, especially if you suffer from chronic pain. The best position to sleep in is either on your back with a pillow under your knees, or on your side with a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your spine. For pain control consider applying ice for 5 minutes, and then heat for 5 minutes to your chronic pain area to reduce inflammation. For help with your painful problems Dr. Jerry Evans offers a free examination and ½ hr massage to first time patients. Other helpful hints (adapted from Dr. Mercolas article on sleep) may include: As you sleep the body’s temperature drops to the lowest level of the day. People that find it difficult to sleep have typically higher body core temperatures than average sleepers. Sleeping in a cooler temperature room may help sleep as well. Keeping your room between 62-68 degrees has been shown to help sleep. It may come as a surprise but keeping your head cool can help induce sleep for insomniacs. Taking a warm shower before bed can help by stimulating a temperature shift in your body’s core, and by creating a cooler brain through evaporation of your drying hair after the shower. Using a “Cooling Cap” may help induce sleep through cooling of the brain. Other helpful hints to assist sleep includes cutting off electronic stimulation such as the use of cell phones, TV, computers and music etc. 1 hour before you are scheduled to sleep. Shut all lights off in your room and consider using “pink noise” such as the sound or a fan as well. Dr. Evans is always happy to help with your health issues.

Are Headaches Ruining Your Day?

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There are many different types of headaches. Frequently people that experience a “Bad Headache” call it a migraine, when it could just be bad pain and not a migraine at all. Bottom line when your head hurts it is hard to accomplish even the simple tasks.

What are some of the causes of headaches?

  1. Dehydration: lack of proper fluids can trigger headaches, which are simple to treat. Drink more water, ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day (unless you have kidney issues then check with your primary care provider).
  2. Stress: one of the most common triggers of headaches due to muscle tension through the neck and head that cause trigger points, which can lead to short term or long term headaches.
  3. Food allergy: can cause headaches 2-3 days later due to delayed allergy reactions. Finding the food you are allergic to is important to eliminate this type of headache.
  4. Lack of sleep: can trigger headaches by triggering muscle fatigue related tension though the base of the neck and around your head.
  5. Blood sugar control issues: blood sugar issues can trigger headaches and you may not even require a diagnosis of Diabetes. Eating too many sugary foods or foods high in carbohydrate can trigger headaches.

What Do I Need To Do?

Call a Doctor with experience helping people with headaches. Dr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience helping people like you with headaches and other painful problems. You can talk to Dr. Evans, he will examine you for free to see if we can help.