Posts Categorized as: Auto Injury

Who Do I See For This Pain?

After seeing thousands of people in over 13 years of practice there are definitely a few patterns that emerge among my patients.  A big one is that the majority of people still think that when they are in pain they should go to their "doctor" first.  By this, they generally mean their MD, or Medical Doctor.  Often they don't realize that chiropractors not only ARE doctors, but that we are trained as musculoskeletal pain specialists, much more so than a typical family physician.  An MD's only "treatment" option for things like back and neck pain is prescription drugs, typically a muscle relaxer and a pain killer (and hopefully a referral to their local chiropractor if they have been educated or have personal experience with what chiropractors can do).

So when is a good time to see a chiropractor?  In an ideal world everyone would see their chiropractor on a regular basis throughout the year not only to prevent pain but also because chiropractic adjustments help the body to function at it's peak.   Of course in the "real world" this isn't the case.  How often depends on many factors from a person's age, physical fitness level or past injury history.  Frequency of need is likely going to be different for each person.

In the "real world" however, most people go to a chiropractor once they feel pain or discomfort somewhere in their body.  Back and neck pain are by far the most common reason people see a chiropractor but there are tons of other issues that chiropractic can help with.  Most headaches, for instance, actually respond quicker to chiropractic adjustments than almost any other ailment I treat.  Also pretty much any joint pain may benefit from chiropractic care.  Did you know chiropractor adjust shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, wrists and even elbows!

Some common non-spinal issues that chiropractic care can benefit are carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, and also sports injuries like sprained ankles.  A chiropractor should actually come to mind as the first "doctor" to go to whenever any of these arise.  In addition to chiropractic adjustments, at Full Motion Chiropractic here in Hopkins, MN I use other therapies such as electrical muscle stim (EMS), kinesiotaping with Rocktape, custom foot orthotics from Foot Levelers using a laser guided 3-D foot scanner and rehabilitative exercises to stablize and strengthen injured soft tissues for long-term recovery.

If you're dealing with pain and sick of taking drugs that just mask the problem, now is the time to see a chiropractor.  If you live or work in the West metro area of Minneapolis you're definitely welcome to come to Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, MN.  I promise I'll give you the best chiropractic care possible.  I'm in network with virtually every insurance company that covers chiropractic care including Health Partners, Blue Cross, Medica, United Health Care, Preferred One, UCare and many more.  Walk-ins are also welcome!  My office is open every Monday through Thursday with patient hours from 8:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.  Call today at 612-655-3073, email me at DrAdam@FullMotionChiropractic.com or click HERE to request an appointment online!

 

The Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

At Full Motion Chiropractic I only give patients the care they truly need to get out of pain while allowing them the choice to continue care beyond that.  This is the definition of Relief Care, it's based on getting people out of pain and back to their normal lives as quickly as possible without forcing any long-term commitments on them,  and it's a big reason why most of the new patients I see are referrals from my current patients. The fact is that most people initially go to a chiropractor because they are in pain.  People do not typically just decide one day that they want to start getting chiropractic adjustments just for the fun of it.

However, once people start to see a chiropractor they often continue for the rest of their lives.  This Hopkins, MN Chiropractic Careis not, and should not be because they are forced through scare tactics or other means to keep coming back again and again.  The reason people come back is because once they've gone through a treatment plan of regular adjustments they start to notice the difference in their everyday lives and how much better they feel in general.

Chiropractic care is not just about pain relief.  It's about keeping the body healthy.  It's about keeping stress off the nervous system.  At the core, adjustments help to maintain healthy joint functioning and mobility.  This, in turn, keeps adhesions from forming around the muscles and joints, thereby not allowing inflammation to build up deep in the nearby joint spaces which can then impact the nerves and our nervous system.

When we have jobs where we still all day at a computer or do something like repetitive movements/lifting we create these areas in our body that eventually irritate our nervous system and cause pain.  Seeing a chiropractor regularly is the best way to find these problem areas before they can become a problem!  Unless there's been a major trauma, like a car accident, these problem areas are typically slow-building and don't often cause pain until they've been there for a long time, sometimes weeks, months or even years which then can make them more difficult to overcome.  These types of issues can take several trips to the chiropractor initially to get better and once it's been corrected people typically find that going back on a regular schedule that works for them is the best way to keep feeling their best!

 

Chiropractic Options For Pain Relief

 

If you've been to multiple chiropractors you've probably felt like they all do things a little differently.  Some take x-rays right away.  Some don't.  Some won't treat you the first day, while others do.  Some want to see you many more times and much longer than others.  Even the staple of care by chiropractors, the adjustment, is often performed in a myriad of ways depending on techniques the doctor learned in school that he or she feels suits their style best.  The bottom line is that positive outcomes can result from all the different types of treatment because in the end we are all really working towards the same thing - helping our patients feel their best!

So how does care at Full Motion Chiropractic stand out compared to most other chiropractors?  The biggest difference you'll find at Full Motion is that I primarily aim towards reducing your pain with short-term treatment plans.  The care is patient-centered, meaning I strive to ONLY see you as much as needed to get you feeling better.  This type of care is known as "Relief Care".  Most of my patients then continue to come in for care on their terms when they feel they need it or for regular maintanence care to help keep their bodies functioning at the highest level possible.

"Corrective Care" is another very common type of care you'll likely encounter if you go to a chiropractor.  And while this type of care can yield some amazing life-changing results for some, it may not always be necessary and for most people the high number and frequency of appointments over several months is often very difficult if you have a busy schedule. 

If you've been hesitant to call a chiropractor out of fear that you'll be told you have to come back forever, there are options!  Give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment ONLINE.  Our promise at Full Motion Chiropractic is to get out of pain as quickly as possible so you can get back to doing what you love most and living your life to the fullest!

 

Headache and Car Accidents

Headache is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Full Motion Chiropractic sees often in our Hopkins office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Hopkins office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to protect against the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Full Motion Chiropractic can help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. Full Motion Chiropractic is conveniently located in Hopkins to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (612) 655-3073 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you have thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision, you're not alone. Full Motion Chiropractic sees this type of condition frequently in our Hopkins office. Let's take a look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you heal.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Hopkins, MN Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Adam Sagedahl will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Full Motion Chiropractic has been helping patients in Hopkins, since 2009, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Sagedahl will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment.

 

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with shoulder pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Full Motion Chiropractic sees this type of condition frequently in our Hopkins office. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder problems after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.

 

Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end crash. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More commonly, Full Motion Chiropractic finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your spine can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both kinds of shoulder pain in our Hopkins, Minnetonka office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Full Motion Chiropractic is here in Hopkins, Minnetonka to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2004 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment.

 

Hopkins, MN Whiplash Treatment and Shoulder Pain

Shoulder discomfort is a condition reported by many car wreck patients, and there are two typical explanations.

The first is direct injury to the shoulder during the crash. If your shoulder hits something directly, it can tear the joint capsule. Also, if you are clenching the steering wheel tightly during a rear-end collision, your torso can lag behind the car, placing stress on your wrists and shoulders.

The second cause of shoulder pain is not as direct and can be more challenging to identify. Trauma to the neck or spine can produce stress on the nerve fibers that travel from the spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. This can be perplexing, as the pain or numbness is sensed in one part of your body, while the problem is actually in your spine.

Chiropractic adjustments are a tried and tested, effective way to help men and women with shoulder problems, and we've been working with these types of injuries in Hopkins, MN since .

If you've been in a car crash and have symptoms of shoulder injury, Dr. Sagedahl is here to help. We can help identify the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in Hopkins, MN recover from these sorts of injuries.

Call our office today at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment or for more advice.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

Dr. Adam Sagedahl manages many auto injury cases at Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, and a widespread symptom he sees in our patients is back pain. Chiropractic can be very helpful for back pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes back pain and why chiropractic works.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spinal column, the car seat can put inconsistent force on your back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Sagedahl has helped many patients with the same problem, and he can probably help you, too. First, he'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning to help alleviate the pain symptoms and get you back on your feet. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 to make an appointment.