Handling Pain After a Car Wreck

According to the National Safety Council, 2016 data shows approximately 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year.  That was an increase of 6% from 2015. This data shows 2016 was the deadliest year on the roads since 2007. They also estimate 4.6 million people are seriously injured in accidents as well. The cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage in 2016 was $432 billion, which is a 12% increase from 2015. This data brings to life the number of people who daily are living with pain due to a car wreck and just how burdensome having a car wreck can be in one’s life.

When a person has a vehicle accident, injuries to soft tissue, bones and the head can cause chronic pain. It is critical to have these injuries properly diagnosed. In order to restore one’s life after an accident, it is important the pain management of your recovery is managed by a pain doctor. At North Atlanta Spine and Pain Care, we specialize in managing and restoring life back to our patients after a wreck. There are several things one can do to help reduce pain after being involved in a wreck.

  1. Make an appointment immediately after an accident. It is normal for pain to begin several hours to days after an accident. Ensure your doctor is trained to recognize car wreck trauma and issues that come with these injuries.
  2.  In order to reduce pain and discomfort after an accident, one can try
    1. Ice – Ice the affected area to reduce the swelling and pain of muscles, ligaments and tendon injuries.
    2. Neck or Back Brace – It is very important for items to be administered by a trained doctor. You don’t want to stiffen while restoring regular movement.
    3. Medication – Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and painkillers can help in aiding an accident victim. These medications should be monitored by a pain management doctor.
    4. Chiropractic Treatment – Visiting a qualified chiropractor can also help in your healing recovery.
  3. Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can encourage healing and strengthening to an injured area targeting nerves and muscles.
  4. Massage Therapy – Often during a wreck, victims will suffer soft tissue damage by the force of the body during the accident. Massage therapy can help relieve muscle pain and improve blood circulation in the injured tissue.

These are just a few things to be aware of after you’ve experienced trauma from a wreck. The staff at North Atlanta Spine and Pain Care is trained to handle your case. Contact us today and get on the path to recovery after your car wreck.

 

 

Foods Can Help Reduce Inflammation in the Body

Millions of people live with pain every day in the U.S. These effects of pain cause people to alter their daily routines. Pain management can also add a tremendous level of financial burden to one’s life as well. Many researchers are looking at food as another way to help manage pain the body. There are many foods that can help in the fight pain. Take a look at incorporating a few of these anti-inflammatory foods for fighting pain and reducing inflammation in the body that causes pain.

Coffee – One cup of black coffee can provide relief from a headache and provide more antioxidants than a serving of berries. Some research has shown drinking coffee may reduce the risk of some cancers.

Cherries –  Cherries help reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals in the body to stop tissue inflammation. Cherries with deep red color have inflammatory properties like aspirin.

Olive Oil – Olive oil helps reduce the risk of strokes and some cancers. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory which can be compared to over the counter pain medication.

Sage – Sage can reduce swelling and increase memory.

Ginger – Ginger has been used for 1000s of years and is an anti-inflammatory that can be added to foods and teas.

Green Tea – There are several medicinal purposes for green tea. It is an excellent source of polyphenols which can help reduce free radicals in the body which cause inflammation.

Salmon – Salmon contains fatty acids which can help lubricate joints in the body. The Omega-3s in Salmon are an excellent source of proteins and antioxidants.

Cayenne – The oily compound in cayenne and pepper is the active ingredient in many prescription and over the counter creams for arthritis and muscle pain.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial elements.

Cloves – Cloves are ranked very high as an antioxidant that can fight the CoX-2 protein that spurs inflammation. They can also boost protection from heart disease to stave off cancer and reduce cartilage and bone dame caused by arthritis.

Turmeric – Turmeric helps clear carcinogens away before they can damage cellular DNA and repair damaged DNA. It is considered a top agent to fight cancer.

Garlic – Proven to contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Soy – Soy has been shown to reduce knee pain. It contains plant proteins rich with anti-inflammatory properties.

Pineapple – Research is showing the bromelain from pineapple may defend against osteoarthritis and can help improve symptoms.

At North Atlanta Spine and Pain Care, we believe in helping patients manage their pain and incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Just ask Dr. Jonathan Newton to review your case and offer some of the latest pain management options available to help restore you back to a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

Is There a Link Between Pain and Obesity?

Americans are becoming a society of everything fast and instant from news to food. According to the Gazette Review, the U.S. ranks #10 as the fattest country with Kuwait as #1 , Saudi Arabia as #2 and Belize as #3. This fast and instant lifestyle can lead to additional stress on the body along with the consumption of a poor diet filled with processed and fatty foods. A healthy diet though can really impact the quality of one’s health. Destressing, exercising and taking the time to eat whole foods can change the fat levels in the body.

Researchers are discovering certain foods in the Mediterranean diet also have a connection between body weight and chronic pain. Studies lead by Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University points to anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, nuts and beans as a key to preventing or reducing pain. Through their research (studying 98 men and women ranging in age of 20 to 78 years old), they found eating more fish and plant-based proteins such as nuts and beans were linked to less pain no matter what one’s body weight is. The Mediterranean diet traditionally includes fruits, vegetables, pasta and rice. There is very little red meat consumed in this diet, and the fat comes from olive oil. The target goal is nine servings a day of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Since there is a lot of fat in nuts, one should just eat a handful a day.

The obese population often suffers from multiple medical problems and pain such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, type 2 diabetes and back pain.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third (36.5%) of the U.S. adults have obesity. Obese patients usually experience sensitivity to pain due to their inflammatory state. Research through the Practical Pain Management firm shows there are chemical mediators and inflammatory mediators which can be related to the percent of body fat and insulin sensitivity of a person. In Australia, a national study showed obese people were seven times more likely to have arthritis, low back and neck pain.

Dealing with pain management is never easy especially when dealing with other influencing factors such as obesity. Take time to speak with Dr. Jonathan Newton, MD, PhD at North Atlanta Spine and Pain to discuss options which will lead to a healthier and pain-free lifestyle. You’ll be encouraged by their solutions to getting your life back.

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New Research May Stop and Reverse Disc Pain Degeneration

Americans spend more than $100 billion a year to treat low back pain,” said Dr. Jason Huang, MD, chairman of neurosurgery for Baylor Scott & White Health Center. That price may start to come down and lower back pain degeneration may decrease as new research is being presented to aid those suffering from low back disc pain. This potential development in technology and therapies would allow for new disc treatments for disc denigration and may potentially reverse its course.

In previous research, scientists have found a gene that can be linked to tumor formation and disease progression. This research gives insight into the molecular mechanisms involved in the breakdown of soft tissue discs in the spine. Through this understanding, researchers can now develop pharmacological agents and other forms of injectable therapies which may block the degenerative process and promote a reverse change or a remodeling process. The next step in this research will apply findings of the SMURF2 research to human tissue. Intervention medication treatments in human clinical trials are scheduled at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute in Temple, Texas. This is also where this research was discovered.

Just imagine the relief people will feel as their pain management doctors begin to share this good news. Over the years, patients have managed degenerative disc disease by using non-surgical approaches and self-care. As time goes on, the disc starts to become stiffer with age and thus its motion lessen and the pain may lessen as well. Patients avoid surgical intervention as it can be extensive and a long recovery process. As scientists are able to understand DNA genes and what they may trigger, we as a society may someday have the ability to proactively attack harmful genes in our body. Dr. Jonathan Newton of North Atlanta Spine & Pain Care cares about the pain his patients experience. That is why it is critical for doctors to stay informed about the latest research so their patients can return to a pain-free life again.

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