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Sciatica Pregnancy and a Bolingbrook Chiropractor

Posted: July 28, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

  If you are pregnant, have been pregnant, or want to get pregnant you should know that Sciatica or pain from the back down the leg is a common occurence. In today's blog I want to give you what I belieive to be the mechanism for that and give you reasons why you should visit a chiropractor before, during, and after child birth. The first thing that you should know about pregnancy is that you will start to produce a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin is produced so that the ligaments in the pelvis will relax so that the pelvis opens so you can push a baby through it. The challenge is that you are not stationary and as you move and sit and fall and twist you easily start to shift and rotate the pelvis. Typically one side will rotate backwards and one side will rotate forward to match the gait pattern. As this twist starts to happen the pelvis can over rotate now because the ligaments are loose because the body is producing relaxin. When the pelvis over rotates, two tings happen. First increase in inflammation can occur causing chemical irritation to the sciatic nerve casuig pain in the back and down the leg called a lumbar radiculitis and secondly the pelvis bones can physically irritate the sciatic nerve causing the low back pain and pain down the leg. There are many times a woman does not have sciatica during the pregnancy and then after giving birth develops sciatica. Many times a woman delivers their baby and within months after the delivery their relaxin hormone goes away and the ligaments start to tighten. If the pelvis is rotated out of alignment and the ligaments start to tighten they can tighten the pelvis in a malposition sitting very close to the nerve which can trigger a sciatica at any point. 

If is wise for a female to see a chiropractor before getting pregnant to make sure their hips are aligned properly, during pregnancy to keep their hips in alignment and after pregnancy to put their pelvis back in alignment all to prevent the relaxin from allowing the pelvis from becoming a source of Sciatica.

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Bolingbrook Car Accident Doctor talks about Whiplash Symptoms

Posted: July 7, 2015
By: Dr Jeffrey Garofalo

     Dr. Jeffrey Garofalo a Car Accident Specialist  located in Bolingbrook IL,has helped many people in car accidents not only feel better and recover after an accident, he has also helped many vicitms of car accidents understand why they are feeling the way they feel. In today's blog post I will be teaching you why some people have really bad neck pain afer and accident and why some don't feel it as bad. A major question I ask a patient after an accident is what position they had their head in while they were being hit. This is a simple question that has some very impactful meanings. Many times we find out that the patient was looking in the rear view mirror looking at the accident about to happen. This puts the neck and heaad in a very weakend position becasue it rotates the neck bones and shortens muscles during impact. Many time a patient will come in with severe neck pain and pain even shooting down their arms. As a result of the patient looking up and turned the force slams the joints together in the neck and furhter rotates the neck. It can also cause a tear in ligaments in the neck more so than if you were looking straight ahead. Turning your neck during an accident is called a risk factor.

A recent study revealed that those who have their head turned during a rear end collision suffer gerater injury than all other collisions. Manohar et al (2006) stated that "In a 5 year retrospective study of 11,000 patients with cervical spine injury, 87.4% had soft tissue injuries.. more than 5 years following whiplash(p.420). The Symptoms commonly encountered included cranial nerve irritation, neck and upper extremity pain, restricted neck motion, and numbness. This study concluded that "head turned rear impact caused significantly greater injury to the cercical spine as compared to head forward rear and frontal impacts" An important part of finding out all the possible problems from a car accident is asking a simple question about head position that has huge impact on your prognsis and final outcome. Make sure you seek a Car Accident Specialist when youar ein a car accident for best results. 

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