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Achilles Tendon Sport Injuries And Chiropractic Treatment

800px-03042012Ccm_gamosuma_juvenilA231Professional athletes and individuals with a specific sport hobby suffer from a multitude of different injuries, contracted during the course of their activities. Some popular sports like football, soccer, baseball, golf, hiking, basketball, etc., while highly enjoyable, involve extensive exertions which result in various sports injuries in players. Chiropractic has become a popular mode of treatment for the different sports injuries and medical conditions, like Achilles Tendon injury, dislocated shoulder and spinal alignment.

What Is Achilles Tendon Injury?

The achilles tendon is one of the longest tendons in the body, which is stretched from the heel to the calf muscles of the human body. It assists in the engagement of different activities which require movement and flexible physical activity.

The Achilles tendon is used by sports athletes and enthusiasts for practicing and playing the different strenuous sports, like football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics, running, etc. Over-exertion on the Achilles tendon results in swelling and pain in the tendon which hampers an athlete from engaging in different sports activities. If too much pressure and exertion is put on the tendon, it causes it to tear partially or completely rupture.

Symptoms 

An injured Achilles tendon becomes swollen and causes acute pain whenever the leg is stretched. The patient feels stiffness and tenderness in the affected area, which makes it difficult to engage in different everyday activities. If the tendon completely ruptures, then the patient experiences excruciating pain, and is unable to move around.

If an athlete experiences difficulty in flexing his legs or pointing his toes, he might have a partial or complete rupture in the Achilles tendon. Prompt medical attention is required for the diagnosis and treatment of the Achilles tendon injury, before the patient suffers more acute damage due to movement or strain.

Treatment 

Achilles tendon injury requires prompt treatment from medical professionals to ensure that the affected area does not suffer further damage. A patient with a ruptured or injured tendon is required to rest his leg and apply ice to ease the swelling. Patients are also advised to use an elastic bandage on the leg to keep the swelling down.

Anti-inflammatory pills can be prescribed which tend to bring down the swelling of the tendon, and different exercises are advised for keeping the tendon in shape. But chiropractic treatment is quickly becoming the preferred mode to heal sports injuries, especially Achilles tendon injury.

 

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HCG Injections for Weight Loss

Safe, Effective Medical Weight Loss in

Rancho Cucamonga

assisted weight loss with HCG in Meridian.jpgHere at Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center we always endorse healthy diet and regular exercise as a great way to shed excess pounds, but we also recognize that some of our patients need some extra help on their weight loss journey. That is why we offer a variety of assisted weight loss solutions, including a remarkable natural substance known as HCG. When used in conjunction with the appropriate HCG diet plan and under the care of a professional, this form of assisted weight loss can help you see remarkable results in a short period of time.

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotrophin, a female hormone normally produced during pregnancy. This hormone keeps an expectant mother’s metabolism on an even keel while nourishing the developing fetus. Research by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons indicated that injections of this hormone reduced weight gain in overweight subjects. HCG allows you to eat less without feeling constant hunger pangs because it allows you to maintain a level metabolism by burning your stored-up fat. As a result, you can take advantage of a medically supervised dietary plan to consume a fraction of the calories you might be used to. This meal plan, coupled with the action of the HCG, can enable you to burn up to 3,500 calories a day, for a possible weight loss of 45 pounds within 45 days.

Medical Weight Loss at Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center

As dramatic as these results may sound, bear in mind that our weight loss center keeps your health in mind throughout. We use only pharmaceutical grade HCG, as opposed to the less effective homeopathic grade available in supplement form, and the HCG diet we prescribe will ensure that you receive the proper nutrition even as you lose weight. If you are squeamish about needles, we can also administer HCG in the form of sublingual drops. Contact our weight loss center to find out whether our Rancho Cucamonga HCG injections can help you get a head start on a healthy life.

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Dangers of Spine Surgery: What Doctors Won’t Tell You

800px-Flickr_-_Official_U.S._Navy_Imagery_-_A_doctor_performs_surgery.Low back pain has become a very common occurrence nowadays with over 12 million Americans visiting their doctors with complaints of chronic back pain every year; while over a 100 million visit a chiropractor.

Problems with the spinal column can cause devastating effects on a person’s life. It deprives them of their mobility and flexibility.  Even everyday activities become a challenge in some cases.  With so many of such cases and the advancements in medical science, it is ironic to see a huge number of people being misdiagnosed and prescribed spinal surgery as the only treatment.

Spinal surgery itself carries around a 20% risk of a failure.  Failed spinal surgeries often result in no improvement, worsened pain, and sometimes, even death.

General Physicians, spine specialists and orthopedic surgeons have proven in many cases that they have no clue as to the root causes of back problems.  In a review of low back-pain causes, Andrew Frank, a physician in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation concluded ‘Up to 85% of patients with low back pain cannot be given a definitive diagnosis because of the poor associations between symptoms, signs, imaging results and pathological findings’ (BMJ, 3 April 1993).

Risks Associated with Specific Surgical Procedures

Apart from incorrect diagnoses, each type of spinal surgery procedure carries its own set of risks:

Laminectomy

A laminectomy requires removal of parts of a bone, bone spurs and ligaments from the back with the aim of relieving pressure on spine nerves.  This procedure can result in a less stable spine, leading to another surgery.

Spinal Fusion

A spinal fusion procedure is the most common type of surgery carried out for back pains.  A surgeon joins the vertebrae together to restrict movement between the spinal bones.  This in turn limits the stretching of spine nerves.

An incomplete fusion requires the patient to undergo another surgery.  Smoking on the other hand, increases the chances of an incomplete fusion to occur.

Foraminotomy

Foraminotomy requires a surgeon to remove a bone from the sides of the vertebrae in an attempt to widen the space for spine nerves.

This surgery can also cause the spine to lose stability.

Disc Replacement Surgery

A damaged spinal disc is removed and replaced by inserting an artificial disk.  The introduction of a foreign object into the body always carries a risk of dislocation or breaking, leading to a hardware fracture.

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Heat Related Muscle Cramps

It can happen to just about anyone, physically active or not. During the NBA finals of 2014, LeBron James became the poster child of heat related cramps and how debilitating they can be. During the first game of the NBA finals, the superstar player had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter because he had developed severe leg cramps.

It doesn’t matter how physically active and well trained you are, when you exercise in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, which is what happened during LeBron’s game when the air conditioner malfunctioned, you are at greater risk of developing heat related cramps. Unfortunately, his team lost the game.

One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is over-exercising in hot environments. The body sweats and loses fluids at an accelerated rate. In order to stay hydrated, the body needs to take in more fluids. When the body goes into a state of dehydration, the muscles are forced to take water from themselves and put it back into the body to keep your blood pumping. As a result, your muscles begin to cramp.

Muscles that get more activity than others generally cramp more often than other muscles. You’re also more likely to suffer heat cramping when you push yourself harder than usual.

My first experience with heat cramps came when I visited my hometown during a break from college. They were have a 5K run and because I’d been on the high school track team, they invited me to join the race. I hadn’t trained in over a year, but figured once you know how to run a couple miles, your body will remember how to do it.

I took the cups of water handed to the runners throughout the race, I spilled more than I drank. I didn’t mind, the water cooled me off.
It wasn’t until about halfway through that I realized that while I had been trying to rehydrate myself, in the extreme heat of that July run, I had stopped sweating.

I was young, ignorant, and figured it didn’t matter. The race was almost over, and sure enough on the last leg where we had to run once around the high school track to cross the finish line I had plenty of kick to finish the race.

About an hour later, however, I began to have the most unendurable cramps I have ever experienced in my life. A trip to the emergency room (yes, they were that bad) taught me that if you ever stop sweating during physical exertion, that is a very dangerous warning sign. It’s a lot like running your automobile engine without any coolant or water.

I came very close to a dangerous heat prostration event. My electrolytes were way out of balance, my heart rate erratic, to say nothing of the cramps. Once I was rehydrated, all my symptoms went away. It’s amazing how wonderful the human body is.

coconut-1391809572taEDrinking water helped, but because we also lose electrolytes when we sweat, we need to replace those as well. Coconut water, sports drinks, even pickle juice can help minimize the problems that I suffered. Since that time, I have the most profound respect for exercising in the heat.

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How Lack of Exercise Affects Health

The_'weigh'_he_was_--_weightloss_at_GuantanamoA lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke.  Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.

This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.

The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:

1. Obesity

Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise.  Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.

Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people.  Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.

It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.

2. High Blood Pressure

Being overweight can lead to hypertension.  The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow.  Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments.  A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.

3. Decline in Brain Function

Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite.  A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise.  The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.

4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles

A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis.  Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.

5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer

Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise.  Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.

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Causes of Back Pain

Back pain may occur due to various reasons; be it a sports injury, pulling a heavy object or a fall/ injury to the spine. If you are suffering from back pain, it would be wise to have a look at some of the common risk factors and causes of back pain by consulting a Chiropractor.

Risk Factors

The risk of back pain varies in different individuals, depending on their lifestyle. People who work in a mentally stressful job, smoke or go through strenuous physical work are more susceptible to back pain than those who don’t. Other factors such as pregnancy, anxiety, depression and obesity can also lead to this condition. Age is also a factor, as older individuals are at a higher risk than younger ones.

Causes Of Back Pain

 

Strain

The most common cause of back pain is strained muscles and ligaments, which may be a result of lifting something heavy or a sudden awkward movement. It can also be caused by improper posture due to a bad mattress or sitting position.

Structural Problems

The human body is a complex structure composed of bones, muscle, ligaments and joints. A fault in any of these can cause numerous problems, including back pain. Some particular structural problems that may affect the back are as follows:

Arthritis

Arthritis can cause various joint problems in the hips and lower back.

Bulging And Ruptured Disks

The vertebra in our spine is cushioned by a disk, so a ruptured disk would result in more pressure on the nerves, resulting in back aches. A bulging disk would put even more pressure on the nerves.

Sciatica

A bulging disk can also press on a nerve in the spine, causing a shooting pain through the buttocks and down the legs.

Curvature Of The Spine

An unnatural curvature of the spine can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, causing back pains.

Osteoporosis

A vertebra fracture can be caused by the bones becoming more brittle.

Conditions, There are also some conditions which may cause back pains.

Spinal Cancer

A growth or tumor on the spine may press against a nerve.

Infections

Infection on the nerves (shingles) and spine may also cause pains.

Cauda Equine Syndrome

The growth of nerve roots at the bottom of the spinal cord can cause a dull pain, as well as lack of feeling in the upper buttocks.

What is all the hype on HCG???

What is all the hype on HCG???

HCG Injections Support Successful Medical Weight Loss

Frustrated with slow weight loss?  At Rancho Cucamonga medical Center our rapid weight loss program, featuring pharmaceutical-grade HCG injections, can fast track your medical weight loss. Our program has helped patients lose up to 45 pounds in 45 days with an average loss of one to three pounds per day. Under the guidance of our medical provider, HCG injections could do the same for you!

Drop the Pounds Today with the HCG Diet

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HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Recent research has found that HCG is effective for promoting natural weight loss. In combination with a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet, these supplements help trigger the brain to burn stored fat, melting off the pounds.

The HCG diet is based on the “pounds and inches” protocol developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeon. Using HCG in combination with specific meal plans and medical supervision helps to reduce food cravings, increase fat burning, and keep you feeling energized all day long. The body can burn up to 3500 calories per day from stored body fat. By maintaining a high energy level, HCG helps support this process, during your body into a fat-burning machine.

A typical treatment program includes 40 HCG injections, which are administered by our trained medical provider. These injections will increase your energy levels without any jittery, nervous or anxious side effects associated with unsafe dietary stimulants. The natural hormone also reduces irritability (patients never feel “cranky” or “constantly hungry” due to restricted caloric intake), enhances clarity of thought, and improves sleep.

For patients who have struggled with yo-yo dieting in the past, the Rancho Cucamonga medical center HCG weight loss program is truly revolutionary. This is a brand-new approach to losing and maintaining weight loss. Most importantly, in conjunction with HCG injections, our wellness team provides nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice. This helps our patients adopt new, healthy habits that support an active lifestyle and long-term weight loss success. The HCG diet is not a “fad diet” that promises big results but fails to deliver. Our patient-proven results show that it really works!

Our lifestyle and wellness counseling services support long-term weight loss success with the HCG diet. By proactively addressing and correcting unhealthy eating habits, we can help make your weight loss permanent. There are no calories to count or complicated meal plans to follow. Instead, we teach our patients to make smart food choices, cut out hidden sources of added sugars and fats, and embrace whole foods. Our behavioral modification services help patients stop the negative patterns of thought and action the lead to weight gain. At Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center, our wellness team is committed to helping every patient embrace a healthy, positive lifestyle.


Contact us about our Rapid Weight Loss Program and schedule your FREE Consultation to get started today!

More than 15,000 people across America have kick-started a new, healthy lifestyle with the support of HCG injections. You can, too! Contact our wellness team today. 909-945-9982

Choose Chiropractic Care for Healthier Living

Activator_II_adjustment_instrumentChiropractic care is a medical system that aims to eliminate the root of a problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms.  Chiropractors manipulate the spinal column along with other parts of the body with the aim of easing pain, promoting the body’s systems to naturally heal it along with prescribing exercise to eliminate postural problems.

This approach introduces a healthier lifestyle for an individual.

Chiropractic Treatment Techniques

Here are numerous chiropractic treatment techniques that are used in treating patients:

Activator

The activator is a device that is used to correct minor misalignments in the spine.  It sends a small impulse that is sufficient enough to move the vertebrae without causing any injury.

Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST)

This is a non-forceful technique that is used to remove blocked energy in the body and allows it to heal itself.
Cox Flexion Distraction

This procedure is a safe alternate to back surgery and is designed to relieve lower back pain by altering the spinal column.  However, it is also used to treat disc herniation, stenosis, arm and neck pains as well as many other complications.
Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology gauges a muscles’ strength or weakness to find an illness.
Thompson Terminal Point

This technique utilizes a special drop table to adjust the full length of the spine.

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

The SOT technique is designed to reduce and sometimes completely eliminate pain in the head, neck, spinal cord, TMJ as well as improve function of many organs.

 

 

Logan Basic Technique

The Logan technique applies a gentle and sustained pressure at the base of the spine, that corrects the balance of the spinal column and releases tension.
A gentle, sustained pressure is exerted at the base of the spine. Correcting the sacrum corrects the rest of the spine.

Nimmo Technique

Nimmo technique is designed to relieve people of their chronic pain, whether in the muscle system, nervous system or skeletal system.

Orthotics

Orthotics focuses design and construction of external devices that help in modifying the structure of the body, such as uneven leg length, incorrect spinal curvature and tilted pelvis.

Emphasis on Exercise

Chiropractors believe that physical exercise is essential for the well-being of the human body.  This is why they prescribe exercises that are easy to carry out at home.  These exercises aim at reducing or preventing obesity that is a major factor in causing heart diseases, diabetes and many other diseases.

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Cervical Herniated Disc – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Cervical_fracture_dislocation_C6-C7Individuals, engaged in strenuous everyday tasks of lifting and shifting heavy loads, and operating machines and computers for long hours on end, run a high risk of experiencing spinal disc injuries. Injuries in the spine or neck region tend to cause extreme pain and hindrance in the movement of the back or neck. Cervical herniated disc is a medical condition in which the patient feels excruciating pain in the neck, due to a slipped disc. Chiropractors provide invasive treatment methods for relieving the pain in the neck and spinal areas of the body.

What Is A Cervical Herniated Disc?

It is a medical condition, in which the individual suffers from extreme pain in the neck, and sometimes shoulder region, due to a slipped disc or pressure on a nerve. Cervical herniated disc injuries are less common than a lumbar herniated disc, which affects the lower region of the body. A cervical herniated disc condition is in the neck region of the body.

The 7 applicable vertebra of the spine are termed as C1 to C7, in a descending manner, for medical convenience. Between every two vertebra, a disc is located which serves as shock absorbers for the spine. The exertion and pressure on the neck and spine of the body causes swelling or bulging of the disc which might in extreme cases, even cause the disc to rupture, resulting in severe disc injuries.

The swelling and bulging of the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, which results in extreme pain in the neck and back region, hampering movement of the affected individual. A slipped disc or cervical herniated disc in the vertebra segment of C4 to C5 causes nerve root impingement, which results in pain in the upper shoulder or arm, hindering movement. Any swelling in the cervical segment of C5 to C6 results in weakening the front arm muscles, also called biceps, and causes a numbing and tingling pain in the wrist. It is the most common area in which a cervical herniated disc condition occurs.

The herniation of the discs in the C6 to C7 vertebra results in creating painful sensations in the back muscles of the arm, also called triceps,  which extends all over the hand, causing pain up to the fingers. Any disc herniation in the C7 to T1 region, results in affecting the control and grip of the hand, with a tingling pain and numb sensation throughout.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment methods are highly effective for different musculoskeletal disorders and spinal disc injuries, experienced by individuals because of over exertion and engagement in strenuous activities. Chiropractors provide services for joint and muscle adjustment and pain relief.

 

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