Every year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a substantial number of people get hurt in a collision. Although most accidents are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic is a very good way to address these kinds of injuries.
We've treated many auto accident patients in our Gresham, OR office, and Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping people with these types of injuries since 1997. During a crash, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can cause a wide range of pain symptoms.
A ligament tear in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular problems in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured structures.
Dr. Robert Ramsey, your Gresham, OR chiropractor, can help by lowering irritation in the damaged area and can help decrease the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.
You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you recover here or call Dr. Robert Ramsey today at (503) 667-6744.
Jaw pain is a fairly common condition reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be tough for some health practitioners to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this very commonly in our Gresham, OR office.
Research shows that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Robert Ramsey will work to return your spine back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Robert Ramsey has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Gresham, OR and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Robert Ramsey can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1997, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 for an appointment.
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DR. RAMSEY'S "IN TOUCH" JULY PATIENT NEWSLETTER
I was thinking about July the other day and I thought I’d find out a few facts about the 4th of July. I didn’t know this, but the Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can you guess where the saying "put your John Hancock on it" came from?
The Fourth of July is not complete without parades, beer, hot dogs, and fireworks. Fireworks are enjoyed by almost everyone including me and I’ll drive somewhere just to see a fireworks display. You should have your choice of several locations in your area on the Fourth, or even the day before. Be respectful and go out and support one.
Happy Birthday, America!!!!!
APPLE PECAN PIE
Apple pie lovers will rejoice at the extra flavor the pecans add on this tasty little dessert!
2 crusts for a 9-inch pie
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. flour
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
3 tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
3 sweet apples, such as Golden Delicious
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Line 9-inch pie pan with bottom crust and sprinkle with pecans and 1 teaspoon of the flour. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Peel, core and slice the apples. Put in a large bowl with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and lightly toss. Spoon into crust-lined pie pan. Top with second crust and flute the edges. Cut several slits into top crust to let the steam out.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Serve warm or cold, with ice cream if desired. Makes 8 servings.
Now for your monthly “COOL FACTS” for the Fourth of July…
* On June 24, 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C., to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote.
* Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
* The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. (Getting that many signers to show up all at once was probably a big thing back then if you know what I mean.)
* The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths. (Things were a lot different back then. They took a big chance signing that document.)
* The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government. (Believe it or not Uncle Sam is seen in a good way a lot of times, and a bad way some of the time.)
>>>JOKE of the MONTH<<<
Once, in the 1800's, there was a little boy playing around his house. He was twirling around, and suddenly, he knocked over the outhouse. Frightened that he would be caught, he ran into the woods and didn't come out until it got dark. When he arrived back home, his father was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse?"
"No, father," the son lied. "Well, let me tell you a story," said the father. "Once, not that long ago, Abraham Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother's favorite cherry tree," his father paused." just like you, he ran into the woods.
When he returned, his father asked, 'Did you cut down the cherry tree?' Abraham answered with, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.'
Then the father said, 'Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.' So," the little boy's father asked again," did you knock down the outhouse?""Father, I cannot tell a lie." said the little boy. "I did indeed knock down the outhouse." Then the father spanked the little boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, “Father, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?"
The father answered, "That's because Abraham Lincoln's father wasn't in the tree when he chopped it down!"
“I have been seeing my chiropractor for terrible foot pain during hiking. It turned out that I was totally out of alignment, my hips were not level, one leg was longer than the other, and I had some neck bones way out of alignment, as well as one near where my back pack was carried. The problem was not in my foot as I thought, it was my entire body that was misaligned and compensating by making my muscles tight all over.
I had an appointment 2 days ago. He tested my nerves in my neck. They have to do with eye movement, smiling and frowning. He did the adjustment.
Now comes the really good part. I have low blood pressure, normally 80-90/50 and very bad circulation. I have to move at night because my arms fall asleep and I am unable to move them. If I lean on my arm, or cross my legs, I lose feeling and can't move them. I always thought this was an overgrowth of my candida, and I know the problem gets worse when I eat sugar or wheat.
The night of my adjustment I slept really well and had dreams which I can actually remember! And guess what? No circulation problems! I looked up the nerves he worked on and sure enough, one of them was related to my blood pressure!
So I tested this yesterday by eating some organic cookies! That should have made it worse. But no, I slept really well! My hands are warmer! I can cross my legs! I'm leaning on my elbow while I write this without losing circulation! I took my BP this morning out of curiosity, and it was 117/75! Woo Hoo!
Amazing! Hard to believe I went for foot pain, and something totally unexpected happened! Why didn't I know that sooner? I never would have guessed, because my neck did not hurt.
Patients like this say things like this all the time. THANK YOU for being a special patient at this office, and a good friend. You may not know it, but I consider you a V.I.P. and a part of my family. Thanks again for being a patient.
Of the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States every year, a substantial number of folks find themselves experiencing chronic pain and disability. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain a year after a crash.
Dr. Robert Ramsey sees many auto accident patients in our Gresham, OR office, and we often see individuals who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Robert Ramsey has great success in helping these patients.
What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?
During a crash, the tissues of your spine can be stretched or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and brain.
Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to protect the area from further injury.
If the damage isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, producing chronic pain.
Dr. Robert Ramsey is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Gresham, OR and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Robert Ramsey a call today at (503) 667-6744 for a consultation or appointment.
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Over 2 million people are hurt every year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Gresham, OR office. Thankfully, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help you heal from your auto injury.
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.
It's important to remember that research has also found that putting off care after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Robert Ramsey at the earliest opportunity is key to having a quicker recovery.
Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Gresham, OR office today for more information or an appointment.
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We work with many car accident cases in our Gresham, OR office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's take a look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you recover.
Even in a car wreck, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low velocity collision, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spine are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a wreck, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area become inflamed and tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
We work with many auto injury cases in in our Gresham, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes headache and why chiropractic works.
There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car crash, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and pain. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.
Another common cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Gresham, OR office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Dr. Robert Ramsey can help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.
You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Robert Ramsey is conveniently located in Gresham, OR to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Robert Ramsey will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll get you back on the road to health.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees frequently in our Gresham, OR office. The key to recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.
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 space, so they travel under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.
In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement 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 wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.
Gresham, OR Thoracic Outlet Treatment
Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Robert Ramsey will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Robert Ramsey is here in Gresham, OR to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 1997 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Robert Ramsey 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 (503) 667-6744 to make an appointment.
If you are suffering from back pain after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of problem very often in our Gresham, OR office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after an auto collision and see how chiropractic care can help.
During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car seat can put inconsistent pressure 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 right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing back pain, Dr. Robert Ramsey is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
If you are suffering from shoulder pain after a car crash, don't despair. Dr. Robert Ramsey sees this type of problem frequently in our Gresham, OR office. What causes shoulder pain after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help?
There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder pain after a car crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface 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 often be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.
More frequently, Dr. Robert Ramsey finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've treated both kinds of shoulder pain in our Gresham, OR office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
You don't have to suffer from shoulder pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey is conveniently located in Gresham, OR to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision 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. Give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 to make an appointment.