Concussions and Chiropractic

In the U.S., there are a minimum of 300,000 sports-related concussions per year. If your child is in contact sports, there’s a risk of the contact ending in a concussion. In fact, research suggests that the number of documented cases of concussions among children is on the rise.

How is Chiropractic Treatment a Valid form of Concussion care?

As Chiropractors, we are often the first health care provider to care for patients who are suffering from a head injury, such as those incurred in sports or car accidents. Because of this, we have worked hard to become very proficient in the assessment and diagnosis of concussions. In our office, we use a specific assessment tool called the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) and the associated APP to evaluate, assess concussions in athletes with the end goal of safely returning the athlete back to the sport.

The assessment tool is used to evaluate symptoms and physical signs. Some classic symptoms are indicators that the neurological symptoms are present:
o Vomiting
o Blurred vision
o Stumbling
o Increased confusion
o Unconsciousness
o Dilated pupils
o Weakness in on arm/leg
o Worsening headache

Because a concussion is a brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head, neck or face, there’s a good chance that the blow also causes a misalignment of the cervical spine. This misalignment is much like whiplash in its stress and pressure it laces on the cervical spine.
Guidelines for concussion include no alcohol, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and sleep agents should be taken. Use Tylenol for pain if necessary. Do not drive until you can return to the sport. And as your chiropractor I will care for your cervical spine and head pressure. In addition, if you need to be referred out to another health professional, I will let you know.

The physiologic benefits of upper cervical Chiropractic care are easily observed on MRI as shown the image below:


The image on the left shown the congestion associated with the inflammation that is present in the head in post-concussion syndrome. The inflammation is obviously pooled in the front of the brain. After the Chiropractic treatments you can see the obvious and dramatic change in the amount of inflammation in the brain.This physiological change of clearing the brain of inflammation is the key to healing and return to full function. And Chiropractic adjustments are at the helm of this clearing process.

Dr. J Scott Threde DC

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Finding a Chiropractor in Walnut Creek

If you are considering chiropractic care in Walnut Creek, and have browsed the web or local yellow pages to find a doctor to help you, it is likely that you have discovered that there are multiple possible choices.  This is where it becomes a little more difficult.   The next question you have probably asked yourself is what makes one chiropractor different from the next, or how do I find the best chiropractor for me?

While this can be challenging, there are a few things that can set one chiropractor apart from another.  Knowing these things will go a long way in helping you find the best chiropractor for you in Walnut Creek, and as a result lead to better results during your care.  This article has been designed to assist you with some questions to ask, and aspects of a chiropractor to evaluate, when deciding which one is right for you.

Tips for finding the best chiropractor in Walnut Creek:

1.    Often, the first place to start your search shouldn’t be the internet or local yellow pages, but instead by asking trusted friends and relatives.  Ask these people about their experiences with different doctors, and who they would they would seek for care if they needed help.  Recommendations or referrals can speak a lot about the practices of different offices.

2.    Once you have narrowed your search, it is often helpful to schedule an initial consultation with a chiropractor to ask any questions you have.  It has been found that the results of treatment at any health care facility are not only dependent on the care provided by the doctor, but also how comfortable the patient feels around the treating physician.

3.    When searching for a chiropractor many people don’t realize that there are a number of different techniques that they can use.  Typically, chiropractors have been taught a variety of techniques, and will refine one or more to meet your individual condition.  When searching for a doctor, make sure to include questions about how the doctor adjusts.

Chiropractic adjustments can vary from the doctor using their hands to the use of a variety of instruments.  They can also be so light that you may feel only a light sensation or the adjustment may cause a popping sound called a cavitation.  Not only is it important to find a chiropractor that you are comfortable talking to, but also make sure you are comfortable with their adjusting technique.

4.    Finally, it is also useful to determine your chiropractors’ educational background.  While all chiropractors undergo a rigorous academic career, there are a number of different chiropractic schools to attend.  Insuring that the chiropractor you are researching has graduated from a school that is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic education is fundamental.  Additionally, researching if your prospective doctor has any additional certifications can be useful.

We hope this article has been helpful for you.  While one chiropractor may be the best for one particular person, you may find that another is the best for you.  Using your own judgment and common sense can go a long way in the determination process.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact our Walnut Creek team today at Active Life Chiropractic.

By Scott Threde D.C.


Choosing a Chiropractor in Walnut Creek

One of the most common questions I get asked as a doctor is how do I find a great chiropractor in Walnut Creek?  In some cities there are dozens to choose from, and it can be difficult to know if the doctor you are considering is right for you.  This article will help to walk you through the steps that I would use to find a great doctor to take care of me.

Most patients choose their chiropractor based on the look of the outside of the office or how nice their website is.  I agree that a doctor that keeps up their office, and that has a great website, is probably a good choice, but there’s more to it than that.  Chiropractic is a very diverse profession so there are some deeper questions to ask.

The best way to know if a chiropractor is right for you is to sit down and talk to them.  Learn about who they are as a person, and why they became a chiropractor.  There are many different styles of adjusting, and many different philosophies in the chiropractic field.  When you find a passionate doctor you have found what you’re looking for.

Ultimately you need to find someone that really cares about you and your well being.  A doctor that is going to be focused on your health, and that has a plan to get you back on track.  If you feel uncomfortable then do your homework, and you’ll find the best choice for you.

If you have been struggling with a health condition, and it feels like you’re going around in circles, I encourage you to give us a call today.  If for any reason we feel that we cannot help you we will get you pointed in the right direction.  We are here to be a resource for you in any way that we can.

Today is a great day to improve your health.  If you live in Walnut Creek we encourage you to give our team at Active Life Chiropractic a call today.  Our friendly staff will setup a time for you to come in and learn about who we are and what we can do for you.

By Scott Threde D.C.

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