Archive for the ‘Back and Spine Injuries’ Category

Whiplash pain can linger long after a car accident

Whiplash is the most common type of personal injury suffered in a rear-end auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 800,000 whiplash injuries are reported each year. The Back & Neck Pain Center reports that because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. Many times, accident victims don’t seek treatment following a crash because they don’t feel hurt at the time of the accident. During a rear-end collision, your body goes through an extremely rapid and intense acceleration and deceleration that occurs in a matter of seconds. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. 
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Summertime Pool Safety Can Reduce Serious Injuries

Summer’s here, which means outdoor fun in the sun. And as temperatures rise, many of us will be cooling off at our favorite swimming pools. While a visit to a public watering hole or a friend’s backyard pool might seem like the perfect way to spend those long, warm summer days, lack of supervision is one of the leading causes of swimming-related accidents. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year there are more than 200,000 swimming-related injuries in the United States. Without proper supervision, adults and children can suffer preventable injuries, such as slip-and-falls or diving board and slide accidents.
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Colorado Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

It’s finally here. The time of year many Coloradoans eagerly await like a small child waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas eve. Snow has fallen in the mountains, the snow making machines are up and running and the ski slopes are finally open.

Along with joy of shredding the half-pipe or schussing down a pristine white slope, comes a certain amount of risk and an obligation to be courteous to others enjoying the slopes. Many of us don’t even think about these risks – we grew up on skis – we’re not going to be injured, right? Common sense and personal awareness can make your day skiing or snowboarding a safe and positive experience for yourself and for those sharing the slopes with you.

According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), an average 38 people have died each year snowboarding or skiing over the past 10 years. There are about 42 serious injuries, including paralysis and serious head injuries per year.

Given the total estimated number of 57.4 million skiers and snowboarder days per year in the 2008/2009 season, the number of deaths and injuries are quite small. However, at Bachus & Schanker, we believe any deaths or injuries are too many.

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself while skiing or snowboarding is to use a helmet. In its annual Demographic Study, NSAA found that:

– 77 percent of children 9 years old or younger wear ski helmets
– 66 percent of children between 10 and 14 wear ski helmets
– 63 percent of adults over the age of 65 wear ski helmets
– Helmet usage by skiers and boarders aged 18 to 24 is currently 32 percent, representing a 78 percent increase in usage for this age group since the 2002/03 season, when only 18 percent wore helmets.

Here are some skiing/snowboarding safety tips from NSAA:– Take a lesson. Like anything, you’ll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
– The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. As conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin a run slowly.
– Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical presence.
– If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.
– The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead.
– Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
– Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
– Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly – and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun.
– If you’re tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, you can get a lot more time on the slopes compared to the days of the past when guests were limited to fixed grip chairlifts.
– Follow the “Your Responsibility Code,” the seven safety rules of the slopes:

1. Always stay in control.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Let’s all be more safety conscience and courteous to other and help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on the Colorado slopes this season.

Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Four

It took a while but I finally made it up Fremont pass elevation 11,318 ft (highest pass of the ride). It was killer. My thighs hurt so bad after that and every little hill afterword seemed much harder, longer and steeper than it really was. The downhill parts were definitely nice. It gave me time to relax a little bit.

Today was the first day I finished the ride. It definitely boosted my self confidence a bunch. The last five miles I could not wipe the smile off my face. I was so thrilled to finish the last 33 miles.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Three

Today I started out strong. Well it was downhill, the easy part. We left at 7:00 a.m. and got to lunch at 9:45 a.m. We made good time. It was however all downhill with little to no peddling involved.

It was 36 miles to lunch and I made it the whole way. The last 18 I could not do because my butt is so bruised it hurts to sit on the bike seat. I was in tears riding into lunch because I was in so much pain. I am still extremely proud of the amount of riding I have been able to do.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Two

There is no preparation I could have done to be prepared for this ride. Being five thousand feet higher than where I trained was a slight problem in the beginning. The first major hill we had to go up I had a hard time catching my breath. After I had realized how much of a challenge the altitude was I was able to pace myself better. I was not able to finish the ride today. I made it 40 miles out of 55. The last twenty were all uphill over Vail pass.

I am kind of disappointed in myself but I am also very proud of what I did accomplish. At one point we were going down a hill, a steep one, and my uncle who was riding behind me said, “The biggest bug just flew into me!” I laughed at him only to find out the second largest bug in the world hit me.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day One

We arrived at our condo yesterday evening. The bed I slept in was extremely uncomfortable. My back is killing me today. We are waiting to check in and for the rest of our family to join us up here.

I am riding in the 157 mile Courage Classic benefiting the Children’s Hospital because they have been extremely helpful through all the problems I have had. When I was four years old I had to have decompression surgery for Arnold-Chiari Malformation.

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Back Injuries While at Work

The unimaginable has happened…you’ve hurt your back while on the job. How do you know if this is a serious injury and should you report it to your employer?

The human spine is an infinitely complex operating system. Bundles of nerves intertwine with soft tissues and bone, creating opportunities for minor injuries that have serious repercussions. The smallest of back injuries must be taken very seriously. Not all damage will become instantly known at the time of a back injury. Indeed, problems that seem insignificant at first often deteriorate in ways the employee did not foresee.

The spine is also fragile. It doesn’t take much to force a disc out of place, leaving the employee unable to perform any physical tasks for weeks or even months. All of this points to one truism: injuries to the back should always be reported to the employer. Some employers are skeptical of back claims because the effects of them are not immediately visible. However, our parents always told us it’s better to be safe than sorry, and with back injuries that is especially true.

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