What is Inflammation?

What is Inflammation?

Bottom Line:
If you’ve ever cut your finger or twisted your ankle, then you have first-hand experience with
inflammation. The redness, swelling, pain and heat are all hallmarks of the inflammatory
process. In some ways, this is the first step of the healing process as your body begins to repair
the injured tissue. However, there is another side to inflammation that can be extremely
damaging to your overall health…chronic inflammation.

Why it Matters:
Chronic inflammation occurs when the body is unable to complete the healing process. Your
immune system may continue to produce white blood cells that create oxidative stress for
months or even years. This long-term stress, or chronic inflammation, has been linked to
diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Some of the risk factors for developing
chronic inflammation include smoking, obesity, poor diet, stress and sleep disorders.

  • Chronic inflammation is a long-term inflammation that can last for months or years.
  • Diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease have been linked to chronic
    inflammation.
  • Reducing stress through exercise & diet can help reduce chronic inflammation and
    create a healthier you.

Next Steps:
You can reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation naturally with a few simple steps.
Researchers have discovered that daily exercise and weight loss can cause a dramatic
reduction in chronic inflammation. Additionally, reducing the stress on your muscles and joints
through Chiropractic care may provide additional benefits on your way to curbing chronic
inflammation.

Contact Us:

For more information or to speak to a healthcare professional, please give us a call at 864-631-1420. Additionally you may email us at greenvilleeast@alinglife.com .  Your health is a lifetime journey and we would love to help you down the correct path.  Have a great day!

Science Source(s):
Understanding Inflammation. Harvard Health Publishing. 2019

Common Personal Injuries Chiropractors Can Help With

Common Personal Injuries Chiropractors Can Help With

If you have been injured lately, whether at work, at play, or in an auto accident, it’s important to see a chiropractor or another medical professional as soon as possible. Personal injuries often require special care and attention to heal correctly. If you’re wondering whether your injury is one that a Greenville chiropractor can help with, the answer is probably yes. Here are a few of the most common types of personal injuries that we treat here at Greenville Spine Institute.

Auto Accident Injuries

Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents can all leave you with whiplash, muscle sprains or strains, and disc problems. These symptoms often don’t start causing auto accident victims problems until days or weeks after the accident, so if you’ve been in an auto accident recently, play it safe and see a chiropractor or another professional to get a jump start on the healing process.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents that occur around the house and in the workplace. Hitting the ground with a sudden impact can damage the vertebrae of your spine and neck along with the soft tissues of your back. If your vertebrae are knocked out of alignment, the healing process becomes more difficult for your body. Fortunately, a chiropractor can help make sure that your spine is healthy so your body can heal.

Sports Injuries

A single injury can send a dedicated sports player to the sidelines for the rest of the season. If you’ve gotten hurt on the court or the field, a chiropractor can diagnose the extent of your injury, correct any misalignments the injury may have caused in your body, and teach you physical therapy exercises to make a full recovery.

Heal from a Personal Injury with the Help of a Greenville Chiropractor

Healing from personal injuries is possible, especially with the help of a good chiropractor. Most people feel better after just a few sessions of chiropractic care. Make an appointment with a Greenville chiropractor today. Call Greenville Spine Institute at 864-631-1420.

Greenville Chiropractor Completes Advanced Certification in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology

Greenville Chiropractor Completes Advanced Certification in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology

Spinal Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are on the Rise

Although the number of fatalities from motor vehicle collisions (MVC) has reached an all-time low in recent years, innovations such as laminated windshields, collapsible steering wheels, more effective restraint systems, and an increasingly more crashworthy overall structure have greatly improved the survivability of these crashes. But the low fatality statistics tells only half of the story. Figures that are less often reported are the millions of non-fatal crashes that raise the annual estimated comprehensive price tag of  MVC to more than $346 billion. The majority of these occur at speed changes of under 15 mph according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Three million of these crashes result in whiplash-type injuries, according to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, contributing about $43 billion (12%) to this huge comprehensive cost. This is one motivation behind the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (www.iihs.org) practice of evaluating and ranking the relative safety of cars with regard to whiplash protection. Without a decent rating in this category, the car, SUV, or truck will not earn the Institute’s Top Safety Pick award.

So why this high cost for whiplash injuries? Because nearly half of the victims require prolonged treatment and suffer long-term symptoms. Many suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as well. About 10% of the victims become disabled. And most physicians simply do not have the specialized training to provide the most effective treatment. Dr. Kevin P. Lewis has been certified by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as an expert in this very specialized area of science, which requires insight into the physics of the actual crash mechanics and the occupant kinematics—or motions resulting from the crash—as well as all of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments approaches. For the past 15 years, the institute has been conferring this highest level of certification to only 100 physicians each year.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Kevin P. Lewis, please call C. Miranda Terry at 864-631-1420 or C. Miranda Terry at cmterry@alignlife.com.