Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Whiplash Fast Facts


Whiplash Fast Facts

Did you know…

  • There are many ways, besides car accidents to get whiplash? Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, but they can also occur due to a slip and fall or playing a high impact sport like football.
  • It doesn’t take much force for whiplash to occur? Whiplash injuries can occur at speeds as low as 5-10 mph. While cars may be built to sustain the force of another vehicle, our bodies are not. The severity of the injury depends on if you were properly restrained, so be sure to always wear your seatbelt!
  • Symptoms are not always immediate & go beyond just neck pain? Although you may feel fine after an accident, it may actually take hours, days, or even weeks for symptoms to develop. Neck and shoulder pain are the most common symptoms related to whiplash injuries, however, other symptoms may include:
        • Headache
        • Dizziness
        • Fatigue
        • Difficulty swallowing, concentrating, or sleeping
        • Blurred vision
        • Nausea
  • The risk of whiplash injuries increases with age? As we get older, our movement becomes more limited, our muscles lose flexibility and strength, and our ligaments aren’t as stretchy. So when our neck whips back and forth during an accident, there’s more potential for damage. Additionally, the elderly and people who already have neck problems (such as arthritis) may experience more serious whiplash injuries.
  • Chiropractic care can help? We manage whiplash injuries with careful and precise neck adjustments. Sometimes, ice and rehabilitative exercises are used to address the injured neck, shoulder muscles, and joints. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement; improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.

 

We always recommend that you come into the office immediately for an examination if you have been involved in an accident. Even a minor fender bender can produce injuries. The earlier you are treated, the better your chances for a fully recovery!

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, give us a call and get on our schedule!

605-332-9235

Monday, November 13, 2017

DOT Physicals

Yes! We do DOT Physicals!

Dr. Corey Touney is a federally certified DOT examiner
We often have same day or next day appointments available
We will do want we can to help you make the process as hassle free as possible

Give us a call!
Excel Chiropractic
605-332-9235


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back to School: Backpack Safety


BACKPACK SAFETY


Doing some last minute, back-to-school shopping? Here is what you should be looking for to help select the best possible backpack for your child:

Is the backpack the correct size for your child? The backpack should never be wider or longer than your child’s torso, and the pack should not hang more than 4 inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.

Does the backpack have two wide, padded shoulder straps? Non-padded straps are not only uncomfortable, but also they can place unnecessary pressure on the neck and shoulder muscles.

Does your child use both straps? Lugging a heavy backpack by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, low-back pain, and poor posture.

Are the shoulder straps adjustable? The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your child’s back.

Does the backpack have a padded back? A padded back not only provides increased comfort, but also protects your child from being poked by sharp edges on school supplies (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack.

Does the pack have several compartments? A back­pack with individualized compartments helps position the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back, and try to place the heaviest items closet to the body.

 Parents or guardians should help children pack their backpacks properly, and they should make sure children never carry more than 10 percent of their body weight. For example, a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t carry a backpack heavier than 10 pounds, and a 50-pound child shouldn’t carry more than 5 pounds.

In addition, parents should ask their children to report any pain or other problems resulting from carrying a backpack. If the pain is severe or persistent, give our office a call as soon as possible! Both of our doctors have years of experience helping and treating adolescent back pain. 605-332-9235


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Back to School: FREE Scoliosis Screenings


August means it's time to start getting the kids ready to head back to school.
It's important to have young kids routinely screened for scoliosis; the sooner it is detected, the better the chance of stopping the progression of the condition.

Give us a call to set up an appointment, or simply bring your kids the next time you're in for yourself! Our doctors will be more than happy to help!
605-332-9235

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Auto Accidents: Medical Coverage

Motor Vehicle Accidents
How Insurance Works
How insurance works in personal injury cases and what you can expect for coverage.


Primary Insurance: Your Auto Insurance
A majority of auto insurance policies include Medical Payment (Med Pay) coverage. Med Pay pays medical expenses for you and any passengers in your vehicle who are injured during the accident. There is a maximum amount your insurance company will pay for each person involved in the accident.
*Note: Med Pay will pay for your medical bills up-front at 100% until your limit is reached. Your insurance company will then be reimbursed by the liability insurance.


Secondary Insurance: Your Health Insurance
If you have maxed out your auto insurance Med Pay, your bills will be submitted to your health insurance. Unlike with Med Pay, you will be subject to any co-pays, deductibles, and other costs associated with your coverage. You can include these out of pocket costs into your settlement demands from the liability insurance.  Payments made by your health insurance will be reimbursed by the liability insurance.
Tertiary Insurance: Liability Insurance
This is the auto insurance of the at-fault party in the accident. While the liability insurance is responsible for your auto and injury bills related to the accident, it will not pay any claims until a settlement is reached. If you do not open a medical claim with your auto insurance and/or do no have health insurance, you will be responsible for the cost of your care until the settlement is reached. Due to this, we strongly encourage contacting your auto insurance and opening a medical claim.
*Note: A settlement may not cover all your bills & out of pocket costs, especially if you didn’t open a Med Pay claim or use your health insurance. For major accidents, you may even need to hire an attorney to ensure you are properly reimbursed. 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Help Us Help Others: Give Us A Review!



At Excel Chiropractic, we have always prided ourselves on putting our patients first. Everyone who comes into our office is a priority and is treated with the upmost care and respect. As a family practice, we are truly grateful for each and every person who choses us for their chiropractic needs.

Now, we are asking our patients to help us help others! We love to grow, and you can help by leaving a review of our office. Your comments will help others know what to expect from us when they are looking for a chiropractor in the Sioux Falls area.

If you can help us grow and help even more people, we would be truly grateful!
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Sioux Falls DOT Medical Exams

DOT PHYSICALS 
If you or someone you know are a CDL driver that is required to complete a DOT physical, we can help! Dr. Corey Touney is a federally certified DOT examiner and often has next day appointments available for drivers. These exams are done by appointment only and typically last 30-45 minutes. All drivers must provide a valid driver's license.
 
What to expect?
Dr. Touney will perform the physical exam according to the federal regulations:
  • Review Health History
  • Basic Physical Exam
  • Vision Check & Color Vision Check
  • Height and Weight Measurements
  • Check Blood Pressure
  • Urine Analysis
     
    Dr. Touney's Hours of Availability
  • Monday: 9am – 12 pm; 2:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Tuesday: 9 am – 10 am; 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 10 am – 12 pm; 2:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Thursday: 9am – 12 pm; 2:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 12 pm
     
    To find out more information about DOT physical’s and our office, please visit our website at www.excelchiros.com/dot-physical-exams/
     
    To schedule an appointment, give us a call at
    605-332-9235