Car & Bike Accidents

5 Common Injuries of Cycling and How Acupuncture Can Help

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Cycling is a popular way to stay in shape, commute, lose weight and maintain cardio health. Portland is one of America’s best biking cities supported by one of the country’s largest cycling communities.

While cycling helps maintains overall health the posture and muscle strain associated with cycling leads to some common injuries which can be easily addressed with acupuncture and chiropractic care.

Knee pain

  • Knee pain is one of the most common overuse injuries associated with cycling. This injury often occurs due to poor positioning on the bike. Seats that are too high or too low can contribute to knee strain. Imbalance in the quad and hamstrings muscles can also contribute to strain and tendonitis.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic care help balance the quad muscle group and relieve pain and tendonitis in the knee.

Lower Back Pain

  • The forward leaning posture associated with cycling can lead directly to low back pain. Long periods of time in this position lead to fatigue of the back erector muscles and aching pain.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic work by relieving the tight muscles, improving spine posture and activating core muscles to help reduce the back pain.

Achilles Tendonitis

  • Achilles tendonitis occurs as a result of repetitive strain and overuse. Tension in the calf muscles, improper foot wear and overuse can cause the Achilles tendon to become sore and swollen. If left untreated tendonitis can lead to thickening and scarring of the tendon.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic care work to lengthen the tight calf muscles. Treatment of the Achilles increases local blood circulation and speeds the recovery of the swollen tissue while relieving pain.

Muscle Tightness

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  • Calves and hamstrings are the most common muscles to become shortened and ache as a result of cycling. The pain is often felt when off the cycle, while sitting or even while in bed.

  • Proper stretching, foam rolling and strengthening of the opposing muscle groups is important for avoiding more serious injuries.

  • Our acupuncturists and chiropractor are trained in sports medicine techniques to teach proper care. Acupuncture and chiropractic help restore proper muscle length and posture to reduce pain.

Neck Pain

  • The posture associated with cycling leads directly to neck pain. Pain at the posterior neck is caused by muscles that shorten to hold the neck up. While having a more upright bike reduces neck strain it as reduces power.

  • Proper stretching and strengthening can help reduce pain, while acupuncture and chiropractic care relieve muscles and restore muscle balance.

Call us today to enjoy cycling without pain.

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5 Things To Do After An Auto Accident

1.  Record All The Details Of The Accident:

5 Things To Do After An Auto Accident

Make sure to gather all the names, phone numbers and license numbers of the people involved.
You should always get insurance information from the other driver.
DON’T allow witnesses to leave without getting their contact information.  Witnesses are important if there is a disagreement over the cause of the accident. This is very common!

2.  Contact Your Insurance Agent

It is important that your insurance agent knows what happened so that they can provide you advice. 
Some insurance policies require that you notify them within a certain amount of time to open a claim.

3.   Open A Medical Claim

All Oregon drivers carry a minimum of $15,000 of personal injury protection (PIP).
Many auto injury pains begin days or even weeks after the accident.  An open claim will insure that you can get treatment if and when symptoms begin.
You can see any health practitioner you want with this PIP coverage, including acupuncturists.

4.     Keep Good Records

Keep careful notes of your conversations with the police, the insurance company, lawyers, etc.
If there are any complications later these records will help support your case.
Save all the receipts that result from your accident. These include towing costs, storage charges, etc. as these bills are often reimbursed when you settle your claim.

5.     Get Good Treatment

Injuries like whiplash and accident related low back pain can be stubborn and heal slowly.  Experienced practitioners can reduce the time needed to recover and insure that you recover fully. 
All Inner Gate Acupuncture clinicians have extensive experience working with auto accident related injuries. 

Insurance 101: Coverage Explained

Insurance:

At Inner Gate Acupuncture, we recognize you work hard for your insurance coverage and so we want to do everything we can to help you utilize these valuable benefits.

We take all major medical plans, including but not limited to:

  • Aetna

  • BCBS

  • CHP

  • Cigna

  • Healthnet

  • Kaiser

  • Lifewise

  • Mode

  • Oregon Health Co-op

  • Pacificsource

  • Providence

  • UMR

  • UHC

We know insurance benefits can be a tricky thing to navigate. One company often has numerous plans, some that cover acupuncture and others that do not. For this reason, we are happy to verify your benefits prior to you initial visit so you know exactly what your financial responsibility is. We can deal with the insurance company directly so you can focus on your health.

Worker Compensation:

If you have a work-related injury, you can ask your AP (attending physician) about using acupuncture to recover. Our clinicians are on the following worker comp boards:

  • Caremark

  • Saif

Your AP oversees all the medical care that you receive. If your AP thinks acupuncture could be useful for you, then they write a prescription for it. You can have them fax that prescription to our office or bring it over yourself. We will then send that prescription, along with other paperwork, to your adjustor asking for approval. Once approved, you are allowed to seek care at our clinic

Motor Vehicle Accident:

Oregon law mandates that all drivers carry $15,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP).  This money has been allocated so that people will be proactive and address car-accident-related injuries immediately, preventing injuries from become chronic and more expensive to address. This money is available for any medical care that you are interested in receiving, including acupuncture.

Here are some things to know about PIP:

  • You must open a medical claim with your insurance company. They will give you a claim number that you provide to any doctors office where you receive care.

  • You pay nothing out of pocket for medical care.

  • You do not need a doctors referral to get acupuncture.

  • You have one year from the date of the accident to get care.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us at 503-284-6996.

8 Ways Inner Gate Acupuncture Can Help You Recover From An Auto Accident

Recover From An Auto Accident
  • Reduce your pain

  • Speed up your recovery

  • Prevent re-injury

  • Reduce inflammation

  • Re-establish stability and strength in damaged joints and tendons

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Manage your insurance billing

  • Provide a strong referral network that includes chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths and lawyers

  • Offer Saturday and evening appointments to accommodate your busy schedule

Bike Commuting for Health

 

Biking is good for our bodies, good for the environment and continues to get safer as advances in helmets and safe bike routes increase.

Here is a list of 20 reasons to bike commute.

Bicycle has virtually no carbon footprint.

Bicycles increase your ability to move around town quickly and efficiently.

Bicycles help maintain mobility for some people with back problems and other mobility issues.

Bicycling can be faster than walking, transit or motor vehicles.

Bicycling is good for cardiovascular health

Bicycling is a great way to unwind after busy work days, and improves mental health.

Bicycling is less expensive than driving a car.

Regular cycling promotes good muscle tone, bone mass improvement, clearer skin.

Regular bicycling helps with with weight management.

Regular cycling can lead to lower health care expenses.

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Bike commuting increases awareness of your neighborhood.

Your commute will change from being a bad part of your day to a nice part of your day.

Bike commuting is a great way to wake yourself up in the morning.

Cycling improves your self-esteem.

Bicycling is healthy activity you can do for many years.

Cycling is low impact on the body.

Bicyclists don't need to pay attention to highway traffic jam reports.

Easier and cheaper parking.

Bicycles emit few poisonous gases. A four mile bicycle trip keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe.

Bikes don't drip brake fluid, anti-freeze, transmission fluid, or brake dust reducing water pollution.