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  • Drug-Free Pain Management
    30/08/2018 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA 0 Comments
    September is Drug-Free Pain Management Month

    North Florida Spine and Injury Center Celebrates September as National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

    September is designated as National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month: an opportunity to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and over the counter (OTC) pain medications. It is also an opportunity to educate consumers about drug-free options, such as chiropractic care, to safely and effectively relieve chronic pain.

    In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented over 42,000 individuals in the U.S. died from an opioid-related overdose, totaling more than 115 fatalities per day. Last year alone, the number of deaths associated with opiate painkillers increased by 27.7 percent.

    Likewise, OTC pain relievers increase the risk of health complications when misused or taken in higher doses than what is recommended. Risks include ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage and increased risk of cardiovascular events. Nearly 200,000 Americans who misuse OTCs land in the hospital each year.

    Did you know?

    Today 100 million people in the U.S. battle chronic pain and are searching for instant relief. They often turn to prescription pain medications for treatment of headaches, including migraines, low back pain and/or general aches and pains.

    As documented by the Gallup-Palmer Annual Report, 78 percent of Americans prefer to try other ways to address their physical pain before they take pain medication.

    A recent study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concludes that for adults receiving treatment for low back pain, the likelihood of filling a prescription for an opioid was 55 percent lower for those receiving chiropractic care than for adults not receiving chiropractic care.

    According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, results show that pain management services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of OTC medications and/or opioids, leading to lower costs and reduced risk of adverse effects.

    “Chiropractic care is proven to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction,” said Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA. “Given the increased interest in providing Americans with
    drug-free pain management options, doctors of chiropractic are front-line providers for spinal health and well-being, specifically as it relates to the management of back, neck and headache pain.”

    DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher education and are specifically trained to diagnose, evaluate and provide drug-free care and rehabilitation to individuals suffering from pain in the neck and back.

    Thank you

    Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA

    North Florida Spine and Injury Center

    7855 Argyle Forest Blvd., Suite 905

    Jacksonville FL, 32244

    Phone: 904 541-6144

    Fax: 904 541-6154

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  • 08/08/2018 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA 0 Comments
    What to do if you are involved in a multi-car / truck motor vehicle accident aka MVA

    What to do if you are involved in a multi-car / truck motor vehicle accident aka MVA

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  • Low back pain, neck pain, spine pain
    23/08/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA 0 Comments
    The Multifidus Muscle, So Small Yet So Very Important

    Marbling may be good for a juicy steak or hamburger but not so much for your back muscles!!!
    So, if you have been keeping up with my blog posts you know I try my best to be a bit tongue-and-cheek and at least attempt to inject some humor in what can be considered some dry topics of conversation. So, this post will be no  different in that regard.

    We will be discussing the importance of having fully functioning spinal stability musculature and the consequences of dysfunction and also how to help fix this dysfunction.

    We humans are vertebrates, if you remember back to elementary school biology class that means that we have a skeleton or more specifically a backbone / spinal column supporting our bodies on the inside. This skeleton is inherently unstable without the proper structures in place to provide not only static but dynamic stability as we go about our busy lives. Unfortunately, these supporting structures do not get much attention from us or the press… and when they do not function properly we can have all sorts of downstream negative effects as a result. Pain, injury, soft tissue damage, arthritis, weak posture, and so on can be a result of our stabilizing muscles not functioning properly or can be the cause of the dysfunction in the first place.

    The group of muscles we will be talking about today are the multifidus muscles or the multifidi. They reside deep to our spine at the posterior aspect or on the back side of the vertebrae. These muscles subconsciously stabilize our spine helping to aid in normal motion without pain or tissue damage. Picture the vertebral column being a stack of marbles. This stack will not be vertically oriented for very long without a stabilizing force acting upon it and as such will crumble and fall over rather quickly without the proper structures in place for stability purposes. The multifidi act to stabilize the spinal column by not allowing it to fall into individual pieces as the marbles would. So, their importance and value to our well-being cannot be understated.

    Now when we have an injury event take place, are sedentary, undergo a spine surgical operation etc… we can have the multifidi become inactivated. If these muscles remain “off-line” they can atrophy and undergo a process called fatty infiltration or fatty replacement. This is where the muscle is literally replaced by fatty tissue just like the marbling you see in a nice juicy steak – think ribeye. Once this fatty infiltration process has commenced it can be very difficult to undo as there is limited evidence if this can be undone. As a result of our main spinal stabilizing structure which was once strong muscle tissue now being weak fatty tissue we can experience all types of pain syndromes. Chronic low back pain sufferers will see this fatty replacement on MRI scans. Unfortunately, people involved in injury events: motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall events, sports injuries, work injuries and so forth can see this fatty infiltration on imaging studies if the proper rehabilitation has not taken place in a timely manner.

    Here are a few MRI images outlining the fatty infiltration process

    Grade 0 (None)         Grade 1 (Slight)       Grade 2 (Severe)

    So, the current thought on how to prevent / treat this fatty infiltration of our own “steaks” besides avoiding any and all potential injury activities is to seek the proper care of a medical provider who is specifically trained in the treatment of spinal injuries. Do not delay treatment as the “clock” is ticking from the time of injury until the fatty infiltration takes place. The generally accepted treatment protocol for spinal injuries includes an anti-inflammatory / healing phase followed closely by an active stability / strengthening phase. This will ensure the proper healing of the injured tissues and then the subsequent rehabilitation / reactivation of the muscles. Both of which will help to minimize and / or
    eliminate any fatty infiltration of the spinal stabilizing musculature. These treatment protocols tend to be quick and rather low-tech compared to a lot of the gym activities we may be used to.

    We at North Florida Spine and Injury Center are trained in how to detect these bio-mechanical faults and aid in the healing / rehabilitation of your injury. You may be a chronic pain sufferer who has been to numerous physicians and been given oral medications as the sole “treatment”. You may have had a failed surgical operation and just feel like you have nowhere else to turn. If you have been recently involved in an injury event, please do not delay treatment. We are here for you. If you have any further questions on this subject or anything related please do not hesitate to give us a call as we would be privileged in being a part of the healing process.

    Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA

    North Florida Spine and Injury Center

    7855 Argyle Forest Blvd., Suite 905
    Jacksonville FL, 32244

    P: 904 541-6144

    F: 904 541-6154

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  • Car insuracne coverage, Car accident injury treatment, Motor vehicle accident injury, Truck accident injury treatment
    18/04/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA 0 Comments
    Insurance Coverage and the Ever-Present Risk vs. Reward Formula

    So, the main question at hand; Is the reward of not having the proper coverage / any coverage worth the risk?
    This will be a chapter 2 of sorts in the insurance series behind The Fallacy Of “Full-Coverage” Auto Insurance Policies In The State Of Florida blog post I have previously written. If you have not taken the time to read that one, please do so now.

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  • Back pain causes and treatment in Jacksonville FL
    01/04/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC, FIAMA 0 Comments
    Back Pain: How and Why Is This Happening to Me

    Lower Back Pain

    Walking upright on two feet has advantages, but it also puts intense pressure on the spine, as well as on other muscles and bones. Add to this improper sitting, lifting, or reaching—and the normal wear and tear of working and playing—and you have the perfect recipe for back pain. That’s why back pain is the 2nd most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, some experts say, as many as 80% of us will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.1 Back injuries are a part of everyday life. They can cause a sharp pain or a dull ache and can be accompanied by a tingling, numbness, or burning sensation. . . .

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  • Whiplash injury treatment Jacksonville FL
    30/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 0 Comments
    Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment Options in Jacksonville, FL

    Whiplash Treatment Options in Jacksonville, FL

    Whiplash is a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a “whip-like” movement. This is essentially an acceleration/deceleration event. Whiplash is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other incidents that involve the acceleration and resultant deceleration of the body.

    Most whiplash injuries are classically associated with forward and backward movement of the head and neck. Side-impact crashes result in side-to-side or even oblique angled whiplash-style injuries, in which a person’s head is turned may induce injuries to the neck. Although severe whiplash injuries can result in paralysis and even death, most such injuries are relatively mild/moderate.

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  • Neck pain causes and treament in Jacksonville FL
    30/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 0 Comments
    Neck Pain and How a Conservative Approach Can Help

    Conservative Care of Neck Pain

    Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.

    The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes . . . 

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  • car crash, car accident injury, motor vehicle accident injury, truck accident injury
    27/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 0 Comments
    The Fallacy Of “Full-Coverage” Auto Insurance Policies In The State Of Florida

    I cannot count how many times patients have presented to the office stating that they have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and have a “Full-Coverage” policy. These individuals are under the impression that all of their out of pocket expenses will be covered by the various insurance companies involved in the accident scenario. The scenario goes like this; they were stopped in traffic and were rear ended by another vehicle. So, lets label the vehicle that was rear ended vehicle 1 and the vehicle that caused the accident vehicle 2. The person in vehicle 1 is under the impression that vehicle’s 2’s insurance policy will cover all of the expenses, both property and medical, that are incurred being that they are not at fault in this incident. Man, there is a lot to talk about here.

    Let us back up a bit and dive into some of the intricacies of the Florida No-Fault auto insurance laws. The State of Florida is a “no-fault” state which I believe is mislabeled. It should be a “regardless of fault” state. So, no-fault means to the average person that no fault is assumed when an accident occurs and / or the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying all costs involved. Both of these assumptions are inaccurate. Now, I say regardless of fault because fault is assessed when an accident occurs and regardless of who is at fault the costs will be covered if you have a valid policy at the time of the incident, given the proper coverages are in place. Ok, what do I mean by this? Well, in the above scenario vehicle 1’s policy will cover the medical portion of the claims and vehicle 2’s policy will be covering the property portion. This is a contentious point, being the not at fault party’s insurance will be paying bills for an accident caused by an at fault party in a no-fault state. Wow, I am even confusing myself with this mess. Basically, regardless of fault means that regardless of who is at fault you are covered. And I believe this is a good thing. It’s nice to be in control of your situation and not rely on others to have the proper coverages in place to pay for their mistakes. Unfortunately in this day and age people are becoming increasingly less responsible for themselves and forget about them being responsible for others. This is why it is important to understand insurance matters and make certain you have the coverages in place to take care of yourself and your family. I will not even get into more complex scenarios involving hit and run incidents, drivers with no license, drivers with no insurance, DUI’s / matters of criminal behavior, or any on-the-clock potential worker’s compensation cases.
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  • ssoft tissue inuries, causes and treatments in Jacksonville FL
    27/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 0 Comments
    Soft-Tissue Injuries: Better, Faster Healing

    Interest in instruments to extend the “reach” of chiropractors, massage therapists, and others got a boost in the ’80s when David Graston suffered a debilitating sports injury. Graston’s disappointment with the rehabilitation methods of the day caused him to create several stainless steel instruments with various shapes and angled surfaces. These instruments were designed to augment hands-only approaches to healing.

    Doctors of chiropractic have always worked their fingers into injured soft tissue to increase blood flow and break up restrictions. But fingers alone cannot detect restrictions at deeper levels, nor can they match the ability of the right instruments to treat the full range of restrictions. Today, several companies produce handheld devices used to perform what’s known as instrument- assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM).

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  • Headaches, Migraines, Tension headaches, Cervicogenic headaches
    27/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 0 Comments
    Headaches and Chiropractic

    If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

    New research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

    A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

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  • herniated discs, bulging discs and extruded disc injuries
    27/03/2017 - Dr. Adam Zeccardi DC FIAMA 1 Comment
    Herniated Discs, Bulging Discs, Extruded Discs Oh My!!!

    Spinal Disc Problems

    Eighty percent of people experience back pain, and at any one point in time, approximately 20% of the population has back pain. For many decades, doctors and scientists believed that most back pain was caused by “slipped” or “torn” discs. We now know this not to be true. Disc problems constitute only a small portion of the causes of back pain and rarely require surgery for pain relief.

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