Medical, Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog

While the beginning of this winter provided sunny skies and warm temperatures, the colder weather is coming and quite possibly staying. With colder weather comes potential changes in pain. Many patients notice that their pain increases when the temperature drops or a storm comes in. While there is no one known cause to the changes in pain with new seasons, there are many possible explanations as to why.It is known that a drop in barometric pressure causes the muscles, tendons, and tissues to exp… Read More

Plantar Fasciitis

Jan 03, 2022
One of the most common foot conditions we see in our office is plantar fasciitis. This is a condition in which an individual typically presents with heel pain, described as sharp or stabbing. The pain is usually worst first thing in the morning, but is also painful with long periods of standing or going from seated to a standing position. Plantar fasciitis is defined as inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes… Read More

What is a concussion? The ICD-10 is a system of codes that we as practitioners use to diagnose injuries and ailments. According to this system a concussion is categorized as a mild traumatic brain injury. It is mild in that it is usually not life threatening. However, symptoms can be debilitating. You do not necessarily have to have an impact to your head to result in a concussion. A concussion happens when the head and the body move in such a great force to cause shear of the brain inside the s… Read More

Arvada Sport and Spine Group has a new tool for those suffering from neck pain, headaches, and other upper cross symptoms. The newest addition to our office is the Aspen Vista Cervical Collar. This collar is intended to help support you by creating a more natural curve in your neck. The collar does this by retracting your neck and begins to aid in engaging muscles in the neck that can weaken over time. The collar can also help take off stress from your cervical vertebra, discs, and nerves which … Read More

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is one of the many exciting treatment options that we offer at Arvada Sport and Spine group. There are many different conditions that respond well to PRP therapy including, rotator cuff/shoulder problems, knee pain, hip pain, elbow pain, injuries to tendons and ligaments. A few weekends ago Dr. Welling and NP Karin went to Chattanooga, TN to learn more about the technique and wanted to share some information about the treatment process.THE PROCESSPRP is derived from… Read More

Disc herniations occur when a disc, the rubbery cushion between your vertebra, is injured in some way and the nucleus, or center, pushes out through a tear in the annulus, which is the tough circular exterior of the disc. This herniation, which can occur anywhere throughout the spine, can irritate a nearby nerve and lead to pain, numbness, or weakness in the extremities. Herniations in your cervical spine, or neck, lead to these symptoms in your arms while herniations in your lumbar spine, or lo… Read More

Many people come into the clinic with pain saying “I’m just getting old!” Well age does not have to define you or the way you feel. Johns Hopkins held a study which tracked over 6,000 people from the ages of 44 to 84 for more than 7 years. This study showed that those who made changes in their lifestyle including quitting smoking, following a new diet, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight decreased their risk of death in the time period by 80 percent. So, what changes shoul… Read More

Now that the summer temperatures are on the rise, we need to be extra careful while exercising outside. Your body has multiple ways of cooling you off in heat, including sweating and the dilation of blood vessels, but as the temperatures become too hot and humid, the body starts to fail in the cooling process. In order to get prepared for the heat, there are a few things you can do:Drink fluids!Be aware of how much your body can handle physically.Try to be out in the mornings or evenings.Dress a… Read More

Now that the weather is getting warmer, many Coloradans are heading to the trails. But before you go hiking, here are a few tips and tricks that should be used to help keep you out of pain and keep you on the trails longer. Find the right backpack fit: While there are many types of backpacks for many lengths of hikes, there are a few pointers that should be used across the board. Backpack sizes are based on your torso length, so ensure that you are checking the dimensions for the right fit. Bac… Read More

Let’s be honest—the majority of us are under a lot of stress right now. Stress comes from a multitude of sources and while a little can be useful in motivating us to get tasks done or in running away from a saber-toothed tiger; over a long time, chronic stress wreaks havoc on our bodies. When we perceive something stressful, the hypothalamus, a tiny part at the base of your brain, turns on the alarm. This alarm signals the release of adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases heart rate and … Read More