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Concussion Nutrition

Concussions are very big topic in sports now. Not just at the pro level but at the amateur levels also.  Knowing what to look for is important when it comes to head/brain injury. Did you know that there is a nutritional protocol for those individuals recovering from a concussion?  Most concussions if treated properly will resolve within 7-10 days.  During recovery it is important to drink plenty of fluids to wash out the metabolites as with any type of bruising.  Also for the first 24 hours consider fasting.  Or at least eat low quality foods such as a high fat, moderate protein and very few carbs.  Eat smaller meals with higher protein content and high fat for at least the first 24 hours!  When it comes to concussions, “when in doubt, hold them out”

Athletics, Injury, and Sports

I have been an avid sports fan my entire life.  I can remember watching baseball from the floor of my parents home as far back as my pre-kindergarten ages as well as playing it in the front yard with my parents and neighbors.  I always thought I would end up being a professional baseball player. During my high school days, I played baseball, football and wrestled (I hated the diet part). During college I played football and baseball.  After college I tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.  I never became a professional athlete, as things just didn’t work out, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.  Now I play golf (so,so well), work out (semi-religiously) and enjoy what adventures life has to offer.

The reason I am relaying this bit of information is to explain that I am no stranger to athletics and sports injury.  I was fortunate enough not to have experienced any terrible injury during my playing days, however I did get hurt enough on a few instances to miss some college games due to injury.  I now have some physical reminders from the culmination of all the sports collisions I survived during my younger sports years.  I have a great knowledge of the sports activities and mechanisms of injury and understand how to treat athletic injuries.

Injury acquired during sports activity is often the same type of injury one could suffer around the house, in the garden or at work. Usually the only difference from one injury, to another of the same, is the mechanism by which it occurred. For example if you sprain an ankle playing basketball, is it any different than spraining your ankle tripping over a toy at home?  Generally, only the way it happened is different, and maybe the severity, however you can injure the same structures and tissue. Since people are all different, healing times are different, severity of injury is different, the treatment needs to be individualized for the person and the injury.

I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), which means I have specific training dealing with sports type injuries.  I see little athletes, high school athletes, weekend warrior athletes and even professional athletes.  Athletes are often the most difficult of my patients to treat as they really don’t like to be slowed down with injury, because like myself, they enjoy the challenge of the sport, competition, and sense of accomplishment.  Athletes tend to try and play through injury often at a detriment to themselves.  This type of attitude can cause additional damage to already injured tissues.

No matter what sport you play, give yourself the time to heal and find the right type of treatment for those acute, chronic or nagging type injuries. The older we get, the slower our healing time becomes physiologically.  On the opposite end of that spectrum are the youngsters, who heal very quickly…..Oh, to be young again!  Please call our clinic for more information at 630-351-4700.

Athletic Injury: Professional and You

Did you know that one of the reasons pro athletes recover from injury before the average person is mainly due to the treatment resources available. Pro’s have almost unlimited resources at disposal post-injury, are treated immediately after injury and treated often. When the average Joe/Jill gets injured, they will not generally have the money, time, and resources available to be treated as quickly and as often, however they can get the same treatments. Give us a call if you have an athletic injury, as we have the same treatment equipment as most training rooms around the country, including our cold laser therapy!

Ankle Injury and Rehab

Did you know that 23,000 people a day sprain their ankle in the US at an annual cost of over a billion dollars. However, against common thought, a study of elite runners showed that those with a severe ankle sprain were less likely to re-injure the same ankle compared to a runner with lesser ankle injury. Even surgery to ankle ligament tears had poorer outcomes verses those who did not have surgery. Finally, the forces centered on an ankle can exceed 7 times that of bodyweight, so a few extra pounds can increase the risk for injury. We have a great ankle injury program for these types of injury.

Athletics, Injury, and Sports Injury

I have been an avid sports fan my entire life. I can remember watching baseball from the floor of my parents home as far back as my pre-kindergarten ages as well as playing it in the front yard with my parents and neighbors. I always thought I would end up being a professional baseball player. During my high school days, I played baseball, football, and wrestled (I hated the diet part). During college I played football and baseball. After college I tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. I never became a professional athlete, as things just didn’t work out, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Now I play golf (so,so well), work out (semi-religiously), and enjoy what adventures life has to offer.

The reason I am relaying this bit of information is to explain that I am no stranger to athletics and sports injury. I was fortunate enough not to have experienced any terrible injury during my playing days, however I did get hurt enough on a few instances to miss some college games due to injury. I now have some physical reminders from the culmination of all the sports collisions I survived during my younger sports years. I have a great knowledge of the sports activities and mechanisms of injury and understand how to treat athletic injuries.

Injury acquired during sports activity is often the same type of injury one could suffer around the house, in the garden, or at work. Usually the only difference from one injury, to another of the same, is the mechanism by which it occurred. For example, if you sprain an ankle playing basketball, is it any different than spraining your ankle tripping over a toy at home? Generally, only the way it happened is different, and maybe the severity, however you can injure the same structures and tissue. Since people are all different, healing times are different, severity of injury is different, the treatment needs to be individualized for the person and the injury.

I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), which means I have specific training dealing with sports type injuries. I see little athletes, high school athletes, weekend warrior athletes, and even professional athletes. Athletes are often the most difficult of my patients to treat as they really don’t like to be slowed down with injury, because like myself, they enjoy the challenge of the sport, competition, and sense of accomplishment. Athletes tend to try and play through injury often at a detriment to themselves. This type of attitude can cause additional damage to already injured tissues.

No matter what sport you play, give yourself the time to heal and find the right type of treatment for those acute, chronic, or nagging type injuries. The older we get, the slower our healing time becomes physiologically. On the opposite end of that spectrum are the youngsters, who heal very quickly…..oh, to be young again! Please call our clinic for more information at (630) 351-4700.

Dr. Blum

I wish to provide a brief history about my educational background and how I stumbled upon this great profession we call Chiropractic. I have been a sports nut and athlete most all my life (though much slower now). Late in my senior year of high school (1974), I was fortunate enough to receive a football scholarship to attend the local college in my quaint home town of Hastings, Nebraska. I graduated from Hastings College (in spite of myself) with a degree in physical education and a minor in English in 1978. After graduating college (whew!), I taught 9th grade English in a predominately African-American Jr. high in an inner-city, Kansas City, Kansas school district for two years.

Being young (naive) and constantly without cash, I eventually quit teaching, due simply for the desire to earn more money, as living on rice and cream-of-anything soup soon got old. However, I must at this point emphasize that my teaching experience had a tremendous and important impact on my life and outlook relative to other cultures. During my limited stint as an educator, I was blessed with a multitude of valuable learning experiences, life’s lessons and the forging of unique and unforgettable friendships. I can only hope I taught my students as well as they taught me.

After my teaching career, during 1980, I became a retail sales manager for the FootLocker Corporation. For the next several years I worked, managed, and was promoted throughout the midwest with stints in Kansas City, Ks; St. Louis, Mo; and the cities of Northbrook, Bloomington-Normal, and Norridge, Illinois. For my efforts, I was honored as the FootLocker Rookie of the Year for the Midwest Division during that time, (back in the old days) and won a few other awards along the way.

During my time as manager of the Harlem and Irving Plaza Footlocker, Illinois, in the early 80’s, I had injured my back and was laid up for a couple of weeks due to both back and sciatic pain. Finally, with no success after trying the traditional medical route of pain killers and muscle relaxers, I literally crawled into a local chiropractic office. My doctor was a very young but very cool and intelligent guy. Following my first treatment (adjustment), I felt so much better that it was hard to believe that I was actually able to walk out with less pain than when I crawled in, all without a pill. I knew right then and there, Chiropractic was something special and it was the profession I wanted to learn more about. During subsequent visits, I asked my doctor for all the information I could about his wonderful profession. Shortly after that, I knew I would become a Chiropractic physician.

In 1991, I finally entered the National College of Chiropractic (NCC) in Lombard, Illinois. I worked and studied incredibly hard (unlike much of my previous educational endeavors) and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors during the Fall of 1995. I was the president of my graduating class as well as the class salutatorian. During my studies at NCC, which is now called the National University of Health Sciences, I also earned a bachelor of science degree in Human Biology. I currently live locally in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and have maintained a private practice serving the Schaumburg, IL area and surrounding communities since 1997.

My purpose in providing this brief synopsis is not to toot my own horn, but to let you know that I am proud of my personal and professional career. I have worked hard and studied hard to attain what I have accomplished and promise to use that same knowledge, skills, drive, and energy to help each and everyone of my patients regardless of age, race, gender and socio-economic status. Injury, disease, and disorder does not limit itself from any one living entity, as we all experience pain or illness at some time during our life’s ventures. I love being a Chiropractic physician and it is my absolute pleasure to be that human resource that will listen to your concerns, care for your needs as a patient, treat you with respect as an individual and fight for your right to improve, achieve and maintain the health goals that you desire. If that is what you seek, I am that doctor.

Conditions Treated By Blum Chiropractic

People and patients often ask me if I treat specific problems sometimes unrelated to their own. Obviously being a Chiropractic physician, I have a significant amount of education and training allowing me to see a variety of patient problems. Like most physicians, I see my fair share of injury, disease and disorder, however unlike much of traditional medicine, I enjoy the ability to treat patients on a preventative basis as well. The following are a majority of problems that patients present to me that I treat (not limited to), or provide referral services for, if needed.

  • Neck, midback and lower back pain and spasm (bulging or herniated discs)
  • Numbness and tingling of extremities (pinched nerve, sciatica)
  • Whiplash and other vehicle accident injury
  • Sports injury, tendinitis, sprain, strain, swelling
  • Work injury of various types
  • Headache, Migraine, Facial pain including TMJ and sinus disorders
  • Arthritis, degenerative disease including degenerative disc, stenosis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stress, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, tiredness, burned out syndrome
  • Obesity, overweight issues
  • Depression, anxiety, ADHD and other associated neurotransmitter depletion problems
  • Carpal Tunnel disorder

I’m not a fan of lists however I hope this gives you some insight into the various problems I deal with on a daily basis. If you do not find a problem on the list that you, a family member or friend may have, please call our office in Schaumburg to find out. You can contact us at (630) 351-4700.