What to do after an injury

What to do after an injury

With some injuries it is obvious what we should do, I have a fractured bone or a severe laceration, I go to the emergency room or urgent care center. Some injuries are not that obvious. You are working in the yard or are doing house work, you bend over and there is a pop or sharp shooting pain. You could be walking/running and roll your ankle, swinging a golf club and then your back spasms.

You ask what should I do first. One of the first things to do is apply ice. It should be applied for 20 minutes then removed for 20-30 min. Follow this regime for 24-48 hours. You can do this several times a day. You can also follow the pneumonic R.I.C.E.


If there are multiple injuries your body will prioritize which injury is acute, and this injury needs to be addressed first. If there is no improvement after that time you should seek treatment. Conservative treatment is the best way to tackle such injuries. Chiropractic treatment, massage, physical therapy, and vitamin supplementation are good places to start.

Healing times may vary on the severity of the injury. Here at Exum chiropractic we will guide you through the conservative healing process. If for some reason this treatment does not seem to help we will refer you to the appropriate physician.



Scientists have recently learned of a specific Omega-7 fat called palmitoleic acid which can help with metabolic syndrome. Omega-7 can decrease the risk of type II diabetes, prevent build up of atherosclerotic plaque, increase beneficial HDLs and lower C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker associated with high risk for heart attack and stroke.

Omega -7’s are fats that function as signaling molecules that allow communication between fats and muscle whereas omega-3s are fats that are beneficial mainly because they are involved with anti-inflammatory molecules.

A small amount of omega-7 has an effect on the body’s response to energy intake, and fat storage and utilization. Omega-7 suppresses the production of new fat molecules, especially those that damage tissue and raise cardiovascular risk. Their effects resemble those of many drug commonly used by people with cholesterol and/or high blood sugar.

Keep in mind that metabolic syndrome consists of the following:
• Elevated glucose and insulin Resistance
• Lipid disturbances(high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol)
• High Blood Pressure
• Central Obesity
• Chronic inflammation

Having metabolic syndrome can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious disorders. Omega-7s help in helping in the following way:
• Decrease insulin resistance & decrease blood sugar
• Suppresses fat production and accumulation
• Normalizes abnormal lipid profiles (including raising HDL cholesterol)
• Fights obesity
• Suppresses inflammation that drives metabolic syndrome

ALL OMEGA SOURCES ARE NOT THE SAME! Some natural sources include macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn; however, you also get high levels of palmitic acid, which is a thick palm oil. Palmitic acid raises the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular issue. The above contain 11-27% Omega-7 which is good, but also contain 9-40% palmitic acid which can negate the benefits. You want an Omega-7 product that is purified to decrease palmitic acid concentration to less than 1% and also increase the Omega-7 content near 50%. For more information, please read Life extension Magazine, 4/14 issue, pp. 26-33, by Carol
Stockton. Ask us how to acquire a top quality Omega-7 supplement!