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Thoughts On Healthcare & Stepping Into Fall 

Maintaining health in the coming seasons

Sadly for many, the Summer is coming to a close and the Fall is beginning to sit in. I actually know many that get downright giddy at the thought of pumpkin-spiced everything, crackling fireplaces, chilly football games with hot chocolate thermoses, and it getting dark at 5:30 in the afternoon. Then, for folks like me, it's a time to just bide my time and pass through as I look forward to the Spring when everything comes back to life. I am an admitted, Wintertime hater. Please, you Winter lovers, don't hold it against me. 

While we can't do anything about the pumpkin-spice addictions, we do have plenty of thoughts centering on the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons. 

We're all different for a reason and for different folks, there are different seasons. 

The Fall and Winter this year are full of all kinds of things to know about and discuss. Let's start with the resurgence of COVID. We thought we were done with this terrible virus but here we are again. Almost 2 years later. Still in a battle. We want you to know that we are here to help get you tested if you need it. Here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical, we offer curbside COVID testing in Amarillo, TX. Our Nurse Practitioner simply comes out to your vehicle to test you and will return with your results within 15 minutes typically. 

The seasons are also marked by a significant increase in cold, flu, and strep. For that reason, our COVID testing will offer testing that includes not only COVID but also Flu A and B, as well as Strep. All in one test. So now, you're not only finding out if you are COVID negative, but you are also hopefully getting an idea of what exactly the problem is. Instead of just what it is not. If that makes sense. 

Creek Stone doesn't only offer testing, we also offer primary healthcare appointments to keep our patients medically on track with their health. There are certain mile markers we should meet. There is a certain age where we should have a colonoscopy, where women should have a bone scan, men should have their prostate checked, and things of that nature. Have a primary practitioner helps make sure you are meeting these mile markers. And now, our nurse practitioner can assist you with them or any other general healthcare concerns you may have. 

Fall can bring about a level of inactivity. We aren't outside much in the Fall and Winter because it's obviously too cold! Plus, it gets dark early so our opportunities to be outside become more limited. We now offer IV Therapy to replenish vitamins, boost immunity, and help you function optimally. Read our blog and IV Menu descriptions for detailed information on the service.  https://www.amarillochiropractor.com/blog/a-whole-new-look-for-iv-therapy-in-amarillo-tx

Another thing the Fall brings is school. The kids going back to school means they'll be playing sports. Whether we like it or not, sports means injuries. That's where Creek Stone can play a big part. Not only am I the only Chiropractic Orthopedic specialist in West Texas and fully capable of handling most non-complicated injuries, but we also offer medical services and evaluation so that we can comprehensively treat the injured athlete with robust and responsible treatment and recommendations.

In fact, just the other day, an injured athlete came into us after hurting his knee in football. The high school's trainer told him he needed to make an appointment with a surgeon as soon as possible. Instead, his mother brought him to Creek Stone. Our nurse practitioner evaluated him first, then called me in the room to check him over. Between the two of us, after a proper orthopedic exam, we agreed that this kid just had a simple sprain and did NOT need to be seeing a surgeon for the injury. 

Sure enough, on his one-week follow-up, he's back to jogging and making cuts on the field with little to no issues. And most importantly, no surgeries. 

Not only can we help with injuries like we're talking about, but we can also help with sore necks and backs, and, when appropriate, our nurse practitioner can provide trigger point injections for the pesky areas that just need a little extra help. When you have treatment coming from all different directions as we provide at Creek Stone, then you're getting broad management. This means you're getting results. 

Fall and back-to-school also mean those kids are carrying overloaded backpacks and they're not carrying them properly. They're especially overloaded in the days of COVID because they don't have lockers at school anymore. Everything is getting piled into the backpack and lugged around the whole day on young, still-developing backs. That is not a good recipe for a healthy back or neck. Kids suffer pain too. It's not just an 'old people' thing. Pay attention to those kiddos and bring them into Creek Stone if they're demonstrating any symptoms of discomfort or pain. Check this link on the proper use of backpacks and signs of issues from using them incorrectly. https://www.amarillochiropractor.com/blog/information-for-parents-of-kids-returning-to-school

Increased sports in the Fall also means sitting on benches. Parents, you know what I am talking about here. Sore backs, or backs that have a tendency to be a bit temperamental, do not like sitting. Not only do they not like sitting, but they REALLY don't like sitting on hard benches in the stands with no support for our backs. How miserable. 

The first thought on this is that backs that hate sitting can be a sign of underlying disc issues in the low back. Don't let yourself get worked up, almost all of us beyond a certain age have disc issues. It's normal. The good news is that fussy low backs and disc issues like walking. We tell patients going on long trips to stop every 45 minutes or so and get out and walk for about 5 minutes. So, just stand up and walk around for about 5 minutes. You're going to want to walk around because if you stand still, the folks behind you at the game will get a lot fussier than your back. 

If your back just isn't allowing you to enjoy your children's games, come see us here at Creek Stone. We have everything needed. Medical services, chiropractic, targeted exercise, spinal decompression, cold laser, massage, acupuncture, and more. This is the place. 

Thinking a little further ahead, Winter will typically bring some snow shoveling into our futures. Visit our blog on proper snow shoveling so you can protect your back when the time arrives. https://www.amarillochiropractor.com/blog/8-tips-for-shoveling-snow-the-right-way

With all of the healthcare options we have available here at Creek Stone, we can help set you up for success (and keep you there) throughout Fall and Winter this year. 

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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist, Orthopedic specialist, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  

 

 

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