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How to Recognize a Stroke and What to Do – BE FAST

How to Recognize a Stroke and What to Do: B-E--F-A-S-T

how to recognize stroke BEFAST

On 3-11-2017 the Cleveland Clinic published a new stroke acronym F-A-S-T-B-E. It's a modification of the old acronym F-A-S-T providers were taught previously. I have modified the order to make it easier to remember.

Here's what to look for:

B: Balance problems, sudden onset balance difficulty, or waking up with balance issues is suspect.

E: Eyes, loss of vision in one eye especially sudden painless loss or dropping of the eye lid is a red flag

F: Face, facial drooping on one side, inability to smile on one side, or cannot close an eye on one side is a sign of stroke

A: Arm weakness, inability to lift or use an arm, its as if the arm is dead means stroke

S: Speaking difficulty, often stroke victims cannot speak either inability to actually speak or slur their speech

T: Time to call 9-1-1, time is of the essence to treat a stroke, call 911 and get the person to a hospital ER ASAP. If you're in a rural area or emergency responders are far from you, put the person in your car, head to the nearest hospital and call 911 as you go and tell them what hospital you are going to.

stroke BEFAST chart

BE FAST is a great stroke acronym

Don't wait and see what symptoms do. Being fast to act may save the person's life and allow a better recovery. Nearly 2,000,000 brain cells are lost per minute when a stroke strikes! Only about 30% of patients recognize that they are having a stroke and seek immediate medical treatment. The remainder may recognize symptoms, but their brain is impaired and they cannot act on their own. Strokes aren't just in the elderly. Nearly 25% of strokes occur in people younger than 65.

Please let others know about this new stroke acronym B-E--F-A-S-T by sharing on social media. If you have elderly parents or grandparents, let them know as well.

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Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange CA

Orange CA Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain

Orange CA Chiropractor for Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic lower back pain treatment

Lower Back Pain is the Most Common Reason to Visit a Chiropractor

About Low Back Pain

Pain in the lower back is second in frequency only to the common cold. 90% of adults will have at least 1 week of back pain in their lifetime. Lower back pain is a leading cause of lost work productivity each year.

Low Back Pain Relief Treatments

Despite pain in the lower back being so common, finding back pain relief can be difficult. Many back pain treatments just don't work. Most low back pain comes from mechanical problems; joints, muscles, discs, nerves, etc. Treatments that do not address mechanical defects usually won't work. Medications and bed rest are two of the most common medical treatments for back pain that more times than not fail. Studies have shown muscle relaxers to be ineffective at relieving low back pain, yet is a commonly prescribed medication. Over the counter and prescription anti-inflammatories can help reduce inflammation and provide some relief, but mechanical joint pain will persist and the long term consequence of these medications is stomach bleeding, kidney and liver damage. Pain medications such as opioids can relieve pain, but addiction and overuse are rampant today.

Exercises can help back pain, but exercises alone cannot relieve back pain if it is due to misalignment or malfunction of the spinal facet joints. Generalized exercises move the entire spine as a whole and do not unlock or mobilize the individual joints that can become stuck due to strain, injuries, etc.

Chiropractic Low Back Pain Relief

Chiropractic adjustments have been proven time and again to relieve many cases of back pain because they address the underlying problem of joint malfunction. Most mainstream chiropractors also add physio therapy modalities such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation, laser, etc and exercises found in other methods of care. In other words, chiropractic treatment encompasses treatments from other disciplines but adds spinal adjustments, something only chiropractors can do. This usually results in quicker pain relief without side effects of medications.

A Chiropractor Should Be Your First Choice for Low Back Pain

Chiropractors should be the gate keeper to see for low back pain. A good Doctor of Chiropractic knows more about lower back pain than any other doctor. They are able to diagnose the cause of back pain and either make referrals to other imaging or specialists or provide treatments that have very low risk and in most cases can quickly relieve your pain when other methods have failed. This approach is very effective, safe and saves costs.

Medical vs Chiropractic Model for Low Back Pain

Studies done by Blue Cross-Blue Shield found low back pain treatment with a chiropractor performed better and at much less cost for the insurer and patient.

With the medical model a patient is seen by the MD who makes the diagnosis, then a trial of medications, if they fail then a prescription for physical therapy, if that fails another visit to the MD and then a referral for x-rays or MRI, which means a radiologist must read the images, then referral possibly to a specialist orthopedist or neurologist who often refers back to physical therapy for more trial before more invasive procedures. More invasive procedures are likely because as we said before, these treatments are usually not very effective at relieving back pain. At each step there are co-pays for the patient and evaluations by each provider which is at cost to the insurer.

Chiropractic management of lower back complaints is streamlined. The chiropractor performs an exam and makes the diagnosis, imaging such as x-ray may be referred or done onsite. The chiropractor then provides all of the treatment in one place. The outcome on average is good so no referrals are needed. This means less co-pays to the patient and much less cost to the insurance company. Of course if the case does not resolve as expected, imaging such as MRI may be referred, but by the chiropractor so no extra physician visit is needed.

Red Flags: When NOT to See a Chiropractor But Go to an Emergency Room Immediately

If you develop loss of bowel or bladder control and/or numbness, loss of sensation around your anus, that is a medical emergency. Do not go to a chiropractor or your family medical doctor, go to an ER where they can evaluate you and perform an MRI immediately. These are signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome and can be very serious. This is a condition where something, usually a massively herniated disc is cutting off nerve impulses from the lower part of your spine. A delay in proper diagnosis and treatment could result in very serious complications.

Dr Barry Marks Orange CA Chiropractor Provides Lower Back Pain Relief Treatment Call (714) 938-0575 Today for an Appointment


Chiropractor for Neck Pain and Headaches

Chiropractor for Neck Pain and Headaches

Chiropractor for neck pain and headaches


If You Have Neck Pain or Headaches, You Should Consider Seeing a Chiropractor, Here's Why:

  • Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches has been shown to be one of the safest and most effective treatments available.
  • Chiropractic care addresses the underlying problem causing pain, nit just masking symptoms.
  • Chiropractic treatments feel good; most people enjoy the feeling of treatment and like getting better quickly.
  • Chiropractic treatments are affordable, most PPO insurance plans cover chiropractic and if your particular insurance doesn't, the cash fees for chiropractic are very reasonable.

Neck Pain and Headaches

  • Most headaches are caused by disturbances in the neck.
  • Neck muscle tension and neck spinal misalignment account for at least 75% of all headaches
  • Approximately 1 million people each year suffer whiplash neck injuries that result in chronic headaches due to unresolved neck issues

Chiropractor in Orange is a Headache Specialist

Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA is the author of "5 Common Causes of Headaches - 3 Steps to Relief" and has extensive post-doctorate specialty training in neck injuries and head trauma. Dr. Marks is among the most experienced chiropractors in Orange County in practice since 1986. He has developed a system to quickly diagnose your neck pain or headache problem and create an individualized pain relief program to quickly return you to normal.

End Your Neck Pain and Headaches Today! Call (714) 938-0575

Dr Marks will perform a neck pain and headache evaluation and provide the type of gentle and effective chiropractic treatment that will help relieve your pain quickly and affordably.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor for neck pain and headaches

Car Accident Doctor Orange County CA – Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor

Car Accident Doctor Orange County CA - Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor

Car accident doctor Orange County

Car Accident Treatment in Orange County | Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor and Car Accident Specialist since 1986

Been rear-ended, struck from side or head on collision? Before you do anything else, see one of the leading car accident injury experts in Orange County. Seeing a doctor who specializes just in car accident injuries is the best bet after a car accident. After a careful evaluation, which is usually at no out of pocket cost to you, you will know exactly what your injuries are, how bad they are and how long it will take to recover. This is information vital to your case so that you can get the treatment you need, recover and reach a fair personal injury settlement after.

Call Dr Marks' Office Immediately for a "No Out of Pocket" Consultation and Examination (714) 938-0575


Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Orange County

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the foot.

plantar fasciitis treatment orange countyWhat is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue band (large flat ligament) that attaches to the bottom of the heel and extends forward towards the toes. It is an anchor point for the muscles of the bottom of the feet. Stability and balance of the foot and ankle depend on the plantar fascia to be strong, yet flexible and acts as a counterbalance to the strong suckles of the calf that attach to the heel with the Achilles tendon.

Causes of plantar fasciitis:

The plantar fascia becomes inflamed and makes walking painful when the tissue becomes injured from strain or direct trauma such as landing on the feet from height. Besides trauma, plantar fascial problems may arise simply from the calf muscle being too tight. Because the muscles of the calf are so strong, if they become overly tight they pull up on the heel, which in turn tugs on the plantar fascia and causes strain.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

Heel pain on walking, particularly when first rising from bed or after sitting for long periods
> Burning, aching on bottom of the foot
> Painful sensation like a pebble in your shoe under the ball of the second toe

Plantar fasciitis treatment:

Treatment of plantar foot pain involves relieving inflammation, stretching the plantar ligament, and loosening of the calf muscle. This is a process that could take from a few visits to a few months depending on how long the condition has existed and the severity of the inflammation.

Therapy modalities may include:
> Heat packs
> Electrical stimulation
> Cold laser therapy
> Ice packs
> Stretching exercises
> Foot and ankle joint manipulation

For more information about plantar foot pain relief in Orange County, contact:
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575

Dr Marks is very experienced in diagnosing and fixing plantar fasciitis and many other painful conditions quickly and affordably in his Orange, California chiropractic office.