According to the journal, Radiology, a single concussion could result in lasting brain damage. With anywhere between 10% and 20% of all athletes suffering a concussion each season, it’s important to have complete concussion management to prevent devastatingly permanent or even fatal brain injuries. The following information explains a concussion, and the steps to go through in order to complete concussion management, reducing its effects. What is a Concussion? A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is a difficult process affecting the impulse or acceleration forces delivered to the brain. Concussions can cause a myriad of effects. However, concussions most commonly cause temporary dysfunction in the nerves, which results in the athlete’s nerves not working properly, causing symptoms such as: – Head pressure – Headaches – Vomiting or Nausea – Neck pain – Blurred vision – Dizziness – Sensitivity to light or noise – Problems with balance – Feelings Continue reading →

  Concern over concussions within young athletes has been growing at a significant rate. As a result, more and more interest has been paid to what causes concussions, detection methods, and prevention methods as well. The following information discusses one of the leading methods designed to effectively prevent concussions. What is a Concussion Baseline Test? A concussion baseline test is a pre-season exam conducted by a qualified healthcare professionals used to determine the athlete’s brain balance and brain function. These functions include memory and learning skills, problem solving skills, and concentration. The concussion baseline test essentially is designed to detect whether the individual has any symptoms of a concussion. The results from a concussion baseline test can be used by a physician during the season to compare and contrast if a concussion is suspected. When Does Concussion Baseline Testing Happen? Baseline testing typically will happen during the pre-seasons before the Continue reading →

PCS And Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment One of the most common head injuries you can acquire is a concussion. In fact it may not take as much damage as you may think to acquire such an injury. It is especially common among athletes who play physical sports such as hockey or football. Like all brain injuries, concussions require careful treatment to assure proper healing. Concussions have been studied very heavily in recent years, and this increased focus on understanding such injuries has led to increase in effective treatment methods. PCS is defined as symptoms stemming from a concussion that can occur weeks, months, or even a year after the initial injury. The diagnosis is commonly made when symptoms still persist after a period of three months. Post-concussion syndrome doesn’t require you receive an extreme injury either. A concussion in which you managed to remain conscious can still lead to illness and require Continue reading →

  Joints are subject to damage from both injury and disease. When either occurs, movement is inhibited and pain is experienced. Like many complaints, the incidence is likely to increase with age, but what causes joint pain? What Causes Joint Pain? Those four little words, “both injury and disease,” cover a multitude of possibilities. The incidence of joint discomfort is extremely high, with one survey discovering a full third of adults suffering in the month preceding its random sampling. Strains and sprains are the most common causes of joint pain that isn’t associated with a disease. Diagnosable conditions which can present as joint pain include: Bursitis. An inflammatory condition affecting small, fluid-filled sacs located close to joints that perform frequent repetitive motion, bursitis occurs most commonly in the elbow, heel, hip, knee and shoulder. Gout. A type of arthritis, acute gout typically affects only one joint, where uric acid has built up in the blood causing joint Continue reading →

  The term pinched nerve, alternately called a “compressed nerve,” describes unusual and disproportionate pressure applied to a nerve. Simply put, nerves – bundles of fibers that transmit information – travel through the body inside the spine, and close to joints; always surrounded by other tissues including bone, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. They are, thus, vulnerable to pressure applied by those external elements, which can cause discomfort. That discomfort may be nothing more than a mild tingling, it can be numbness or weakness, or it can be extreme pain. Despite these wide-ranging symptoms, and the many ways and places this injury can be sustained, the symptoms of a pinched nerve are relatively consistent. Identifying the Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve Nerves are at their most vulnerable to compression where they travel through constricted spaces, and where they have little soft tissue to protect them. There is no way, beyond considering Continue reading →

  Headaches are among the most common reasons patients visit their doctors, and tension headaches are the most common type experienced. What are the symptoms of a tension headache? – A “vise-like” sensation in the back of the head and neck – Pain in the head and neck area – Muscle contractions in the back of the neck – Headaches that happen later in the day What are the causes of tension headaches? Tension headaches have also been called “muscle contraction headaches.” Some causes include: – Stress – Mental or emotional conflict – Anger, either chronic or transient – Clenching the jaw – Intense, focused work – Low blood sugar or hunger – Depression – Anxiety – Acute or chronic sleep deprivation – Sleep apnea When medications aren’t enough or are contraindicated Although medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can help, they have side effects. You may not be able Continue reading →

  Chiropractic care can do amazing things for a person’s health.  Depending on which phase of life you’re in, the benefits of chiropractic care can vary greatly.  If you’re a senior, you might be surprised about some of the advantages to be obtained from regular visits to your chiropractor. Pain Relief.  As you age, your joints can lose the cartilage and lubrication necessary to eliminate pain.  Prior injuries and medical issues can contribute to even further pain and discomfort.  When chiropractors realign the vertebral column, many of the abnormalities that create pain in the spine and surrounding soft tissue structures experience relief that often dismisses comfort throughout the central nervous system. Increased Motion.  Limited movement may become regular as you start to experience stiffness in your joints in old age. You might be surprised to learn that many people experience an increase in motion in their extremities after chiropractic work, which reaches Continue reading →

  The name “whiplash” is no accident, although it’s often caused by one. Imagine the motion of somebody cracking a whip; they raise their arm high then bring it forward in a sharp surge, moving it as fast as they can while keeping their body still. Next, they halt the act as abruptly as they can. The sudden cessation of velocity causes – CRACK!!! – the whip to make its sharp, angry noise. In a whiplash injury, the neck is travelling forwards at dangerously fast speeds, while the body is not. The neck surges, and if the motion is halted abruptly, the neck absorbs that sharp, angry interruption. This is not a sequence of events the body is well adapted to accommodate, so injury often results. Why the “Car” Connection? Whiplash, then, is a soft tissue injury of the neck. The sequence of events described above occurs most commonly during Continue reading →

  If you practice sports frequently enough, chances are that eventually you are going to suffer from a sports injury, especially if you fail to take the proper precautions. In addition to being painful, sports injuries are particularly unpleasant as they can make daily tasks difficult or even impossible. Plus, in the case of a serious injury, you will need to rest from your sport until you are fully recovered to prevent exacerbating the injury. It is best, therefore, to be aware of the most common sports injuries and to know the measures you need to take to avoid becoming injured. The Most Common Sports Injuries Shin Splints This painful injury affects the front and center of the lower legs due to swelling in overworked muscles. Shin splints can occur after exercising in any type of physical activity, but the injury is most common after practicing sports such soccer, lacrosse, Continue reading →

  There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation associated with acupuncture. Many people have no idea of the sheer amount of positive applications for acupuncture. If you wonder, “what does acupuncture treat,” then you are most likely in for a surprise. There’s a veritable laundry list of conditions that acupuncture can help treat. Acupuncture on its own is very effective for some things, but it’s also possible to use it with other treatments as well. Instead of attempting to list every condition and disorder, it’s easier to just look at the categories that acupuncture helps with.   General Pain Management Acupuncture excels mostly at pain management. This goes for any type of pain. Since many disorders come with particular types of pain, acupuncture can help you manage that pain. What’s the cause of your pain? Bodily injury Neck and back Migraines and headaches Arthritis, Carpal tunnel Source-less chronic pains Pain Continue reading →