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 →

Many specialists consider extracorporeal shock wave therapy, also referred to as ESWT, a breakthrough treatment for pain management and mobility restoration. With an excellent success rate, this form of therapy can be used to treat a series of conditions, including fractures, Achilles tendon, calcaneal spur (heel spur), calcific tendinitis (rotator cuff), lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), bursitis, renal calculi (kidney stones), and even scars and non-healing ulcers. Defined as a non-invasive procedure that works by delivering pulses of energy in form of radial sound waves, ESWT initiates a rapid inflammatory response in the tissue. The normal physiological reaction to inflammation is vasodilatation, which increases blood flow within the affected area of the body, stimulating cell regeneration. Cell regeneration not only promotes healing, but also helps relieve pain and inflammation. The pulses of energy are delivered with the help of some special devices pressed on to the injured tissue. Specific low- and Continue reading →

Lower back pain can often cause considerable interference with daily living, including the ability to work, to attend to daily errands, or to work out. Most adults will at some point have to manage back pain. Fortunately, treating lower back pain has come a long way. One treatment that you might not have yet tried that is non-invasive, safe and easy, is simply waking up each morning and putting on a pair of compression hosiery.