Home Treatments for Whiplash

Whiplash is usually thought of as purely a result of a fender bender in a car. However, it’s also a common sports related injury although the reason for the injury is the same.

A whiplash is simply an injury that has occurred because the full body was traveling forward usually in a vehicle of some sort and then vehicle was suddenly stopped due to an impact. A whiplash can also occur from a blow suffered to the neck area that stops the body’s forward movement.

A whiplash is a sneaky condition. It usually won’t rear its painful head for anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after the injury. And it’s very easy to spot when it’s happening. There will be a marked pain and stiffness in the neck which will develop slowly and peak after about two to three days. Additionally, there will be a reduced range of motion in the neck area. Headaches are also a common side effect from a whiplash.

As with any injury to the neck, have it checked by a medical professional to rule out anything serious such as an injury that mimics whiplash initially but may actually be a more serious injury. Once you rule out anything serious, you can manage your whiplash at home. One of the best treatments you can do early on for a whiplash is to use ice on the affected area to manage the pain. 10-15 minutes of ice on the painful area with 20-30 minutes off is a good schedule to follow.

Range of movement exercises are also good. Let pain be your guide for how far the head may be turned on the neck and don’t push it. Mobility will return slowly, but you need to keep those muscles loose through a little exercise.

One exercise you can do is to sit up straight with your hands on your thighs and keeping your shoulders forward, move your head to the left as far as pain will allow and again, don’t push it. Try to hold to a count of 10 but it’s okay if you only make it to 2 in the beginning. Repeat with the right side and do this at least twice a day.

No matter how it happened, whiplash is no fun but with rest, ice and exercise; you can get back on your feet and be a 100% again in no time at all.

Got a Pain in the Neck?

No, I don’t mean if someone is being annoying or not! Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia is a very common complaint that many adults have it’s very distinct.

What is Cervicalgia?

If you’re curious, cervicalgia is a pain in the neck that stays in the neck. Meaning it does not radiate outwards into the back or arms as some neck pain does. The neck muscles are under constant tension to hold the held up and in the event of a sudden, sharp movement those muscles can be torn as they are in a tightened position almost constantly. The result is a centered, almost constant neck pain.

How Do I Know If It’s Cervicalgia?
You need to have a qualified medical professional look at your neck to ascertain if it is truly cervicalgia. Symptoms of cervicalgia usually include a sharp pain in the neck. A strong ache in the area of the neck and pain is felt when the head is turned (do this gently) from side to side.

What Are Some Forms of Pain Relief for Cervicalgia?
First of all, apply ice if you suspect there may be a tear in the muscle. A special neck collar can help the muscles rest while acting as a good support for the head. There are some forms of rehabilitation exercises, consult with your physician before attempting them as they aren’t’ right for all people recovering from this type of injury.

Ankle Watch! Anterior Ankle Impingement Becoming More Common

A the game of soccer continues to grow in popularity year after year, an injury that is seen more often in the UK is being seen in the United States on a more frequent basis. It’s called “Footballer’s Ankle” in the UK and in the United States it is still known as “Anterior Ankle Impingement”. In short, it’s simply when the foot and ankle has been used to the point that a bony growth has formed in reaction to the constant irritation from overuse.

Symptoms of Anterior Ankle Impingement:

* Pain and tenderness when pressing in with the fingers over the front of the ankle joint.
* Pain when you bend your foot up or down.
* A band of pain across the front of the ankle joint when kicking a ball.
* A bony lump at the front of the ankle.

Remedies for Anterior Ankle Impingement:

* If the bony growth is large enough to be seen through the skin, surgery may be required to remove it.
* If the injury is more recent then it may respond to an exercise program consisting of mobility, stretching and strengthening exercises to slow the bone growth.
* Heat can relieve the feeling of irritation.

What are some methods a sports injury specialist will use?

* Apply sports massage techniques.
* Give you a steroid injection to relieve inflammation and recommend rest of the ankle.
* Operate to remove the growth if it is so large it is impeding movement of the foot.
* X-ray the ankle to confirm diagnosis.

Those are the basics for this type of ankle injury. It was almost never seen 20 years ago, however with the boom of popularity in soccer more individuals are experiencing this type of injury. If you have the above symptoms or you feel a bony growth that you never felt before on the front part of your foot, have it checked out – with early intervention – it can be slowed and even healed before it becomes a problem.

Help For Your Achilles Problem

Achilles was the legendary warrior of Homer’s, “Iliad” and mentioned in numerous works throughout the period. The myth goes that a Goddess named Thetis was being pursued by both Zeus, King of all Gods on Mount Olympus as well as Poseidon, God of the Seas. When a prophecy was revealed that Thetis would give birth to a son greater than his father, both Gods abandoned their pursuit and basically fixed her up with a nice mortal guy. She did give birth to a son and to protect her child, she held him upside down and dipped him in the River Styx and forgot to wet his heel where she was holding him. Her son, Achilles went on to become a great warrior who was impervious to arrows and other weapons, however in one battle he finally got shot in the heel with an arrow and it caused his death.

Now, you’re not likely to die from an Achilles tendon pull, however they can be painful and if you don’t slow down once you’ve pulled that tendon and give it a chance to heal, it can be an on-going pain management situation instead of being a healed injury.
One of the most common Achilles tendon injuries, Achilles Tendonitis, occurs in runners, just over 10% of injuries incurred by runners are this type of injury.

The Achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle where the larger muscles of the calf are connected to the heel bone. Overuse is the primary cause of this type in injury and the R.I.C.E. method is one of the best treatments you can give it initially. Achilles tendon injuries typically take longer to heal then other foot, leg injuries and the reason is that the Achilles tendon has a poor blood supply and as you know that is a major component for healing.

Did you know a good portion of Achilles Tendon injuries can be avoided through proper warm up and stretching before physical activity and also, gently stretch the area as you cool down after heavy activity. If you feel pain, stop – remember that’s how your body says, “That’s enough right now!”. During your healing process, avoid using that tendon for any type of walking or movement as much as possible. And if you don’t see any lessening of pain or tenderness in a couple of days, have your primary physical look at the injury to ensure that you don’t have a partial or full rupture of the tendon which will require a little more intense treatment and therapy for working the tendon once the healing process starts.

The Internet Brought Many Advances – Including More Carpal Tunnel Cases

Along with the Internet, came bad posture, poor keyboarding techniques and the inevitable Carpal Tunnel cases. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they have to live with the pain and when you work in a job that requires constant movement of the hands over a keyboard or other repetitious movement of the hands and arms such as assembly line work (which once upon a time accounted for a huge number of carpal tunnel cases).

How Do You Know It’s Carpal Tunnel?

The condition doesn’t exactly have a calling card but it makes itself known just the same.

The earliest symptoms are numbness, tingling, dropping objects due to a problem with grasping and weakness; all of which become pain with movement of this area of the body. The disease typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers and is often much worse at night to the point of affecting sleep. A major nerve, specifically the median nerve, travels down the arm and enters the hand through the carpal tunnel, which is located in the central part of the wrist. In people with carpal tunnel syndrome, pressure in the carpal tunnel is higher than in unaffected people, and median nerve irritation occurs. Additionally, individuals that have suffered a broken wrist in the past can be at risk for developing this syndrome.

Individuals that use computer keyboards are especially at risk, whether it’s for playing World of Warcraft, writing that long-worked-on novel or it’s part of your job to work on a computer all day; how you sit and hold your hands while doing these activities will contribute greatly to whether or not Carpal Tunnel will be part of your future.

Home Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

*Supporting the affected area with a wrist brace is a great helper for many sufferers.
*Cold therapy on the affected area several times a day will relieve the pain, a wrist/arm wrap that can be held in place is ideal.
*Explore ergonomic keyboards that give your wrist and forearms a place to rest while typing.
*If your job requires repetitious movements, ask for help in finding a way to do your position without causing additional injury.
*Stretch your hands before repetitious activities and take frequent breaks to stretch your hands and arms to help the muscles work in other directions.

Carpal Tunnel isn’t life threatening and it’s rarely an emergency, however it can be very painful and it will affect your ability to work, drive, and do any task that requires using your hands if you don’t start managing your symptoms as early as you suspect you may have developed this condition. If you don’t address Carpal Tunnel early on, the arm and hand may be damaged to the point surgery may be your only option.

If you do feel you have this disease, get it diagnosed by a medical professional and start early pain management with ice and you’ll soon have your Carpal Tunnel under control.