Many of you who have already been to our clinic have used this pillow already, and those of you who haven’t might be thinking, “What the heck is that and what is it used for?” The device I am referring to is a cervical fulcrum.
Unfortunately the majority of our daily lives require long commutes, seated deskwork, traveling and use of smart phones/tablets/computers leaving us in a less than ideal postural position. This can lead to a reverse of the normal cervical lordosis curve and result in neck pain, headaches and stiffness/soreness during or after any of the aforementioned activities.
Sever’s disease is a common heel injury occurring in children. This can be a very painful diagnosis as a result of calcaneal apophysitis, or inflammation of the growth plate located in the heel bone. This disease usually occurs during the child’s growth spurt into adolescence over the course of 2 years when the child is growing the most rapidly. The growth spurt usually occurs between the ages of 8 to 13 for girls, and 10 to 15 for boys. It is not usually diagnosed in children older than 15 years of age because the growth plate has usually fused (as it should) by this time.
Overuse Injuries, Overtraining and Burnout Syndrome in Child and Adolescent Athletes
Are your children at risk?
Overuse is the leading risk for injury in the young athlete. Approximately 30-45 millions 6-18 year olds participate in sports and account for close to 50% of all pediatric sports medicine cases. The young athletes are also participating in sports year-round and on multiple teams for the same sport which may lead to burnout syndrome largely attributed to parental pressure on the athlete.
What determines overuse?
Performing a warm up activity and taking time to stretch are often overlooked in today’s fast paced life. But they should be performed just as often as your cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and strengthening exercises to increase your overall performance and decrease your risk of injury.
Below are some guidelines that may be helpful in maintaining a regular routine and understanding the difference between the two:
Pain and swelling are often associated with moderate to severe sprains, overuse syndromes, contact sports injuries and post-operatively. They are a sign of inflammation and your body's way of telling you that it is time to give it the attention it deserves. Pain and swelling can ultimately prevent you from achieving your goals on and off the court and that's why we use a state of the art system called Game Ready.
Are you a casual runner or marathoner living with unusual aches and pains? This might be a result of poor running form that can probably be corrected. The majority of our patients who are experiencing an ailment whether it be tendinitis at the hip, knee or ankle, or generalized, non-specific pain in those same joints, are heel strikers, over-pronators or forward runners.
The Great Debate: Should I use ice or heat for my injury?
Often we are asked this question, and despite conflicting evidence regarding this topic, there are general guidelines which will help you choose the correct modality!
Indications for using ICE:
1. Acute (less than 72 hours) onset - ice will be your best bet at reducing potential side effects that normally develop following an injury.