Are you suffering from headaches that do not improve with over the counter or prescription medication? Then you might be one of many who suffer from a secondary headache caused by cervical origin (as opposed to vascular origin) termed cervicogenic headache (CGH). It is estimated that approximately 15–20% of all headaches experienced are of cervical origin.
On examination, patients commonly present with reduced cervical range of motion, TMJ symptoms, trigger points in the posterior neck and/or a condition called Upper Cross Syndrome. See picture below.
Whether you are recovering from overuse injuries, surgery or just aches and pains from your daily activities there are multiple different roads to be considered regarding your plan of care. It can take one (not likely) or many more treatment options to help you achieve a pain-free status with improved function and improved quality of life. Before deciding which one would be the most effective for you, an examination/evaluation must be performed by your practitioner to help determine the root cause of your symptoms.
There is a lot of unfamiliar terminology when it comes to a radiologist’s report of findings regarding the images of your spine. So I will try to make it easier for you to understand what it all really means! Also, please remember that the MRI of your spine will commonly have incidental findings that do not correlate with your subjective report or with our clinical examination. These findings will not be ignored, but treatment for your condition will focus on those findings that diagnose your source of pain.
1) Vertebrae – the bones that make up our spinal column
A good video explanation for fascial restrictions.
For those of us who need a better understanding of why movement is great for our bodies, and why the lack of movement can cause pain and inflammation...because you build up too much fuzz! This helps explain why we treat you (our patients) with a variety of hands on techniques from passive range of motion (ROM), active assisted ROM, active ROM, active release techniques, PNF techniques, Graston, soft tissue and deep tissue massage, and Rock Tape. We are trying to prevent the build up of fuzz!
As an expecting mom you probably are wondering if it is safe to start or to continue exercising, and the answer is yes. There are numerous benefits to starting or maintaining an active lifestyle throughout your pregnancy including:
• Reduces backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
• Helps prevent gestational diabetes
• Increases your energy
• Improves your mood
• Improves your posture
• Promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance
• Prevents excessive weight gain
• Helps you sleep better
• Improves ability to cope with labor
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?