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The chiropractors and massage therapists at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ have a tremendous amount of experience treating sports-related injuries, and we all know that no injury is more likely to fill an athlete with dread than an ACL tear. While there are many different injuries that affect the knees or legs, an ACL injury can be devastating, especially when they happen to children. Unfortunately, there is mounting evidence that the prevalence of ACL injuries has risen dramatically among younger athletes over the past several years. Approximately 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the United States every year, and an increasing percentage of those injuries are suffered by children between the ages of eight and fifteen.
Ligaments are bands of flexible and fibrous tissue that connect bones or cartilage together, usually at a joint. As one of the four main ligaments in the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is vital for maintaining stability and promoting proper coordination during movement. The knee joint routinely transfers the entire body’s weight, and is subjected to extreme shearing forces when athletes pivot, sidestep, land awkwardly after a jump, or receive a direct blow during a collision. When too much stress is placed on the knee, patients may hear or feel the characteristic “pop” that often signals an ACL injury. The knee may swell, feel unstable, and become too painful to bear weight.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that the risk of an ACL injury generally increases sharply as children reach adolescence, particularly among girls between 12 and 13 years of age and among boys between 14 and 15 years of age. The largest number of ACL injuries is reported among female athletes aged 15 to 20. Among high school and college athletes females have two to six times higher ACL injury rates than males in similar sports. It is possible to reduce your risk of ACL injury by taking some relatively simple precautions, including PNF stretching, building strength in the legs and core, and by learning proper techniques for jumping and landing. However, once a partial tear does occur, patients generally need to undergo extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy for several months. A full or complete tear usually needs to be fixed surgically in order to restore proper function, and may require a significantly longer period of physical therapy.
At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, we help patients of all ages who are recovering after ACL tears with a variety of different advanced treatment techniques. One of the techniques that we use is our hyperbaric chamber with the micro-current. By increasing oxygen flow to the injured area, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can accelerate the healing process and potentially cut your recovery time in half.
Everybody has to deal with injuries sooner or later, and no matter what your age or activity level might be, the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are here to help. If you would like to learn more about the many different services we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment, and be sure to follow us on social media for the latest news and updates.
By Dr. Michael Roura
Being on your cell phone all the time can be a real pain in the neck…literally! As we all know, most people in America cannot go an hour without looking at their smartphones to check out the next meme of the day. But what is so wrong with that, right? Well, we will not go into the psychology of that, but we will address the negative bio-mechanical effects of “text neck.”
In order to look at their phones, the majority of people hunch over, with their shoulders rolled forward and their heads tilted down. What most people fail to realize, however, is that an average head weighs about ten pounds and every inch that the head is dropped forward effectively doubles the load on the neck muscles, discs, and vertebrae. This means that when looking down at a smartphone there can be as much as sixty pounds of load on the neck. In the short term, this strain may only result in some minor soreness, but when we spend several hours or every day in this same posture, many bio-mechanical changes begin to occur.
- Front neck muscles start to shorten, bringing the head, neck, and shoulders forward.
- As the shoulders move forward, they become rounded, causing a “hunched-over” posture.
- The muscles in the back of the neck become longer and weaker, further contributing to the forward migration of the neck.
- Lengthening of the neck muscles can cause the neck vertebrae to lose their natural curve, or even to curve in the opposite direction.
- This loss of curvature in the neck can eventually cause disc herniation.
All of this will ultimately contribute to chronic neck and shoulder pain, along with recurring headaches. For the most part, people do not feel the effects of “text neck” until they are older, but every day I see more and more patients under thirty, and an alarming amount of teenagers and children, who are experiencing neck pain. This is not supposed to happen, particularly since children are still growing and developing. If a child were to use an electronic device every day from when they were first able to use one, the natural curvature of the neck might never be established at all, potentially setting them up for a lifetime of neck pain.
Fortunately, there are several changes that you can make to prevent “text neck” from occurring:
- Avoid staring down at a computer, tablet, cell phone, or other electronic device for more than twenty minutes without stretching or walking around.
- Read messages or text without looking down by bringing your cell phone or electronic device up to your eye level.
- Try to limit the amount of time children spend looking down at their devices, especially if they already are experiencing headaches and neck pain.
- Work on your posture. While looking into a mirror check to be sure that your neck is not coming forward, your shoulders are not rolled forward, and that you are standing up nice and tall.
Cell phones, tablets, and electronic devices aren’t going anywhere, so I expect that the common injuries like the neck and shoulder problems associated with “text neck” will only become more prevalent in the future. However, the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ are here to help. If you would like to learn more about the techniques that may be able to help give you some relief, or about any of the different services we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Dr. Michael Roura
Whether you’re a dedicated professional athlete or just work out whenever you can to keep yourself healthy, you have probably experienced a moment when you realized you had pushed your body too far. Typically, this can manifest as a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve, two of the most common injuries that we treat here at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™. Although these two problems may seem similar, and are easily confused, they actually require very different approaches to treatment. Understanding how these two common injuries differ from one another is the first step to effectively relieving your discomfort and getting you back on your feet.
Pain and Swelling: Pulled Muscles
A pulled or strained muscle occurs when the fibers that make up the muscle have been overstretched or torn, often as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use. Although strains can happen in any muscle, they are most common in the lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring (the muscle behind your thigh). A pulled muscle will usually start to swell immediately, and will be very tender to the touch. Patients may also experience bruising or redness at the site of the injury or, when the strain is severe, an inability to use the affected muscle at all. Most muscle strains are the result of either poor flexibility or a failure to warm up properly before performing strenuous physical activity. However, chronic muscle strains can also be caused by smaller repetitive movements, like those performed during rowing, tennis, or golf. They can even result from merely holding the back or neck in an awkward position for long periods of time, which might occur when you work at a desk. Relatively mild and moderate strains can be successfully treated at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), but severe strains or tears may require a full diagnostic exam in order to determine the correct course of action. If your pain does not subside after a week, or if the injured area becomes numb, seek medical attention right away.
Pins and Needles: Pinched Nerves
Nerves run throughout the body carrying electrical impulses between the brain and every muscle and organ, but when a nerve is subjected to unusual pressure for a prolonged period of time, those impulses can become partially obstructed, causing a loss of feeling in the affected area. Nerve compression, commonly known as a pinched nerve, usually occurs in nerves that pass through narrow points in the body between ligaments, tendons, and bones. Repetitive motion, or even simply holding the body in one position for a long period of time, can cause inflammation in the surrounding tissues, and when those tissues are swollen, they apply pressure on the nerves. Initially, compression on the nerve causes a characteristic pins-and-needles sensation. However, if the compression continues, numbness and severe pain can result. Some of the more common sources of pain and discomfort that we treat at the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, like carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated disks, occur as the result of compressed nerves in the arm or spine, respectively. The specific treatment for a pinched nerve can vary considerably, depending on the area affected and the underlying cause. It may require only a splint or brace to immobilize the area, or you may need therapy exercises that will strengthen and stretch the muscles in the affected area to relieve pressure on the nerve. In some severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the constriction and give the patient relief, but one of our goals at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ is to provide patients with alternative treatment options that will help them to avoid surgery whenever possible. Several patients have come to Synergy when surgery was suggested and, after being treated, were able to opt out of the procedure.
No matter what your age or activity level might be, everybody has to deal with injuries sooner or later, and the expert chiropractors and massage therapists at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute are here to help. If you would like to learn more about the many different services we offer, please give us a call to schedule a chiropractic or rehabilitation appointment, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.