Are Women At A Greater Risk For Whiplash Injury Than Men?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Women are more at risk for whiplash injury in impact auto accidents. Some chiropractors report treating five times more women than men for whiplash injuries. It’s important to understand whiplash in order to protect yourself as much as possible when driving. You must also seek proper treatment if you’ve been injured.  Why whiplash injury occurs  Whiplash occurs when an impact event, such as an auto accident, causes the head to be thrown forward, backward, or sideways at a force too great for the neck muscles and spinal column to properly support. Airbags can cause whiplash injury, even if an auto accident does not. Vehicles with sturdy safety cages prevent injury and death, but actually cause a greater force to be transferred to the occupants of the vehicle, resulting in whiplash. Women are more at risk The average human head weighs approximately 16 pounds. It’s supported by your spinal column and the muscles in your neck. Considering how much your head weighs, the neck muscles are fairly inadequate to support that amount of weight. Women are more at risk for sustaining whiplash injury for a variety of reasons.  Women generally sit closer to the steering wheel than men. This causes closer proximity to the airbag, which can cause higher degree of injury. Whiplash is directly related to the strength of the neck muscles, and some women may have less developed neck muscles than males. Women with smaller bone structures do not have as much protection of the cervical spine during an impact. In a case study concerning whiplash injury, female cases more than doubled the number of male cases, at a ratio of 70:30.  How women can protect themselves There are varying degrees of whiplash injury that range from mild to severe. While you may not be able to avoid being in an auto accident at some point in your life, there are different things you can do to protect yourself from more severe injury in the event of an accident. Avoid sitting too close to the center of the steering wheel where the airbag in your vehicle is located.  It is recommended that women have seating in their vehicle with adjustable height, and a steering wheel with an adjustable angle. Overall health and physical condition can also play a role in whiplash injury. Exercise helps build muscle tone; specifically, back and upper arm exercises can strengthen neck muscles. While there is no national reporting system for whiplash injuries, doctors, chiropractors, and case studies show that women are at a greater risk for whiplash injuries in an impact auto accident. Take the time to think about how you sit in your vehicle and if you could improve your position. If you...

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Four “Normal” Habits That Damage Your Knees

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The knee is one of the most injured parts of the body. This is because it is greatly affected by some “normal” daily habits that you may not even be aware are bad for your knees. If you want to keep your knee joints healthy, then you should avoid: Running Up and Down the Stairs Bounding up and down stairs is a sure way to wreck your knee. Don’t make a habit of it unless you are athletic and regularly exercise. According to WebMD, each pound of your weight puts four pounds of weight on your knees. Imagine how much stress you are giving your kneecaps if you weigh, say, 160 pounds. Exercising Hard Every Day Exercise is good, but just like other good things, too much of it is bad for your knees. Ideally, you should work out a few days a week and have some rest days. Your body regenerates and physiologically improves during these rest days. If you don’t have rest days, then you will probably develop the overstraining syndrome. This is a syndrome characterized by a collection of negative symptoms (physical, emotional and behavioral) associated with prolonged hard-intensity exercises. It is especially worse for exercises that put a lot of weight on your knees and exercises that involve bending the knee such as lunges and squats. The same thing happens if you suddenly increase the duration and intensity of your workouts. It is also the same reason physical therapists advocate pre- and post-workout stretching exercises. Wearing the Wrong Shoes Wearing the wrong shoes does not just affect your ankles; they also affect your knees. Your shoes should distribute your weight evenly to reduce stress on your knees. Unfortunately, most fancy shoes such as the much-favored high-heels are very inefficient when it comes to weight distribution. These shoes put too much weight on one knee at the expense of the other. An occasional use may be fine, but you should be worried if your shoe rack is only filled with high heels. Standing or Walking with Poor Posture Lastly, your bad posture can also lead to knee damage. This is especially possible if your job entails standing, walking or running for long hours. If you constantly bend your knees, loosen your abdominal muscles, shift your weight from side to side, then you are doing considerable damage your knees. One of these things may not lead to serious damage, especially if you don’t make a habit out of it. However, if you constantly wear the wrong shoes or walk with bad posture, then you are likely to damage your knees. If the damage has already been done, then you should consult an orthopedic doctor, such as Jon...

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The Importance Of Preconditioning For Student Athletes

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Being a parent of a teenager can be a daunting and difficult task at times. And, when your child also wants to join a sports team and is an athlete, this task can sometimes be more difficult. While you are proud of your son or daughter’s efforts and involvement, you also worry about the possibility of injury or strain on their body. Whether you can believe it or not, preconditioning is just as important for student athletes as it is for professionals. Podiatric sports medicine professionals see a large number of student athletes in their offices every year for foot and ankle injuries due to overuse. To prevent your child from being among those injured student athletes, know what you need to do to help your child with preconditioning.  Sports Physical Exams First and foremost, it is important to make sure your student athlete gets a sports physical exam annually. These exams are designed specifically to protect your child’s health and safety when they participate in sports.  A doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner will perform a series of tests including physical exams (such as nerve response, heart rate, and balance checks), and blood panels to ensure that your child will not place undue strain on their body by participating in sports activities. If a medical professional signs off on your child’s ability to play sports, this means that your child’s baseline health is sufficient enough to endure regular, consistent exercise. Weight Training Weight training over the summer and during sports off-season is often recommended by high school coaches to keep student athletes in shape and in good physical condition. However, many parents and students take this suggestion with only a grain of salt and do not choose to engage in regular weight training and preconditioning.  Podiatric sports medicine physicians, at places like Elmhurst Podiatry Center Ltd, see more injuries among student athletes who do not properly weight train or engage in preconditioning. These strength building exercises are designed to prepare the muscles of the body from fatiguing during sports practice and competition during the sports season.  Weight training exercises are more than just ways to increase athletic performance. They are protective measures to prevent later injuries. Flexibility Training Equally as important as strength training is flexibility training. Athletes often experience injuries due to muscle over-extension from a lack of flexibility. Unfortunately, coaches do not place as much of an emphasis on flexibility training as they do on weight training. It is not just about stretching before weight training or competition, but about continuous efforts to increase flexibility. If your child is serious about participating in sports and wishes to pursue it beyond high school, they need to focus on...

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This New Year, Make A Resolution To Enhance Your Eye Health

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Eyes are important and sensitive organs, yet many people do not care for them as well as they should. This New Year’s Eve, instead of making the same resolution to finally lose that last 10 pounds or stop arguing with your mother, make a resolution that will improve your eye health and keep your eyes in good shape as you age. Here’s a look at a few resolutions you may want to consider making. Resolution #1: Change your contacts more often. Some contact lenses are designed to be worn for only one day, some for 2 weeks, and some for 2 months. Unfortunately, many patients ignore these recommendations and wear their contacts for longer than recommended. If you’re one of them, you’re putting yourself at risk of a serious eye infection as well as scratched corneas caused by worn, torn lenses. Set reminders in your phone so you don’t forget to chance your contacts on time this year. Resolution #2: Remember to buy a new tube of mascara every two weeks. Since your mascara brush comes into contact with your eyelashes, which are so close to your eyes, it’s important that it’s free of bacteria. A tube of mascara can become bacteria-laden rather quickly, so experts recommend replacing yours every 2 weeks to prevent eye infections. If you’ve been slacking on replacing your tube, make this year the year you finally adopt this healthy practice. You can even buy a whole year’s mascara in advance so you don’t have to run to the store every time a tube reaches the 2-week mark. Resolution #3: Wear your sunglasses regularly. Exposure to UV radiation from the sun increases your risk of cataracts, which can only be removed surgically. Treat yourself to a new pair of UV-blocking sunglasses on January 1st, and then wear them every time you step outside or drive on a sunny day. Resolution #4: Eat more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for eye health, and eating more of them may help reduce your risk of glaucoma and dry eye syndrome. Foods that are rich in omega-3s include salmon, tuna, nuts, and flax seed oil. Try including one omega-3-rich food in your diet each day. If you fail to take care of your eyes, you’re likely to regret it later in life when you develop glaucoma or cataracts. Protect your future by adopting one or more of these resolutions, and sticking to it not just this coming year, but every year after that. Be sure to maintain frequent contact with professionals, such as those from Modern Eyez, for advice and...

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Can Laser Hair Removal Prevent Pilonidal Cysts?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You probably already know that laser hair removal is a great option for permanently eliminating unwanted facial and body hair. However, this treatment can be used to reduce your risk of developing pilonidal cysts. Here’s more information about this condition and how laser hair removal can help. What are Pilonidal Cysts? Pilonidal cysts are small cysts that develop at the end of the tailbone in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. They look like large pimples and can easily become infected due to their location. If this occurs, they may become painful, exude blood and pus, and smell foul. Though anyone can develop pilonidal cysts, the condition affects men more than women and is fairly common in young adults. Causes of Pilonidal Cysts The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but most medical professionals believe ingrown hairs are to blame. An ingrown hair occurs when the hair reenters the skin due to friction, pressure or trauma to the area. The body treats the hair like a foreign entity and corrals it in a cyst that may later fill with pus. Oftentimes bacteria will also invade the cyst, leading to infection. Other doctors believe that persistent trauma to the area may be the cause of pilonidal cysts. One reason for this theory is that the condition affected 80,000 soldiers in World War II. It was so common that is was called Jeep Disease because doctors in that day thought riding around in a bumpy Jeep all day irritated the area and caused the cysts to develop. However, it may be that this type of trauma increases the risk of getting ingrown hairs in that area. How Laser Hair Removal Can Help If you suffer from outbreaks on a regular basis, there are a few things you can do to reduce the frequency or prevent recurrences altogether. One of those options is to eliminate all hair in the region using laser hair removal treatments. The laser disintegrates the existing hair and kills the hair cell, preventing future growth. This significantly minimizes the risk of getting ingrown hairs that may be causing the problem. Depending on the amount of hair you have in that area, it can take 6 to 8 treatments over a period of 4 to 6 weeks to eliminate most of it. Hair actively grows in different cycles, so follow up treatments may be required to get the hairs that were dormant at the time of your initial appointments. To learn more about how laser hair removal can alleviate pilonidal cysts or to schedule an appointment for the procedure, contact a specialist in your...

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