Sudden back and forth movement of the brain can cause it to bounce or twist within the skull. This can occur with a blow to the head, jolting or hitting the head against a hard surface. It can also happen when the body is hit hard and it causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. When this happens, chemical changes occur within the brain. Brain cells can also be stretched or damaged with sudden movement. This is the anatomy of a concussion and here are four things you should know. (more…)
If you are experiencing a “pins and needles” sensation in your ring finger and little finger, have weakness in your hand and a loss of sensation or numbness in your hand along with pain in your forearm, you could be a victim of cubital tunnel syndrome. This condition involves the ulnar nerve. When you hit your “funny bone,” you are actually irritating not a bone, but the ulnar nerve.
The ulnar nerve runs along the inner side of the elbow. Your arm has three major nerves including the ulnar nerve. This nerve extends from your neck to your hand ending in your fingers. Any constriction of the nerve along this path can cause problems. When the compression occurs at the elbow it is called “cubital tunnel syndrome.” Here are three common causes of the condition. (more…)
One of the great concerns for women, especially as they get older, is bladder control. Even small accidents can be embarrassing and humiliating when they occur in public. In most cases, weakened or damaged muscles are the cause of leakage. Incontinence issues are more likely to occur in older people; however, they can affect women of all ages. The good news is, there are treatments available to help with incontinence issues. (more…)
Your child is the most precious thing in your life; so, when your medical provider suggests your child needs physical therapy, it is only natural that you would feel some apprehension. All types of questions may begin to flood your mind, adding to your anxiety. Working with your child’s doctor and doing a little research will help settle some of those anxious feelings and help you become better informed, so you can choose the best physical therapist for your child. (more…)
One of the major joys in a women’s life is bringing new life into the world. Many mothers cite pregnancy as one of their best experiences. It can also be a time of annoying or debilitating back pain. You may find yourself somewhere on that line of continuum, and the discomfort or pain may be interfering with your daily activities and wearing you down with fatigue. With accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, you can find relief and enjoy your pregnancy. (more…)
Good sleep hygiene is important for many reasons. The brain does its housekeeping while you sleep, your body has a chance to rest and muscle repair is another major reason sleep is so important. Athletes, as well as the average person, need quality sleep in order to maintain healthy muscles. (more…)
It is interesting that while the average person thinks of bone health in terms of older people and osteoporosis, bone health needs to be protected at all ages. With all the dietary hype changing from year to year or even month to month, it is easy to miss out on those foods that support bone health during the various stages of life.
Some people cut out dairy completely, some people cut out certain grains or vegetables and studies of what is good or not good continue to contradict each other. Meanwhile, people are in a quandary and bone health can suffer. Here are a few tips to help you keep your bones healthy. (more…)
When you have had a difficult and long day, you look forward to a good night’s rest. When you have lower back pain, you may find that lying down may not provide all the relief for which you were hoping. If you experience leg pain when you lie down, there could be a few different things happening. (more…)
Shortening of fibrous tissue can cause a decrease in the range of motion for muscles. This is the case with Dupuytren’s contracture. Most individuals who have this condition lose the mobility of their fourth and fifth fingers, or ring finger and little finger. It can also extend to the other fingers and sometimes the thumb can be affected.
Anatomy of Dupuytren’s Contracture
The palmer fascia is a tough fibrous layer of tissue in the palm of the hand. It is sandwiched between the skin of the palm and the underlying tendons. The tendons allow the fingers to flex. (more…)
Muscle spasms can create a range of discomfort from mild annoyance to teeth gritting pain. Muscle relaxing medication is often prescribed to alleviate the pain, but not every patient desires to be put on a regime of drugs for pain control. Some patients should not take these drugs. Fortunately, there is an alternative treatment, backed by research and proven results. (more…)