If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you might already know that the recovery process can be painfully slow. While some people bounce back quickly, others will suffer with their pain for months on end. These people can be some of the most challenging patients we work with in the clinic, as things like annoying headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back pain and sciatica tend to linger due to the overall inflammation caused by the accident.
So if you or a love one have been involved in a car accident, I want to share 5 key points that will help you recover as quickly as possible. Here they are:
If you work in an office and end up sitting for 6 or more hours a day, you’re probably familiar with tension and pain in your neck and shoulders.
Often times this will lead to headaches, especially if you work in front of a computer.
Lower back pain is also very common for office workers, due to the amount of compressive pressure on the joints and discs.
During this presentation, I lay out a simple 3-step process to adjust your workstation to help you reduce these types of pain.
And I also share 4 other simple tips to help you keep things like back pain, neck pain and headaches at bay. Enjoy!
This is one of the most common questions the therapists and I get at clinic on a weekly basis, second only to “What’s going on, and can you fix it?” And while the answer varies depending on the situation, I’m going to do my best to answer the MRI question for you today.
Here’s the simple answer: No, you don’t necessarily need an MRI.
Now let me explain: Let’s say you’ve been having shoulder pain for several months, and you suspect that you have a rotator cuff (RC) tear. It might make sense to get an MRI to see if you do in fact have a tear, especially if you think you might need surgery.
But before you opt for the MRI, stop and consider a few things…
Several weeks ago, I was talking with a pleasant gal at a Senior Resource Fair about her neck pain (let’s call her Sherry).
As we got to talking about her pain, how long she’s been dealing with it, and what she’s done to deal with it, she mentioned this dreaded statement:
“My doctor says I have arthritis in my neck, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
I cringe every time I hear this…
It’s the equivalent of being told “You’re just getting old. Pain is normal. Just deal with it.”
Years ago, I was working with a young man who had upper neck pain, as well as constant headaches…let’s call him Nick.
Nick was about 24 years old and a high school music teacher. We was having significant neck pain and headaches along the left side of his neck, up towards his skull.
After working with Nick for about 3 weeks, he just wasn’t getting better, despite my best efforts to treat his irritated muscles.
And it wasn’t until he had a consult with a different PT that I realized that I was missing something: his shoulder was the ROOT CAUSE of his neck pain.
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