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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
December 20, 2018
Tags: Car Accident   Whiplash  

Even minor car accidents can result in a variety of injuries. Common car accident injuries include whiplash, neck pain, back pain, and soft tissue injuries. Chiropractic care offers a variety of treatment methods for helping you to heal and recover from injuries sustained during a car accident.

Whiplash

One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash, also referred to as acceleration/deacceleration trauma. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are forcefully thrust in one direction, then quickly whipped in the opposite direction. This whipping motion often results in damage to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons along the spine, which can lead to extensive pain and discomfort. Signs and symptoms that you have sustained a whiplash injury include:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Trouble focusing

Untreated whiplash and other car accident injuries can lead to long-term problems so seeking treatment is important. In many cases, spinal manipulation techniques are used to realign the vertebrae along the spine, which can alleviate the neck pain and discomfort associated with whiplash. Gentle stretching, therapeutic massage, and special exercises are also helpful for strengthening the neck after whiplash.

Common car accident injuries such as whiplash can cause long-term pain, discomfort, stiffness, and other problems if left untreated. Spinal manipulation and physical therapy techniques, can realign the spine and alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with whiplash and other injuries commonly sustained during a car accident. Call your doctor today for any questions!

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
December 20, 2018
Category: Sports Injuries

Children take to sports like fish to water. Almost as soon as they children's sports injuriesbegin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks and running races against siblings, friends or nobody in particular! From baseball, basketball and football to soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse--children play all sorts of things that are hard on thier growing bodies. Even individual sports, such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics, can significantly affect your child's body.  

Millions of children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available. Your podiatrist is available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

What to Watch Out For

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures. Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports. Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate.

Ensure that your child has the correct shoes for the sport they play. Perhaps even more importantly, make sure those shoes fit! Their feet grow quickly, and shoes that fit last season aren't likely to still fit when next year comes around. 

Contact your podiatrist for more information on proper footwear and foot care for your child. Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
September 28, 2018
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Pain   Pain Habits  

While aches and pains will happen to all of us at some point, there are some people who deal with chronic or serious pain day in and day out. Of course, many peoplePain and Habits don’t stop to think about how certain habits or choices could actually be causing their pain or making it worse. Could your lifestyle or everyday activities play a role in your pain? Let’s find out!

You Carry Around a Heavy Bag

Do you often carry a heavy bag or briefcase to work or school? Is the bag typically worn on just one shoulder? While it might look stylish to sport a beautiful leather briefcase to work if you overload that bag and favor one arm over another this can lead to a muscular imbalance in the shoulders.

Opt for bags that can be worn over both shoulders and try and remove anything that you really don’t need. You shouldn’t be carrying around more than approximately 5 percent of your body weight around in your purse or bag. If you are, it’s time to reduce the burden to improve your muscular health.

You Have Bad Sleeping Habits

If you are someone who tosses and turns throughout the night and wakes up with a stiff neck, back pain or other discomforts, then you may want to consider how your sleeping positions, your pillows, and even your mattress could be affecting your musculoskeletal health. You want your spine to remain in alignment while you are asleep, so it’s best to opt for a pillow that will provide this support. If you are unsure about what qualities to look for, your osteopath can help make some insightful recommendations.

Not Wearing Proper Footwear

You may not realize it but the shoes that you wear could either improve or negatively impact your musculoskeletal health. Think about it: your feet are carrying around your weight all day long. Not wearing shoes that fit properly will affect your gait, which will lead to tendon, ligament and muscular dysfunction. If you are someone who is dealing with foot, ankle, leg or lower back pain, then your shoes could be to blame.

If you are dealing with persistent musculoskeletal pain and you can’t seem to find relief through at-home measures, this is a good time to visit an osteopath. An osteopath will be able to diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan that isn’t invasive and promotes faster, more efficient healing. Pain doesn’t have to be the norm. Osteopathy can help.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 19, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

There may be no part of your body that undergoes more wear and tear than your feet. Learning how to prevent problems can stop them before they start!

At our practice, we know healthy feet makes for a happier life. The goal of this blog is to inform our patients on how to keep their feet and ankles healthy for a lifetime. We’ll provide the tools you need to stay on your feet!

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