neck pain

Neck Pain, Posture and Headaches – what you might not know

1.   Causes of Neck Pain

In my clinical experience I find people suffer from neck pain and headache because of their posture, lifestyle, not because of the aging process.

A lot of people experience it because of poor posture, prolonged computer use, poor workspace set up and constantly bending their necks to use smart devices.

There are a lot of symptoms that can be traced back to the neck region, like headaches, and that’s because the modern lifestyle does not help our necks at all.

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Top 3 Causes of Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck pain often occurs in adults, however, there is now a growing neck pain trend in young people as well.

In my own clinical practice, I have seen an increasing number of younger individuals experiencing neck pain; the youngest being only 7 years old!

Neck pain can range from being just uncomfortable, to completely debilitating.

So, with neck pain on the rise, I feel it is important to educate people about the most common causes for neck pain.

About the Neck

The neck consists of 7 cervical vertebrae, which support the head. These vertebrae are then connected to the thoracic spine (upper back).

The neck is an intricate and complex structure; delicate yet reasonably strong and sturdy.  It can withstand stresses and forces from trauma and even normal daily activities.

To help you practice better neck health, here is the 3 most common causes of neck pain to look out for:

1.  Poor Posture

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5 common football (soccer) injuries

Football (soccer) season is on the full swing and I have seen a few players with some injuries recently. No one likes to get injured during a soccer match, and in reality injuries are common occurrence, ranging from minor scratches, bruises to more severe injuries such as concussion and head injuries.

Below are 5 common football (soccer) injuries that most people have come across or heard about. They are not in the order of frequency of occurrence.

 

1.  Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury

This is one of the most severe injuries sustained in playing soccer. The injury usually occurs as a result of a sudden change of direction where the knee is hyperextended or rotated. A popping sound is usually heard and severe pain is felt. Swelling inside the joint (intra-articular effusion) is usually delayed and sometimes physical examination (Lachman test) to determine a tear can be difficult.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is highly accurate in making a diagnosis of ACL injury and its severity. Most ACL injuries are managed by surgery where the hamstrings tendon is harvested and used as a graft for ACL repair. Post-op physiotherapy is important for pain management, muscle strengthening and endurance, gait re-education, as well as safe and early return to soccer.

 2.  Groin injuries

Soccer requires a lot of running and frequent changing of direction and it can cause the muscles around the groin area to get pulled and strained. Pain can be felt when you bring your legs together or raising your knee. There is tenderness over the groin and inside of the thigh.  Early intervention to relieve pain and rest can help the player to return to the game early.

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