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Upper Body – Head

Concussions Call for Caution

Concussions result from a blow to the head that causes the brain to be shaken inside the skull. Especially among children and young adults who participate in impact sports, such as football or basketball, concussions can be quite common. However, because concussions are often described as “mild,” we may forget that they are significant brain […]

Treadmill Rehabilitation After Stroke

The treadmill used by a person after experiencing a stroke is not your average gym model. It is specially designed to help the rehabilitation process, walking in particular. In locomotor treadmill training, a harness secures the patient and helps support some of his or her body weight. As the patient gains strength and the skills […]

Recognizing and Treating a “Mini-stroke”

No permanent damage results from a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke. It is caused by a short-term blockage of a blood vessel supplying blood and oxygen to the brain. Although its effects—which can include trouble speaking, dizziness, blurred vision and weakness on one side of the body, among other signs—last less than […]

Why Does My Neck Hurt When I Wake Up in the Morning?

If you experience an achy neck upon awakening in the morning, your pillow habits could be to blame. You may be using pillows to “overstuff” the space between your neck and the mattress or be sleeping on an older, flattened pillow. Fluffy feather pillows are usually better than foam for providing proper support; replace them […]

Treating a Brain Aneurysm with Coiling

A brain aneurysm, also known as a cerebral or intracranial aneurysm, can be a frightening diagnosis for a patient and his or her family. It means that a wall in a brain artery has a bulging weak spot. As blood flows past, thinning of this spot can increase, and a break—like an overfilled balloon popping—can […]

Get Rid of That Headache

Headaches come in many forms—from migraine to tension to neuralgia—and most of us have suffered from one in the course of our lives. While headaches can have a variety of causes, often the cause is not severe, and simple lifestyle changes can frequently make a difference. The most common type of headache is a tension […]

One Less Headache to Worry About

Jaw and head pain can be a real pain in the neck—literally. Did you know that many people suffering from both temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and headaches have postural issues with their cervical spine or neck? This is why we can be an important ally in combating persistent headaches and TMD-related facial pain. According to […]

Keep Your Head: Recovering from a Concussion

With all the talk about athletes and concussions, one might ask whether everyone recovers similarly from this trauma. Many factors determine how quickly recovery occurs. Concussion is a brain injury caused by a hit to the head or an indirect body blow that leads to the brain moving within the skull, inflicting temporary neurological damage. […]

Use Your Head with Concussions

In recent years, concern has risen about the long-term impact of concussions, traumatic brain injury usually brought about by direct impact to the head or by severe, violent shaking of the upper body. In most cases, a concussion has little to no lasting effect, but repeated or severe blows can have long-term or even permanent […]

Minor Accident, Major Pain

Fender benders with your car typically cause more annoyance than trauma. After exchanging insurance information, assessing the damage to your car and silently cursing the other driver for texting instead of watching the road, you will probably just go on with your day. But several hours later, you feel a deep ache in your neck, […]

Relieving Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Located in front of your ear where your skull and lower jaw meet, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows the lower jaw to move and function properly. Problems with this disk are called temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Causes of TMD include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, grinding your teeth at night, displacement or dislocation of the disk between the […]

Physical Therapy for Ménière’s Disease

Some people may think that they are just clumsy if they briefly lose their balance or feel as if the world is moving while they are standing still. In fact, these people may have a disorder called Ménière’s disease, a serious, episodic, progressively debilitating inner ear condition. People with this disorder generally exhibit all four […]