Category Archives: Cold/Hot Therapy

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Serving a Torn Abdomen

Several months ago, Sophomore Maho Kowase, an incredibly talented tennis player from the University of Georgia, dropped from a serve that literally ripped her abdomen. Tennis athletes rarely think twice about tossing the ball in the air, stretching up with the racket, then slamming the ball across the net. But the truth is, when the body reaches up with a sudden jolt, there is always a risk that muscles will tear unexpectedly. Kowase is living proof.

Kowase is originally from Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, where she won the 2009 Japan Inter High School singles title. She went on to win the 2009 All Japan Junior Tennis Championship, then earn a spot in the Australian Open Junior Qualifying event. All of these prepared her for a chance to become a star with the Georgia Bulldogs. Unfortunately, when she became injured, doctors demanded she do absolutely no exercising. A torn abdomen was simply too serious to allow a careless stretch that might aggravate the soreness and pain. All she could do was watch her team play and offer encouragement. What did she do in the meantime?

“I went out and had fun with my friends,” said Kowase. “I didn’t go crazy, but I had more time and it was nice to use it.”

Truer words have never been spoken by a hard-working athlete. Sometimes an injury gives us the time we need to spend with the people we love in our lives. Now that Kowase is playing tennis again, she has the added support of many teammates who continue to believe she has what it takes to come back in full form.

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Rising Concern for ADHD Injuries

However great the controversy over ADHD has been throughout the past four decades, one thing remains clear: high functioning children are at risk of greater, more serious injuries than children who can demonstrate attentiveness and self-control. Perhaps this is obvious, but researchers from the University of Alabama Birmingham have drawn up more than a hypothetical probability. In fact, their research indicates that 5th graders with a diagnosis of ADHD, in particular, face double the risk of serious injury than those without such diagnosis.

The lead author of the UAB study is Dr. David Schwebel, who says, “We found that children with more ADHD symptoms, those in the 90th percentile, are nearly twice as likely to get hurt as those with symptoms in the 10th percentile.” He expanded this comment by noting that girls are far less likely to be injured than boys, by nearly half the numbers.

Schwebel’s study was performed on approximately 5,000 fifth graders out of three major cities: Houston, Los Angeles, and Birmingham. In addition, the concept of a ‘serious injury’ was clarified to mean that these are children who must receive medical attention beyond the old-fashioned bandaid approach. At least half of the injuries cited in the report were broken bones acquired from a rising lack of supervision among children this age who have ADHD. Due to their impulsivity and tendency to wander in hyperactivity, the risks go up exponentially. Dr. Schwebel uses this research to encourage parents and teachers to teach children about themselves, so they will understand their own limitations, boundaries, and risks. No, this doesn’t alleviate the problems, but if we learn to instruct our children in self-awareness, the study suggests, they may respond more than we give them credit.

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Fireworks on the 4th

For many Americans, celebrating the 4th of July means pulling out the grill, lounging on lawn chairs, and, of course, lighting up some fireworks at the end of the day.  Even John Adams, one of the most beloved Founders, insisted in a private letter to his wife that this would “be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

He was right.  More than two centuries beyond the original declaration, Americans have not forgotten about their precious freedom or the men and women who still fight to protect it.  Sometimes, we even hurt ourselves in celebration.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that approximately 9,000 people visited the ER as a result of July 4th fireworks in 2010.  Almost all of those injuries were burns that came as a result of firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets and a host of other individually sold fireworks that people use on their own in the streets.

Needless to say, safety should be of the utmost importance so that no festivities have to be ended abruptly with an ambulance.  Here are just a few ideas for minimizing injury: (1) Read the labels, (2) Avoid having young children handle fireworks, especially knowing that loose clothing can easily be flammable, (3) Only allow older children to use fireworks under adult supervision, and (4) Keep a bucket of water close by for the rare occasion that a small fire braeks out and a quick solution is needed.

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The Benefit of T.E.N.S.

Electrotherapy has been a solution for chronic and nagging pain longer than most of us might imagine.  But tools, gadgets and methods that required the patient to either go somewhere or have someone poke and prod have always been unappealing.  It wasn’t until the middle of June, 1974 when the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation device was patented that things began to change.  T.E.N.S., as they call it, is a portable unit that patients can wear for chronic pains as an alternative to more serious surgeries and spinal implants.

Two of the most respectable T.E.N.S. providers in the world are Mettler Electronics Corp and the Chattanooga Group.  Mettler prides itself on being ‘the world leader in portable ultrasound and electrostimulation therapy equipment’ for use in sports medicine, physical therapy, and other types of restorative health care.  Chattanooga, much in a similar fashion, prides itself on being ‘the world’s largest manufacturer of rehabilitation equipment for a variety of skeletal, muscular, neurological, and tissue disorders.  Both aim to be innovative and solution-driven so as to provide products of excellence for doctors and patients who need the best therapy available.

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Rescued Nine Days After the Nine

Just nine days after the magnitude 9 earthquake in Japan, a teenager and his grandmother were rescued from a badly demolished house in Ishinomaki.  Not only did they survive the quake, but the tsunami that followed as well.  Police officers had not given up hope that there were still survivors in the small town and were ecstatic to come across Sumi Abe and her grandson Jin.

The two survived that time on yogurt, water, and soda products, but astoundingly, there were no major injuries sustained.  The grandmother, wrapped in a blanket (pictured above), spoke with authorities about her harrowing experience.   Her grandson, although not seriously harmed, did suffer from hypothermia, a condition which a human’s body temperature sinks below the normal level (generally 95 degrees Farenheit).  Symptoms can include shivering and disorientation, but the boy seemed to be doing well after some time spent in recovery.

Considering all that happened in Japan and all those who lost their lives, it’s quite remarkable for anyone, let alone two members of the same family, to emerge from the wreckage without a scratch.  While hypothermia is no laughing matter, it certainly beats a number of other injuries that could have been sustained.

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A Frozen Movie Review: To Fear or Not to Fear

In light of the recent accident up on Sugarloaf Ski Resort a couple of weeks ago, I decided to scroll through my Netflix Queue and pull up a film that had been on my list for several months.  The 2010 film, Frozen, was supposed to be about three friends who get stuck on a chairlift and struggle for survival.  Sounded like another Cast Away with Tom Hanks… lots of monologues and dead silence.   Boy, was I wrong.  Well, not necessarily about the ‘dead’ silence.

Our story begins with three friends – two best friends, Dan and Joe, and Dan’s girlfriend Parker – who schmooze their way onto a ski mountain even though only Dan has paid for his own lift ticket.  After a day of teaching Parker how to ski the bunny hills, Joe feels an urgent need to ski a more mature mountain and convinces the other two to go back up for a final run before the lift closes.  After a bit of coaxing, they manage to convince the lift operator to let them on (why not, right?) and there begins our incredibly realistic and suprisingly terrifying hour of horror.

Nothing in the film was out of the ordinary.  No aliens or monsters.  No serial killers or criminally insane.  Just the raw reality of trying to survive outside in the most impossible temperatures known to mankind and doing so from several stories above the ground with no logically safe way to get help.  If you enjoy scary films, then you will absolutely love Frozen.  At least three times I can remember my jaw dropping and my hand going to cover my mouth in shock.  But if I use this time to tell you what caused the shock, you may never watch. 

As they say, it’s just a movie.  People don’t get stuck on chairlifts for days at a time in the real world.  Go have fun this ski season and be careful.  It really is cold out there.

What About Tennis Elbow?

The Pain of Tennis Elbow

The Pain of Tennis Elbow

By now, you’ve probably heard that you don’t have to play tennis to have Tennis Elbow.  A large percentage of tennis players end up battling with TE, but so do golfers (earning the name ‘Golfer’s Elbow’) and everyday workers.  So what is it, how do you get it, and how do you solve it?

What is Tennis Elbow?

Simply put, Tennis Elbow is the excessive overuse of the forearm or elbow resulting in minor to severe pain upon continued use.  Technically put, this pain stems from the muscles and tendons of the forearm where they attach to the outer or inner bones of the elbow (sometimes called epicondylitis).  More than likely, if you are right handed, then any bout of Tennis Elbow will end up on your right side because this is your dominant arm (and vice versa with the left hand).

How do you get Tennis Elbow?

Those repetitive motions that demand work from your hand, your wrist, or your elbow are most likely to cause Tennis Elbow.  For example, swinging a bat over and over or bowling strikes for hours on end.  Even the person who scrubs and scrubs a floor may be at risk.

How do you solve Tennis Elbow?

A simple answer is hot and cold therapy.  An even simpler answer is rest.  You can’t expect a worn elbow to stop hurting if you keep pushing it to the limit.  A little ibuprofen or even a cortisone injection may help distract you from the pain, but it will never replace a change of pace for the sore limb.

Favre: It Never Hurt Like This

Well, it’s over.  The streak, that is.  Brett Favre may well play again, but for now, his 297 straight starts over the course of a 20-year NFL career have ended.  For sports fans, this is big.  Perhaps no bigger than his almost-retirement from football in 2008, 2009, and 2010, but big nonetheless.  With no hope of the playoffs, Favre could only watch as his Minnesota Vikings were laid to waste by the New York Giants during a delayed and relocated game in Detroit on Monday night. 

Some are asking how a man who endured injury after injury for so many years could have been shut down with what appears to be nothing more than a body slam.  Simple.  With all that Favre has been through, the one thing he’s never battled is a neck injury.  In this case, he has a sprain to the sternoclavicular joint, which not only impacts his ability to throw, but also the feeling in his hands and arms.  NFL commentators can wander through a laundry list of recorded injuries since 1992 and they’ll find he’s had damage to almost everything other than the neck: his back, side, elbow, knee, thumb, hamstring, forearm, ankle, hip, groin, chin, calf, shoulder, and yes, the list could keep going.

The sternoclavicular joint is crucial for supporting the shoulder.  A minor sprain would just need a small ice pack over three or four days, but a moderate to severe sprain (like getting hit from behind by a 250-pound linebacker named Arthur Moats) demands four to six weeks of healing with the aid of a figure-eight strap.  An example of this is the Ossur Figure 8 Clavicle Splint.

During a post-game interview, Favre was asked how this injury compared with others over his 20-year career and he simply said, “It never hurt like this.”  Indeed, for those who were hoping they might see him return after a single week out, the chances are good he’s done for the season.  After all, with only a few weeks left, the man-of-steel has no reason to risk it.

The RICE Method for a Pulled Hamstring

Rest it.  Ice it.  Compress it.  Elevate it.  That’s what physicians call the RICE method for treating a hamstring injury.  Problem is, if you need to ice and compress your hamstring, a simple ice pack just won’t suffice.  The Brace Shop offers an Active Wrap Knee Hot/Cold Therapy  option to combine the icing and compression process without adding discomfort or awkward positioning of the leg.  If you happen to have a hamstring injury, take a moment to consider just how frequent this problem really is for athletes who use their legs and knees to run or sprint everyday.

Today in Soccer: Sunderland’s Anton Ferdinand is out for three to four weeks after grabbing for his leg while kicking a ball out of play.

Today in the NFL: Houston’s Owen Daniels is coming back after several weeks recovering from a hamstring tear.  Miami’s Brandon Marshall was happy to have an extra week last Sunday for his hamstring to heal, saying that the rest made him far more prepared for this week.  Washington’s Ryan Torain missed four games from a hamstring injury and will be returning this                 week.

Today in the NBA: Boston’s Rajon Rondo has a laundry list of injuries, but in a Sunday night game against the Nets, a new hamstring injury added to his woes.

Point is, you’re not alone.  The hamstring takes about three to four weeks for a full recovery, but even then, an average person should be cautious with their immediate activity.