Category Archives: Head/Neck

Braceshop.com has many articles about head/neck injuries and other articles related to head trauma and neck injuries. We review the latest cervical collars and neck braces that are on the market.

How to Properly Clean a Medical Brace

Medical braces provide added support, compression, and protection to various parts of our bodies. When we invest in a medical brace, we want to be able to use it for as long as necessary and, possibly, later on in case of a re-injury.

Designed to be sturdy, medical braces are made from strong, breathable materials, but that doesn’t mean that they will keep them from staying clean and fresh. Cleaning your medical brace is very important and if you are unsure how to do so, consider the information provided to help keep your brace in its original state. Continue reading

6 Signs You Should Invest in a Brace

There are a very wide range of braces available on today’s market, many of them catering to simple injuries or pains, while others support post-surgery operations and serious rehabilitation. Depending on your individual issues, there are a plethora of options that could benefit your injury or help to prevent one.

If you’re thinking about investing in a brace, but you’re not sure if it’s the right thing to do, there are a few signs you can look for. These signs may tell you that it’s time to rely on something a little stronger for your issues, or that it’s a good idea to invest in one to prevent any. Here are 6 signs you should invest in a brace: Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

Neck Sprain

Neck Sprain

A Neck Sprain is term referring to a stretching or tearing of the soft tissues of the neck, which includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The neck or cervical area of the spine is prone to injury because of the range of motion that occurs in this area of the body. Care must be addressed to any type of neck injury, due to the amount of important blood vessels to the head, nerve bundles that emanate from the brain and control body function.

A sprain refers to ligaments while a strain refers to muscles stretching or tearing. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. Mild strains may involve only stretching of the ligaments. More severe strains would involve partial tears. A neck strain may result from a sudden movement that may cause the neck to extend or flex too far. Clinching a phone between your ear and shoulder is a common result of a neck strain, while a whiplash type injury can damage the ligaments of the neck.Neck Sprain

In severe cases of hyperextension of the neck, immediate attention is needed.  Concussions, bruising of the spinal chord and injury to the spinal nerves can occur.  In cases where a car accident occurs, it is very important not to move the person that has suffered the injury, unless there is a life or death situation, such as a fire.  It is important to keep the neck immobilized at all times, until EMT can properly immobilize the neck, to avoid further damage to the spinal chord.

Certain sports such as football and other high contact sports can cause severe neck injuries.  Please contact a physician immediately if you suspect the neck sprain is more than a mild neck injury.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of braces including neck braces for a number of conditions, which may include what you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for a condition, such as a neck strain, you can do so at the Brace Shop’s online store. While there you will see braces for nearly every body part and age group. Contact the Brace Shop today with any questions you have regarding their merchandise.

Quarterbacks On, Quarterbacks Off

Sunday represented the first full day of NFL Football since January. And this season, all eyes were on the quarterbacks, many of whom were new to their team rosters. Robert Griffin III (known as RG3) in Washington, Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, Peyton Manning in Denver. And while Griffin impressed, Luck was average, and Manning dusted himself off from a season ending neck injury, there were other quarterbacks whose prospects for the 2012 season went down in a hurry.

For example, John Skelton was impressive during the preseason, but was carted off the field with a right ankle injury during the fourth quarter while his Arizona Cardinals shut down the Seattle Seahawks. Two players crashed into one another, then landed on Skelton’s leg, giving the reins back to Kevin Kolb, who ended up becoming the hero. Then there was Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans who, for some apparent reason, tried to re-imagine his role as an offensive tackle, ultimately leaving the game with a left shoulder injury. Rodger Saffold, playing for the St. Louis Rams, endured the most frightening injury, crumpling under the weight of safety John Wendling of the Detroit Lions. Fortunately, Saffold could move his arms and legs, but his neck was definitely hurt.

With all eyes on the new season of professional football, most quarterbacks were on, but others were not. We might even argue it was an ultimately strange day in the NFL, since both Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Drew Brees of New Orleans were shut down in their own stadiums.

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Bach, Famed American Author, Injured in Ironic Plane Crash

Richard Bach is well known for his books about flying and his long held belief that human beings must learn to look beyond their physical limitations. As a pilot in the New Jersey Air National Guard, Bach developed more than an appreciation of flight, but a compelling desire to encourage all men and women to experience life above the clouds. As man of fearless abandon, Bach is now in his late 70s and often flies alone. Such was the case on August 31, when his aircraft caught the cables of a power line during his landing on San Juan Island in the northern archipelago of Washington State, then crashed along the grass outside the runway.

Remarkably, Bach escaped the plane with only a head injury and a broken shoulder. His aircraft was upside down and sparks were flying from the broken cable, yet nothing more serious occurred. This is not to make light of the serious injuries he now battles, but we can be sure that his family and friends are standing by his side at this time.

James Bach, his son, says that “things are looking better” and “doctors are guardedly optimistic.”

We wish Mr. Bach and his family all the best in recovery.

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Chenoweth Off “The Good Wife” with Neck Brace

Kristin Chenoweth gained early notoriety on Broadway as a singer and actress with the look of a star. Throughout her career, she has been seen in almost two dozen films, but even more people have gotten to know her as a recurring character on shows like The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Glee. More recently, her role has been in The Good Wife, as a political reporter, but that came to a shocking halt when Chenoweth turned up with a neck brace last week, proclaiming an injury she allegedly sustained while on the set.

There was, as we understand it, a true and serious injury about a month ago, in which Chenoweth was hit in the head by lighting equipment. She was rushed to the hospital, but came back with no indication that there would be any long term concerns. Only now, almost a month later, has she come out onto the public scene wearing a neck brace and quietly suggesting that there may be a lawsuit pending against the studio for its negligence. Whether that ever materializes is an entirely different story, but we wish her the best in recovery.

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Supreme Court Rules; Injured Student Speaks Up

On Thursday, the Supreme Court made significant history, passing down their decision over the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Pundits were sure in the days leading up to Thursday that the justices would overturn, if nothing else, the individual mandate, which obligates all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty when the market exchanges begin in 2014 (arguably to lower costs through ‘free market’ competition). Contrary to popular opinion, Chief Justice Roberts passed down his ruling of the 5-4 decision, supporting almost every word of the entire law.

Reactionary ripple effects were almost immediate. Some were mad. Others were relieved. But there was one young man who spoke up to share his thoughts. Ben Trockman, a 22 year old college student from Evansville, Indiana, was in a motocross accident when he was 17, causing a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Over the last five years, Ben has made incredible progress as a result of cutting edge technology and practices that, according to him, would not have been available without health insurance.

“We learned, basically, how life is different with an injury such as mine,” said Trockman, “and how to deal with things on a day-to-day basis. We worked with different types of therapy, getting used to my wheelchair, knowing how to treat my body and how dangerous pressure sores were. We gained knowledge about so many important things that would have never been possible because of the extreme expenses, without health insurance. I figured out how much my body could do physically. I spent 3 months doing very intensive therapy, 5 hours a day. I learned so much about the way to treat my body with exercise and how important it was.

“And now, I look around my room, all the important things that make life a little easier… my wheelchair, my alternating air pressure mattress on my bed, the lift above my bed that helps move me to and from… NONE of that would have been affordable without health insurance.”

Much of the health care discussion over the last decade has hinged on the idea that young people don’t purchase insurance because they perceive themselves as less vulnerable to injury and disease, rendering insurance an unreasonable cost in their estimation. Members of both parties had initially been on board with the idea of the so-called individual mandate, requiring all Americans of a certain age to pay for insurance as a means of gaining revenue for a broken health care system. If more people invested into the system, the argument goes, there would be a greater amount of money in the pool, allowing providers to seemingly lower costs to the overall population of Americans who, at some point in their lives, will inevitably need and come under the care of a doctor. At least, that’s the idea. And if Ben has anything to say about it, the more people who have the assurance of care, the better off they’ll be in the long run. He certainly was.

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Life After the Neck Brace

Last January, the Brace Shop made its readers aware of a serious neck injury that struck an R&B singer named Jason Derulo. Since that time, Derulo has been making news on American Idol, offering to deliver a song that the public would help him write. Tonight, he debuted the new song, titled ‘Undefeated’, proving once again that he is a dancing powerhouse to be reckoned with on the stage.

Rumors were also laid to rest about his relationship with Season Six American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks. During his performance of ‘Undefeated’, the camera panned to her beaming face, singing along the words to her beau’s new hit single. Were those stars in her eyes? Probably.

Derulo has proven to be a perfect example of life with and life after a neck brace. If you’ll remember, he donned a diamond covered neck brace back in April, showing that he wasn’t going to let a silly, obnoxious little injury keep him down (oh, those broken necks). Of course, we cut him some slack on that recovery since, well, he had a little bit more money to play with than the rest of us. But all kidding aside, his efforts to battle back from a serious injury were a powerful demonstration of the willpower that can turn a tragedy into a victory. Fortunately, for customers of the Brace Shop, our prices are affordable and our support is unmatched.

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Injury Ends Campaign in Iowa

Running for Congress is a venture that often costs its candidates everything they have and more. Perhaps our version of American politics will always be a rich man’s game, but history continues to be written by the underdogs who came to their races with nothing and walked away with more than half the ballots in their favor. Unfortunately, for Mike McRae of Iowa, his West Des Moines campaign had to be suspended this week as a result of an injury he sustained with his family in North Carolina.

McCrae was hoping to offer ‘better representation’ for the 42nd District seat in the Iowa House. He recently graduated from Drake Law School and was close to facing off against Peter Cownie, a two term congressman from the same community. Without McCrae in the race, Cownie will be running unopposed in the general election come November.

Specifics about the McCrae accident have not been made public, but the results are shocking and peculiar. Apparently, he was unconscious for nearly five minutes, ultimately injuring his neck, ribs, and right leg. The secrecy of the accident is unusual, considering the severity of his condition, but McCrae ended his campaign with the evidence of a difficult decision.

“I am not making this decision lightly. I am committed to the belief that District 42 deserves better representation. It is unfortunate that I have to suspend my campaign at this time, but I need to focus on recovering.”

Indeed he should. Whether or not McCrae would have been the right or wrong choice for Iowa, American politics will, as always, go on and on regardless of how many candidates fall to the curb.

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