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    Understanding the Potential Long-Term Effects of Concussions

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Concussions occur when you receive a trauma to the head. This typically occurs during a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury. Since a concussion is a result of damage to your brain, its immediate effects may be very noticeable and painful. However, concussions also carry long-term implications that may be more subtle. Here is a look at the potential long-term effects of concussions.

    Depression and Anxiety

    When you are involved in some sort of incident that results in a concussion, depression and anxiety may eventually be added to your symptoms. A concussion is a traumatic experience, and it may cause you to be anxious about putting yourself in a similar situation. If you were injured while playing sports, you may be reluctant to play that sport again; if you became concussed after falling down the stairs, you may be wary about using staircases. This alienation may facilitate feelings of depression, especially if it prevents you from participating in an activity that you thoroughly enjoy. You may also become depressed or anxious regarding other symptoms that you might experience, such as fatigue, apathy, or attention problems.

    Postconcussive Syndrome

    In some cases, a person who sustains a concussion may develop postconcussive syndrome. Some symptoms include irritability, impulsivity, and other negative personality changes, and may surface months after the initial concussion. If you feel fatigued and depressed and you have trouble remembering things or concentrating after sustaining a concussion, this indicates that you may develop postconcussive syndrome. 

    Additional Injury

    After suffering a concussion, your head and brain are significantly more prone to further injury, and therefore more fragile. If you do not afford yourself the opportunity to fully heal from a concussion, you increase your risk for additional concussions and complications. It is important to be very careful after you sustain a concussion, because additional injuries lead to substantially more significant long-term effects.

    If you would like to know more about the potential long-term effects of concussions, contact Back and Neck Pain Relief Center. We are a pain relief center that is based out of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Our specialties include back and neck pain relief, as well as chiropractic care. For more information, feel free to visit our website or call us at (215) 346-7156. 

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    Common Triggers of Migraine Headaches

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Migraines are painful headaches that occur for a number of different reasons. Although not every migraine sufferer reacts to the same triggers, there are a few triggers that stand out as the most common. Here are a few of the most common triggers of migraine headaches.

    Among the most common triggers of migraine headaches are different types of foods. This includes chocolate, sour cream, alcohol, and citrus fruits such as oranges and tangerines. Your other senses are susceptible to migraine triggers as well; flickering lights and strong odors may also set off a painful migraine. Possibly the most common trigger, however, is psychological: stress. If you are unable to find the proper balance between work and relaxation, you may find yourself paying the price in the form of a migraine headache.

    If you suffer from painful migraine headaches, call the Back and Neck Pain Relief Center. We take care of all our patients’ pain relief needs, including back pain and neck pain. We also specialize in chiropractic care. For more information about our services, call us at (215) 346-7156 or visit our website. If you live in the area of Springfield, Pennsylvania, stop by today to find out more about what we can do for you. 

    Preventing Childhood Sports Injuries

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Sports are important for children; kids can have fun while participating in healthy exercises. However, it is not uncommon for children to accidentally sustain injuries while playing youth sports.  Although development of these injuries may be somewhat common, there are certain steps that you can take to avoid them. Read on to find out how to prevent childhood sports injuries.

    Supervision

    One of the most important aspects of childhood sports is the adult supervision. Responsible and qualified adults can prevent childhood sports injuries by keeping a close watch over the children and making sure that they are not playing too aggressively or in danger of otherwise sustaining injuries. In the case of team sports, the coach should value the health and safety of the players above the victory of the team. It is also wise to have at least one individual who is trained in first aid on standby.

    Equipment

    As children age, they may protest the use of helmets while they skateboard or ride their bikes, but it is very important that they wear the proper equipment in order to avoid painful injuries. Properly sized and functioning equipment is necessary for team sports like hockey, football, and lacrosse. Sports equipment can sometimes be expensive, which often prompts families to use hand-me-downs; however, equipment that does not fit the child properly will not do an adequate job of protecting the individual from possible injury.

    Organized Sports Programs

    Spontaneous games of football in the yard or basketball in the driveway are both staples of many children’s lives. Leagues that are run by entities like schools and religious organizations, however, provide more structure and security. In these kinds of leagues, the coaches and staff are experienced and know how to help kids avoid injury.

    For more tips on preventing childhood sports injuries, call the Back and Neck Pain Relief Center in Springfield, Pennsylvania at (215) 346-7156. We provide back and neck pain relief, chiropractic care, and more. If you would like to know more about our services, feel free to visit our website or stop by today to find out more about what we can do for you. 

    Stretching Tips for Safe Running

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Running or jogging is a great way to exercise, but it is important to stretch your body in order to prevent injuries. Fortunately, there are various different stretches that you can practice in order to stay loose. Watch this video to learn a few stretching tips for safe running.

    The best time to stretch out your muscles is after a warm up or a cool down. You can stretch your quadriceps by lifting your foot behind your body and pulling your foot against your glute with the arm on the same side of your body. You can also stretch your inner thighs by leaning on one leg and extending the other; however, avoid overextending. Finally, stretch your hamstrings by standing straight and reaching down to touch your toes.

    The Back and Neck Pain Relief Center in Springfield, Pennsylvania, provides back and neck pain relief as well as chiropractic care. If you live in the area, feel free to give us a call at (215) 346-7156, visit our website, or stop by today.



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