Monthly Archives: June 2018

World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Since June 19th, 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Diseae (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through. SCD is an inherited blood disorder that can be acquired from either one or both the parents. The irregular shaped red blood cells (RBCs) in this condition get stuck in the small blood vessels and slow down or block the blood flow and oxygen to various parts of Read More +Since June 19th, 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been held annually in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Diseae (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through. SCD is an inherited blood disorder that can be acquired from either one or both the parents. The irregular shaped red blood cells (RBCs) in this condition get stuck in the small blood vessels and slow down or block the blood flow and oxygen to various parts of Read More +

Spinal Fractures

Spinal fractures are different than a broken arm or leg. A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures occur from car accidents, falls, gunshot, or sports. Injuries can range from relatively mild ligament and muscle strains, to fractures and dislocations of the bony vertebrae, to debilitating spinal cord damage.   There are 3 main categories: Fractures: the most common type of spine fracture is a vertebral body compression fracture. Read More +Spinal fractures are different than a broken arm or leg. A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures occur from car accidents, falls, gunshot, or sports. Injuries can range from relatively mild ligament and muscle strains, to fractures and dislocations of the bony vertebrae, to debilitating spinal cord damage.   There are 3 main categories: Fractures: the most common type of spine fracture is a vertebral body compression fracture. Read More +

The Pain-Monitoring Model

A lot of runners have Achilles tendinopathy and are advised to stop running! However, research shows that you don’t have to stop running completely if you use a pain-monitoring model. A study from Silbernagel et al. 2007 showed that you can safely continue some activity  with Achilles tendinopathy by using  this model. This did not demonstrate any negative effects and allowed some continued participation.   In this model a pain intensity score of 3/10 or less is “safe”, 4-5/10 is “acceptable” and > 5/10 is “unacceptable”. Read More +A lot of runners have Achilles tendinopathy and are advised to stop running! However, research shows that you don't have to stop running completely if you use a pain-monitoring model. A study from Silbernagel et al. 2007 showed that you can safely continue some activity  with Achilles tendinopathy by using  this model. This did not demonstrate any negative effects and allowed some continued participation.   In this model a pain intensity score of 3/10 or less is "safe", 4-5/10 is "acceptable" and > 5/10 is "unacceptable". Read More +