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 +

10 Tips to Speed Recovery After Exercise

Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building.  A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building. For weight training routines, never work the same muscles groups two days in a row.     1. Replace Lost Fluids You lose a lot of fluid during exercise and ideally, you should be replacing it during exercise, but filling up after exercise is an Read More +Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building.  A muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building. For weight training routines, never work the same muscles groups two days in a row.     1. Replace Lost Fluids You lose a lot of fluid during exercise and ideally, you should be replacing it during exercise, but filling up after exercise is an Read More +

UK Student

Over the past 4 weeks we graciously hosted John Mulligan, a final year student from England who completed his elective placement here in Barbados. Our staff and patients alike were delighted to have him and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.      Over the past 4 weeks we graciously hosted John Mulligan, a final year student from England who completed his elective placement here in Barbados. Our staff and patients alike were delighted to have him and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.      

An Anti-inflammatory Diet: The solution is in the kitchen

The human body uses inflammation to help fight illness and also protect areas from further harm. In most cases, inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process.However, some medical conditions cause faulty inflammatory responses. These are called chronic inflammatory diseases. One of the best measures a person can take to prevent or reduce inflammation is to try an anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet involves eating certain foods and avoiding others in order to minimize the symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases. This type of diet Read More +The human body uses inflammation to help fight illness and also protect areas from further harm. In most cases, inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process.However, some medical conditions cause faulty inflammatory responses. These are called chronic inflammatory diseases. One of the best measures a person can take to prevent or reduce inflammation is to try an anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet involves eating certain foods and avoiding others in order to minimize the symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases. This type of diet Read More +

Types of Heart attack: What you need to know

What is a heart attack?  The coronary arteries carry blood to the heart, allowing it to function. A heart attack occurs when a blockage develops in the coronary arteries and restricts the flow of blood to the heart.   Blockages occur when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up, forming deposits called plaques in blood vessels.   By restricting blood flow, these blockages can damage the heart muscle. The severity of damage will depend on the size of the blockage. When blood is not reaching a Read More +What is a heart attack?  The coronary arteries carry blood to the heart, allowing it to function. A heart attack occurs when a blockage develops in the coronary arteries and restricts the flow of blood to the heart.   Blockages occur when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up, forming deposits called plaques in blood vessels.   By restricting blood flow, these blockages can damage the heart muscle. The severity of damage will depend on the size of the blockage. When blood is not reaching a Read More +

National Heroes Day

Today we take the the time to acknowledge our National heroes. Ten outstanding individuals who have not only contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados, but have demonstrated visionary and pioneering leadership which has benefited all Barbadians  for years to come.  Today we take the the time to acknowledge our National heroes. Ten outstanding individuals who have not only contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados, but have demonstrated visionary and pioneering leadership which has benefited all Barbadians  for years to come.  

Bone Bruise

The term “bone bruise” can give the impression that it is not a very serious injury…. FALSE! In reality  a bone bruise is one step below a fracture of the bone.   ***How is it Caused? *** Injury of any kind can cause a bone bruise. Sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls. Twisting injuries—such as those that cause ligament sprains. Medical conditions such as arthritis may also lead to a bone bruise. This is because where there’s arthritis, bone surfaces are not protected and Read More +The term “bone bruise” can give the impression that it is not a very serious injury.... FALSE! In reality  a bone bruise is one step below a fracture of the bone.   ***How is it Caused? *** Injury of any kind can cause a bone bruise. Sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls. Twisting injuries—such as those that cause ligament sprains. Medical conditions such as arthritis may also lead to a bone bruise. This is because where there’s arthritis, bone surfaces are not protected and Read More +

Can Meniscus Tears Heal on Their Own?⠀

Mensicus tears in the knee are pretty common. A few decades ago, surgeons would actually remove your entire meniscus if you had a tear, thinking that their function was not very significant. We now know how impactful the meniscus is on joint forces and shock absorption at the knee. Unfortunately many people that had their meniscus removed several years ago now have significant arthritis.Recent research has been conducted that has shown that many people do well with nonoperative rehab, and performing a partial meniscectomy does Read More +Mensicus tears in the knee are pretty common. A few decades ago, surgeons would actually remove your entire meniscus if you had a tear, thinking that their function was not very significant. We now know how impactful the meniscus is on joint forces and shock absorption at the knee. Unfortunately many people that had their meniscus removed several years ago now have significant arthritis.Recent research has been conducted that has shown that many people do well with nonoperative rehab, and performing a partial meniscectomy does Read More +