The Joint Ventures' Blog

Wrist and Hand Ergonomics

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hand and wrist pain is one of the most disabling and irritating pain to suffer from because we need our hands for everything.  It’s what we use for work, self care, child care, and connecting with our environment. Whenever pain or numbness/ tingling is present in the hands, it can be very difficult to distract ourselves from it. This blog is meant to address some common reasons for general hand pain/ numbness that individuals may feel due to working desk jobs.  Due to the importance of correct diagnosis for hand/ wrist symptoms, please seek help from an experienced health care practioner to make sure your impairments are addressed correctly. 

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Whiplash

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

When we hear the term, “whiplash”, we often think of an injury to the neck during a car accident. But what is “whiplash”? What happens to the neck and what are the physical signs and symptoms? What can be done for treatment? How long does it take to get better? All great questions. Whiplash is one of those injuries that is unexpected, unplanned for, and along with the other hassles and inconveniences of a car accident, frustrating! Let’s take a moment to answer those questions and help all understand what to expect, what to do, and what not do if you or someone you care about sustains a whiplash injury. 

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The Transfer of Energy Through The C-Spine of the Rotational Athlete

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

In physics there is a law of the conservation of energy, which states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but rather transforms from one form to another.  This is relevant when it comes to athletics; we take a stationary person or object and need to impart movement upon that activity.  Nowhere is this truer than with the rotational athlete who is required to transmit force in all three planes of motion.  He or she needs to be able to properly move, while being stable, to perform an athletic movement properly and pain-free.  Everything begins with the spine, where mobility increases as we move toward the head. 

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Ergonomics and Neck Pain

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The majority of American workers sit at work all day. Prolonged poor positioning can cause postural deviations which may eventually result in back and neck pain. Forward head posture (where the ear sits forward of the shoulder) can result from poor positing at the workstation. This causes an increase in load to the neck. For every inch the head moves forward it puts an extra 4.5KG load to the neck which can cause damage to the surrounding joints and musculature. Simple changes in the positioning of the desk, chair and workstation can improve posture and prevent injury.  

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Wrist and Hand Ergonomics

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hand and wrist pain is one of the most disabling and irritating pain to suffer from because we need our hands for everything. It’s what we use for work, self care, child care, and connecting with our environment. Whenever pain or numbness/ tingling is present in the hands, it can be very difficult to distract ourselves from it. This blog is meant to address some common reasons for general hand pain/ numbness that individuals may feel due to working desk jobs. Due to the importance of correct diagnosis for hand/ wrist symptoms, please seek help from an experienced health care practioner to make sure your impairments are addressed correctly. 

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Vestibular: your inner ear and you

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Your inner ear probably is not something you often think about, but if you are experiencing vertigo/dizziness associated with head movements or when turning over in bed, this area could be source of your problem. The inner ear has very intricate organs making up the vestibular system, that helps you maintain your balance, sends signals to your brain about where your head is in space, and orients your eyes based on head position. There are three semi-circular canals located in the inner ear and based on the movement of fluid through these canals, your brain receives information about your position and movement. 

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What is a concussion?

Monday, October 03, 2016

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can lead to bleeding in and around the brain and change the way your brain functions. A concussion can occur from a blow to the head sustained during a fall or due to a collision during a sporting event, or from violent shaking of the head and upper body such as a car accident. A common misconception is that there is always loss of consciousness with a concussion, but even without that symptom there can still be significant brain damage after the sustained injury. This is why, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should call your child's doctor for advice if your child receives anything more than a “light bump” on the head. You should seek emergency medical care if your child experienced a loss of consciousness more than 30 seconds, worsening headaches, repeated vomiting, clumsiness or confusion, or slurring of speech as these symptoms indicate a potentially more serious head injury. 

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What is the SI joint?

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Also known as the sacroiliac joint, the SI joint is part of our spinal vertebral column.  The sacrum is the bottom section of the spinal vertebrae comprised of 5 or 6 fused vertebral segments. It connects to the lumbar spine (low back) above and sits between the pelvic bones (ilia) on each side. Where the sacrum meets the pelvis on each side is called the sacroiliac joint or SI joint.  

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Diagnosing lower back pain

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A diagnosis of “low back pain” often indicates only the location of the pain, but does not give an accurate picture as to what may be causing the pain to present in this location. Pain in the low back area may in fact be originating from the lumbar spine, the sacroiliac joint, the hip joint, and/or the muscles in the surrounding area.  Thus pain in the low back and/or buttock may not always be stemming from the lumbar spine itself. 

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The Sacroiliac (SI) Joint and Pregnancy

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Low back and pelvic pain occur in a high percentage of women during and following pregnancy.  For many women, this pain subsides following pregnancy without treatment, however about 1/3 of women will continue to have symptoms postpartum. 

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