Sport injuries are quite common and can happen to anyone, be it a professional or an amateur player. However, with some necessary precautions, one can prevent and optimally address these sports-related injuries.
Following are some commonly observed sport injuries that can be managed with osteopathic treatments:
This type of injury happens when either side of shin muscles are excessively used. Some common factors include, running on angled or hard surfaces, increasing distances or frequency too quickly, uncomfortable and inappropriate footwear, or poor biomechanics of ankle, foot or knee.
If not treated, the tightened muscles can tear apart due to excessive pulling.
It is important to remove causative factor otherwise it can worsen the condition leading to severe pain. Rest alone may take several months to recover but, with proper care, mild cases of shin splint may settle in few weeks only. Home remedies such as taping, massaging and icing can be beneficial. Moreover, osteopathic techniques can help in loosing tight muscles and regain biomechanical balance by careful tissue and connective tissue manipulation. Shin splints is one of the more common sport injuries.
In simple words, hamstring strain is tearing of muscles. It may include few muscle fibers or a complete full-length tear. Too much pressure on muscles or exacerbation may lead to hamstring strains. It is more common in activities that include kicking, jumping or running. Sometimes, insufficient warm-up time or muscle tiredness can also lead to tearing of muscles. If adequate osteopathic treatment is employed, a mild strain can be fixed in 2 or 3 weeks but, a severe one may take pretty long.
The icing on the affected area within 24 to 48 hours can reduce swelling. To prevent further damage, sudden and abrupt movements should be avoided. Once the swelling is gone, heat may be applied, it will help in healing the muscles. Increase blood supply via massages is also beneficial. Once pain and inflammation is gone, person should do osteopathic techniques such as stretching to avoid new injury. Overall osteopathic treatment focus is to regain muscle strength and stability and improve range of motion.
Inversion sprain is the most common type of ankle sprain in which ankle rolls out. It happens when a person steps on or fall over an object. On the outer side of ankle there are three ligaments which are damaged when ankle is rolled. This damage is categorized as follows:
The firsts and appropriate treatment include R.I.C.E i.e. rest, icing, compression, and elevation. Ankle healing is also divided into three stages. The first stage includes resting and reducing swelling which usually takes one week. Taping or bandaging can be helpful in protecting the ankle at this stage. The second stage involves regaining strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Lastly, slowly induce weight-bearing exercises to rebuild functioning.
The final stage of recovery is crucial and it is necessary to follow an osteopath’s directions. Along with ankle it is important to examine pelvis, hip and lower back as the injury may cause some imbalance.
Weakened middle back muscles and poor techniques are the major causative factors of weight training injuries. Usually, bad postures or overuse may lead to injury. Experts advice to take help from professional trainers specially when weight lifting for first time. Depending upon area of injury, recovery period can vary.
Speak to your osteopathic practitioner to learn more about what treatment modalities works best for you.
When it comes to upper limbs, elbow pain is common one. Medial epicondylitis (golfer elbow) and Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) occurs due to inflammation and irritation of muscles. Lymphatic drainage and improved circulation can help in reducing inflammation. Your osteopathic treatment can recover injury within a shorter period of time.
Osteopathy is an alternative to conventional medical treatment that mainly emphasizes on muscles, tissues and bone health. Osteopathic practitioners employ micro-invasive and non-invasive procedures like massage, tissue manipulation and mobilization along with other physical techniques to restore musculoskeletal health. However, many don’t know that osteopathy is not limited to bone and muscle problems only. In fact, it can tackle some common health issues such as, digestive problems and migraine headaches. Osteopathy treating digestive issues is a newer thought that is practiced extensively by Dr. Hoang and Karen. In this article, they’ll be speaking more about what causes it, and what to do to treat the problems.
Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramps and reflux are common digestive issues which most of us suffer from and never once attribute to musculoskeletal issues. Most individuals try to overcome these problems with over the counter products. Though these OTCs are helpful, if not then it is necessary to eradicate the root cause. Many times, these common problems are an indication of an underlying condition.
There are many conditions that can cause digestive issues such as,
Normally, people go to their general physicians or naturopaths to treat these conditions. But, sometimes that isn’t fruitful either. This is where an osteopath can be helpful! An osteopath doesn’t treat the disorder but, the person who is suffering from these health issues. In osteopathy, whole body of the patient is examined to determine the problem areas. Problems in musculoskeletal system such as restricted spinal joints, tight abdominal muscles, interruption in nerve or blood supply and organ restrictions can lead to digestive health problems. These issues may arise due to:
In osteopathy, the main emphasis is on fixing the nerve and blood supply, normalizing organ and joint functions. Osteopaths can determine the positioning and mobility of organs along with blood flow to and from various organs. They try to fix the imbalance of bones, joints and nerves via different methods including, massage, stretching, joint articulation, strengthening muscles and ligaments and resolving any nerve irritation. All these efforts are so that body can auto regulate the usual way.
Cervicalgia or neck pain is not always considered a serious problem and can be taken care of through certain modifications in the lifestyle. But is it really that simple? No. But here are 10 holistic ways to treat neck pain recommended by Dr.Hoang.
According to latest estimates, the overall prevalence of neck pain in the general population is anywhere between 10.4 and 21.3%. It is no surprise that the risk is much higher is a sedentary office worker and computer programmers.
1 – Relaxing:
It may seem less likely but relaxing can really help in managing acute neck pain due to spasm or injury. Being involved in a lot of activities throughout the day can exacerbate the pain. The best thing to do is to keep away from activities that are strenuous and involve weight lifting, hiking, running and related exercises.
2 – Cold therapy:
Application of cold compress or ice pack can alleviate both the inflammation and pain in the affected area. The ice pack should not be placed over the neck for more than 20 minutes each day. In case of diseases like diabetes the application time should be reduced to half. One of the simplest holistic ways to treat neck pain.
4- Warm therapy:
Heat therapy can be used an alternative with cold compresses. The application time is usually the same and must be reduced to half in case circulatory diseases.
5 – Over the counter medicines:
There are several OTC medications that can be used to relieve the neck pain such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and acetaminophen.
6 – Stretching:
Stretching may also relieve the soreness and minimize the risk of neck immobility however it should be done after a warm shower or application of warm compress.
It is highly recommended to speak to a trained professional to minimize the risk of worsening an acute injury. Performing stretching exercises under supervision for even a few minutes can strengthen neck musculature, promotes circulation to head and neck region and minimize the risk of recurrent episodes of neck pain.
7 – Avoid long hours of inactivity:
Still positions may aggravate the neck pain. If your job or lifestyle involves long hours of inactivity, develop a habit of moving your neck after every thirty minutes and regularly switching between the standing and sitting position can also help solve the problem.
8 – Working on the posture:
Slouching and slumping can worsen the neck pain. Maintaining a good posture can combat such complaints. While sitting it is recommended not to cross the legs, knees must be kept below the hips, and the chair must adequately provide comfort to the back. While standing the balls of the feet must equally bear the total body weight with the arms hanging on either side.
9 – Massage therapy:
Sometimes massage therapy can do wonders for people with cervicalgia. It involves gentle manipulation of the tissues and muscles to mobilize stiff muscles and reduce inflammation by facilitating the flow of blood to stiff muscles.
10 – Use of neck pillow:
Based on anecdotal evidence, sleeping with neck pillow can help alleviate the pain up to some extent. There are different types of neck pillows available in the market, each offering comfort and relief.
Whether you are suffering from chronic neck pain or an acute episode of neck spasm, it is highly recommended to see an expert like Dr. Hoang, who can not only address the core issue but can also pinpoint inciting factors so you can live a healthier life. Hope you can make use of these holistic ways to treat neck pain!
Prolotherapy is a holistic method of pain management that offers complete and permanent relief from pain by triggering body’s repair and remodeling processes. Unlike most traditional medical and surgical procedures, prolotherapy is associated with minimal side effects and long-term complications.
Did you know that over 80% patients who opt for prolotherapy finds complete relief from pain without needing any other form of management?
Prolotherapy is effective at managing a variety of condition that may present with chronic and disabling pain; this includes:
Prolotherapy exerts its action by multi-dimensional approach; for example:
Use of multi-modal approach enhances the pace of recovery.
Each treatment session varies and is customized to tailor-fit patient’s medical needs. Traditionally, the sessions are short; ranging from 15 minutes to 45 minutes including the preparation time, treatment as well as post-therapy recovery time.
Procedures are performed in the out-patient setting and most people can go home the same day and resume their day to day activities.
Depending upon the inciting cause and nature of therapy, you may experience mild discomfort; such as swelling that resolves spontaneously; or sometimes tissue stiffness. Most of the patients experience immediate relief from pain and discomfort.
With her extensive experience in Regenerative Orthopedics, Dr. Karen is trained at managing patients with chronic history of musculoskeletal ailments and pain syndromes. If you are living with a chronic pain condition, do not suffer in silence. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen to learn how you can live a happy, healthy and pain-free life.
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Prolotherapy is a holistic method of treatment that aims at stimulating the healing processes naturally by injection therapy. The history of this therapy dates back to early 1900s. The working principle of prolotherapy is simple and involves, administration of injection at the target site to elicit an inflammatory response at the tissue level. However, the magnitudes of inflammation is very small, low-grade and temporary. As part of the inflammatory process, fibroblasts begin to grow at the target site to synthesize and deposit collagen; thus, strengthening the connective tissue matrix.
Various histological and biopsy-related studies have provided evidence that prolotherapy potentiates and facilitates the remodeling of connective tissues thus improving the strength of ligaments, tendons, and musculature.
Prolotherapy is usually employed for connective tissue conditions (or injuries) that are older than 8 weeks and are still unresolved. It is a more desirable solution for long-term healing of weak and vulnerable tissues and is far more superior to cortisone or steroid injections that offers a temporary pain relief but usually worsens the tissue remodeling process significantly.
When the procedure is carried out by a trained and experienced physician, the success rate of the procedure can be as high as 80-90%. These success rates are usually available on the basis of anecdotal evidence provided by the first-hand experience of the physicians.
Based on anecdotal evidence, there is ample evidence that prolotherapy can address a number of health issues; such as:
Given below are the factors that optimize the success rate of the procedure:
It is not clearly understood what happens during the injectables procedure as ongoing research is needed. There is also no histological evidence regarding the response of the soft tissues upon being injected with the prolotherapy substance.
Only the physicians who have been extensively trained and experienced in prolotherapy are eligible to carry out the injectable prolotherapy procedures. For best results, only seek help from a registered physician who understands the human anatomy and physiology to deliver helpful results.
There are many organizations in America that offer training sessions and educational programs for the doctors to gain command on prolotherapy for the back pain, these organizations include:
Other organizations that also offer the similar programs and may easily be contacted for any information regarding the prolotherapy procedure include:
To obtain best results, always consult an expert. Dr. Hoang has extensive experience in dealing with chronic injuries and musculoskeletal defects. Dr. Hoang is a strong believer of using natural treatment protocols to address pain and discomfort. Schedule an appointment today to learn how you can address your complaints without going through additional pain and discomfort.
Ever wondered why prolotherapy offer long lasting results with minimal intervention when compared to traditional medicine? The answer is simple; prolotherapy practitioners strongly believe in stimulating the body’s innate defense and remodeling mechanisms, so your body takes charge and heals from within. As part of the therapeutic exercise, prolotherapy practitioners like Dr. Karen, also advice dietary modification to strengthen your body from within with a natural prolotherapy diet.
Dr. Karen, with her extensive experience and expertise in the field of Family Medicine, advise her patients to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet (or prolotherapy diet) to ease chronic pain and reduce ongoing inflammation.
If you always feel tired and fatigued or feel that your body takes longer to heal or rejuvenate; schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen to see how she can help you achieve optimal wellness and well-being with mere diet adjustments.
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Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is often referred to as a physiological state of hormonal imbalance. In simple words, during pregnancy, the body of a female goes through significant physical and chemical changes under the influence of pregnancy hormones. It is noteworthy that some pregnancy related changes are obvious (such as growth and development of breasts, growing size of belly, weight gain, etc.), while others are mainly concealed such as changes in the anatomy of joints due to ligament softening and growing size of the fetus.
Consequently, pregnant mommies often develop a wide range of complaints that may range from nausea, vomiting, and fatigue to cramps and low back pain.
Osteopathy and Pregnancy, how to realieve yourself holistically
Following are some common pregnancy related complaints:
Is osteopathy safe in pregnancy?
Although physiological, pregnancy can be difficult. Women and healthcare professional are very careful when it comes to managing the symptoms and complaints of pregnancy as the treatment equally effects both mother and the growing baby. Fortunately, holistic methods like osteopathy are not only safe during pregnancy but are also highly recommended to improve the wellness and wellbeing of both mother as well as the baby.
Osteopathy treatments are built on the philosophy of stabilizing and stimulating the body naturally to enhance the healing and regenerative processes. Osteopathic practitioners devise treatment strategies with the aim of helping the body to adapt to pregnancy related changes so you feel comfortable and relaxed at all times.
In addition, if a woman is suffering from the malalignment or rigidity of pelvis (or small/ shrunken pelvis), osteopathic manipulation can also help in optimizing the birth control for normal vaginal delivery. Each treatment is customized to patient’s need to maximize benefits. Several research studies conducted in women who underwent osteopathic manipulation during pregnancy suggested that osteopathic manipulation is safe and does not pose any risk to the fetus or pregnancy.
How does osteopathy help after childbirth?
After childbirth, the body of postpartum females undergoes a different set of changes due to shift in hormonal chemistry as well as shift in the center of gravity as body begins to regain the pre-pregnancy form. Depending upon the method of childbirth, there may be changes in the alignment of pelvic cavity framework. Osteopathic treatments can also help in realigning the pelvic joints for maximum support.
If you are suffering from backache or shoulder/ chest discomfort due to breast feeding, osteopathic massages and manipulations are best for you. Without active help from osteopathic or holistic healthcare practitioners, the risk of following complications increases in postpartum females:
Do not wait for your symptoms to get worse and alter your quality of life. Seek help today from Dr. Hoang who specializes in osteopathic treatments in both babies and mommies.
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Cranial Osteopathy For Babies
Young babies or infants often cry inconsolably all the time (especially at nights) and parents usually have no clue on how to handle this. I attend a lot of parents at my practice who are tired and fatigued as their babies don’t fall asleep at night and they don’t know how to help their child. In all such cases, I recommend cranial osteopathy for babies.
But before we dig deep in what cranial osteopathy is and how it can help your baby, it is important to understand why some babies cry a lot or experience difficulty in remaining asleep at night. Experts suggests that birth trauma or injuries during child-birth (or injuries that happen inside the maternal womb) often leads to malalignment of connective tissue elements that makes the baby uncomfortable and restless. Other causes of spinal or head misalignment in the babies are:
Cranial osteopathy for babies – how it improves sleep in babies?
Cranial osteopathy refers to gentle manipulation of baby’s spine and head to restore natural alignment. There is minimal discomfort or risk of complications as skull bones of the baby doesn’t fuse until infancy. Therefore, minor alterations that occur as part of the childbirth injury can be fixed before the bones fuses.
Your osteopathic doctor gently mobilizes the head, spine and limbs of the baby to improve circulation of blood across the tissues and minimize the risk of any long-term complications that are often seen in the setting of birth trauma.
Here are some conditions in which osteopathic treatments can do wonders:
It is imperative to mention that cranial osteopathy is not a magical wand. Osteopathic practitioners identify and fix all the ailments and issues that your little baby suffers from, but can’t tell you.
So, if you feel that your little angel is always restless and uncomfortable, it might be worth to visit a registered osteopathic doctor to see if holistic treatment methods can address your concerns. Cranial osteopathy for babies is widely accepted and you’ll see why when you get more sleep at night!
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Insomnia or difficulty in falling asleep (and remaining asleep through the night) is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately, most people overlook their sleep disorders especially chronic insomnia; by attributing it to stress, lifestyle choices or other logical/ illogical explanations.
Latest research explains that chronic insomnia is an underlying symptom of more serious health issues and should be addressed to minimize the risk of a variety of complications. For example, a new study explains that poorly managed insomnia can lead to premature onset of aging, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression; increased risk of developing stroke and heart diseases to list a few.
How can osteopathy help you in sleeping better?
Osteopathic medicine offers help in a number of ways
If you are tired of popping sleeping pills and trying sleep aid remedies, schedule an appointment with osteopathic practitioner. In my clinical practice, I have seen great results with just a few sessions of osteopathic manipulations.
Osteopathy is a holistic and natural method of treatment that utilizes approaches like; gentle manipulation of joints to restore optimal anatomical alignment and soft tissue massaging to release stress and tension from the soft tissues. Various research studies and surveys have suggested that osteopathic manipulation in the hands of an expert can alleviate chronic pain and discomfort.
According to a new study, more than 63% people reported moderate to significant improvement in the symptoms of backache with osteopathic manipulation.
According to estimates, 8 of 10 Americans are at risk of developing back pain at some point of their life. About 30% individuals develop chronic back pain (lasting for more than 6 months). Unfortunately, poorly managed back pain can adversely compromise the quality of life and forces the affected population to consume hazardous pain-killers, steroid injections, and other temporary pain relief tactics. However, most pain relief agents do not address the core cause of pain.
Therefore, if you are suffering from acute or chronic pain as a result of injury, disease, or congenital defect, speak to an osteopathic doctor to cure the root cause.
Osteopathic manipulation exerts their action by restoring the natural anatomical and physiological balance of all musculoskeletal elements. Did you know that about 2/3rd of our body mass is made up of bones, connective tissue framework, nerves, blood vessels, tendons, and joints? More importantly, all connective tissue elements (as the name implies) are interconnected, so injury or inflammation of one joint or muscle also affects surrounding structures. For example, if your tendons or muscles in the foot are inflamed or injured, the hazardous effects will also involve the surrounding structures such as legs, knees and hip joint by affecting your gait and ability to move; in turn increasing the risk of injury of surrounding musculoskeletal structures as well.
According to the results of a new research trial, investigators analyzed the results of popular holistic treatments on a study group comprising of 455 individuals with a positive history of chronic back pain. Each participant was randomly assigned to either of 3 groups;
Each participant received one of the above therapies for a period of 8 weeks. After the completion of the study, about 63% patients who received osteopathic manipulation therapy reported moderate improvement in the back-pain symptoms. About 50% reported substantial improvement in the symptoms.
As discussed previously, most painkillers such as Acetaminophen, NSAIDs and opioids are only helpful at suppressing the pain symptoms. This also means that once the drug is degraded by the metabolic processes in your body, the discomfort will come back and you will have to take the pain-killer again to alleviate discomfort. Additionally, most pain-killers are associated with a variety of complications such as peptic ulcer, gastric bleeding, renal diseases, liver disorders, heart diseases and so forth.
Do not suffer in silence; schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hoang and find relief from your chronic back pain without developing any additional complications.