Frequently Asked Questions
Yes—but not right away, and probably not without help. A knee sprain happens when you overstretch or tear a ligament, often the ACL. This injury is common when making sudden movements or when the knee sustains an impact force (for example, from an awkward fall or tackle).
Yes, always. The Achilles is the thickest tendon in the body and very strong, but its daily use when walking makes it one of the most injury-prone tendons. Athletes often strain, tear, or rupture the Achilles when jumping and running. Non-athletes are likely to hurt their Achilles tendons by twisting (rolling) an ankle or when starting an intense workout without sufficient stretching and conditioning.
- The first thing you should do after being injured in a car crash is seek necessary medical care. If you went to the emergency room for immediate injuries, it is still a good idea to make an appointment with your general physician. As a doctor who is familiar with your medical background, he or she may notice issues that a doctor unfamiliar with your personal history would not.
- Call the police to report the crash as soon as possible.
- Take pictures of the damage done to your vehicle, the other vehicles involved in the crash, and any other property such as road barriers or highway signs.
- The next thing to do is call an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Tell him or her the exact circumstances of the crash as you remember them.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no right or wrong posture,’ says Anna E. Roberts, MSK Osteopath and Applied Functional Science. ‘We now know that back pain is more likely the fact we are more sedentary and sitting for extended periods of time, regardless of posture adopted.
‘We are designed to move and change our postures on a regular basis, whether we are sitting or standing. As my mentor used to say to me, ‘motion is lotion,’ so make sure you regularly move the spine through a variety of vectors. Whether it’s through yoga, swimming or playing a sport – it can all help get the spine moving.’ Roberts recommends listening to your body for cues and using any dull aches in legs or back as a sign to change your posture.
‘Movement is the key here. It works as a great anti-inflammatory tool, as it calms down the sensitivity of the nervous system, which is associated with how our pain is processed,’ explains Roberts.
Quinn agrees: ‘An active body is essential for protecting you from back and neck joint pain and is a great preventative measure. Incorporating regular stretching and exercises into your daily routine can help you to reduce the risk of developing back pain in the first place.
‘Unfortunately, when patients come into see me in clinic they are often in too much pain to do this and feel nervous of movement.’
Consult a professional for gentle stretches specific to your condition and complement this with Deep Freeze Pain Relief Glide-On Gel – scientifically proven cold therapy – for cooling, soothing relief from sharp, shooting muscle and joint pain.
Treatment should depend upon the severity of your pain and the presence of other symptoms. If your pain is debilitating or rapidly increasing in severity, you should see a professional healthcare provider immediately. However, if your neck pain is minor or fleeting, youmay be able to reduce inflammation and alleviate your pain with the following measures:
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Apply heat (via a shower or heat wrap) if your neck pain is chronic in nature
- Apply ice in twenty-minute intervals if the pain is acute or your neck is inflamed
- Consider scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist to help stimulate blood flow
- Ask your health care provider about a muscle relaxant if you are experiencing