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Millions of people are injured each year in motor vehicle accidents across the country. The injuries resulting from the collision can be as varied as the unique circumstances of each incident, though there are a few types of injuries that are more likely to occur than others. The most common auto-accident injuries include: Whiplash This is the most common soft-tissue injury caused by motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash is also referred to as hyperextension or cervical sprain/strain, and it occurs when your head and neck are forced to move back and forth violently, typically following a rear-end collision. Symptoms include: Sharp neck pain Neck stiffness Back problems Cognitive issues – poor concentration, memory loss These symptoms typically occur immediately, though they can also emerge gradually in the days following the accident. Whiplash should be treated as soon as possible to keep it from developing into more serious problems. Scrapes and cuts…

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Medial epicondylitis, more commonly referred to as golfer’s elbow, refers to a painful condition that involves the tendons of the forearm muscles that are attached to the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow (medial epicondyle). In some cases, the pain spreads into the forearm and wrist. When the pain develops on the outside of the elbow through a similar set of events, it is referred to as tennis elbow. Other symptoms of golfer’s elbow include: Pain and…

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With the arrival of winter season, many people will be at risk of all kinds of injuries, from slips and falls, to sprains and strains, to serious back injuries when shovelling snow. It is important to take safety precautions to prevent injury, because even light fluffy snow can sustain serious back injuries if shovelled improperly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid low back pain and injuries when shovelling snow: Choose the right snow shovel Choosing an ergonomic…

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Custom-made foot orthotics or shoe inserts are molded directly to your feet and arches to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Owing to their individual design, these corrective devices effectively control foot function by addressing imbalances, and adjust areas of weight-bearing on the foot by adding corrective wedges and covers. Essentially, custom orthotics can help the tendons, muscles, and bones of your feet and lower legs to function optimally. When used as a prescription to aid in the management of a…

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Undergoing massage therapy is like having a warm blanket of positive emotions draped over you. It relieves tension, gives you a relaxing environment to decompress in, and aids in relieving the physical and mental symptoms of depression. Many mental health professionals recommend a visit to a clinic staffed with registered massage therapists because of the numerous benefits it can produce for their patients. Why do mental health professionals recommend massage therapy? Physicians, psychologists and other mental health professionals often recommend…

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