While earning his D.C. degree, Dr. Blake worked as a chiropractic intern at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda, MD where he had the privilege to work in the amputee rehabilitation center. Dr. Blake’s post graduate sports medicine internship with John’s Hopkins Sports Medicine orthopedic surgeons allowed him to observe all types of injuries. Guidance from Dr. John Wilckens, team orthopedist for the Baltimore Orioles and his internship supervisor, led Dr. Blake to better understand advanced orthopedic and sports injuries and ways to appropriately manage each condition.
The classic symptoms of a heart attack are pain in the chest, arm, jaw and shoulder, and sweating. But women, diabetics, and the aged may exhibit symptoms like confusion, labored breathing, light-headedness or dizziness. As you wait for medical help, swallow an uncoated 325 mg aspirin or use natural blood thinners like parsley, pineapple, papaya, or garlic that avoid further clotting.
Micro-traumatic events can accumulate and become painful when a certain threshold is exceeded. Sometimes, an irritation in a joint or soft tissue, not necessarily located in the area of the perceived pain, is another cause. Also inflammation in internal organs can manifest in severe back pain. It is rare, but cancer in the spine can be mistaken with mechanical back pain.
Post whiplash, 2 muscle groups in the neck that are otherwise difficult to isolate (deep neck flexors and extensors), need special attention. A chin tuck, where you drop the chin to the chest without flexing the head forward, is highly recommended. It can be done lying doing or upright; you can also add resistance with your fingers behind the neck and increase range by slowly moving your head.
Strokes are caused when arteries get blocked or blood vessels get ruptured, and oxygen flow to the brain is cut off. Neck pain and headache are typical early symptoms, innocuous and easy to ignore. Sudden and severe pain, especially when accompanied by dizziness, difficulty in speaking, sudden weakness or blurred vision, could indicate an imminent stroke!