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How eSports Athletes Should Avoid Upper Back Pain

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 

 

 

 

Pro gamers and eSports athletes have a daily routine that is a lot more rigorous than most people realize. Over  60 hours a week to practice video games at a competitive level is very common and can put serious strain on the body over time. For most pro gamers there is no true down time and running off of 4-6 hours of sleep can cause health problems. Not only is there a mental exhaustion while playing, the physical strain on the upper and lower back can turn a lucrative six-figure career into a long-term health problem.

Sitting long periods during just one session will cause a gamer to get muscle fatigue and this leads to poor posture, soreness and aching muscles. The “slouching”  elementary school teachers warned students about is nothing compared to what takes place with eSport athletes. The poor posture can cause a disorder called upper crossed syndrome. This is the result of the muscles in shoulders, neck and chest lose their proper balance of function and lead to health issues.

The muscles in the front of the neck and upper back become shortened and weak and other opposing muscles are overstretched. The most common activity that causes upper cross syndrome is computer use. Reading, biking, cell phone use and long-term television use have all been top causes for people suffering from this condition. The muscles that are “trained” in this position will create poor posture that can be challenging to correct if the activity continues.

Common symptoms of upper cross syndrome include:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • jaw pain
  • shoulder pain
  • chest tightness
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms

It is very important that the elite gamer and pro eSport athlete monitor how they feel while practicing or performing to avoid upper back pain. Simple steps such as using the best gaming chair, taking short breaks and performing stretches for just a few minutes during the course of the day can prevent a career being shortened due to injury and insure the gaming future of the athlete. If the symptoms of upper crossed syndrome have already started it is very important to pay attention to the amount of time being spent playing and to develop a plan that will prevent the problem from getting worse. A set time period to allow for stretching and breaks is the most important. Staying hydrated will also help. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sodas to decrease inflammation in the body that can also increase discomfort and interfere with the body as it attempts to heal properly. 

 

The Low Back Pain And Enlarged Prostate Connection

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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With this being the end of Prostate Awareness Month it’s always a good idea to cover some of the basics about back pain and referred pain that can come from a problem with an enlarged prostate gland. Some patients come into the office for treatment of low back symptoms that seem fairly straight forward that have ended up being referrals for further evaluation with their primary care physician because of a few key factors.

As men get older the size of the prostate naturally increases. For most men this is just a normal occurrence and does not lead to any significant problems. For others it may be an indicator for more serious prostate related illnesses such as infections or cancer. The most common symptoms of and enlarged prostate relate to the frequency and strength of flow while urinating.

Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include:
A weak or slow urinary stream
A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
Difficulty starting urination
Frequent urination
Urgency to urinate
Getting up frequently at night to urinate
A urinary stream that starts and stops
Straining to urinate
Continued dribbling of urine
Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing

Saw Palmetto is a great natural solution to help decrease the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

For chiropractors low back pain is one of the most popular reasons for a visit to the office. The key is being able to differentiate what is generalized low back pain and what is a complaint of low back pain that can be related to something other than a misalignment and poor posture. Generalized low back pain is typically related to a specific event or a persons lifestyle over a period of time that causes an ache or stiffness. But when a middle aged male has low back pain and also fits, even a few, of the other symptoms that relate to prostate issues and has low back pain further investigation is very important.

The back pain being felt may or may not be related to the prostate but it is always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with a potential serious problem such as prostate cancer.

Many prostate related issues are easily treated when discovered and addressed. Some indicators to be aware of men being over the age of 50, of African American descent who have a family history of prostate cancer and eat fatty foods. Make sure to visit a chiropractor in your area if you have been dealing with back pain for an extended period of time and that doctor will be able to refer you to the proper referral should you need one.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The reason lower cross syndrome causes low back pain for people who live sedentary lifestyles is fairly simple. I’m often asked “How can sitting too long cause back pain?”

Muscles that attach to the spine get tight and start to pull the segments out of place and that leads to pain and discomfort. So…the logical question would be how or what can be done to fix the problem? There are a few things that should be done. As mentioned LCS begins when a set of muscles from being in the seated position for too long are contracted longer than they should be. And conversely muscles that are opposite of those become weak and too flexible. Basically the balance is not there.

Chiropractic adjustments to the segments of the spine that are subluxated are vital for removing pressure and interference present on the nervous system.

Stretching Hip Flexors

Chiropractic solutions for LCS

Strengthening the inner core and gluteal muscles is the most efficient way to reverse lower cross syndrome and regain the proper posture for your spinal alignment.

Also stretching the tight muscles of the hip flexors and low back muscles are crucial to reverse the pulling that is taking place at the locations where muscles have been overly contracted. This will help bring the strength back to the core muscles that support the body while it’s in the upright position and provide the proper balance to regain the correct posture.

How Increasing Core Strength Reduces Back Pain

Monday, October 21st, 2013
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If you suffer from back pain and have a lifestyle where you are seated for a long period of time you have to ask yourself one main question. Is Your Back Pain From a Weak Core? Core muscle strength plays a very important role in the prevalence of low back pain. The inner core muscles attach directly to the spine and are responsible for mobility and stability. That means that the majority of movement while in the upright position all begin with activation of the core muscles. The outer core muscles are more for functional movement that we perform in our day to day lives. When the core muscles are not as strong as they should be the way those functional movements are performed can change.

Muscles that should not be used have to get involved to help and these recruited muscles can lead to postural imbalances. When the imbalances occur a spinal subluxation will cause undue pressure on the nervous system which will eventually lead to some form of pain and dysfunction. The pain can begin as mild forms of cramping or lead to degenerative joint disease. Non structural problems may also occur such as constipation or even reproductive problems from the abnormal pressure on the nerves that control those functions in the body.

Lower Cross Syndrome

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Lower cross syndrome is a cause of low back pain for people who live sedentary lifestyles. This is an issue that generally takes years to develop and can have long lasting effects for those who suffer with it. The “cross” reference in lower cross syndrome refers to the anatomical location of muscle weaknesses and the excessive tightness of other muscles.

LCS

In LCS the abdominal muscles and backside muscles are weak and over stretched while the muscles in the low back and front of the hip are tighter than they should be. When LCS is present the muscles that become tight will cause displacement of the bones they are connected to in the low back and in the pelvis. When these muscles pull segments of the spine out of their normal position a misalignment occurs. This is called a “subluxation” which simply means a bone that’s out of place but not completely dislocated. Once lower cross syndrome is an issue it can lead to problems as severe as premature degenerative disease, arthritis and disc protrusions. If you have been dealing with low back pain and sit for prolonged periods of time you may want to be evaluated by your local chiropractor to find the best solution to manage your pain.

Avoiding Back Pain With Yard Work

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Yard work and maintaining the lawn is a good stress reliever for some people. Many homeowners enjoy being outdoors when the weather is nice. However, it is called yard “work” for a reason and while enjoyable there are a lot of efforts needed to get the work done. Bending over to pull weeds, the constant vibration from sitting on a riding mower or using a push mower can all increase pain levels for someone who was injured in an auto accident. Pain can make an enjoyable hobby like gardening or a household duty such as yard work un-enjoyable. This loss of enjoyment factor must be documented in the doctors notes so the attorney representing the patient can settle the claim with more ease after the patients doctor or rehab facility helps them feel better.

Once you are out of the initial acute phase of your injury and have been cleared by your doctor to become more active, you should take it slow so you don’t re aggravate the injury. also instead of doing outdoor task that you would normally do in one day, spread the task out over the course of the weekend or get someone to help you with the work.

Here are some tips to follow before going outside to perform yard work after suffering from back pain.

  1. Drink plenty of water before, during and after being outside to avoid dehydration
  2. Stretch before going outside to perform yard work. Make sure the muscles in the low back are loose so you don’t put excess strain on the area.
  3. When bending over, make sure you lift using your legs. Avoid picking anything up by just bending over and coming right back up.
  4. NEVER twist your body when you are leaning over. (this is a compromising position for the spine and can be problematic)
  5. Use knee pads if you will be doing gardening task to decrease stress on your joints.
  6. Take breaks frequently so that your muscles don’t fatigue in one certain position and go into spasm.

Dealing with back pain at home following an accident  can hinder your normal activity but it doesn’t have to stop it completely. As long as you make some minor changes to keep yourself out of trouble, you can still perform your hobby without worry.

I’m a good referral for your neighbor who mentions the need for a Marietta Chiropractor and not being able to spend as much time doing yard work because of the pain they feel after their auto accident. Have them call me and I will bring the enjoyment back to their life!

Did You Quit Your Favorite Hobby After Your Accident?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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The Atlanta Silverbacks are a local soccer team & facility for athletes who compete in the sport on a regular basis. During a recent auto accident consultation I asked the patient if he was unable to perform any hobbies or sports since the accident. He replied with a curious “Yes… ” and mentioned he would not have thought to mention his inability to play soccer competitively after his accident because he didn’t think it was important since it’s just a “hobby”.

Hobbies & sports are considered loss of enjoyment factors and should be documented in the doctors treatment notes. The notation of this, and other changes, to his lifestyle help his attorney properly represent him. Not only should the doctor provide the proper treatment to decrease his pain, rehab the injury and get him back on the soccer field as fast as possible, he can also feel confident that his loss of enjoyment factors are properly documented.

A Danish study in 2009 from the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research proved that the sport of soccer actually strengthens the core and muscles in the low back. In certain instances handling back pain while playing a sport is done with the team trainer or a team doctor. After an auto accident this may pose a problem because of ongoing litigation or the specifics of an accident case. If the player is an amateur and does not have the direct access to medical staff like a professional team player he or she may have more trouble getting the proper treatment and most of the time has to stop participating in the sport altogether. This can be very annoying and frustrating as the victim of an accident because they are no longer able to participate and enjoy something they enjoyed doing before being hurt.

Outside of treating the patient and helping them to recover from the injuries, it is very important that the doctor they are treated by is documenting their loss of enjoyment factors accurately. The doctor’s notes are what the attorney representing the patient uses to help settle their case and if the doctor does not include the small details of information about how the patients life has been affected from the accident then it could be detrimental.

These tips are helpful for the amateur athlete following an auto accident:

1) Get the proper treatment.

2) Understand the timeline, plan and prognosis given to you.

3) Find out what you can do to speed your recovery.

4) Find another hobby you enjoy that wont hurt you to avoid sadness and depression.

There’s a saying about doctor notes “if it isn’t in the notes… then it didn’t happen.

Dr. Branden Evans is a Marietta chiropractor near Atlanta, GA. He has been in practice for nearly 10 years and enjoys helping patients recover after auto accidents. Contact him if you have been hurt and are in need of an injury chiropractor

Did Your Car Accident Make You Fat?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Marietta Chiropractor WellnessThere’s Top chef, Iron chef, Next Great Baker & BBQ Pit Masters and plenty of other TV shows and an entire network dedicated to food & cooking. As a Marietta chiropractor I’ve come across some people who hate cooking and there are many who I’ve met that really find this is a very enjoyable hobby and activity. Whether cooking for themselves or a family of 5, if the person who does most of the cooking in the house gets injured in a car accident,  back pain can disrupt the household flow and sneakily add unwanted pounds to everyone in the house.

One of the common complaints I hear from patients who are victims in an accident is focused around the pain experienced while standing. The types of back pain produced following an accident can vary from minor muscle spasm to disc problems that cause numbness and tingling down the legs. The discomfort can start in as little as 5 minutes after standing and may not go away for hours (even after sitting down). Imagine the everyday tasks you do that would be avoided if your back went into spasm while you stood up for more than 5 minutes. Now imagine the everyday tasks you do that cannot be…

The back pain from standing can increase if you are not able to move or walk around while standing. Combining a sedentary lifestyle with poor eating habits because you avoid the back pain felt while you stand can have long lasting effects. Activities like playing with kids, household chores or mowing the lawn may all change.

Commonly, meal preparations can take as long as an hour when cooking for a family. Weight gain can sneak its way into your waistline if you start to avoid preparing home cooked meals and eat more fast foods and take out because it’s a) easier and b) you can avoid pain.

Some major pitfalls to notice when it comes to not eating homecooked meals are the following:

  • higher calories
  • lower nutritional value
  • larger serving size & over consumption
  • increased diabetic
  • higher obesity risk

If prepared at home it also saves you money and probably taste much better too. Often when foods are cooked at home the person cooking may use healthier alternatives to make the food…such as using ground turkey as opposed to ground beef for certain meals.

Not preparing home cooked meals because of pain felt after being injured in an auto accident falls under a classification called “loss of enjoyment”. This change in daily activity must be documented by your personal injury chiropractor as you go through your chiropractic rehab.

Back Pain After An Accident Is Garbage!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

There’s a household job that I’ve been trained to performed for as long as I can remember. When I was a young boy and was strong enough to haul the garbage “can” to the curb once a week it all began. It used to be exciting…when I was little. As of yesterday I still perform this duty faithfully and at least my 2013 garbage container has wheels to make my life easier. When someone is involved in an auto accident and can no longer perform a household duty such as taking out the trash it needs to be documented as a “loss of enjoyment”. I don’t really enjoy taking out the trash but I’m sure my family members do. And I will very soon enjoy teaching my son the secret science of loading trash into a container and wheeling it to the curb on a weekly basis to prepare him for manhood.

If you’ve ever had back pain and tried to lift something you probably noticed how much of a challenge it can be.
Instances where you have pain and difficulty:

  • lifting
  • stretching
  • bending
  • sitting
  • standing
  • walking or other restrictionsAll of these issues should all be properly documented during your care.  Our office is highly trained to document such problems. Contact a Marietta chiropractor if you’ve been injured in an auto accident and are having  difficulty taking out the trash but suddenly ask someone else in your family to do it because of the pain you experience. We will bring the “enjoyment” back to your life!

Unknown Cause for Back Pain

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A couple seasons ago there was a NFL player who was distraught over being traded to another team. During the new teams physical exam it was revealed that he had a life threatening brain tumor that needed immediate surgery. Sometimes what seems to be a bad situation can turn out to be good.

This week I reviewed the xray report from the ER with a patient who was in an MVA and there were degenerative issues revealed that she was unaware of. Many people have low back problems that lie dormant until a traumatic event occurs.

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic provides the solutions fr you if you complain about back pain that starts when you’ve been standing a while. You don’t have to suffer from the pain and discomfort.