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Avoid This eSports Injury to Lengthen Your Career

Friday, March 8th, 2019

 

Professional athletes have a common fear that an injury will end their career before they decide to retire on their own terms. When it comes to an esports injury, carpal tunnel is at the top of the list for an issue that can quickly cause a lot of grief for gaming athletes and shut down a gaming career.

Carpal tunnel should not be confused with generalized wrist pain but any discomfort in the wrist of a gamer should not be ignored at the first indication that something doesn’t feel right. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a collection of symptoms that cause the sufferer discomfort that can last long after the gaming session has stopped.

The pain typically feels like numbness or tingling that gets worse while playing and during normal activity. A reduction in grip strength may also be noticed. Unfortunately the best solution to combat these symptoms from getting worse is to stop the activity that is causing the injury. Breaks must be taken.

Most gaming injuries fall into the category of  an “overuse injury” or defined as microtrauma. This is a different type of injury compared to the injuries of a football, rugby or basketball player. Microtrauma injuries develop over time and can be challenging to heal if the injured area is not allowed proper rest time to heal.

There are stretches, exercises, a carpal tunnel brace and specially designed keyboards, mice and mouse pads that all help prevent the injury before it develops.

Follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of having an eSports injury stop you from gaming.

1 – Stretch neck, arms and wrist before, during and after a gaming session

2 – Take 5-10 minute “standing” breaks every hour.

3 – If any pain or soreness presents; stop gaming and use ice wrapped in a towel for 15-20 minutes to decrease swelling

4 – Seek help from a medical provider who can properly treat your eSports injury

Pro gamers spends countless hours practicing and competing. The unspoken disadvantage to esports compared to other professional sports is there is no true “off-season” for rest and rehab. This greatly contributes to an injury being aggravated due to the lack of forced rest time. Look at it this way, NBA, MLB and NFL players have between 130 to over 200 days of off-season to allow injuries to heal before the next season starts. Pro gamers can literally compete for hours each and every day with 0 days of off-season. This helps to create and perpetuate the eSports injury dilemma. Finding the right balance before and after an injury has occurred must be handled properly or it will lead to early retirement and long term health problems for the serious gamer. 

Why Sitting at a Desk Causes Upper Back Pain

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Desk jobs are a common and typical type of job in today’s society. Spending hours at a desk for over the course of a few years can have detrimental effects on the body.

A person with upper cross syndrome  or UCS has inadvertently trained some of their back and neck muscles to become over active and others the opportunity to remain weaker than they should be.

Someone with UCS will have the appearance of someone who walks around with their head lowered as if they are looking towards the ground. Their shoulders have that rounded over look to them and their elbows will point outward with the palms of their hands facing towards the rear of their body. This is due to muscle weaknesses in the scapular region allowing them to “wing” outward, coupled with tightness in the chest muscles pulling the structures where they attach inward.

Chest stretch

A way to reverse this problem is to:

1) do stretching exercises for the chest muscles and

2) strengthening exercises for the muscles that keep the shoulders back.

This will increase posture and remove some of the stress that causes mis-alignments to occur which in turn will decrease the symptoms that are related to this part of UCS.

Sports & Chiropractic; Perfect Combination For Elite Athletes

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

What do Jerry Rice, Sidney Crosby, Emmit Smith, Tiger Woods and Joe Montana have in common? They are all notable athletes that used chiropractic as a part of their training routine during their careers in their sport. Sports chiropractic is a branch of my profession that is gaining popularity and acceptance in an industry that has been tough to crack in the past.
Our office has been a great asset to competitive athletes who are serious about taking their game to the next level by insuring they can perform at their best. Athletes in a wide variety of sports can benefit from sports chiropractic care. I understand the importance of the family who spends their weekends at AAU basketball tournaments in support of their son or daughter who’s seeking a college scholarship. Please contact us if you have any questions or to get more information about our sports chiropractic programs.

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!

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

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