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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
August 24, 2012
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It is estimated that up to 300 million tablet computers such as the iPad may be sold by 2015, which seems entirely possible, given their ubiquitous appearance on trains, in cafes, and even at the supermarket. It has already been shown that frequent texting on your mobile phone can cause problems with neck pain, but those who use their tablet for everything from surfing the internet to watching full-length movies may be in for even more pain. Commonly referred to as “iPad neck,” increasing numbers of people are showing up in their chiropractor’s office with neck pain and stiffness due to the use of this device.

The results of a study published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, found that the use of tablet computers was associated with greater head and neck flexion than traditional desktop computers and that placing the tablet higher on a table and using a case to put the tablet at a more optimal angle could help prevent neck and shoulder problems.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Microsoft Corporation studied 15 volunteers who were regular users of tablet computers. The subjects performed simulated tasks on an Apple iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom, during which the posture of the head and neck, the subjects’ gaze angle and gaze distance were measured by a three-dimensional infrared motion analysis system. They surfed the internet, wrote e-mails, watched movies and played video games.

Each tablet came with its own proprietary case that enabled users to set the tablet at different angles. The Apple case allowed for 15° and 73° tilt angles, while the Motorola case allowed angles of 45° and 63°. Greater flexion of the neck was found with the iPad2 when used in its case. Not surprisingly, tablets set at the least perpendicular angle caused greater neck and head flexion than when the subjects used a desktop or laptop computer. Head and neck posture only began to approach a neutral position when the tablets were set in their cases at the Table-Movie angle in which they were closest to perpendicular.

The researchers recommended that tablet users place the devices on a table and at the steepest viewing angle possible to avoid neck and shoulder pain. However, they cautioned that this configuration might cause problems for the arms and wrists, which in this configuration are not optimally placed for input and can lead to problems of their own.

If you just cannot conceive of giving up your iPad, in addition to reducing the amount of time you spend using it, consider seeing Dr. Kollias on a regular basis. Chiropractic care has been shown to be more effective in treating neck pain than using pain medication. A chiropractic adjustment can realign neck vertebrae and take the pressure off compressed nerves, bringing relief in a gentle, natural manner and allowing you to use your tablet more comfortably.



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10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
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By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
August 20, 2012
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  Between hospital visits, Tom Pirelli hoped to unwind by playing golf. Choosing to make the best of a bad situation, the Pirellis had moved to a temporary home at a golf resort near the hospital where Mrs. Pirelli was receiving treatment for cancer.

“During my first round of golf, after just five holes, pain in my elbow flared up so badly that I could no longer grip a club,” recalls Tom. “I had to quit. I had a chronic condition called golfer’s elbow. It was frustrating to live on a golf course and watch others enjoying a sport I could no longer play. I spent months icing my elbow and resting it, but if I tried to play, the pain would return. The condition was so bad that I had to take pain pills to sleep at night.”

Having previously received laser therapy for pain management, Tom searched for laser practitioners in the area. Only George A. Kollias, DC, at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, offered the treatment Tom was seeking. “In addition to golfer’s elbow, I have numerous old injuries from playing rugby in my younger days,” says Tom. “It turned out that Dr. Kollias not only had some new laser technology available, but he, too, had played rugby in his youth, and he was using the laser to treat his own pain.”  

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By drkollias
August 04, 2012
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Pain is not the only sympotom of misalignment! Don't wait, schedule an appointment with our Tampa chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiorpractic & Massage Therapy to check your spinal alignment! 

 



Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are common injuries of the neck caused by a rapid distortion of the cervical vertebrae. Such distortion occurs when the head undergoes a sudden stop while moving at speed, jarring the muscles and ligaments of the neck, which move forwards and backwards quickly. Whiplash is most typically associated with motor vehicle accidents but may also occur in sporting events (the often brutal stop tackles in football spring to mind) and falls from bicycles, chairs and horses.

The adult human head weighs about 5kg, which, at rest, is comfortably supported by the bones and muscles of the neck. However, rapid movement backward and forward puts a much larger load on the cervical vertebrae and ligaments holding them in place. The anterior longitudinal ligament that runs down the back of the spine is particularly at risk of stretching or tearing during a rapid collision.

The signs and symptoms of whiplash associated disorders range from mild neck pain for a few days after the injury to headaches, arm pain and long-term restricted movement of the neck. Studies have shown that whiplash injuries can also constrict blood flow to the brain, leading to light-headedness, poor concentration and fatigue.

Since 1995, the Québec Task Force (QTF) scale has been widely used to assess the severity of WAD and how they should be treated. Their grading system is as follows:

Grade  Classification

0  - No complaint about the neck. No physical signs
I  - Neck complaint of pain, stiffness or tenderness only. No physical signs
II - Neck complaint and musculoskeletal signs. Musculoskeletal signs include decreased range of motion and point tenderness
III - Neck complaint and neurological signs. Neurological signs include decreased or absent deep tendon reflexes, weakness and sensory deficits
IV - Neck complaint and fracture or dislocation

In addition to grading the injury based on your symptoms, our Tampa chiropractors at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy can assess the injury by performing a thorough examination, palpating the affected area and observing your neck movement and any associated pain.

The recommended chiropractic treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, but common actions include treatment with heat and cold, chiropractic manipulation and a specific program of exercises to gently regain the full range of neck movement. A bag of frozen peas held against the neck for short periods is a good stop-gap treatment for moderate neck pain if you have to wait for an appointment.  MLS Laser therapy may be reccommended to aid reduction in pain and inflammation. Additionally, massage therapy may be suggested to facilitate healing to the involved muscles.

Pain medication may be required in grade II injuries and above (usually NSAIDs to reduce inflammation but narcotic pain relief may be prescribed for grade III WAD) and collars may also be used to keep the neck in place for 72 hours after grade II and III injuries to give the muscles and ligaments time to recover.Grade IV whiplash is a serious injury and your chiropractor can refer you to a specialist for treatment. This will at minimum consist of several months of neck immobilization and possibly surgery. Most whiplash injuries are, much less serious than this and are more likely to be a cause of pain and discomfort than a true medical emergency. Though, as anyone who has suffered with WAD will tell you, the distress associated with ongoing neck pain and stiffness can have a substantial impact on daily life, and it is well worth getting checked over by our chiropractors if you experience any signs of whiplash in order to reduce your healing time and reduce the chance of future neck complaints.

 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com