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Sticking Your Neck Out

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

For me, seeing a neck injury in sports is one of the scariest things you can witness as a spectator and a fan. For example, just this last Sunday as I was watching a football game, a receiver went up to catch a pass and was undercut by a defender, causing him to land awkwardly on his neck. While he turned out to be okay, it was still a horrifying sight.

Neck pain from whiplash or another accident can be severely limiting and could result in further injury.

The truth is we are subject to many forces every day that can cause mild neck pain to severe injuries. Even just sleeping on our necks wrong causes us to be in pain all day. Just imagine the pain caused by whiplash or other sudden forces on our necks. For these times and injuries, cervical collars can provide stability and limited motion for recovery and protection against further injury.

Cervical collars are most often seen being used by medical personnel after a traumatic head or neck injury, like in football games or after a car crash. The risk of cervical fracture, spinal cord injury or paralysis makes stabilizing the neck a high priority. Cervical collars are also used for sprains or strains in the neck to help reduce range of motion.

Hard collars allow for no movement for rehabilitation, and are used for more severe neck injuries. Soft collars are used for more minor neck injuries such as muscle strains and neck sprains, and allow for a small amount of movement.

LA Medical offers both kinds of cervical collars to cover the wide range of neck injuries. When it comes to rehabilitating and protecting your neck and spinal cord, you cannot afford to take any chances. Browse through our catalog for our products that help protect this vital area of your body today!

Keeping Your Body in Place

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

As humans our bodies break down, whether it’s from overuse, old age or an accident. The wear and tear of our lives can take a toll on our bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves, causing pain and discomfort. When our bodies break down we may need surgery or therapy to get it back into working shape. Along with those treatments, whatever part of our body is ailing us also needs support. That is where orthopedic supportscome in to give our bodies the protection they need.

Used mostly for stabilizing and limiting motion, orthopedic supports come in all shapes and sizes, and there is an orthopedic support for almost every part of the body.

  • Foot, ankle and kneeorthopedic supports for feet are most often special shoes needed when in the wake of a foot injury. Ankle sleeves and braces stabilize weak ankles and protect injured nerves, ligaments, or tendons, while knee sleeves and braces provide the same benefits for the knee most commonly used after a surgery.
  • Hand, wrist and arm braces that cover the hand and wrist are commonly used to protect injured or inflamed ligaments or tendons through stabilization. Arm slings are used to support casted arms, and braces can be used after elbow surgery.
  • Shoulder, neck and head slings can be used to support a separated shoulder, and braces can be used to stabilize the shoulder joint after a surgery. Neck and head supports immobilize the spinal cord to prevent any movement or further damage, and to support rehabilitation.

Orthopedic supports have been used to help treat normal body wear and tear, sports injuries and other breakdowns in all parts of the body. They are a crucial part to the recovery process, which is why LA Medical stocks these supports for all parts of the body. If your body is ailing, don’t hesitate to look through our selection of orthopedic supports to find your relief.

Sticking Your Neck Out: The Skinny on Cervical Collars

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

If you’ve recently experienced a traumatic incident involving your head or neck or have been the victim of chronic neck pain, you may be in a cervical collar.  If not, you may want to prepare yourself be reading this blog post as cervical collars are one of the most common braces prescribed in emergencies and in injury prevention.

Types of Cervical Collars

There are two types of cervical collars, and wouldn’t you know it, we carry both!  Cervical collars are either soft (standard) or a hard, rigid collar.  As with any soft brace, the soft cervical collar is used for minimal spine injuries and allows for minimal head and neck movement.  The hard collar is an immobilizer that allows very little movement and is commonly used in trauma.

When it comes to hard cervical collars, the most commonly used designs are the Aspen Collar, the Miami-J Collar and the Philadelphia Collar and each have very different fitting procedures.

Uses for Cervical Collars

One of the most common uses of cervical collars is to prevent further injury to the spine or paralysis immediately after a traumatic head or neck accident.  Emergency personnel are required to fit a cervical collar to any victim that could have possibly endured a spinal injury.

Another common use is for therapy in patients with chronic neck pain.  Cervical collars are worn to slowly align the spinal cord and relieve some neck pain.  If the cervical collar does not provide enough support, the next step is a halo fixation device.