Natural + Effective Whiplash Therapy

Natural + Effective Whiplash Therapy

What Is Whiplash?

how to tell if you have it + how to treat it

Whiplash is a common term that we often hear referred to in movies by characters wearing a neck brace in their attorney’s office. However, it is a real injury that can cause serious pain and complications and requires attentive treatment.

The term “whiplash” is actually a non-medical colloquialism that refers to the possible occurrence of a “cervical acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) – a sudden extension of the neck that is purported to cause a wide range of injuries that are typically referred to as “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD). However, this is actually a vague term that is attached to complaints of neck pain without a true anatomic basis.

These extreme motions – when your head suddenly moves backward then forward, similar to someone cracking a whip – push your neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range of motion. 

The human body is built to withstand such motions. Generally, muscles “brace” when this happens and the pain is actually muscle soreness.

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The term “whiplash” is most often associated with motor vehicle accidents, but whiplash can be sustained in many other ways, including:

 

  • Physical abuse (such as Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Contact sports
  • Bungee jumping
  • Falls

One of the most common nonfatal car crash complaints, whiplash, has been reported to occur at speeds of fifteen miles per hour or less. It is estimated that more than one million whiplash injuries are claimed to occur each year due to car crashes.

How To Tell If You Have Whiplash

look for these symptoms

Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. The most common areas of the spine affected by whiplash are the neck and middle of the spine. Late pain is usually muscle soreness. This should be reassuring in that soft tissue injuries, like muscular strains, heal fairly quickly.

Many whiplash associated symptoms develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches, most commonly at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability

Of course, many of these symptoms are also known side effects of medications that are commonly prescribed for the same condition.

What Treatments Should Be Considered?

and what you can do at home

Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe. Initial treatment typically includes over-the-counter pain relievers and ice applied to the painful neck muscles. However, many emergency rooms prescribe narcotics in an effort to avoid undertreating pain. Early rehabilitation is emphasized to help reduce the development of chronic pain syndrome, which describes symptoms that remain more than 3-6 months after the initial trauma occurred. Motion and use are helpful.

Some have created categories of whiplash: Whiplash can be categorized as grade 0 being no pain to grade 4 with a cervical bone fracture or dislocation. Grade 4 requires admission to hospital while grade 0-3 can be managed as outpatients. The treatments, such as motion mentioned above, assume there has been no fracture or dislocation.

In contrast to popular media portrayal, current research supports that active mobilization – including physical therapy exercises and postural modifications – rather than a soft collar are most effective in treating whiplash pain. This results in a more prompt recovery both in the short- and long-term perspective.

Passive treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, natural pain-relieving remedies, and stimulation may sometimes be used as a complement to active exercises. A return to normal activities of daily living should be encouraged as soon as possible to maximize and expedite full recovery.

To read about more causes of shoulder and neck pain, click here to read our helpful blog!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How To Treat Heel Pain

How To Treat Heel Pain

Dr. Warner Talks Orthopedics:

heel pain & how to treat it

Heel pain can range from being a minor nuisance to nearly debilitating, changing our daily lives and activities. While this condition can be a common complaint among our patients, there are a number of causes of this discomfort, and treatment must be directed at the specific cause.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, often occurring along with a heel ‘spur’. This bony prominence is located under the calcaneus, or heel bone. Heel spurs alone can be painless, but are often associated with a painful inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the forefoot.

The spur itself is a calcium deposit, and can often be seen on x-ray. This deposit takes many months or years to appear, and is usually related to repetitive stress and strain on foot ligaments, particularly in athletes engaging in running and jumping, but obesity and the excessive weight can play a role. The plantar fascia is a thick connective tissue running from the calcaneus to the ball of the foot, and is very important in the mechanics of our foot movement and transmitting weight. If this tissue becomes inflamed, known as plantar fasciitis, it causes a painful heel/foot, often worse in the early morning upon waking (often a sharp, sticking pain), with some improvement throughout the day as it is stretched out, and returning after long periods of standing or walking. This pain is often described as a “stone bruise.”

If the pain is unresolved, the physician may consider injecting the area with an anti-inflammatory medication such as Ketolorac (Toradol) and Lidocaine, an anesthetic agent. Steroid injections, such as Cortisone, should be avoided due to risk of plantar fascial rupture and other side effects.commonly be found in people with no symptoms at all. Therefore, treatment is only needed when the spur is symptomatic and related to fasciitis, inflammation, and pain.

During your assessment, your doctor will examine the foot, and potentially request x-rays of the foot in order to delineate between other causes of heel pain, including Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, a compressed nerve, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or retrocalcaneal bursitis. Your physician will then determine how best to treat the pain. Treatment can range from non-invasive attempts to reduce stress on the ligaments to injections or even to surgery.

 

Initial Treatment Options

your doctor may recommend

Rest – this helps alleviate the inflammation and pain.

Ice – helps to control pain.

NSAIDS/Anti-inflammatory medications (Advil/Aleve/Tylenol) – to control pain.

Exercises/stretching/physical therapy – relax the tissues around the heel bone and improve pain.

Shoe inserts/orthotic devices – help decrease pain with activity and improve foot mechanics.

Night splinting – keeps the heel stretched during sleep and less painful upon waking.

PRP Injections – A natural method of treatment using your own blood to promote healing.

If other methods have not been beneficial, the orthopedic surgeon may consider releasing this tight plantar fascia, in a plantar fascial release, and removing the spur, if present.

Click here to read about some of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain!

Occasionally heel pain may come from a hip rotation problem or even a spinal nerve compression. Read more about her unique methodology on our About page!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Serious Back Problems

and what may have caused them

At some point in their lives, most people will experience back pain. Typically, most cases can be attributed to advanced age, overuse, sprain, or some other mild injury. About 95% of back pain cases are simply due to sore muscles.  But sometimes, back pain can be so severe that it requires medical intervention. Keep reading to find out if you should see a doctor for your back pain symptoms.

The Types Of Pain You May Experience

If your pain registers as sharp, not dull, and gets worse over time instead of better, it’s probably time to call your doctor. Most non-emergency back pain can be treated effectively at home with ice, very short-term rest and exercise, but if the pain persists, it could be indicative of something serious. You may have pulled a muscle or ligament, or may even have another underlying issue with one of your internal organs. Pain that occurs at night may be a troubling sign as well.

If your pain “moves” or radiates down your legs, you may be experiencing an issue with your nerves. You may have a pinched or slipped disc, or some other condition that is irritating the nerves in your vertebrae.

If you are experiencing numbness instead of pain, this is something to bring to your doctor as well – especially if you’re also experiencing muscle weakness in the legs. This could indicate anything from sciatic nerve problems resulting from compressed joints, or, if the leg weakness is sudden, even a stroke.

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Any loss of function of the bowel or bladder is a ‘red flag’ and you should seek immediate care. Unexplained weight loss and/or night sweats combined with significant back pain should also inspire a visit to a professional.

What Your Treatment May Look Like

Your treatment will vary depending on many things – the condition you are suffering from, any underlying conditions you have in your medical history, your age, lifestyle, and more. Assume that you will undergo a full work-up at the office. Here are some common things your doctor may prescribe or recommend for treating your severe back pain:

Medications: Muscle relaxants, opioids for severe pain, steroid injections, and even antidepressants may help relieve some of your pain. Muscle relaxants and steroid injections can be temporary fixes, with steroid injections sometimes relieving pain for up to 3 months. Some antidepressants focus on different areas of your body’s pain response, and can be effective when used for back pain. Other prescription medications like gabapentin are utilized to reduce nerve-based pain.

Surgery: Surgery is often treated as a last resort – as it should be. Most doctors will only consider surgery for back pain if the pain is noticeably severe, or has other accompanying, worrying symptoms such as muscle weakness or a tumor as the causal event. You may need surgery to repair, replace, or remove damaged tissues if your pain is caused by a degenerative bone disease. 

Only about 1% of cases of back pain should ever require surgery. Certain geographic areas are more prone to recommending large spinal surgeries for complaints of pain. Do your research!

If you are having to consider surgery for your back pain, read our blog about why you should consider taking a multivitamin before your procedure. Making sure you have all the essential vitamins + minerals before you go into surgery is a key part in ensuring a safe and successful recovery! 

Alternative Medicines: Your doctor may recommend other, less invasive measures of relieving your back pain. Physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic adjustments, and other methods of pain relief are often effective when utilized under the guidance of your personal physician.

At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led healing and treatment. Informed patients are the best advocates for their own health, which is why we offer these resources and holistic healing therapies Dr. Warner has developed in her years of clinical practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

What Kind Of Shoulder Pain Do You Have?

and when you should consider seeing a doctor

Shoulder pain can be caused by many things. You could have injured it in an accident or simply overused it. It may be caused by a condition such as arthritis – and some of your pain may simply be time and use-related. Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you’re trying to figure out what may have caused your shoulder pain:

Do You Have An Injury?

Think back to when you first noticed your shoulder pain. Did you recently have a fall or hit your shoulder or arm on something? Do you play pickleball, tennis, softball or other overhead sports a lot? Try to move your arm – is your shoulder too stiff or painful for normal movement? Is there swelling along the joint? Can you lift your arm above your head?

Most shoulder injuries can likely be treated at home with ice compresses, stretching and rest. Bandaging the affected arm to make sure you aren’t moving it may be very helpful but only for a very short-time. If you have lingering pain or stiffness that gets worse, not better, or if your shoulder is noticeably swollen or warm to the touch, you may need to see a doctor. Some common injuries that require a doctor’s visit are:

  • Fracture. This occurs when you fall or suffer a heavy blow. Your collarbone or upper arm may crack. There will be immediate bruising and intense pain. Often, you will not be able to use your arm at all or only very little.
  • Dislocation. This is probably one of the most common shoulder injuries that requires medical attention. This is when the arm pops out of its socket. You will feel immediate pain and loss of strength in the joint, and may experience numbness and bruising.  A more minor dislocation can occur at the AC (acromioclavicular) joint; this is common after falling onto the point of the shoulder. 
  • Cartilage Tear. Cartilage is the “padding” that encircles the rim of your shoulder joint. When this cartilage is damaged, you will feel pain when you reach your arm over your head and possibly feel a painful grinding sensation.
  • Rotator Cuff or Labral tear.  Tears of the tendons and other connective tissue about the shoulder are exceedingly common and are the rule rather than the exception after the age of 50 or so.  Most people have degeneration of these tissues that starts in the 30s or so.  Tears will occur with even normal activities during daily use of the arm.  Lack of full strength, limits in normal motion and pain with reaching behind or overhead are common symptoms with these injuries.  Seek professional evaluation if you believe that you have a tear of muscle in the shoulder. 

What If It's Not An Injury:

Sometimes, shoulder pain can occur without an injury to cause it. Often, such pain is age-related and can usually be treated with rest and ice.

  • Frozen Shoulder. This is a condition that limits your shoulder’s range of movement. Over time, bands of tissue build up in the joint and prevent it from moving freely. While the exact cause of this condition is not clear, your risk of frozen shoulder increases if you have diabetes or heart disease.  The stiffness of this condition leads to pain and should be managed carefully and conservatively as much as possible.  
  • Bursitis. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions your shoulder joint. If you repeat the same motions over and over again – such as when you’re playing tennis, painting, or performing other activities that require repetitive movement, this sac can become irritated. Pain associated with bursitis occurs when you’re moving your shoulder.
  • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis, an age-related condition, or rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack the protective lining in your joints, can cause pain and stiffness. Both forms of arthritis cause the cartilage to wear down between bones in the shoulder joint, causing them to rub together.  Chronic inflammation from diet or environment can make the arthritis flare and become painful; seek care when this happens. Read our helpful guide about how to safely and effectively reduce arthritis symptoms at home!

The above conditions can be injury-related, and can sometimes require medical attention as well. It’s important to stay in tune with your body so that you know when it’s time to see a doctor. Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, always takes a patient-led approach in her treatment methodologies – which is why she founded Well Theory. Use our resources and natural pain-fighting products to relieve your pain and restore balance for the betterment of your overall well-being!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
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CBD for Pain Relief

Your Back Pain May Not Be Caused By A Disc

Your Back Pain May Not Be Caused By A Disc

CBD for Pain Relief

Is Your Back Pain Caused By A Disc

or is it something else?

About 23 million people, or 10 percent of the U.S. population, have one or more chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system that often cause back muscle pain. Musculoskeletal disorders are the main cause of disability in the working-age population and are among the leading causes of disability in other age groups.

While back pain is often caused by a slipped or bulging discs, it can easily be confused with myofascial pain – the pain associated with the muscular and connective tissue (fascial) structures about the spine. This extremely common type of pain is associated with the spine and other body parts. A patient with myofascial pain will have nonspecific, poorly localized, aching, regional pain in the tissue that includes muscles and joints. Rarely will they have sharp, clear, easily localized pain.

Renowned American physician and medical researcher Janet G. Travell pioneered techniques for treating of myofascial pain. She recognized that pain is not reducible to a single diagnosis.

For example, if a patient presents with left shoulder pain to a pulmonologist, cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon, that patient will be diagnosed in turn with reflex pain from the lung, ischemic heart pain or rotator cuff pain. More likely however, is that the patient has a problem with the skeletal muscle system about the shoulder; that is, the patient has myofascial pain.

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Isolated tender spots in muscles that hurt when compressed (also called trigger points) are characteristic of myofascial pain. A leading cause of chronic pain and disability in this country, unrecognized myofascial trigger point syndrome is also the cause of a significant amount of ineffective, expensive treatment. Muscles receive little attention in modern medical schools as a source of pain.

Myofascial trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. The spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, and motor dysfunction. However, this is often overlooked as a source of back muscle pain because most providers that deal with pain are not taught about myofascial pain.

Trigger points are thought to develop due to increased or changed muscular demands. Overload can do this, as can poor posture – injury does not need to occur. Trigger points may also be brought about by stress and emotional illnesses, constitutional problems, visceral disease, arthritis, or joint dysfunction.

Pain from active trigger points most often presents in those aged 31-50. At this point, most people are in the mature years of maximum activity. Later in life, latent trigger points and stiffness are more common. It is important to recognize a trigger point early on when a patient presents with back muscular pain. The diagnosis of such a muscular source of pain may be easy to treat if recognized early.

Treating Myofascial Back Muscle Pain

Treating myofascial pain is much more conservative, safe and effective than treating the mistakenly diagnosed syndromes and conditions that it mimics.

Treatment Includes:

  • Injections
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Managing stress and tension
  • A home self-treatment program and patient education

 

When acute myofascial pain is neglected or ignored, it may become chronic and then is complicated, more painful and time-consuming and expensive to treat reliably.

 

Myofascial pain is a leading cause of pain that is easy to treat if it’s caught early. It is treatable with safe and effective methods even if it is chronic by the time a knowledgeable provider treats the patient. In order to ‘first do no harm’ as the Hippocratic Oath promises physicians will do, MPS must be considered, recognized and treated.

For additional resources, click here to read our helpful blog: 5 Quick Tips to Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain!

For natural, yet powerful relief from back pain, look no further than our full line of Well Theory products. Each product was developed by an orthopedic surgeon, who often utilizes herbal remedies and modern medicine in her treatment plans for her patients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

Reduce Your Back Pain At Home -

and when you need to see a doctor

Back pain can take a serious toll on your day-to-day life. It can keep you from exercising, lifting things like groceries, and even sleeping comfortably. The good news is that most back pain can be alleviated safely and naturally at home without serious interventions – allowing you to get back to your normal life quickly.

Things You Can Do To Prevent Back Pain:

don't wait until back pain strikes - prevent it.

Exercise regularly. Maintaining core strength is a great way to prevent back pain from happening in the first place. Yoga is an ideal way to gently strengthen your core and improve your back’s stability! If you don’t think you’re cut out for a daily yoga practice, read our blog about why yoga is beneficial at any age or level of activity. 

Reduce inflammation. At the root of many back problems is inflammation. Avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and excessive consumption of alcohol. 

Also consider taking a supplement that will reduce inflammation and improve joint function. Dr. Warner’s CBD Multivitamin is designed to improve your overall musculoskeletal health and prime your immune system for ideal performance. 

Things You Can Do To Relieve Back Pain

after it strikes

But what happens when you’re already experiencing back pain and it’s too late to do anything to prevent it? While taking steps to reduce inflammation and improve core stability (under the guidance of your doctor) can relieve pain that’s already happening, there are some additional steps you can take as well.

Limited Bed Rest. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but there is a reason for that – it’s often very effective in reducing back pain! You have to be sure to really rest your back – but don’t overdo it. These days, most doctors advise using bed rest only when necessary – because weak muscles can actually make your back problems worse. Most physicians recommend that one rest for only a day to three days. Muscle soreness often is the worst on about day 3 from a strain. Waiting too long to begin activity can allow the muscles to weaken and scar tissue to set in as ligaments and tendons become contracted. This makes recovery even harder.

Cold/Hot Therapy. Consider alternating ice compresses with heat packs. Cold reduces inflammation by restricting blood flow, and heat helps the muscles relax and can reduce pain. Warmth can allow for more superficial blood flow and this can support healing too.

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Alternative Therapies. Under the guidance of your physician, you may consider trying some alternative therapies for your back pain. Therapeutic massage can relieve tension in the muscles and reduce pain. Acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments are often helpful in relieving mild back pain symptoms as well. Cupping is a therapy technique that allows for more blood to enter the area of pain as well. Pairing alternative therapies with over the counter natural anti-inflammatory medicines can often help relieve pain and get you back to your regular activities.

Curating an anti-inflammatory diet filled with all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to heal and recover is a great way to maintain your day-to-day health. Try out the recipes on our cooking show – and learn how every ingredient works together to reduce inflammation and improve your overall well-being from Well Theory’s founder, Dr. Meredith Warner. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation