Kicking Tension Headaches to the Curb

November 22, 2018

More than likely, you have experienced a headache at some point in your life. No, we aren’t referring to those in-laws who drop in unannounced for an extended stay. We’re talking about the real deal—head pain. While causes and symptoms vary, one thing is certain: headaches are unwelcome visitors and we’d prefer to kick them to the curb sooner rather than later. If the headache visit turns into an extended stay, the prolonged pain can take its toll on us physically, mentally and emotionally, limiting productivity and draining the joy out of otherwise enjoyable activities. Don’t be resigned to suffer through your headaches. There are treatment options and activities that can help and may even prevent future flare-ups.

Don’t Let Plantar Fasciitis Be Your Achilles’ Heel

November 16, 2018

Perhaps you are familiar with the Trojan War hero of Greek mythology, Achilles, a strong and seemingly invincible character. His only vulnerable spot was his heel and it led to his demise. Popular culture now uses “Achilles’ heel” to refer to our own weaknesses or vulnerabilities that may become our downfall. Similarly, while heel pain may seem relatively innocuous at its onset, if not properly addressed, it can easily escalate into a very painful and even debilitating condition. If you are experiencing heel pain, please do not ignore it. Seek treatment to avoid progressing symptoms and/or chronic pain. Limping is not a solution. In fact, the improper alteration to your walk can lead to other foot, knee, hip and back pain.

Taking a Swing at Tennis Elbow

November 13, 2018

Whether you frequent the tennis courts sprinkled throughout Kansas City or not, if you are experiencing pain with noticeably reduced mobility and/or strength in your elbow and forearm, you may be suffering from lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as “tennis elbow.”  In fact, the majority of people who experience tennis elbow don’t even play tennis!  It is a condition that reaches beyond athletes to all people, most commonly affecting adults ages 30-50 years old, particularly those with jobs that require repetitive motion of the wrist and arm.