Terminology Series #2: Sprain vs. Strain

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 in Blog, Medical Conditions/Terminology Blog Series

Sprain vs. Strain In all aspects of my practice, I see many, many kinds of sprains/strains.  I am also frequently consulted by adjuster and attorneys to assist in determining  the severity of an injury, the treatment plan, and the reported mechanism of injury. Recently, I spoke to a group of new adjusters at a lunch and learn about the basics of strains and sprains. Here are the highlights! Sprains – injuries to ligaments, the fibrous bands that connect bones to bones and stabilize joints. Example: the ligaments in the knee.  Strains – injuries to muscles or to tendons, the tough, fibrous bands that connect muscles to bones. These injuries can be acute or chronic. Chronic injuries are gradual and build from overuse or repetitive stress. Common causes Indirect /direct trauma, an overstretch of the area, etc.  Typically the injuries happen when an individual lands wrong (plants a foot wrong, slip and fall, lands with an outstretched arm, etc) or uses poor body mechanics. Common Signs of sprain Swelling, pain, redness, weakness and/or muscle spasm and bruising. Mild sprain/Grade 1= mild pain with no loosening of the joint. No tear of the ligament. Moderate sprain/ Grade 2= partial tear of the ligament. Possible joint instability. Swelling and moderate pain. Severe sprain/ Grade 3= complete tear/rupture of the ligament. Significant pain at the time of the injury. Swelling, weakness and usually a nonfunctioning joint. Common Signs of strain Swelling, pain, redness, weakness and/or muscle spasm, inflammation, cramping. Mild strain= mild pain with a “stretching”  or pull of the muscle/tendon. Moderate strain= Swelling and moderate pain with an overstretch of the tissue, slight tear. Severe strain= Partial/complete tear, severe pain, limited function and /or incapacitating result. Treatment R             rest I               ice C             compression E              elevation Mild to moderate tissue injuries will recover in a few weeks with possible physical therapy. Severe injuries can require surgery, immobilization and at times months to heal/recover.  instant payday loans bad credit no brokers Typical Injures Acute ankle sprain Chronic wrist sprain Acute low back strain secondary to a lifting injury Biceps tendon rupture would be a 3rd degree strain; the muscle belly/tendon is pulled completely from the attachment point Lateral/medial epicondylitis...

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What Type are You?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in Blog, Social Media

 Guest post by Kerri Karel peraonal loans How do you participate in Twitter? Over the last year I have had the pleasure of working with Kari Williamson to further MKC’s marketing and social media strategy.  No matter what business you are in, you must market yourself effectively or get lost in the noise. In the Twitterverse there are many types of users.  Here is my take on them.  If you have been on Twitter for any length of time you have undoubtedly come across all of these.  Which category do you fall under? (Hint: you want to be like the first two). Types Twitter Users Leaders – Those who post their content on Twitter (generally these people are followed by others but may not follow many people themselves).  Their content consists of tidbits from their teachings, web sites, blogs, etc. and also some personal Tweets that give the reader a glimpse into who they are and what they care about (family, church, friends, business, passions, etc.) Social Butterflies – Those who want to be social with people (these people tend to follow people and get followed in return).  They twitter about everything from the latest tech gadget or application to where they are going to what they are doing. Observers (Stalkers) – Those who follow a large number of people, have very few followers and very few posts of their own. They want to see what others are talking about but do not wish to join in the conversation. They do not contribute anything. Cheeseballs – Those who use Twitter (and other social media) only to push their own products/services or agenda.  They miss the purpose, and therefore the power, of social networking. They are only focused on what followers can do for them (buy my product, read my stuff, answer my questions, etc.) and not interested in making a meaningful contribution. Catch you on Twitter.  Maybe we can Tweetup. Kerri Karel Marketing Coach | President Key Elements Marketing Blog: http://kerrikarel.com/ | LinkedIn | Twitter |...

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