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March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. According to the BIAA, a brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 1.7 million Americans sustain a brain injury each year. Recently, brain injuries have received significant publicity due to the efforts of those in the professional sports community, such as the National Football League (NFL), to highlight the extent of brain trauma and the lasting damage it causes. In fact, former NFL Baltimore Colt and MSHC staff member spoke about this in a recent blog (NFL Player Safety with Bruce Laird). However, brain injuries are not restricted to those in high-risk activities such as professional sports. At Multi-Specialty Healthcare, we believe it is important that we educated the community on any and all important medical areas. Here is some information to keep in mind from the BIAA: Symptoms of Brain Injury Physical Impairments including: speech, vision, hearing, headaches, motor coordination, spasticity of muscles, paresis or paralysis, seizure disorders, balance and fatigue. Cognitive Impairments including: short term memory deficits, impaired concentration, slowness of thinking, limited attention span, impairments of perception, communication skills, planning, writing, reading, […]

NFL Player Safety: From the Front Lines

Veteran NFL Pro Bowler and Multi-Specialty HealthCare’s Bruce Laird Talks Injuries, Concussions, and More Despite the advancements made in professional football player safety with better equipment, player education and awareness, NFL players suffered 77 concussions throughout this past season. Bruce Laird, former National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl defensive back and currently senior marketing executive for Multi-Specialty HealthCare, has both personal and professional experience with injury prevention and healthcare for former players. Over the course of Laird’s 12 year NFL career, he started in 127 games and played in a total of 164 games. Knowing what we do today, would he have played the same way? “Yes,” confirms Laird, “ I would have played the same way– all out, hard-hitting and smart football. What I would have changed is if I was hurt physically I would not have taken the injections, pain killers and played each game really hurt. The reason is that there is always a price you have to pay down the road; the years of that physical abuse catch up with you. I will need neck and shoulder surgery very soon.” “The head injuries were the biggest aspect that pre-1993 players had NO idea about. We had no […]

Super Bowl Caution: The Physical Toll

As excited as we are at Multi-Specialty Healthcare for the positive spirit of celebration that a Super Bowl victory by our own Ravens brings to our area, as medical professionals we share an intense interest in the many discussions on the safety of the game of football. This past Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave a press conference, in which safety was one of the main topics discussed. We note below the specific response to a question about creating a “tackling zone.” For safety’s sake, a questioner asked: Is the long-term goal of player safety to create a baseball-type of strike zone, which is mid-chest to just above the knee? Below is an excerpt of Goodell’s verbatim response: “As it relates to what you call the ‘strike zone,’ there is no question that there is a focus to try to get back to the fundamentals of tackling. The number one issue is: take the head out of the game. I think we’ve seen in the last several decades that the players are using their head more than they have, when you go back several decades. There are several theories on that. The helmets are better; they feel safer using their […]

San Francisco 49ers have Super Bowl Edge — in Stretching At Least

While we show our ‘Ravens Pride’ for next week’s Super Bowl, Multi-Specialty HealthCare would be remiss not to report on a program we highly endorse—but one done by Ravens opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. It turns out they are proponents of an organized and methodical stretching component as part of their training program. At Multi-Specialty HealthCare, we know the value of flexibility for all of our patients, from sports enthusiasts and athletes, to those looking to return to basic functionality. As a Wall Street Journal article (1/16/13) on the topic points out, stretching, research shows, can dramatically reduce the risk of injury, and nothing about the 49ers is more remarkable than their bill of health. Since coach Jim Harbaugh took over the team two years ago, Niners players have missed 159 games due to injury. (A missed game is one player missing one game.) According to Stats LLC, the three other teams that were in the playoffs before the field was reduced to two had dramatically higher injury rates. Over the past two years, the Atlanta Falcons have missed 29% more games and the Baltimore Ravens 94% more than the 49ers. The New England Patriots’ number is 440, an injury […]

Despite Injuries to the Squad, the Baltimore Ravens Make It to the Super Bowl!

  What do Multi-Specialty HealthCare and the Baltimore Ravens have in common? We both know injuries very well. Few teams battled more injuries this season than our beloved Baltimore Ravens. First in line was reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, who tore his Achilles’ tendon during a conditioning test in April. In National Football League’s (NFL) Week 6 against Dallas, dancing, singing Hall of Fame-bound linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a torn tricep, while cornerback Ladarius Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Even when their backups filled in, they both got injured. While Webb may have made the quickest and most miraculous ACL tear comeback, key members of Baltimore’s secondary suffered more injuries. Injuries depleted the defensive ranks to the point that a year after finishing third in the NFL in yards allowed at 288.9 per game, the Ravens dropped to 17th in the league allowing 350.9 yards per game. Yet despite the fact that the core defensive group combined to miss 41 total games this season, the Ravens will go head-to-head in what was called by the New York Post, famed for its tabloid headlines, The Bro Bowl (Coach Harbaugh vs. Coach Harbaugh). According to an article […]

10 Tips to Avoid Illness This Winter

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, the city of Boston, MA declared a health emergency in response to an uncharacteristically high number of people confirmed to be infected with the flu: 700 confirmed infections already compared to 70 all of last year’s season.  The outbreak is not limited to Boston as 29 states have reported high levels of flu diagnoses so far this year.* We at Multi-Specialty HealthCare are not immune to these infections and have seen sick days piling up at a frightening pace. With the flu, stomach bugs, colds and the like being spread around like wildfire, the question on everyone’s mind is: “How can I avoid getting sick?” The following tips will not make you invincible, but they should help you at least avoid the obvious ways of having an illness transferred to you. (In no particular order) Wash your hands. Perhaps the most obvious one as we are always touching things with our hands. Going to lunch without scrubbing the germs from holding onto a bar to steady yourself on the subway is a surefire way to get an infection. · Avoid sick people. Another obvious one, sick people carry germs that could infect you. That is […]

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four major ligaments in the knee and one that seems particularly troublesome for athletes.  Many a season has been cut short by a tear to the ligament. Just ask Lardarius Webb, cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens. While attempting to change directions to keep up with Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Webb went down to the turf clutching his knee. This is not the first time that Webb will have to go through the ACL rehabilitation process; he suffered the same injury to the opposite knee just four seasons ago. Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, also knows what it is like to recover from this injury. After returning to the field 10 months after his surgery, he instantly assumed his old form.  In one of the most physically demanding positions in all sports, he has not simply bounced back; he has excelled.  He currently leads the NFL in rushing yards and is a top MVP candidate. Intense rehabilitation is the secret to Peterson’s successful return. Multi-Specialty HealthCare centers are fully equipped for the rehabilitation needs those recovering from ACL procedures along with other injuries.  Our Aquatic Therapy center is great for […]

Dealing with Lower Back Pain

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun points out, “back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States behind headaches, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. More than a quarter of adults experienced lower back pain in the last three months, according to a recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics.” In fact, at some point in their lives, it is estimated that 80 percent of Americans will experience some form of back pain. This makes the ailment a likely target of controversy over treatment, specifically regarding the recent outbreak of meningitis following tainted steroid injections.  As the article states, “Shots of the steroid preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, which has been linked to the meningitis outbreak, has become a common way to treat the pain.” We at Multi-Specialty HealthCare (MSHC) lament this outbreak, including unfortunate fatalities, of some of the estimated 14,000 people who received contaminated steroids for their back pain. While MSHC practices an entire range of back pain treatments, including medications and orthopaedic surgery, we also recognize and practice an entire range of back pain treatments. These include alternatives such as chiropractic and physiotherapy. We highly encourage consumers to […]

Chiropractic Care — A true ‘touchdown’ for the NFL

To understate a truism: the NFL is a physical business. That’s why the services of chiropractors are among those vital and trusted in a business in which each team is valued at well over $1 billion. According to The Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS) all 32 teams in the National Football League offer their players and personnel chiropractic physician services as part of the triage in managing and preventing injuries.  Players outspoken in their support of chiropractic include 2006 top draft pick Reggie Bush and NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Rice. According to an article in Chiropractic Economics,* the average pro football chiropractor renders 30 to 50 treatments per week during the season. With the in-season (game-playing) duration lasting 16 weeks (not including quarterback camp, mini-camp and pre and post-season), 34 chiropractors conservatively give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to America’s superstars in just 120 days. These numbers have surely increased since the release of these survey statistics. One of those NFL practitioners is Dr. Alan Sokoloff, currently in his 13th year as the Team Chiropractor for the Baltimore Ravens, currently ranked 4th by ESPN as of this writing. Dr. Alan Sokoloff, D.C., D.A.C.B.S.P. or “Dr. Sok” as his patients […]