What Causes You to Feel Pain?
Jun15

What Causes You to Feel Pain?

While no one ever expects to get hurt in a slip and fall accident, it happens all the time. Being injured in a fall, a car accident or at work can cause your body to react in ways that you never thought possible. Oftentimes, your body reacts in an uncomfortable way. It is going through a lot of pain and isn’t sure how to react. However, it is important to remember that not every type of pain is the same. If you break your bone, the level of pain you feel is going to be significantly different than if you were to get a papercut. Just like all injuries are different, every person is going to react to the injury differently as well. While you might be able to deal with a lot of pain, someone else might not be able to. Injuries Affect Your Brain After an injury, your body is going to react a certain way: There are certain parts of your brain that are activated following an injury. A signal is sent through your spinal cord and to the area that was injured causing you to feel pain. This natural reaction is what allows you to make it through the injury and begin recovering. If you never felt pain, it would make it quite difficult to recover from the injury. Whatever you do, don’t try to walk an injury off. It is only going to amplify the problem and make things far worse for you down the road. Especially if the accident has caused brain damage or head trauma. These injuries can be serious and even life threatening. You need to give your body time to process what happened and go through the healing process. Your doctor can walk you through the process and what you need to do to make a full recovery. Don’t ever attempt to treat your injuries on your own. You need to take things slowly and follow-through with what the doctor orders. If they tell you to take a week or two off of work, you need to do it. Time is of the essence. Give your body what it needs and you can expect a full recovery. Pain Can Last Your Entire Life Depending on what type of injury you sustained, the pain could stick around for quite some time. Roughly, 25 percent of all individuals injured will end up dealing with moderate to severe pain a year after the accident occurred. One out of every three people will end up dealing with significant pain three years after the accident took place. A slip and fall lawyer will go to...

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Concussion-More than a Movie
Dec20

Concussion-More than a Movie

The medical world is a bizarre field full of questions and mysteries. This holds true because certain conditions and diseases are only discovered through unusual and unexpected circumstances. Similarly, the story of Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist who first brought scholarly attention to the condition Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a great example of this scenario. This true story will be depicted on the big screen in the controversial upcoming movie Concussion.   Concussion: Based on the True Story   Concussion, as aptly as it was named, tells the story of Omalu, who fought against all odds to expose a type of brain injury in football players that caused disturbing and deadly symptoms. He discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, but had to battle against the NFL to make his findings known. Although his name was disparaged as an attempt to make him lose his credibility, his findings have now shed light on just how dangerous football can be. This case is considered bizarre particularly because this disease cannot be detected while the patient is alive; symptoms and major signs would only show after death. Common among American football players, this story involves another real-life persona Mike Webster, whose body gave the empirical evidence for this disease. The NFL may not be thrilled about these findings, but science is unbiased.   Conditions of the disease   CTE is a condition that only shows up after one’s death, though there are early signs as well as symptoms, albeit a little indiscernible. The patient can display intellectual impairment, mood disorders, and even dementia. Aggression has been reported as well as impaired judgement and impulsiveness. More seriously, those affected with CTE are likely to have drug abuse and dependency issues, and have been known to attempt suicide. Many end up destitute and without shelter, money, or proper care. It is usually followed by a sudden and unexpected death. Through the movie ‘Concussion,’ much more information will be dispersed on the dangers that NFL football players face.     NFL’s Attempt at a Cover Up   For far too long, the NFL has tried to cover up the dangerous injuries associated with this sport. They have also been less than approving of any research findings of brain injury in athletes. Concussions are serious injuries that can even impact personality. There have been football players, who after suffering from a concussion, were never really the same person in regards to personality. Due to the head trauma that is experienced in this sport, athletes are at high risk for this condition. Although this is ruffling a few feathers, it is essential that this becomes widespread knowledge so...

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