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All You Need To Know About Personal Injury Causes

Personal injury is a legal term used for any sort of injury to human body, mind and / or emotions, as opposed to any injury to a property. It is common to experience day to day minor injuries in industries that demand high level of physical efforts. However, any sort of injury whether it is minor or major, should not be ignored. And immediate treatment should be taken from an experienced surgeon. Following are some common types of personal injury causes:

  • Road traffic accidents: injuries suffered from car accidents are common and life-threatening. Common injuries include: neck injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, etc.
  • Workplace injuries: These injuries and illnesses are usually caused by lifting excessive weight (slipped discs), repetitive motion injuries (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), and misuse of any equipment or tool (falling from an unstable ladder).
  • Accidents in the home: Sometimes mishandling of home-equipments, while cooking food, and falling from stairs, we get injured. E.g. cutting skin while peeling potatoes, fall of any hard and heavy item on feet causing inflammation of toe and swelling of the feet, etc.
  • Product Defect Accidents: Use of defective consumer products cause: medication injuries (misuse can lead to hospitalization), insufficient information (if an item doesn’t have a warning label or instructions about how-to-use and you misuse it, you could be injured), and injuries from an equipment (a lawnmower may back fire and cause burns).
  • Tripping accidents Or Slips and fall: These are the most common form of reasons behind a personal injury that can result anywhere, e.g. on workplace, at home, on a road, etc. The old aged people should always be cautioned of this sort of injury that could result in breakage of bones, damage to joints, etc. Furthermore, teens suffer the most from this cause while running, doing exercise, and especially playing sports. Common injuries from slips and falls include: head injuries (Traumatic brain injury), neck, back, and spine injuries, broken bones, and torn ligaments.
  • Bicycle Accidents: Such accidents borne by pedal cyclists usually result in head injuries (concussion), bone injuries (e.g. broken arms, ankles, legs, etc.), and lacerations and abrasions (e.g. soft tissue injury and severe bleeding).

A minor injury ignored and not treated in its initial stages usually turns into a severe health issue and chronic pain. In case you or any of your loved one has recently suffered from a personal injury, get professional advice from Dr Zaki Anwar for your specific condition by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is an experienced Pain Management Expert who has been handling personal injury issues for the past several years. We will reach you within 24 hours.

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Fed Up of Hip Pain – Here Is How To Treat It

It is common thought that as you grow old, you are destined to experience multiple ills and pains. However, studies show that pain in hips is not a product of aging – it is cause of an injury or disease. These injuries are usually caused because of fall, slip, improper posture, excess weight lifting, etc. Today pain in different parts of body is a very common complaint. Being careless in the beginning of the hip pain many patients forced to through hip replacement surgeries. Following a famous proverb, “Precaution is always better than cure.” here I have brought you some simple and easy tips to prevent or alleviate hip pain as follows:

 

  • Avoid carrying excess weight beyond your ability to carry. It would be great if you use a trolley for shopping.
  • Sitting or sleeping in any improper posture would produce strain on your hips. Always choose a proper and comfortable posture.
  • Patients of hip pain must always avoid activities that would give pressure on its hip bones and muscles, and make one side of the pelvis bone higher than the other. Because it could worsen their hips, e.g. running down hills, hiking, etc. in only one direction round a track or hiking. Keep your hips level.
  • Get physical therapy from an expert physician and do exercise only under his/her supervision in case you are already experiencing pain in your hips.
  • Always warm yourself up before doing any activities. Stretching exercises are best to make your hips flexible and thereby mitigate pain in that area.
  • Improve your lifestyle. Since these are unhealthy habits that are the root cause of pain in different parts of body including hip pain. Take medications prescribed by your doctor and do exercises as recommended by your physician.
  • A person should immediately get medical advice in the following cases:
    • he/she has had a fall or got his/her hip injured, fractured, or strained
    • Pain is getting worse
    • There is inflammation at areas of hips joints, buttocks, and thighs
    • Experiencing difficulty in day to day activities, e.g. sitting, walking, going up and down stairs or leaning forward when sitting

 

If you and your loved one is suffering from hip pain and has been experiencing persistent pain despite taking regular medication, the patient should get expert advice. Contact us at (815) 464-7212 to get specialized consultation from Dr. Zaki Anwar.

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Stay Away From These 5 Foods To Avoid Joint Pain

Balanced Diet of a person is very important for a balanced and healthy life. Most of the health problems that people are facing these days are most of the times due to unhealthy foods and habits. There are certain foods that people generally are addicted to, and thereby get frequent health problems. Today joint pain has become common. And one of the most common and often noticed reason by doctors is of consumption of following five foods, that can surely be avoided to avoid the pain:

  1. Processed and refined sugars:

    As per research conducted by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, refined sugar is negatively sensitive to inflammation and injury of joints. In case a patient is struggling with joint pain, consumption of the sugar causes increase in inflammation, joint pain, and sometimes severe conditions. Consequently, it must be immediately avoided at early symptoms of the pain.

  2. Modified or refined grains:

    It is obvious that these days people are easily infected by changes in environments, atmosphere, and weather. One of the apparent cause is that we have changed our diet from whole grain to refined grains. Refined grains are not only deficient with fibers, vitamins, and proteins, but also cause inflammation in joints.

  3. Certain oils:

    There are certain vegetable oils that cause joint inflammation when used excessively. Some of those include canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and soy oil. The regular use of the mentioned oils disturb bodies vital ingredients including omega-6 and omega-3, and cause joint pain. However, it is advised as per the Journal of American College of Nutrition, use of olive oil in our diet fight against the pain.

  4. Feedlot animal’s meat:

    The meat of animals which are fed certain grains that cause inflammation, injected with hormones, and treated with anti-biotics, are aggressive at creating inflammation and boosting joint pain. Such meat is usually commercial raised and must be avoided asap.

  5. Artificial sweeteners:

    What tastes good doesn’t necessarily prove to be good for our health. It’s same with artificial sweeteners, which are excessively harmful for patients of joint pain. Excessive use of the sweeteners could cause diabetes and thereby the temporary joint pain turns into chronic problem.

Our health should be the prime concern of our life. Because of improper and imbalanced diet, many people are suffering from multiple health problems, out of which joint pain is common. It is highly suggested that we make certain changes in life and immediately avoid these 5 foods viz. refined sugar, refined grains, certain oils causing inflammation, commercially raised meat, and artificial sweeteners, to avoid and mitigate joint pain.

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Safety First!! – Here is How You Can Prevent Slip & Fall Injuries

Wandering in our thoughts here and there, or doing a task while thinking of something else very keenly, we meet the so called mini accidents on our way; leading to none other than the slip and fall injuries also known as the trips. This is the usual case with most of us, that we get distracted on our way and our this activity leads us to sometimes, a scary stumble, down the stairway or a trip resulting in severe injuries.

In accordance with the US Department of Labor, the majority of the cases are of slip and fall injuries.

Why Do Such Accidents Occur?

Generally, the main reason behind slip and fall injury cases is the traction that occurs between the shoe and the walking surface making a situation of any one to stumble easily. We have described some of the reasons that can lead to numerous injuries:

  • The areas that are full of clutter
  • Walking from the damaged ladder steps
  • Dry floors with wood dust or powder
  • Electrical cords or cables
  • Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
  • Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
  • Desk or file cabinet drawers that are left open
  • Floors that have been recently polished or freshly waxed
  • The shoes might become the reason, if they are wet, muddy, greasy or oily soles
  • Moving from one floor type to another
  • Uneven walking surfaces
  • Weather hazards – rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, frost
  • Wet or greasy floors

Guidelines To Avoid Slip and Fall Injuries

Here we have elaborated, some guidelines that will help you in assuring your safety:

Effective housekeeping Practices

If your housekeeping practices are poor, then this means that your house members are at a higher risk of critical injuries.

Reducing Wet or Slippery Surfaces

Once you care for your own self, you are caring for the people of the society. So, step forward clean up the wet or slippery surfaces for your own as well as for others safety.

Avoid Creating Obstacles In Your Walkways

When you will encourage to execute the safety assurance practices, everyone will do the same, such as:

  • Removing obstacles from the work areas, walkways, passageways etc
  • Remove the stringing cords, in the hallways, or in any other areas
  • Whether at office or at home avoid leaving boxes, open drawers etc

Control Your individual Behavior

To control your own behavior and know where you are going, walking properly or not, etc will help you in avoiding the slip and fall injuries:

  • Maintain Proper Lighting

It is as simple as it is, that if proper lighting is maintained, then no one would be hit by something heavy or accidentally walk into someone else leading to an ultimate hit.

  • Wear Proper shoes

Also, you must wear proper shoes, so that if the floor is wet or it is slippery because of any other reason you will be safe from any unexpected slip or fall injury.

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Winter Is Here – Follow Tips for Self Safety!!

With the arrival of winter, though there are many joyful factors associated with it, there are many chances of mishaps that can take place. With the pleasures of the dishes that are cooked, the preparations that are made, people usually forget that they can get stuck in the accidental slip and fall injuries.

Apart from the preparations that are being done at home, the workplaces should also take care of the housekeeping programs that will help eliminate the risks of slip and fall cases. Passing on the winter season safely is a big deal, as because of snow and ice everywhere there can be many chances that if the snow is not cleared from the walking and pathways many people can become the victim of severe slip and fall injuries.

Apart from enjoying every bit of the winter period in an amazing manner, safety should be a family’s top most priority that would help protect from various unpredictable accidents and problems.

The Survival Tips For Winter

Whether you are the owner of your company having in total almost two hundred employees or you are a happy family of about six members, these tips apply to everyone:

  • Make a plan this winter as how you can avoid the winter hazards, and follow that plan thoroughly so that your events do not get hindered and your family and your loved ones remain safe
  • The walkaways should be kept clear, the hazards such as water on the floors, on stairs and snow on the sidewalks should be cleared.
  • Most people get stuck by accidents unknowingly. To remain safe from such unpredictable accidents, you should try the use of temporary signs, cones, barricades that would not only serve as a reminder for your own self but also for the passers-by.
  • Such footwear should be used that has a good grip to remain stable on the surface. Moreover, try using ice cleats outdoors so that with good grip on the ground you will be able to enjoy the games in snow and ice perfectly.

 

Snow Removal Tips

Most slip and fall injury cases occur when there is no protection of snow or for ice that should be maintained.

In this regard, some protective measures that should be adopted include:

  • The use of shovel in removing the heavy loaded areas of snow
  • Sweeping off the leftover snow
  • The use of ice-melters will prevent from snow formation and an easy going path for the passers by.

Walk Safely In Winter Time

  • If outside for a purpose, then prepare to walk slowly wearing boots.
  • Watch out for black ice formation after the ice melts
  • Take while getting in and out of vehicles
  • Prevent carrying heavy items as who knows the snowy path under you is not so strong.
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Is It Cold Outside? Beware Of The Winter Injuries!!

With winters, there comes a lot of excitement, the preparation of snow fall, getting ready for a change of clothes that is the warmer ones, hot favorite meals; yes the very scrumptious soups, drinks, deserts, etc. And the pleasure goes on and on!!

But in the midst of all this, no one can ignore the threatening mishaps that come with the winters such as the slip and fall injuries, the broken bones, the lacerations, the severe brain injuries and what not. These all are observed as a result of the slippery surfaces that are not usually maintained. Moreover, injuries also take place because of the indoor and outdoor areas that become wet, icy and slushy and increase the risk of various slip and fall accidents.

The best thing is to opt for the preventive measures that will help protect the residents, customers, the pedestrians as well as your beloved ones from getting into any severe injury.

The Preventive Measures

Considering the injuries that can be sustained, we have elaborated here some of the preventive measures that should be followed in order to stay safe from any slip and fall injuries:

Icemelters:

Slowly and gradually, as the weather gets colder the parking lots, sidewalks, entrances and ramps are full covered in ice and give the passers-by the fullest opportunity of becoming the victims of slip and fall injury. Hence icemelters should be used that will eventually help in traction and melting the ice, thus increasing the safety levels in outdoor areas.

Matting:

If you provide your visitors the opportunity of drying off the wet on mats, then it would be a great help in preventing the slip and fall injuries. Make sure you scrap and wipe out the ice on the mats and advise your guests and visitors to do the same.

Scrubbers:

You should make the most of the floor scrubbers that will help in clearing up the route, the road or leftover slush and hence provide maximum safety. Available in a number of sizes, floor scrubbers are designed in many sizes and are also designed with ergonomics in mind which means that your back will not hurt while wiping out the floor.

Warning Signs:

Communication plays a pivotal role in preventing injuries. For instance, if you at entrance tell your aunt whose coming at night that the specific area of the floor is wet, then it would be a signal for her to walk carefully. Besides this, you can use the floor signs to warn in a best manner about dangers. In winters when the days become shorter there are chances that in the darkness, cases can be seen of slip and fall injuries. In such a situation the best way is to lit such areas so that whoever walks, notices the warning sign and thus is safe from the about-to-happen slip and fall injury.

Dr.Zaki deals greatly and expertly in the slip and fall injury cases. You are most welcome for an efficient treatment here at the Pain Management Institute. To book an appointment you may contact at (815) 464-7212.

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Top 4 Tips That Can Help Avoid Work Place Injuries!!

When talking about workplace injuries, the areas that come to mind include manufacturing plants, construction sites, forestry, ice road trucking, at the office, while at a site executing a project, etc. In accordance with a latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor, it is recorded that about 3 million Americans were the victims of on the job injuries. Moreover, in regard to service providing industries, the cases that were observed were 75.5%.

Most Common Workplace Injuries Include:

Falling Object Injuries

These are the injuries that occur when something heavy, an object falls off.

Falling From Height Injuries

Sometimes the equipment is faulty or sometimes the floor is slippery due to which due to which when an employee he/she gets severely hurt.

On the Job Injuries

There can be many workplace injuries, like some are even caused by the disagreements that turn out to be very dangerous arising the fury and anger among the others.

Slipping/Trippling Injuries

As a result of slippery floors or something kept on the walking path, such as debris, cartons etc can cause the employees to stumble.

Overexertion Injuries

When you overly exert on something such as while lifting, pulling, carrying or throwing you pull your muscles and feel acute pain.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Such type of injuries are most common at work, while typing or doing those works that become the reason of constant strain on certain body parts.

Vehicle Accidents

While performing job duties, when people get struck in an accident, they get severely injured.

Ways of preventing Workplace Injuries Include

Hiring & Training The Right People

While recruiting for your organization or your company, you must make sure that you recruit those employees that are responsible, respectful and take care of all the business processes such that no one gets injured in any unpredictable injury.

Maintain a clean work environment

When enough space for employees is reserved, then there are less chances of any walk away falls or hazardous accidents.

Create a culture of being safe

This is for the managers to take care of the fact that when the employees are sick, they should stay at home so to prevent them from any workplace mishaps that can cause severe injuries.

Clear & safety Procedures

Safety procedures should be implemented considering the employees’ health as the most important thing. Moreover, if possible and in case of any workplace injury, access should be given to the employees for appropriate safety tools and first aid.

Got stuck in a workplace accident? You are most welcome to book an appointment at  (815) 464-7212 and approach the finest treatment at Pain Management Institute.

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Restore Your Energy; Repair Your Joints with These 10 Remedies

They are the joints of your body that endure all kinds of stress as well as weight. From connecting your bones, providing a support to your weight and allowing you to move comfortably, these joints are fashioned in us just perfectly. Holding so much importance in our body, when these joints sometimes suffer from wear and tear, chronic pain is observed which is also known as Arthralgia.

Besides the significance in their body, there are a range of wounds such as trauma, disease, strains, sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, osteoporosis that often become the result of joint pain. Apart from these wounds, arthritis also causes severe joint pain demanding the treatment by a pain management specialist.

Normally, many cases of joint pain treatment can be sorted out at home. And in this regard, the blog highlights some remedies that if opted can prevent the pain from getting worse:

Remedies:

Ice Therapy

The time when you start experiencing joint pain, go for ice therapy. This is executed by the usage of an ice pack on the affected area for a duration of about 15 minutes. In the presence of a cold temperature the tissue swelling is reduced. While doing this you must also take care of ice burns that can occur if the ice is directly applied. Make sure it is wrapped in a towel.

Hydrotherapy

The best way to ease the pressure on the joints and muscles is to apply warm water on the affected part be it chronic pain in your knees, hips or some other body part. Massage with warm water will soothe the area and help in making the blood flow proper.

Massage Well

For proper joint pain treatment or to relieve any kind of pain, massage plays an excellent role. This can be done by a professional or you can let anyone do it at home on your affected body part. In case, yu are yourself doing it try rubbing the area with menthol. One main point to remember is that, while massaging the direction of your strokes should be towars your heart.

Medications

Most common off-the-shelf medicines that can be used in such a condition include ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants etc.

Make the Msot of Natura Mixtures

Herbal teas, a natural herbal mixture, is a great assistance joint pain treatment as it alleviates knee, hip and other pains.

Workout Enthusiastically

It would be awesome if you exercise, but while doing you must make sure that you choose such exercises that do not over stretch your muscles leading to increased pain.

Physical Therapy

If you feel no relief on your pain, then you can also avail the option of a physical therapist who will aid you in certain movements leading pain relief.

What is the Alternative?

In case of no relief, approach a proper pain management specialist, who will after diagnosing your area of pain and its duration, will suggest the appropriate medications. In this regard, Pain Management Institute is the finest place where your joint pain will be treated in the best possible manner.

Immobilize the Area

Immobilize the affected area with a splint or a brace, that will get you rid of the acute pain or at least help in relieving pain.

Relaxing

In any kind of pain, if you relax well you will be able to defeat the fatigued condition you are facing. Moreover, if you rest in between the exercise periods then you will be able to give your body the margin to cope well and thus lessen the joint pain. Following the aforementioned tips, if you do not find any relief then its about time that you visit a pain management specialist who will guide you in terms of other remedies and medications.

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Doing Away With Musculoskeletal Pain!!

Are you feeling constant pain in your back, with stiffness that is damn hurting and makes you unable to perform your daily tasks or even bend your back to pick up something? This means that you are suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain that is slowly and gradually emerging in different parts of your body.

This pain being absolutely severe, makes you feel uncomfortable all the time and becomes a hurdle in your healthy active lifestyle. The best chronic musculoskeletal pain treatment would be to visit a pain management specialist and follow his/her recommendations. But first you must educate yourself that what is the reason behind this muscle pain.

This blog sheds light upon some effective methods that can be a lot helpful in doing away with musculoskeletal pain.

Relieve Pain With RICE

RICE can serve as one of the best medication for chronic musculoskeletal pain treatment. It can be abbreviated as rest, ice, compression and elevation. Thus, for the very next time you feel pain, at that time what you have to do is to obey this acronym. Though a simple intervention, but it will definitely alleviate the pain to a greater extent.

How NSAIDs help in dealing with Musculoskeletal Pain

These are the pain relievers, that help in reducing inflammation. Some of the most popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can assist in lowering the fever and prevent blood clotting are naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Since they help in reducing the inflammation to a greater extent, these treatments should therefore be opted for firstly.
Furthermore, you can also apply creams, ointments, gels, and lotions that will help in reducing pain.

Performing Physical therapy

In case the pain is very critical and it is totally unbearable, then it is recommended that you go for physical therapy. Physical therapy will not only help in experiencing pain relief, but it will also serve as a breakthrough in treating all your injuries that were limiting your movements. Thus, physical therapy all in all will not only strengthen your body, but will also restore the range of motion.

What Symptoms Will Confirm Musculoskeletal Pain?

  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Burning sensation in the muscles
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle twitching

Treatment Options for Musculoskeletal Pain

  • Heat or Cold therapy
  • Injections
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Less workload and increased rest
  • Performing exercises and strengthening your body
  • Stretching
  • Performing Massage

Knowing that you are going through chronic musculoskeletal pain and still not doing anything is the biggest wrong that you are doing on your own self. You must approach a doctor and control the pain so that it doesn’t progress any further. At Pain Management Institute, there is a team of specialists who are expert in dealing such cases. To book an appointment you may call at (815) 464-7212

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What Causes Shoulder Pain? Some Conditions At A Glance!!

Shoulder; the part of the body, that brings robustness in a person and if the posture is maintained perfectly, then the appearance and personality of a person becomes highly appealing and confident. The shoulder joint is said to be as the largest and the most complex joint in the body. Just like a ball and a socket, it is formed where the upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade.

It becomes very painful if your shoulder area or the joint itself is hit by something. This is because the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, allowing the shoulder to move forwards and backwards and the arm to move in circular motion. Hence, after any accident or a mishap, for a chronic shoulder pain, treatment is a must.

Contributing Factors of Shoulder Pain

There are a number of factors that become the reason of shoulder pain. Amongst many, one of the most common cause is rotator cuff tendinitis, which is described as the condition in which the tendons are inflamed. This specific condition pursues the effect on tendons and muscles that are responsible in bringing the shoulder in movement.

There are also cases when people who have met an accident, grab some painkillers on their way back home thinking that they would be fine in a day or two. But after some hours, they start feeling acute pain in their shoulder. This is known as referred pain, in which the pain is because of some other injury that occurred in a different part of the body.

Elaborating certain causes of Shoulder Pain

Some common causes that lead to chronic shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Pinched nerves
  • Broken shoulder bone
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Broken arm
  • Overuse of shoulder joint
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Slip and fall injury
  • Auto & work injury

Treatment Tips

If your shoulder pain is minor, felt after the hit of some heavy object or due to last night’s restless sleep when you slept in wrong posture, then you can opt some home remedies that will help in alleviating the chronic pain. These treatments include:

  • Using an ice bag or ice wrapped in a towel and applying it the area where the pain is felt.
  • Avoiding movements or lifting heavy objects, thereby giving the shoulder maximum rest
  • Using anti-inflammatory medications that will help in reducing pain and inflammation

Besides the aforementioned tips, if your shoulder is badly hurt, the bone is being exposed, it is bleeding or is swollen as a result of a severe accident, then it is about time then you pay a visit to a pain management specialist. For any queries regarding chronic shoulder pain treatment you may approach Dr. Zaki in Pain Management Institute by booking an appointment at +1-815-464-7212

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