Below you will find a list of symptoms and conditions that may be affecting your body in the head and neck area. At Studio Athletica, we specialize in several different services that can help treat your health problems. Please feel free to read more about your symptoms, conditions and our suggested treatments, or contact us to pinpoint the best treatment to heal your body.
Headaches & Migraines
Headaches, a pain that can affect the head and neck. In sports, headaches are one of the most common injuries sustained. There are various types of headaches such as benign exertional, caused by a sudden rush of blood to the head which can lead to an increase in blood pressure, such as weightlifting. This type of headache usually last a short period of time – but some can last several hours. For athletes, the most common form of the headache is often post traumatic, after a sudden impact to the head.
A migraine is a more severe form of headache which is often associated with side-effects relating to vision and nausea. Often, migraines can feel debilitating and last for long periods of time. Most commonly, migraines are attributed to a decreased level of serotonin while other contributing factors may include stress, anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns, dehydration, poor posture, and lack of nutrition.
Concussions can be defined as a disruption in neurological function following a significant impact to the head. The onset of a concussion can occur anywhere from immediately after to hours after the impact to the head. If not treated appropriately, it may cause long-lasting damage. Typically, the brain will experience an energy deficit following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, it becomes extremely vulnerable to additional trauma.
A muscle strain (pulled muscle) in the head and neck occurs when the muscle fibres endure strenuous activity beyond their limits. Both professional and amateur athletes may experience muscle strain when sprinting, stretching or changing direction quickly. Mild muscle strains will usually result in soreness and swelling. Additionally, the range of movement around the affected muscle may be inhibited. More serious strains will cause considerable pain and severe restriction in movement.
An injury to the neck caused when the neck is jerked in a back-and-forth motion, following a rapid acceleration or deceleration of force. It is most commonly experienced in motor vehicle accidents, but some contact sports such as football or hockey can lead to whiplash as well. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours of the incident and can include headaches, neck pain, back pain, jaw pain, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Also known as TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), the abnormal motion of your temporomandibular joint. Common symptoms of TMD include difficulties opening the mouth fully, clicking of the jaw, clenching of the jaw or teeth grinding, stiffness, jaw pain, or neck pain.
Also known as “twisted neck,” an extension or twisting of muscles of the neck beyond their normal position. The neck tends to twist to one side, causing a head tilt. In sports, athletes who have experienced trauma to the neck or spine can lead to torticollis. Aside from the head appearing to be turned more towards one side, people will often experience other symptoms such as: neck pains or cramps, back pain, muscle tightness, burning sensations, and headaches.
Also known as a compressed nerve, a pinched nerve develops when one or more nerves are compressed or constricted by a bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon. Although most people associate it with the neck or back, it can happen anywhere. Pinched nerves can occur in areas that are overworked such as the elbows or wrists in tennis players. Regardless of the location, the common symptoms are numbness, tingling sensations, increase pain when walking, standing, twisting, or lifting.
A condition in which the fibrous disks that work to absorb the shock between the spine’s vertebral bones lose their moisture content as someone ages naturally, becoming more brittle and shrinking in size. The discs begin to feel less sponge-like which can cause inflammation or put direct pressure on the spinal nerve. The process of disk degeneration may be accelerated by trauma from a sports injury, lifting, and other physical activities. It can occur in any part along the spine, but it most often occurs in the neck and back.
Facet joint syndrome is pain at the joint between two vertebrae in your spine. Another term for facet joint syndrome is osteoarthritis. Facet joint syndrome can be caused by trauma, such as a whiplash injury of the neck, and it is not uncommon for athletes who participate in contact sports to experience some degree of facet joint syndrome as a result of considerable motion and excessive force to the body.