The spine is a complex series of 24 vertebrae along with the fused bones of the sacrum and coccyx that form the very centerof the skeleton. This vertebral column is a strong and flexible structure that supports the head, houses the spinal cord, and provides an attachment point for the ribs. The spine is made up of four major components: the vertebrae, joints, nerves, and disks. All four of... Read More
Coastal Orthopedics Blog
In recent years, the general public has become more educated about the dangers of concussions than at any previous time in history. This increased awareness may be attributed in part to advances in sports medicine, improvements in diagnosis and treatment, and increased media coverage — particularly of major sports stars, both past and present, who have suffered career-threatening head injuries.Read More
A head injury is defined generally as trauma to the cranium (skull), scalp, or the brain. The two basic categories of traumatic head injury are open head injuries, in which the skull is broken or pierced, or closed head injuries, in which the skull remains closed/unbroken.Read More
Competitive athletes learn from their first day of training that in order to become better, stronger, and faster, they need to train harder than they have ever done before.Read More
School is starting up again throughout Texas and the rest of the nation. For U.S. school kids, this means a return to carrying heavy backpacks — and the sore backs and posture problems that result.Read More
Broad-spectrum antibiotics are an extraordinary medical development. Taken as directed, they have saved countless lives by treating and even preventing certain types of bacteria-caused infections. Millions of people have safely taken these drugs to successfully combat infections of their sinuses, lungs, and urinary tracts.
However, in 2008, 2013, and 2016, the US FDA (Food and Drug...Read More
With its elements of school spirit, dance, gymnastics, and daring stunts, competitive cheerleading is an extremely popular high school athletic activity. Over 400,000 high school girls participate in cheer each year, and many continue on to compete in college. When practiced safely and responsibly, cheer is a fun activity with a low rate of injury — safer than most other high school sports....Read More
High school volleyball is a fun, fast-paced game and a great all-around workout. However, because it engages the whole body and involves contact (between players, the volleyball, and often the ground!), injuries are common.Read More
More than one million high school athletes play football in the United States each year. The sport is characteristically exciting, fast-paced, and physically rough, ensuring that every player will regularly experience all manner of bumps and bruises during their season.Read More
Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain that may affect anyone who performs repeated reaching and lifting over their heads.
Also known as subacromial impingement syndrome, it occurs deep inside the shoulder, when the bones of the shoulder blade and upper arm chafe against the top of the rotator cuff.Read More