Blog Posts in 2017

  • Former Georgia standout Leonard Floyd, who’s from Eastman, suffered two concussions during his rookie season and told the Chicago media after a recent minicamp practice that it took two months to recover from the second concussion. “The fact that it took two months is a little unusual, but we also know that there are a lot of variabilities from person to person,” said Dr. Vernon ...
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  • Vitals Interviews Dr. Williams About Common Triggers for Migraines

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 19-May-2017

    Common Triggers for Migraines But not everyone has the same triggers, says Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Triggers can be difficult to identify. For instance, you can come in contact with a trigger as much as 48 hours before your migraine, a trigger might not lead to a ...
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  • Understanding Migraines and Their Triggers

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-May-2017

    Believe it or not, 38 million Americans suffer from regular migraines, and many don’t even know it. Yes, the debilitating side effects of a migraine can knock sufferers off their feet and leave them pleading for relief, as the pulsing and throbbing continues from several hours up to several days in some of the most severe cases. But for others, the headache pain associated with their ...
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  • There are really, really bad headaches and then there are migraines. As a lifelong migraine sufferer, I know a migraine is in my future because my body gives me advance warning in the form of a dull headache the day before and bouts of blurred vision, which are known as "aura." According to Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and ...
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  • To Play or Not to Play? That Is the Concussion Question

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 3-Apr-2017

    "Dr. Williams, would you let your son play football?" Over the course of a 20-year career as a sports neurologist, that question is one of the most frequently asked by patients, friends who are parents of young athletes and the public in general. Early in my career, the question was related to the risk of musculoskeletal and spine injury. Aware of the risk of fractures, bruises and other ...
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  • The wide range of etiologies underlying neuropathic pain render this modality a particularly challenging condition to manage. In addition, most available treatment options have limited efficacy. As the population ages, and as both the incidence of diabetes and the survival rates after chemotherapy treatment increase, the number of patients with neuropathic pain is expected to rise, according to a ...
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  • Amitriptyline The antidepressant amitriptyline is also used to prevent and help reduce the frequency of migraines, says Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Some physicians prescribe it off-label for people who have difficulty sleeping, too, he says. It can cause such side effects as ...
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  • Dr. Williams Discusses Concussion Guidelines with Orthopedics This Week

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 7-Mar-2017

    Tracey Romero • Wed, March 1st, 2017 A new concussion model of repeat, mild, bilateral traumatic brain injury (TBI) induced earlier onset of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) symptoms in rats with the human SOD1 mutation (SOD1), providing a better understanding of the relationship between TBI and neurodegenerative diseases. The model developed by Gretchen Thomsen, Ph.D., of the ...
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  • Concussion Controversy: Who Should Have the Final Say? Deciding on a kid's 'return to play' is a serious medical move, but some parents and coaches are weighing in by Carleen Wild | Updated 06 Mar 2017 at 1:22 PM How much of a say should parents have about whether their child goes back into a game after suffering a concussion? The debate is making its way through the North Carolina ...
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  • 3 Concussion Myths: Busted

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Mar-2017

    Concussions are among the most common – and potentially dangerous – injuries seen in sports medicine. Part of the danger surrounding them is the abundance of misinformation spread by word of mouth among the athletic population, plus false information that’s readily available and shared on the Internet. Education is the best shield to protect from what can be lasting and lingering ...
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  • David Cassidy, 1970s Pop Icon, Reveals That He's Battling Dementia

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 22-Feb-2017

    His mother and grandfather had the condition as well. Mark Westwood / Getty Images David Cassidy, star of the hit 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, revealed sad news on Monday: He’s battling dementia. The singer/actor disclosed that he has the disease, which causes a person to lose their memory, after reportedly struggling through a performance in Agoura Hills, California, on ...
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  • Although gender equality in sports continues its steady progression, there is 1 area that appears to be linked with disparity of a different sort: A growing body of research suggests that compared with male athletes, female athletes at both the high school and collegiate levels have a higher risk for concussion and worse related outcomes. "There is an increased frequency of concussion among ...
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  • 3 Ways to Love Your Brain

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 28-Jan-2017

    When it comes to neurological health, people often consider it in terms of what to fix when things go wrong. From concussion to chronic pain conditions, many still believe that brain health is only something that can be repaired once its damaged and not something that can actually be enhanced. But the truth my friends is that you CAN and should make enhanced brain health a focus in your life. Not ...
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  • Priyanka Chopra Won A People's Choice Award—While She Had A Concussion Actress Priyanka Chopra made headlines last week after suffering an injury on the set of her TV show Quantico. According to TMZ, Chopra was rushed to the ER after she slipped and fell during a stunt, hitting her head so hard that she suffered a concussion. She was discharged a few hours later. Chopra made her first ...
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