Blog Posts in 2018

  • Just like neuropathy (also called peripheral neuropathy) isn’t just one condition, neither is there a single treatment option that’s best for all forms of this group of health issues. Ultimately, your treatment will be determined by the cause of your nerve damage, as well as the symptoms of neuropathy that you develop. Vernon Williams, MD, a sports neurologist who is director of the ...
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  • Neuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy) isn’t just one health condition, but rather a term used to describe a wide range of conditions involving disease and damage to peripheral nerves, and the symptoms that result from those conditions. The peripheral nervous system transmits messages between the central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) and the rest of your body. ...
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  • When quarterback Kurt Warner suffered a torn ligament in his left arm during the 2007 season, the Cardinals athletic training and medical staff rigged up a brace that allowed Warner to function and play the following week. But two years later, there wasn’t that much that same staff could do for Warner after he suffered a concussion against the Rams and missed the following week. The only ...
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  • The wide variety of symptoms resulting from neuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy) reflect the fact that it can be caused by an equally wide range of conditions involving disease and damage to peripheral nerves. Although there’s a wide range of symptoms related to neuropathy, there are commonalities to the pain that people experience, notes says Vernon Williams, MD, a sports ...
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  • Often when we think of pain it is the nociceptive kind, the acute pain that comes with injury or tissue damage caused by a specific event. Neuropathic pain, on the other hand, tends to be chronic and less sharp. “The character and quality of neuropathic pain tends to be pain that’s burning or electric in character,” says Vernon Williams, MD, a sports neurologist and the director ...
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  • Everyday Health Interviews Dr. Williams About What Is Polyneuropathy

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-May-2018

    Polyneuropathy is the most common form of peripheral neuropathy, a condition involving damage to the peripheral nerves — which are outside the brain and spinal cord — and the symptoms that result from that damage. In this form of neuropathy, multiple nerves are affected, and frequently, nerves throughout the body will be affected simultaneously. The symptoms of neuropathic pain tend to ...
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  • How the Brain Responds to What the Eyes See

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 30-Apr-2018

    IN A FIELD THAT'S ever-expanding, sports neurologists are excited about emerging scientific evidence helping us understand how and why training an athlete's vision and brain are as important as musculoskeletal strengthening, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility when it comes to peak athletic performance. For example, baseball is one of the most visually intensive sports, and with the ...
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  • Technology a Strong Weapon in the Opioid Battle

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 27-Apr-2018

    Though chronic pain is most commonly experienced in the back or the legs, pain anywhere in the body that has lasted for six months or longer is considered chronic. In America today, it is estimated that upwards of 100 million people suffer the devastating effects of chronic pain. It is the primary cause of disability among adults in the United States at a cost of about $600 billion, annually. ...
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  • When you’re suffering from headaches, it’s easy for your mind to jump to a worst-case scenario. But while it is possible that recurring headaches can be due to something scary like a brain tumor, it’s much more likely they result from something fairly innocent that you’re doing and don’t realize. In general, headaches happen when the blood vessels, muscles and nerves ...
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  • Proprioception: the Unsung Hero of the Senses

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-Apr-2018

    Beginning in grade school, most everyone is taught about the five senses: touch, sight, taste, smell and sound. These are responsible for our interaction with the external world around us. Sensory nerves in our bodies pick up on these outside stimuli and deliver the information to our brains for processing, through our senses. However, we humans also possess several senses that are responsible for ...
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  • That Padres infielder Allen Córdoba is still experiencing concussion symptoms and has been unable to resume baseball activity six weeks after being injured in an automobile accident is “unusual but not unheard of,” according to a prominent neurologist. Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los ...
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  • Improving Safety and Reducing Risk in Youth Contact Sports

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 28-Feb-2018

    Concussion – no matter who you are or where you go today – is a word that has been splashed across many sports and mainstream media headlines. As such, it is a word that has provoked a collective fear and doubt in the minds of the public – perhaps most especially among parents of young athletes participating in "contact sports." And the medical community is weighing in. ...
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  • The cars are rockets on wheels, nitro fuel feeding flame-spewing 10,000-horsepower motors that generate six G-forces and speeds of more than 300 mph in a matter of seconds. With thunderous engine roars and earsplitting tire squeals, drag racing literally screams machismo. Yet it is arguably the only mainstream sport in which women compete head-to-head with men and more than hold their own. Leah ...
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  • Aaptiv Asks Dr. Williams If Exercise Can Improve Memory?

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 9-Feb-2018

    You already know that exercising helps you build strong muscles, maintain a healthy weight, and ward off disease. But research suggests that working out also improves memory, boosts thinking skills, and encourages brain cells to grow as we age. Any form of exercise will do, particularly anything that involves focused movement or requires learning new skills. Physical activity also tends to improve ...
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  • Like tens of millions of Americans, rock star Tom Petty took prescription medications, including opioids, to alleviate pain. The recent announcement by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner that Petty's death on Oct. 2 was caused by an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids underscores the risks associated with taking prescription pain medications, ...
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  • FOXBOROUGH — Let’s start with the question Patriots fans are desperate to know: Will star tight end Rob Gronkowski play in Super Bowl LII in two weeks? Gronkowski was not spotted in the Patriots’ locker room Monday, a day after absorbing a scary helmet-to-helmet hit in the team’s 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game. Gronkowski was evaluated for a ...
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  • How to Train Your Brain to Improve Performance

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 16-Jan-2018

    When most people consider the concept of brain training to improve learning, they tend to think of those online game programs or puzzles that are purported to give the brain a "workout" by practicing memory and problem-solving skills to sharpen the mind. Others consider more advanced techniques aimed at optimizing brainwave activity through neurofeedback or stimulation therapies. ...
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