Blog Posts in 2018

  • Dr. Williams waas recently interviewed by Reader's Digest on inflamation.. "There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s natural response to a short-term threat such as an injury, burn, or surgery, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is an ongoing response to a longer-term ...
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  • Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Center for Sports Neurology & Pain Management at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, says that young adulthood is often a time when depression and anxiety emerge. Williams says that young professional athletes also face many mental health stressors such as new financial responsibility, travel, disordered sleep and intense scrutiny on social ...
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  • Womens Health recently inteviewed Dr. Vernon Williams on the topic of Self Care: Instagram might have you thinking that the only way to practice self-care is to take a photo-shoot worthy bath (and post a picture of it, obvi). But uh, that's definitely not the case (though if you love a good bubble bath, do you). In terms of self-care, you've got to do one thing first: Nix the idea that ...
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  • What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Nov-2018

    What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids Concussion and traumatic brain injury are ever-present topics among American parents and coaches of young athletes today. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent issuing of clinical concussion guidelines for pediatric professionals come at a crucial time in our collective conversation about how to protect kids from ...
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  • What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Nov-2018

    What the CDC's New Concussion Guidelines Mean for Kids CONCUSSION AND traumatic brain injury are ever-present topics among American parents and coaches of young athletes today. So the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent issuing of clinical concussion guidelines for pediatric professionals come at a crucial time in our collective conversation about how to protect kids from ...
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  • In life, Aaron Hernandez weighed a muscular 240 pounds. In death, the most important part of his body was 3½ pounds. That was the approximate weight of the former New England Patriots player’s brain, which was removed by a Boston coroner soon after Hernandez hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017. It was then quietly transported to a laboratory about 25 miles north of the city. To ...
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  • A daily aspirin regimen sounds healthy, but asprin can be fdangerous for people with certain conditions and in certain situations. Find out when this over-the-counter medication won't help and could actually land you in the emergency reoom according to Dr. Vernon Willaims. Please click here to read the entire article
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  • The Hierarchy of Headaches

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

    HEADACHES, LIKE BACK pain, are a universal human phenomenon that just about every adult has experienced at some point in time and can relate to. From the dull twinges to the nausea-inducing pounders, headaches can run the gamut. The Headache Society has cataloged and classified more than 150 primary and secondary headache disorder types. So how do you figure out what brings a headache on so that ...
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  • Almost exactly one year ago, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share that she had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which caused chronic pain and eventually led to her postponing several of her fall 2017 European tour dates. In her cover interview for the October 2018 issue of Vogue, the pop star opened up further about her health and about the misconceptions that inevitably follow diagnoses of ...
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  • SELF Interviews Dr. Williams About Lady Gaga's PTSD Symptoms

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 12-Sep-2018

    In her cover interview for the October 2018 issue of Vogue, Lady Gaga revealed new details about her mental health and what it's like to live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, which she says were both triggered by a sexual assault she experienced at age 19. As SELF wrote previously, fibromyalgia is a mysterious illness that causes symptoms like extreme fatigue and ...
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  • Brain Training: Classroom Edition

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 6-Sep-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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  • A new study indicates that kids who play contact football before age 12 may suffer problems like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) years earlier than other kids do. "There is a recommendation that children under the age of 14 shouldn't play tackle football," said Ann McKee, a senior author of the study. Eleven-year-old Rowen Ball is a soccer player. But the sport wasn't his ...
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  • New Concussion Frontiers: Good News for Brain Injuries

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 20-Aug-2018

    THE HUMAN BRAIN IS arguably the most complex and fascinating organ structure. About 3 pounds in weight, it contains approximately 100 billion neurons – which some say compares to the same number of stars in the Milky Way. As a sports neurologist, if I ask just about any athlete (or depending on their age, an athlete's parents) what their biggest concern is when it comes to their brain ...
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  • Chronic pain affects 30 percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That's one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. But a new tool gives doctors a new option to help their patients with chronic pain. It's a neuro-stimulator called the HF 10, and it's dramatically reduced pain for many patients. Dr. Vernon Williams was interviewed ...
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  • Chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That's one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction, but now there is a new tool to fight the battle called HF10, which can dramatically reduce pain for many patients. Click here to view the video in its entirety.
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  • Ivanhoe Interviews Dr. Williams About How The HF 10 Stimulator Stops Pain

    Posted By Ivanhoe Broadcast News || 20-Jul-2018

    Chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That’s one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. Now there’s a new neuro-stimulator called the HF 10, and it’s dramatically reduced pain for many patients. “Potentially, you can turn up or turn down certain signals, turn off certain pain signals and ...
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  • Dr. Williams was asked to contribute his oppinions on the ongoing debate about partcipating in high school sports despite the the risks involved. "In many cases, it seems that a lot of the narrative has been around what contact sports can do to an individual … I think we need to … discuss the things that sports in general … can do for the individuals participating.” ...
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  • WNDU-TV (NBC Affiliate) in South Bend, Indiana - July 17

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 17-Jul-2018

    Chronic pain affects 30 percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That’s just one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. Now there’s a new neurostimulator called the HF10, and it has dramatically reduced pain for many patients. Alisha Constancio couldn’t play with her dog, Daisy, three months ago. A car accident left her with ...
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  • Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can result from a wide range of conditions such as diabetes and even treatments like chemotherapy. In fact, neuropathy, which is sometimes referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is not a single health condition but rather a term used to describe a range of health problems involving damage to the peripheral nerves, as well as the symptoms of those issues. Across a wide ...
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  • Chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That’s one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. Now there’s a new neuro-stimulator called the HF 10, and it’s dramatically reduced pain for many patients. “Potentially, you can turn up or turn down certain signals, turn off certain pain signals and ...
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  • Chronic pain affects thirty percent of people in America, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. That’s one reason for the explosion in opioid abuse and addiction. Now there’s a new neuro-stimulator called the HF 10, and it’s dramatically reduced pain for many patients. Alisha Constancio couldn’t play with Daisy three months ago. A car accident left her with ...
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  • 3 Underappreciated Sports Concussion Causes

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

    If you asked the people you know what they've heard in the news about sports concussions, they'd likely cite reports about concussion concerns related to professional American football. They aren't wrong. There are a multitude of studies, reports, opinion editorials and feelings on this very subject. While concussion in football should absolutely be taken seriously, it certainly ...
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  • 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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