The spine is easily one of the most important parts of the body and an injury can drastically alter the quality of life of the afflicted person! Although a small injury will often heal itself after a period of rest, more serious injuries will often require comprehensive treatment. For that reason it is important to seek a professional diagnosis soon after the injury has been experienced so the appropriate path of care can be arranged.
In medical terms the spinal cord is broken down into sections. It is worth noting that the higher up the injury is, the more chance there is that long-lasting damage will occur. If you are unfortunate enough to damage your spine at the very top then the chance of paralysis is quite prevalent. Other symptoms of an injury in this area could be the inability to breathe properly, the inability to speak properly and a general need for assistance with basic daily activities, such as washing and eating. These are the most severe of the symptoms and the injury would usually have to have been quite forceful. The further down the spine the injury occurs the less severe these secondary problems will be, but could still at any rate be life changing!
Stress is an every day natural occurrence and is your body’s way of reacting to any changes or demands around you. Stress can be a good or a bad thing dependent on the situation and how much stress your body is under. When under stress your body will release hormones and increase your heart and breathing rates. You may experience stress from your environment, from work or family, internally, and from other factors that are out of your control.
The body is designed to react to and control stress in many different ways. While stress can be a positive thing; i.e. pushing you to finish a project for a deadline or keeping you out of danger, chronic stress can cause a multitude of symptoms and negatively affect your overall health. Too much stress leads to what is known as distress which can cause negative physical effects on your body such as stomach problems, high blood pressure, headaches, problems sleeping, and tense muscles. Stress needs to be maintained so these negative effects do not get worse as time progresses.
CrossFit is a relatively new form of exercise that has taken the fitness world by storm. It is described as using “functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity”. It is specifically designed to improve your core strength and condition your entire body. CrossFit is also known to help with a wide range of other things, such as stamina, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy and balance. Working to improve all of these aspects of your personal fitness will add up to great things for your general health. Not only will you be able to participate in team sports at higher intensity, but you will also feel the benefits in your day to day. Your energy levels are likely to soar alongside your concentration and focus.
In July of 2014, Dr Vincent Fiere, MD, performed the very first spinal fusion surgery using 3D printed spine cages. The Hospital Jean Mermoz in Lyon was the location for this ground-breaking surgery and it is a hospital that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal deformities. The device used for the surgery was developed by MEDICREA group in the months preceding the surgery.
A 3D digital file made from the extraction of scanner images was used to create the device. It was a moment in medical history which set the precedent for other implantable devices to be used during surgery. The potential for this was known to be huge because these artificial devices can be printed on titanium or polymers that are safe to be inserted into the body. In fact, it is feasible that a wide range of practical materials could be used for this kind of printing.