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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
August 19, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Whiplash  

Car accidents aren't the only cause of whiplash. In fact, any activity that "whips" your neck back and forth could cause the injury. Fortunately, the orthopaedics physicians at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan, provide treatments that relieve whiplash symptoms.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is likely to occur due to sudden movement of your neck forward and backward. The motion strains your neck injuring muscles, tendons, discs, or nerves in your neck. In addition to car accidents, whiplash can be caused by riding jerky amusement park rides or playing sports. It might also happen if someone hits or shakes you.

What are whiplash symptoms?

Whiplash symptoms don't always start right after an injury. In fact, you may not notice any symptoms for several hours to as long as a day after you hurt your neck. If you have whiplash, your neck may become stiff, which can make turning it painful. Other whiplash symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Muscle spasms
  • Back pain
  • Pain and numbness in your arm and hand
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory issues

How is whiplash treated?

Ice can help relieve pain and inflammation caused by whiplash if applied during the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, heat may be more helpful. Over-the-counter medications that decrease both pain and inflammation like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can make it easier to manage your symptoms. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle tension and spasms.

In the past, people who developed whiplash were given cervical collars to reduce neck movement. Today, doctors recommend gentle exercises or physical therapy to promote healing and reduce stiffness. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend ultrasound therapy, corticosteroid injections, or massage during your visit to the St. Thomas, or St. Croix, orthopaedics office.

Could your neck pain be a symptom of whiplash? Contact your St. Thomas, and St. Croix, doctors at Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists to schedule your appointment. You can reach Dr. Chase and Dr. Sayan by calling us at (340) 714-2845 for St. Thomas, office and at (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix, office.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
May 19, 2021
Category: Health Care

Your doctors in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, can help with high blood pressure.

Do you have high blood pressure? The truth is, you may have high blood pressure and not even know it, because quite often, there are no signs or symptoms associated with it. That’s why high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer.” Regular visits to your doctor can help you find out if you have high blood pressure.

Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including treatment for high blood pressure. They have two convenient office locations in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, to help manage your high blood pressure.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often goes untreated. Unfortunately, untreated high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack, or it can kill you.

When your doctor takes your blood pressure, they measure the blood flowing through your arteries. When your blood comes up against fatty plaque on the walls of your arteries, your blood pressure will be high.

You may have high blood pressure due to genetics, however, it’s often caused by a diet high in fats and salt. Diet modification is one of the most important ways you can manage your blood pressure. To help manage your blood pressure, remember to:

  • Eat a diet lower in salt and fatty foods
  • Eat more poultry and fish, and less red meat
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Try to maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your alcohol intake and don’t smoke
  • Exercise regularly to keep your heart healthy

To adequately manage your high blood pressure, you need help from your doctor. Medication therapy is a common way to keep your blood pressure within normal limits. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Diuretics, to eliminate excess fluid
  • ACE inhibitors, to relax blood vessels
  • Beta Blockers, to lower how hard your heart needs to work
  • Calcium channel blockers, to slow down your heart rate

High blood pressure is serious, but you can get help with just a simple phone call. To find out more about how to manage your high blood pressure, and how your doctors can help, call Dr. Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach them in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or in their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000, so call now!

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 22, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Chronic Pain  

If you are having chronic pain, the professionals at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St.Thomas, and St. Croix, are dedicated to helping patients manage chronic conditions and find relief from pain.
 

Everyone experiences physical pain at times, but chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that continues for six months or longer. Chronic pain interferes with your daily activities and can lead to depression and affect all other areas of your life. If you've never seen a doctor about your pain, it's important to be diagnosed so we can target the source of your pain with a treatment plan. Come see us in St.Thomas, and St. Croix, to get your pain under control.
 

In many cases, chronic pain can occur after an initial injury, or because of disease. But in some cases, a patient experiences chronic pain without an injury. The following are examples of diseases that can cause chronic pain:
 

  • Fibromyalgia causes pain in the bones and muscles throughout the body
  • Arthritis causes painful inflammation of the joints, either in one joint or throughout the body
  • TMJ causes painful locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw
  • Inflammatory bowel disease describes a few different conditions that cause pain and chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
  • Endometriosis causes pain when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome causes prolonged weariness and often includes chronic pain

These are just some examples of causes of chronic pain. Even normal aging that affects the joints and bones can be a source of chronic pain. The source of your chronic pain is likely unique or a combination of factors. Seeing someone that can help diagnose and pinpoint the causes of your pain can only help develop a treatment plan suited to find you relief.
 

Chronic pain can be managed and it doesn't have to take over your life. Contact us for an appointment in St. Thomas at (340) 714-2845, and in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
March 19, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Arthritis  

How your doctors in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, can help you get relief from arthritis pain
 

Arthritis is an uncomfortable, and often crippling disease. There are some things you can do to reduce the negative effects of arthritis, and seeing your doctor is one of the most important.
 

Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists offer a wide range of medical services, including arthritis treatment. They have office locations in Saint Thomas, and St. Croix, to help you.
 

There are different types of arthritis, with different causes:
 

  • Osteoarthritis, which happens as a result of age-related wear-and-tear on your body. The degenerative changes in your bones are often accelerated by repetitive use injuries. The cartilage, which is the tissue cushioning your bones, begins to wear down. Eventually, your bones lose their cushion completely, and you have bone-on-bone contact. When you have osteoarthritis, your joints swell, you feel pain, and you lose mobility and flexibility.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by an autoimmune response within your body. Your immune system attacks your tissue, causing damage to your joints, tendons, and ligaments. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages, causing swelling, pain, and joint deformity.

These are just a few of the ways you can help reduce the negative effects of arthritis:
 

  • Avoid high-impact activities which stress your joints; instead try walking, swimming, and other low-impact exercises.
  • Stop doing the activities that cause your arthritis pain to increase
  • Try to manage your weight, to lessen the stress on your joints
  • Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and relieve pain

Your doctor can also help you manage arthritis pain and degenerative changes. Common treatments include:
 

  • Physical therapy and stretching to help maintain flexibility and strength
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Lifestyle modification, nutritional counseling, and wellness programs

Living with arthritis doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy life. To find out more about reversing the negative effects of arthritis, call Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Mary Olsen, and Dr. Carmen Quinones of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. You can reach them in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845, or in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000, so call today!

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 29, 2021
Category: Health Care
Tags: Osteoarthritis   Hip  

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis where the cartilage between the bones gradually wears away. This causes the bones to rub against each other, resulting in pain and discomfort. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can become debilitating. A doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix helps you manage your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialist offer an array of services to help you with all forms of arthritis. Do you have osteoarthritis of the hip or in another part of your body? Keep reading to learn more about this painful medical condition.
 

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

When you have osteoarthritis, your symptoms slowly develop over the years. Typical symptoms include pain, stiffness, lack of joint flexibility, swelling, and joint tenderness. You may even hear a popping or cracking sound when you move your hip joint.
 

Ways to Manage Your Osteoarthritis at Home

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are ways to manage this medical condition. Incorporating regular physical activity into your life helps to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Low impact exercises like walking, riding a bike, tai chi, yoga, swimming, and strength training are all good choices. A doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix can help you decide which type of exercise is best for your unique circumstances. Consult with Dr. Jeffrey Chase or Dr. Ahmet Sayan to learn more about exercises to help with your osteoarthritis.
 

When you're overweight, you place extra stress on your body, including your hip joints. As a result, your osteoarthritis may progress more rapidly. If you're carrying some extra pounds, strive to lose weight. Your physician can provide you with the information you need to slim down.
 

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

A St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor will determine the kind of treatment you need. This depends on the severity of your condition. He or she can also help you learn to manage your pain. The doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
 

If your hip osteoarthritis is more advanced, the doctor may recommend prescription-strength pain relievers. As a last resort, your doctor might determine that surgery is necessary. This may involve a total hip replacement if your condition severely interferes with your lifestyle.
 

Schedule Your Appointment

Do you have hip pain? You may have osteoarthritis. Only a doctor in St. Thomas, St. Croix can diagnose you with this medical condition. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Island Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. Our experienced physicians can provide the right treatment plan to help you with osteoarthritis of the hip. Schedule your appointment by calling 340-714-2845 or 340-692-5000.