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Find Relief for Back Pain
Find Relief for Back Pain According to the American College of Rheumatology, back pain strikes nearly as often as the common cold—in fact, nearly 80% of people in the world develop back pain. Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your back healthy and keep back pain away. A car accident, a sports injury, and lifting a heavy object are obvious causes of back pain. But lifestyle factors can cause back pain, too. Being overweight—especially having excess abdominal fat—strains the lower back. Lack of exer...
Reduce Your Risk for Low Back Pain
Reduce Your Risk for Low Back Pain Lifting heavy objects is not the only thing that can cause back pain. Many other factors can affect your back. Reduce weight Overweight people have a higher chance of getting back pain. This is mainly true for people with extra weight around the waist, which pulls the pelvis forward, causing stress on the lower back. Keeping a healthy weight through diet and exercise doesn’t only reduce existing back pain. It can also help prevent certain types of back problems in the ...
Evaluation Procedures for Orthopedic Problems
Evaluation Procedures for Orthopedic Problems What are standard evaluation procedures? Before a treatment or rehabilitation plan can be made, your orthopedist must first find what is causing your condition. This typically involves a physical exam and a review of your health history. The healthcare provider will also look at your symptoms. Be sure to tell your provider about any other illnesses, injuries, or complaints that may be causing the pain or condition. Also tell him or her about any treatments o...
Orthopedic Treatment Team
The Orthopedic Treatment Team What is orthopedics? The word orthopedic comes from the Greek words: Ortho meaning straight Paedia meaning children Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with diseases, injuries, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system relating to the body's muscles and skeleton, and including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Who treats orthopedic conditions? Orthopedic conditions may be treated by your doctor or other medical specialists and healthcare prov...
5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck
5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck One of the things many of us take for granted is a pain-free neck. It's only when we have a stiff or painful neck that we wish we had taken preventive measures. The exercises discussed below are to strengthen and stretch a normal neck. If you have preexisting neck pain or a spine condition, check with your healthcare provider before doing these exercises. There are several causes of neck pain, including poor posture and soft tissue abnormalities due to injury or wea...
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation What is musculoskeletal rehabilitation? A musculoskeletal rehabilitation program is a doctor-supervised program designed for people with impairments or disabilities due to disease, disorders, or trauma to the muscles or bones. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation programs can often improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient. What conditions can benefit from musculoskeletal rehabilitation? Some of the conditions that may benefit from m...
Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers
Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers Body-jarring moves are part of the game for football players, wrestlers, and others who play contact sports. They're also the most common cause of stingers, painful electrical sensations radiating through one of the arms. These painful injuries affect the nerves in the neck and shoulders, or those in the neck that branch off from the spinal cord. Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the...
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck The neck is the most flexible part of the spine, but because it isn’t well-protected by muscles, it’s also easy to injure. Neck pain can result from many different causes--from arthritis to inflammatory disease. Causes of neck pain and problems may include the following: Injury (damage to the muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments) Stress Herniated cervical disk Arthritis (i.e., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) Congenital abnormalities of the vertebrae and bones Tumo...
Labor Pains: Reducing Your Desk-Job Ailments
Labor Pains: Reducing Your Desk-Job Ailments If your job requires you to sit for much of the day, sooner or later you may experience pain in your back, neck, shoulder, hands, or wrists. You can avoid such problems by practicing the following strategies. Comfort basics These tips can help you prevent stiff muscles: Take a five-minute stretch break every hour. Stand up and stretch your whole body. Gently shake your hands and wrists. Occasionally do tasks that you can do while standing, such as filing or r...