Spine Conditions

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and DiagnosticTreatment and MedicationsDefinition and Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of arthritis which causes recurring inflammation of the spinal bones and other joints such as sacroiliac joints. It is a chronic disorder which is also known as Marie-Strümpell disease or Bechterew's syndrome. The symptoms of ...
Arthritis (Spondylosis)
Arthritis (Spondylosis) DefinitionSymptoms and DiagnosisTreatment and CareArthritis (Spondylosis) Definition Arthritis Definition, Causes, Risk Factors and Complications What is Arthritis of the Spine? Arthritis of the spine is actually a very common condition that occurs in people aged 65 or older. Arthritis does not directly refer to a single condition (although there is common Arthritis) but ...
Atherosclerosis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes What Cause Atherosclerosis? Atherosclerosis is a disease that is slowly progressive. In some people, its onset is as early as in childhood. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but many experts believe Atherosclerosis begins when the innermost layer of an artery is damaged ...
Atlantoaxial Instability
Definition and CausesTreatment and CareSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresDefinition and Causes Atlantoaxial Instability Definition Atlantoaxial Instability is a condition that is characterized by an excess of movement between the vertebrae in the neck known as the atlas and the axis. Speaking of Atlantoaxial instability definition, this condition is considered as a result of an abnormality in ...
Back Muscle Spasm
Definition and causesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and causes Back Muscle Spasm Back muscle spasms occur when muscle contracts spontaneously. If this happens abnormally near the spinal cord in the back and affects the nerve roots, it can cause a significant amount of pain. The muscles in the lower back work in harmony with ...
Back Pain
Definition, Causes, ComplicationsSymptoms and diagnosticsTreatment and CareDefinition, Causes, Complications The general definition of back pain is pain felt in any part of the back. Back pain can be an annoyance, or it can be excruciating and debilitating. It often results from, among other things, muscle problems and the degeneration of discs between the vertebrae. For ...
Bone Cancer
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Bone Cancer - Definition What is Bone Cancer? Bone cancer is a complication that starts in your bone. It is an uncommon type of cancer which can begin in any bone in your body. Most bone cancers start in the long bones of your arms ...
Burns
Definition and Risk FactorsSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Risk Factors Burns - Definition Burns can range from minor problems to life-threatening medical emergencies. Electricity and chemicals are known as the primary causes of burns. In children, scalding hot liquids are the most common cause of burns. Minor scalds and sunburns usually do not ...
Cervical Osteochondrosis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Cervical osteochondrosis is a condition that results when changes begin to occur in the cushioning discs which lie between the vertebrae in the neck. The changes in these discs cause changes in the neck vertebrae and joints themselves to also occur, resulting in compression of ...
Cervical Radiculopathy
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes What is cervical radiculopathy? It is a condition that affects the nerve roots of the cervical or upper portion of the spine. The nerve roots that are usually affected are those of the sixth and the seventh cervical vertebrae. Damaged nerve roots can lead to ...
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Arthritis (Spondylosis)
Atherosclerosis
Atlantoaxial Instability
Back Muscle Spasm
Back Pain
Bone Cancer
Burns
Cervical Osteochondrosis
Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical Stenosis
Chiari Malformation
Cholecystitis
Compression fractures of the Spine
Degenerative Disc Disease
Diabetes
Disc Herniation
Fibromyalgia
Flat feet
Fractures (Broken Bones)
Headache
Infectious Arthropathies
Infectious Diseases
Injury
Kyphosis
Leukemia
Lordosis
Low Back Pain (Lumbago)
Lumbar Radiculopathy
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar Spondylosis
Lupus
Marfan Syndrome
Meningitis
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Myelopathy
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Nonspinal Causes of Back Pain
Osteomyelitis
Osteophytes (bone spurs)
Osteoporosis
Pain associated with Kidney
Pain associated with Pancreas
Pain in the Tailbone (Coccydynia)
Peripheral Neuropathy
Pinched nerve
Piriformis Syndrome
Rabies
Radiculopathy
Rheumatic Fever
Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (Osteochondrosis)
Sciatica
Sciatica during pregnancy
Scoliosis
Shingles (herpes zoster)
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal fractures
Spinal Infections
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal Tumor
Spine conditions
Spine Injuries and Disorders
Spondylolisthesis
Sprain & Strain
Stress Fractures
Stroke
Tension Headache
Thoracic Spine Fractures
Thoracic Spondylosis
Torticollis (wry neck)
What is Spine Injury
Whiplash – Cervical Spine Injury
Questions & Answers
Q:
What is the best way to treat permanent back and neck pain and stiffness?
A:

Here are some tips:

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep with a cervical pillow

Orthopedic or cervical pillows are made with special contours to support the space beneath the neck and head. They are also more concave for the head and provide more support to the neck.

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep on your back

The best position to lie to sleep is on your back. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, make sure your pillow is not too thick. It should raise your head no more than 4 to 6 inches. This will keep your neck and head from turning to either side.

Neck Pain Tips: Position your computer screen at eye level

While you are working at a computer, sit comfortably in your chair with your computer in front of you. Close your eyes and then open them. When you open your eyes, you should see the middle of the computer screen. If your gaze is not in the middle of the screen, adjust the height of the screen using items like books.

To keep your head from gradually drifting forward, take frequent breaks to stretch. Getting up to walk around at least once every half-hour is one of the best neck pain tips.

Neck Pain Tips: Use a telephone headset

Never hold a phone between your shoulder and your ear. Use a headset or other hands-free system to talk on the phone and avoid abusing your neck and spine.

Neck Pain Tips: Exercise your neck muscles

One of the best neck pain tips is using the chin tuck. You can do this often throughout the day. In addition to helping strengthen the muscles that hold the head in alignment over the shoulders, it also helps strengthen the scalene and sub-occipital muscles.

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Q:
What is the best treatment for neck pain and shoulder Pain?
A:

One of the best treatment for neck pain and shoulder pain is exercises:

Neck Pain Exercises: Neck Extension

  1. To begin this neck pain exercise, sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place the palm of your hand on the back of your neck, at the base of your head
  4. Apply slight forward pressure with your hand, while resisting the forward motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax
  6. Repeat the neck pain exercises 5-10 times

Neck pain exercises: Side bend

  1. Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place your left hand, palm down, on the left side of your head (around your ear)
  4. Slightly push your head to the right side with your hand, while resisting the sideways motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax.
  6. Repeat 5-10 times
  7. Repeat the neck pain exercises with the other side.

Neck pain exercises: Neck flexion

  1. Sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Looking straight ahead, tuck your chin slightly (starting position)
  3. Place the tips of your fingers on your forehead
  4. Slightly push your head backward with your fingers, while resisting the backward motion of your neck and head
  5. Hold for a count of 5 and return to the starting position and relax.
  6. Repeat the neck pain exercises 5-10 times

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Q:
How do I reduce the shoulder and neck pain?
A:

Here are some tips:

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep with a cervical pillow

Orthopedic or cervical pillows are made with special contours to support the space beneath the neck and head. They are also more concave for the head and provide more support to the neck.

Neck Pain Tips: Sleep on your back

The best position to lie to sleep is on your back. If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, make sure your pillow is not too thick. It should raise your head no more than 4 to 6 inches. This will keep your neck and head from turning to either side.

Neck Pain Tips: Position your computer screen at eye level

While you are working at a computer, sit comfortably in your chair with your computer in front of you. Close your eyes and then open them. When you open your eyes, you should see the middle of the computer screen. If your gaze is not in the middle of the screen, adjust the height of the screen using items like books.

To keep your head from gradually drifting forward, take frequent breaks to stretch. Getting up to walk around at least once every half-hour is one of the best neck pain tips.

Neck Pain Tips: Carry weight evenly

Many people make the mistake of carrying a heavy briefcase or their purse on their shoulder or on one side of their body. Doing this causes strain in the muscles and leads to pain.

Remove non-essentials from your briefcase or purse. Consider using a backpack to evenly distribute the weight across your shoulders. If you choose to carry a purse or backpack, keep your shoulders level while carrying it.

Neck Pain Tips: Maintain a proper posture

The most common posture contributing to neck pain is the “head-and-shoulders-forward” posture. In this position, the neck slopes forward, putting the head in front of the shoulders.

In this position, the head pulls the upper back forward also in a slumped position. This places a strain on the entire spinal column.

More tips here: Neck Pain Tips: Sleeping, Posture, Exercising, Hydration & Prevention

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