Spine Conditions

Cervical Spondylosis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes What is Cervical Spondylosis? Cervical Spondylosis is a broad term for the wear and tear changes that affect the vertebral or spinal discs in the neck due to aging. Over time, these discs begin to shrink and become dry, and signs of osteoarthritis, such as ...
Cervical Stenosis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Cervical Stenosis: Definition What is Cervical Stenosis? Cervical Stenosis is a disorder in which the spinal canal in the neck area narrows. With less room in the spinal canal, the spinal cord may be compressed or pinched. Some people are born with this condition, but ...
Chiari Malformation
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Chiari Malformation Chiari Malformation is a condition in which brain tissue may protrude through an opening in the base of the skull and into the spinal cord. This condition may happen when part of the skull is too small or has an unusual shape, pressing ...
Cholecystitis
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Cholecystitis Definition The gallbladder is a small organ just beneath the liver that’s shaped like a pear and is located on the right side of your abdomen. It has the purpose of holding the digestive fluid or bile that the liver produces to be released ...
Compression fractures of the Spine
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Compression fractures of the spine are breaks that occur in the vertebrae under the force of pressure. Your vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine. The spinal fracture is often defined based on its location along the spine. These breaks most commonly happen ...
Degenerative Disc Disease
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes What is degenerative disc disease? Degenerative disc disease or degenerative disc disorder, sometimes called DDD, occurs when one or more of the discs that lie between the vertebrae of the spine begin to dehydrate, shrink or compress. The condition mostly occurs in the cervical spine ...
Degenerative Spine Disorders
The spine is one of the most important parts of our body as it makes our whole body be able to do different types of activities. Just like with our other body parts, the spine is also susceptible to medical conditions and disorders. Degenerative spine disorders are disorders or conditions that occur due to degeneration ...
Diabetes
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostic ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Diabetes - Definition Diabetes Mellitus is a group of diseases which affect how the body uses glucose or sugar. Glucose is a simple sugar in the blood and is the body's main source of energy. The brain depends on glucose as its primary fuel. There ...
Disc Herniation
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes A herniated disc occurs when the nucleus pulposus, which is the gel-like inner substance of an intervertebral disc, breaks through the annulus fibrosus, which is the tough, outer rim of the tire-like structure. Pain is the most common symptom. However, nerve compression and inflammation can ...
Fibromyalgia
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Fibromyalgia disease is a condition that is characterized by fatigue and joint stiffness and muscle pain that occurs in multiple areas of the body. The disorder is chronic, or ongoing, but the pain is intermittent, and it moves to various sites. Fibromyalgia disease is often ...
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
Degenerative Spine Disorders
Diabetes
Disc Herniation
Fibromyalgia
Flat feet
Fractures (Broken Bones)
Headache
Infectious Arthritis
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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