Spine Conditions

Tension Headache
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes What is a tension headache? A tension headache is the most common kind of a headache. Many people describe the pain of these as similar to having a band fastened tightly around their head. The pain is most often mild to moderate. What causes a ...
Thoracic Spine Fractures
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Thoracic Spine Fractures - Definition Thoracic spine fractures are fractures in the thoracic area of spinal vertebrae. Spine fractures can occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports, acts of violence, and miscellaneous activities. Results can be devastating, often resulting in permanent neurologic ...
Thoracic Spondylosis
Definition and CausesTreatment and CareSymptoms and diagnostics procceduresDefinition and Causes Thoracic Spondylosis - Definition The term Spondylosis is used by doctors to describe a general deterioration of the spine. Thoracic Spondylosis is a deterioration of the middle part of the spinal column. This condition does not happen as often as Cervical Spondylosis, which occurs in ...
Torticollis (wry neck)
Definition and CausesSymptoms and diagnostics proceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Torticollis Definition, Causes, Risk Factors and Complications What is Torticollis? Torticollis Definition Torticollis, also known as "wry neck", is abnormal and tilting downward of the head and neck due to a problem in the muscles of the neck. Torticollis is derived from two Latin words ...
What is Spine Injury
Definition Spine injury can occur as a result of trauma, wear or damage to the muscles, bones or other tissues that make up the back. Some of the most frequent types of spine injury are strains and sprains, fractured vertebrae and herniated discs. The lower back or lumbar area is a common site for a spine ...
Whiplash – Cervical Spine Injury
Definition and CausesSymptoms and Diagnostics ProceduresTreatment and CareDefinition and Causes Cervical Spine Injury: Definition Whiplash or cervical spine injury is the pain in the neck due to an injury to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments when an abnormal force to the neck causes movement beyond the neck's normal range. Typical cervical spine injury is caused ...
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

More exercises here: Neck Pain Exercises

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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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