Spine Symptoms

Abnormal Sensations
Dysesthesia is a distortion in the sense of touch. There are several different types of this condition. Dysesthesia is an unpleasant and distorted sense of touch. It brings about aching, burning and tingling pain and happens most often in the upper or lower limbs. It often is manifested in other forms, such as pain.   ...
Back Pain
Back Pain Types, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments What is Back Pain? Back pain, simply put, is any pain you might feel in your back, whether it is in the lower or upper part. There are many types of back pain, as well as causes. And a pain in any specific part of your back may ...
Bleeding
Bleeding: Definition, Causes, Diagnostic Procedures, and Treatment What is bleeding? Bleeding, also known as hemorrhaging or hemorrhaging, is blood dissemination from the circulatory system.  The process can include internal or external bleeding or worse Hypovolemia which will be discussed in detail in this article.  When it comes to bleeding, it can occur in the following ...
Bowel and Bladder Incontinence
Bowel and Bladder Incontinence What is Bowel and Bladder Incontinence? Bowel and Bladder Incontinence refers to problems regarding the excretory system’s disposal of our urine and fecal matter. Bowel and bladder incontinence refers to the inability to control the voluntary passage of urine and fecal matter and is also the inability to hold it in, ...
Decreased Mobility of the Spine
Decreased Mobility of the Spine: Degenerative Disc Disease & Scoliosis Each section of the spine has its own degree of mobility. The sections with the greatest mobility are the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) areas. The thoracic spine area (from the bottom of the neck to the base of the rib cage) is relatively mobile. The sacrum (the ...
Decreased Muscle Strength
Muscle Weakness: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment Decreased Muscle Strength: What is Muscle Weakness? Muscle weakness, also known as myasthenia is simply defined as a lack of muscle strength in one of your body’s muscles. Muscle weakness is a very broad term that can include a wide range of meanings, conditions, and causes. As far as muscle ...
Lower left back pain
DefinitionCauses and treatment optionsPreventionDefinition WHAT IS LOWER BACK PAIN ON THE LEFT SIDE? Low back pain on the left side is discomfort in the lower portion of the back. It can be related to problems with the lumbar spine, the intervertebral discs that are located between the vertebrae, the spinal cord or nerves, the muscles ...
Lower Right Back Pain
Lower Right Back Pain: Definition, Causes, and Treatment What is low back pain? Low back pain is discomfort in the lumbar or lower portion of the back. It can be related to problems with the lumbar spine, the intervertebral discs that are located between the vertebrae, the spinal cord or nerves, the muscles or ligaments ...
Paralysis
Paralysis: Definition, Types, Causes, and Treatment What is Paralysis: Definition One of the saddest, most unfortunate things that could happen to a person is to suffer from some form of paralysis. It immediately defines him/her as not normally functioning. What is paralysis? Paralysis is the loss of one’s ability to move one or several muscles. ...
Paresthesia
Paresthesia Definition, Types, Causes, Diagnostic Procedures, and Treatment What is paresthesia? Paresthesia and the loss of sensation in a certain area of the body are two of the most frequently noted disturbances in sensation. The paresthesia definition refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, and ...
Abnormal Sensations
Back Pain
Bleeding
Bowel and Bladder Incontinence
Decreased Mobility of the Spine
Decreased Muscle Strength
Lower left back pain
Lower Right Back Pain
Paralysis
Paresthesia
Sexual Dysfunction
Spinal Deformity
Spine symptoms
Stiffness
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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