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Back problems are another source of chronic pain. Sciatica affects the lower back and legs. It starts in the sciatic nerve, which runs down the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. A herniated disk that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve often triggers sciatica. Spinal stenosis; a narrowing of the spine, can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be very painful, but medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments usually improve the pain within a few weeks.

Sometimes back pain can be traced to the kidneys, which are located on the back side of the body. Many people mistake kidney pain for back muscle strains. The most common causes of kidney pain are infection, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease (in which growths called cysts form in the kidneys), bleeding, and kidney cancer. Because kidney pain can signal a more serious condition, it’s important to call the doctor for any constant, dull pain on one side of the back.

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

The short

Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

Bone Cancer Symptoms: When Aches and Pains Are More Than Arthritis

When you think about the more than 200 bones that comprise the skeletal framework supporting your body, you probably envision them as sturdy, rigid, and unchanged. Actually, your bones are in a constant state of flux. Cells known as osteoclasts break down weakened portions of the bone, while cells called

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Using ice or heat for back pain is a simple, drug-free treatment approach that can be very effective. Which one suits you best will depend on your individual back pain and, specifically, whether your aches and pains are chronic or acute.
Chronic pain may result from slow-developing conditions that cause

Get Better Posture With The Alexander Technique

If you have arthritis or other conditions that cause muscle tightness, you may find relief from the “Alexander Technique,” an exercise method that helps improve movement, balance, support, and coordination—which, in turn, relieves muscle tightness and related discomfort.
The Alexander Technique can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from neck pain,

From the Editor: Alternative Approaches to Pain Relief

As we age, we often hear from parts of our bodies that have run on ‘automatic pilot’ forever—a knee hurts, our back aches, we wake up stiff and sore. Many of us immediately reach for the painkillers—but some of these medications have a greater risk of harmful side effects in

Newsbriefs: Lutein; Low Back Pain; Gout

Lutein Consumption May Aid Healthy Brain Aging.
Lutein, a pigment found in cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli) and leafy greens, is associated with preserving “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use your lifetime skills and knowledge. Study participants with higher blood serum levels of lutein scored higher on standard tests that

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms: How They Develop, How to Treat Them

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms: How They Develop, How to Treat Them

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop anywhere in the body. Ovarian cyst symptoms don’t affect all women who develop cysts on ovaries, and ovarian cysts can clear up without treatment. But for some women, ovarian cyst symptoms can lead to potentially serious complications.
The main ovarian cyst symptoms include pelvic

2. Essential Exercise

What’s Your Exercise Story?
Individuals come to exercise programs with different histories of physical activity. Maybe you played a team sport in high school and intramural athletics in college, but gradually became less active with the demands of work and family. Perhaps you’ve always preferred solitary activities, such as hiking on

Pilates Machines Foster Flexibility and Strength

Pilates was originally a one-on-one training system done on a mat and also on specialized machines developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally called his system “Contrology,” because to do the exercises correctly requires full concentration and control.

It’s a total body workout, best known for how

What’s Causing Your Upper Back Pain?

What’s Causing Your Upper Back Pain?

As a rule, upper back pain is unusual, since the upper back is structurally stronger than the lower back and also isn’t as mobile, due to being connected to the rib cage. This lack of motion affords it some protection against the bending-twisting types of injury you might sustain in

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