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Relieve Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades

If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist

3. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and a leading cause of chronic pain and disability, affecting approximately 30 million people in the United States alone. It is a degenerative disease that begins with deterioration of the cartilage in synovial joints. Cartilage serves as a protective pad between

2. Our Spinal Anatomy

Our back is an extraordinarily intricate structure made of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs, and nerves. All of these anatomical components somehow work together to help us stand up and move through everyday life—an impressive feat. However, all of these parts also can become individual sources of pathology.
Vertebral Column
The

Relieve Pain From a Pinched Nerve

If you experience a sharp, burning pain on one side of your neck or upper back or in your lower back and leg, it may be caused by a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve can also produce numbness, tingling, burning, pain that radiates into an arm or leg, or a

7. Surgical Interventions for Arthritis

urgery may be considered in arthritis treatment when medication is no longer enough to manage symptoms. The decision to head down the surgical route is a balancing act. The patient must consider his or her current symptoms and level of disability and weigh them against the potential benefits, risks, and

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease involving joints and other organs in the body. It is a cause of chronic pain, joint deformity, and significant disability affecting about 1.5 million Americans and 1 percent of the population worldwide. Women are affected three times more often than men,

3. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, causing pain and disability in approximately 30 million people in the U.S. alone. It is a degenerative disease beginning with deterioration of cartilage in the synovial joints, often progressing to affect the whole joint. Cartilage serves as a protective pad between

Appendix I: Glossary

abdominals (abs): the muscles that support the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis
aerobic exercise: physical activity that increases the intake of oxygen and improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
balance: the even distribution of weight that enables a person to remain upright and steady; also called equilibrium
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Appendix I: Glossary

abdominals (abs): the muscles that support the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis
aerobic exercise: physical activity that increases the intake of oxygen and improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
atrophy: a decrease in the size of a muscle or muscle fiber
balance: the even distribution of weight that

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