A pinched nerve is a nerve under abnormal pressure—a compressed nerve. The pressure can come from adjacent bones or soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, or cartilage. When that happens, the brain sends a signal that causes pain, weakness, or a numb feeling. But what are the most common
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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, is a group of 13 heritable (i.e., genetic) disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues. These tissues—found mostly in the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls—act like a glue to help provide strength and elasticity to the body’s structures, including the digestive system and essential organs.
Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly
If you suffer from low back pain, you’re in good company: It affects four out of five adults at some time in their lives. It can range from a mild, dull ache through to an excruciating pain that’s both distressing and disabling. The good news is that research in
Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages
From head to toe, nerve damage can affect any part of the body. The condition is surprisingly prevalent—20 million people in the U.S. alone. Half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, according to the American Diabetes Association, and diabetic neuropathy is just one of more
Gum Disease May Play a Role in Rheumatoid Arthritis
An oral bacterium linked to gum disease may also initiate rheumatoid arthritis-related autoimmunity, reported researchers at the 2018 Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in June. Porphyromonas gingivalis is the only human pathogen associated with the generation of citrullinated proteins, the researchers explained,
A tendon is one of more than 1300 fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis) is inflammation of that tendon and is one of the most common conditions seen by primary care physicians and orthopaedic surgeons.
Causes of Tendinitis
In younger people, tendinitis usually affects athletes who do
Most people experience an occasional headache that is relieved by an over-the-counter pain medication. However, if you have headaches that frequently affect your ability to function, don’t assume that there’s no solution. Work with your physician or a specialist to identify what type of headaches you have so you can