Recent research (The Lancet, March 21, 2018) suggests that many people with back pain are getting risky treatments that may not work, including potentially addictive opioid painkillers and surgery. The same study points to a combination of physical and psychological therapies as helpful when it comes to easing discomfort and
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Because kidney pain location is frequently focused in the upper back, it’s easy to mistake kidney pain for upper back pain. But kidney pain isn’t related to muscular issues, or to other causes of back pain, such as the pinched nerve that can trigger spinal stenosis symptoms. Kidney pain also
Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:
Poor posture: This is a major risk factor
So this is where we’ve gotten ourselves. Right up there with tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, and jumper’s knee is “text neck,” an increasingly common orthopaedic ailment in this digital world of messaging, viewing, scrolling, and gaming on our cell phones. It’s a pain in the neck that’s sending millions to
Headaches can hit without notice, and multiple types may require different treatments. But there are simple headache cures you can try—strategies to relax tense muscles and stress, both of which can trigger headaches.
More complex headache cures include injections you may more commonly associate with cosmetic procedures. There are a
The term spondylosis means degeneration of the spine. The word sounds ominous, but the condition affects just about everyone as they age and as the spine goes the through the wear and tear of daily activities.
Spondylosis is also a “catch-all” term because spinal degeneration takes various forms. It might be
Lower back pain is more common than upper back pain and middle back pain. It can develop because you’ve overstretched the muscles and ligaments of your lower back, or overtaxed them while lifting a heavy object. Its origins also can lie in simple wear-and-tear over time, but in some circumstances,
Your neck is aching, you’ve got a knot between your shoulder blades, and your upper back feels tight: Sound familiar? If so, the likely culprits are your trapezius muscles (“traps”)—broad, triangular muscles at the back of your neck that extend over your upper shoulders and down to your mid-back.
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
Spinal stenosis develops when the space around the spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord. If conservative approaches don’t relieve spinal stenosis symptoms, many sufferers undergo surgery to relieve the condition.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
The most common cause for spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cartilage