Severe headaches at the back of the head and neck may involve the greater occipital nerve that travels through the muscles at the back of the head and into the scalp providing sensation to the back and top of the scalp. An occipital nerve block involves injecting medication around the greater occipital nerve to relieve pain. It prevents pain signals from reaching the brain and can provide relief for months.
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to treat various conditions. Stem cells are present in all of us acting like a repair system for the body. However, with increasing age fewer stem cells are delivered to the site of injury. The goal of Stem Cell therapy is to amplify the natural repair system of the patient’s body.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), back pain is so common it affects 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is often the result of poor habits that exert stress on the muscles and joints. If you often suffer from back pain and would like to keep your back healthy and pain free, knowing what habits to avoid can save you from many instances of pain.
Physical activity can be a pleasant change for those used to a sedentary lifestyle. Often one becomes overenthusiastic and does not know when to stop. Suddenly, there is a pop followed by sharp, shooting pain. Acute pain can occur due to forceful or repeated stress such as from moving furniture, doing yard work or participating in sports.
Weak muscles, poor posture and stressful movements increase the likelihood of lower back injury and pain. Lumbar stabilization is an exercise/education program that helps you strengthen the muscles that support your lower spine and improves movement and posture so that injury and pain are unlikely.
Repeated movements from activities such as sports exert considerable stress on the spine and can lead to tiny cracks in the vertebrae called stress fractures. These fractures mostly involve the lower back, particularly the fifth lumbar vertebra and rarely the fourth. Symptoms may vary from no pain at all to pain across the lower back
Medications are often a quick solution to problems such as back pain. Those with chronic pain however realize that they can’t keep popping pills without dealing with side effects. Eventually, pain medications may actually worsen your health and even your pain. This is especially true if you have been taking narcotic medications for more than a few weeks. Even OTC medicines can have serious side effects.
Coping with chronic back pain can take its toll on the mind, sometimes resulting in a severe form of depression lasting longer than 2 weeks. This kind of depression is called major depression and is often accompanied by irritability, hopelessness, crying spells, fatigue, lack of interest in activities, poor/increased appetite, weight loss/gain, decreased libido and feelings of suicide.
Did you know that foods you eat may influence your pain levels? Certain foods promote inflammation and certain foods prevent or reduce it. A recent study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain linked migraines with certain dietary elements and suggested a comprehensive diet to reduce the frequency of headaches.
A certain amount of stress can help you carry out your activities with efficiency, but trying to manage too much for too long, can negatively affect your health. Stress is often associated with health conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease, but it can also cause or aggravate back pain.
The stress caused by an increased work load, financial pressures, medical conditions etc. can lead to muscle tension in the neck and back causing pain. Managing your stress can help you deal with back pain or prevent it from occurring.