Wrist pain is usually the result of a sudden injury such as falling on an outstretched arm or repetitive stress on the wrist joint from work-related or sports activities. It may be accompanied by swelling, decreased range of motion, tingling sensation, numbness and weakness.
The use of electricity has long been suggested as a remedy for pain. The first TENS machine was developed in the 1960s and its benefits in pain management were soon recognized. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Many have found this treatment very helpful, however, its effectiveness varies from person to person.
We usually hear of people straining their backs lifting weights, but did you know that weight training done in the right manner can sometimes be a solution to back pain? It can tone your muscles and improve bone strength and balance reducing your risk of strain, falls and fractures.
Hemifacial spasm is a condition characterized by uncontrolled twitching of muscles on one side of the face caused by compression or irritation of the facial nerve. The affected facial nerve then sends abnormal signals to the muscles it supplies causing them to twitch or contract.
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.