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.
Technology is constantly advancing to make things easier, but it can sometimes result in new harmful habits that didn’t exist before. Phones are no longer used to just make calls, but have a whole host of activities to keep you socially engaged and organized. Activities such as texting for prolonged periods can place excess strain on your neck and shoulders. The term “text neck” has been used to describe this condition.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which was first practiced in ancient India. There are various schools or types of yoga with different goals. Certain aspects of yoga in the form of low-impact physical exercise, meditation and other instructions have been shown to have numerous physical and mental benefits.
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.