27Feb, 2019

Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia, although often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, is the second most common musculoskeletal disorder behind osteoarthritis. The condition affects nearly 12 million Americans and is ten times more common in women. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made when a certain set of symptoms has been present for at least three months.  The most common symptoms include wide-spread muscle and joint pain, achiness or soreness- especially in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips.  Your muscles may constantly feel overworked and tired. Some patients have trouble sleeping and feel as though they are […]
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27Feb, 2019

Chronic Lumbar Disc Pain

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Your low back consists of 5 individual vertebrae stacked on top of each other.  Flexible cushions called “discs” live between each set of vertebrae. A disc is made up of two basic components.  The inner disc, called the “nucleus”, is like a ball of jelly about the size of a marble. This jelly is held in place by the outer part of the disc called the “annulus”, which is a tough ligament that wraps around the inner nucleus much like a ribbon wrapping around your finger. Your low back relies […]
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27Feb, 2019

Chondromalacia Patellae

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The term “Chondromalacia Patellae” (CMP) describes painful damage to the cartilage behind your kneecap.  CMP may begin at any age and is commonly found in teenagers. The likelihood of developing CMP increases with age, and the condition is more common in females. You are more likely to develop CMP if you are overweight or have had a prior knee injury. One of the most common causes of CMP is an imbalance between the muscles that help to guide your kneecap and its “V-shaped” groove at the end of your thigh […]
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27Feb, 2019

Headaches

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Headaches affect almost half of the population. Fifteen to twenty percent of all headaches arise from problems in the neck and are classified as “cervicogenic headache.” The most common trigger for cervicogenic headache is limited movement of the joints in your upper cervical spine. Normally, each of the joints in your neck move freely and independently. Sometimes, restrictions in the upper cervical spine initiate a painful cycle of stiffness, muscle tightness and joint inflammation. This may cause irritation to the sensitive nerves leading from your neck into the back of […]
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27Feb, 2019

Neck Strain/Sprain

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Your cervical spine, or neck, is made up of seven bones stacked on top of each other with a shock-absorbing disc between each level.  Your neck is relatively flexible so it relies on muscles and ligaments for support. “Sprains” and “strains” are the result of these tissues being stretched too hard or too far, much like a rope that frays when it is stretched beyond its normal capacity.  The term, “sprain” means that the tough, durable ligaments that hold your bones together have been damaged, while “strain” means that your […]
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27Feb, 2019

Arthritis in your Neck

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Our spine is made up of twenty-four individual vertebra stacked on top of each other.  To allow for flexibility and movement, there is a cushion, or “disc” in between each pair of vertebra.  As we age, these discs can wear, becoming progressively thinner over time. This leads to a cycle of arthritic changes, including bone spurs and narrowing of the opening where our nerves exit the spine.  Sometimes your nerves can become “pinched” in these narrowed openings. This results in pain, numbness or tingling into your arm along the path […]
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27Feb, 2019

Cervical Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis means that the tube surrounding your spinal cord and nerve roots is too small, and your nerves are being compressed.  Stenosis can arise in different ways. Sometimes, people are born with a spinal canal that is too small. Other times, the canal may have been narrowed by surgery or conditions like disc bulges.  Most commonly, spinal stenosis arises from chronic arthritic changes that narrow the canal. This type of stenosis usually develops slowly over a long period of time, and symptoms show up later in life.   The […]
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27Feb, 2019

Neck Stiffness

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Neck pain affects over half of the population at some point in their life. Neck pain is second only to lower back pain as a cause of lost workdays. One of the most common causes of neck pain comes from a slightly misaligned or restricted joint in your neck. Your neck is made up of seven bones stacked on top of each other with a soft “disc” between each segment to allow for flexibility. Normally, each joint in your neck should move freely and independently. Our examination of your spine […]
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27Feb, 2019

Neck Pain that goes down the Arm/Cervical Radiculopathy

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Your nervous system is basically a big electrical circuit. Your spinal cord transmits all of the electrical nerve impulses between your brain and spine. From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine then travel to supply sensation and movement to specific areas of your shoulders, arms and hands. This allows you to move and feel sensations like touch, heat, cold and pain. Anything that interferes with this transmission can cause problems. You have been diagnosed with a “Cervical Radiculopathy”. This means that one or more of the nerves emerging from […]
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27Feb, 2019

Whiplash

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Your neck is made up of seven bones stacked on top of each other with a shock-absorbing disc between each level.  Your neck is relatively flexible, so it relies on your muscles and ligaments for support. “Whiplash” describes what happens when these tissues are stretched too hard or too far, much like a rope which frays when it is stretched beyond its capacity.   Auto accidents are the leading cause of whiplash.  Up to 83% of people involved in an accident will suffer a whiplash injury. The extent of your […]
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