The most common sites of bone spur formation in the neck are levels C6-C7 as this is the segment of the spine where the intervertebral discs tends to degenerate faster with age. A combination of shocks to the discs and the general wear and tear of compression can cause the disc to collapse, leading to [...]

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Faster Neck Pain Recovery with Improved Sleep

by LMatthews on October 30, 2014

Turning back the clocks this fall might help you get an extra hour of sleep, which could help those suffering from neck pain to recover more quickly. New research, published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, found that people with poorer sleep quality are less likely to show improvements in neck pain, regardless of other [...]

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The majority of neck pain is caused by muscle strain and is typically resolved without medical intervention within a few days. However, pain in the front of the neck that persists, or which is severe and acute, can be a sign of a serious health issue that warrants medical attention. Neck Pain and Heart Attack [...]

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What could quantum theory have to do with nerve pain? Well, according to a presentation given at the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 25th Annual Clinical Meeting, quite a lot, actually. Whether this new direction for pain management will end up benefiting those with pain resulting from spinal stenosis remains to be seen, but […]

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Synthetic Marijuana – Safe for Neck Pain?

by LMatthews on October 19, 2014

Data shows that emergency department visits involving synthetic marijuana have more than doubled in recent years. Could this prompt yet more states to alter legislation, especially as those states where medical cannabis has been legalised have reported lower levels of opioid overdose deaths? Due to growing disenchantment with so-called BigPharma, many people are turning to [...]

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Epidural steroid injections for back pain have long been a popular way of treating spinal stenosis related to inflammation in the lumbar spine. The safety of these injections has, especially in the past couple of years, been called into question numerous times, and one such concern is the documented effect on blood glucose that occurs […]

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Botox injections have long been used to relax muscles that are associated with frown lines and deep wrinkles, and such injections have also been found helpful in treating neck pain, headaches, and other types of pain connected to underlying muscles tension. Myofascial pain is a condition where muscle pain and stiffness are typically centred on [...]

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According to a new study, hypnotic sleep medications and SSRIs may increase the risk of osteoporotic and hip fractures in older adults. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a popular type of antidepressant and, as back pain is often associated with depression, those with spinal stenosis may be particularly at risk of this complication. Presenting […]

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Moxibustion Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain

by LMatthews on October 7, 2014

Acupuncture has long been a popular alternative therapy for neck pain relief but moxibustion acupuncture may be novel, and a tad scary, for even aficionados of acupuncture. The idea of setting fire to a substance (moxa) at the end of an acupuncture needle may strike some as a step too far, so why is this [...]

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In the near future, doctors may be better able to decide which chronic lower back pain patients can safely be prescribed opiates for pain relief. Opioid related overdoses, and problems of opioid addiction are on the rise in the US, but as chronic back pain is also increasingly common this leaves physicians in something of […]

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