Having plantar fasciitis can cause excruciating pain in the heel. It is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a very thick band of tissue that spans across the sole of your foot and joins your heel bone to your toe bones.
Plantar fasciitis frequently causes a stabbing pain when taking the first few steps after getting out of bed and standing up after sitting for a long time. The pain typically reduces when you move around, but if you have been standing for a long time, it could come back, making walking difficult and limiting mobility. Continue reading.
A groin strain is a common injury involving tearing in any of the five groin abductor muscles located inside the thigh. People who participate in competitive sports like baseball, football and karate are more likely to get groin injuries.
However, the likelihood of sustaining a groin strain increases when additional factors contribute to the injury. For example, lower back issues and weak or tight abductor muscles can increase the risk of a groin injury. Continue reading.
Pain is more than a physical sensation, especially when it persists over a long period, like chronic pain; it is an emotional condition, too. As a result, a wide range of mental and behavioral changes can occur, including withdrawal, immobility, anxiety and drug dependence. Continue reading.
Acupuncture can treat your injury or pain as part of a comprehensive treatment plan or on its own. It is a traditional Chinese medicine technique for balancing the life force (qi or chi) flowing through pathways (meridians) in the body. Continue reading.
Does neck pain haunt you? Perhaps you do not even know why. After all, you utilize hands-free phone accessories, maintain proper posture and occasionally get massages. All these are valiant efforts. However, mental anguish can also manifest itself physically, with neck pain being a common manifestation. Continue reading.
One of the most common causes of joint pain is arthritis. It is estimated that over 90 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of arthritis, but it is not the only source of joint pain. If you have joint pain and are above a certain age, you may dismiss it as arthritis, but that may not be the case. Here is what you need to know about arthritis and other types of joint pain, and why you need to know what is causing your pain.
What Is Arthritis?
Did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis? Technically, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, which can include a variety of different conditions. Osteoarthritis is what most people think of when arthritis is mentioned – this is the degenerative joint condition that occurs from wear, tear, aging and injuries. While osteoarthritis is by far the most common type, there are many others that can cause joint pain, including rheumatoid arthritis and gout. One thing all arthritis has in common is that there is not a cure, but there are effective treatments. Continue reading.
The occasional tension headache is a minor inconvenience for most people. However, when you begin to suffer from chronic bouts of this debilitating condition, it can impact all aspects of life. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step toward finding relief.
Tension headaches can present in pressurized pain in general or in localized areas of the head and neck. Once an attack comes on, your ability to function normally is severely impacted. This type of headache is brought on by issues such as stress, mental distress, lack of rest and overwork.
Experiencing pain anywhere in the body is uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, understanding the source of your injury can help you determine if you should seek medical attention. For example, a sore knee following a fall has a clear cause. The level of swelling, range of motion and degree of agony indicates if the area can be rested or if you should pay a visit to the doctor.
Hip pain can come on suddenly or build up over time and may not have an identifiable cause. The hips are responsible for supporting the body with bones, ligaments and joints. This can make resting the area difficult as you may experience discomfort when standing, sitting or sleeping. Continue reading.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you probably feel like you’ve tried everything to get relief. From switching from one medication to the next, exercising or not, nothing seems to make much difference. Chronic pain steals much joy out of life and prevents you from living fully. Alternative medicine often gets a bad rap, but you may want to give it a try to move out of chronic pain.
What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is healthcare outside of the mainstream Western pharmaceutical-based medicine in the United States. The list includes many different specialties or areas of focus. For example, chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy and Ayurveda are all types of alternative medicine that have been used for years. Continue reading.
If you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), you’re not alone. This repetitive-motion injury affects roughly 5% of Americans, particularly people performing data entry or production line work. The good news is there are many ways to ease the unpleasant symptoms of CTS without having to undergo surgery.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is formed when the median nerve, one of the primary nerves of the forearm and hand, gets compressed. Tendons in the carpal tunnel can squeeze the median nerve if they become inflamed and irritated. This pressure causes swelling, pain, weakness, tingling and numbness in the wrist and hand, sometimes in the arm. Aside from inflammation of the tendons in the hand and wrist, common causes of CTS include: Continue reading.