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Our Best Exercises to Relieve Neck Stiffness

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Oftentimes, we don’t even realize how much we use our necks until we develop neck pain and stiffness. In many cases, neck stiffness isn’t a cause for major concern. By being mindful of our posture, personal habits, and performing neck stretches regularly, we can even avoid neck stiffness altogether. Your neck is the bridge between…

Hobbies that Cause Neck, Back, & Joint Pain

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If you suffer from neck, back, or joint pain, then trying to do the things you love can become frustrating. You don’t want to give up playing the guitar, gardening, or hiking in the Adirondacks… But, after about an hour of engaging in your favorite pastime, you’re cursing yourself for what must have been a…

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

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Pain affects the quality of our day-to-day lives. Even life’s simplest pleasures can be difficult to enjoy if you suffer from chronic pain. You may not be aware of the source, but injured or neglected muscles can be the cause. By finding the root of your pain, you can regain control of your life. This…

At Home Treatments for Tennis Elbow

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What is Tennis Elbow? Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, occurs when the tendons that connect the elbow to the muscles of the forearm suffer injury or wear and tear. Your elbow is a hinge joint. The strong bone of the humerus (or upper arm) meets with the more delicate bones of the forearm…

Do You Have Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

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Cervical spinal stenosis occurs when an abnormal event, such as a herniated disc, causes the spinal canal in the neck to narrow. Your spinal canal is a hollow tube that runs through each successive vertebra of your spine. More importantly, however, your spinal canal houses your spinal cord. If this small, 18-mm passageway becomes constricted…

Conquering Coccydynia, aka “Tailbone Pain”

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What is Coccydynia? Coccydynia is the medical term for tailbone inflammation. And, in the jargony language of doctors, your tailbone is referred to as your coccyx. The suffix -dynia means pain. Hence, the term coccydynia translates to coccyx pain. A triangular group of 4 fused bones, your coccyx forms the bottom-most portion of your spine,…

Travel Hacks to Manage Back and Neck Pain

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It’s finally May… which means that vacation season is almost here! 10-hour flights to Europe and cross-country trips to stunning national parks are just around the corner. But, for people who suffer from chronic neck or lower back pain, planning for vacation can seem like a logistical nightmare. Even if you don’t suffer from claustrophobia, planes,…

Women and Knee Pain: Why Do Women Have More Knee Pain Than Men?

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Women and Knee Pain: A Statistical Reality Women are 2 to 8 times more likely than men to suffer from knee pain, and from knee injuries, in particular. Although there are many proposed reasons for this, let’s first look at the specific types of knee problems that women tend to sustain: ACL Injuries: 10% of…

Overcoming the Back Pain and Insomnia Loop

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Alarming Back Pain & Insomnia Statistics A leading cause of disability in the U.S., 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. And, of the working population, 1 out of every 2 employees will complain of back pain within a given year. But, that’s not all. With…

What is Radiofrequency Ablation for Nerve Pain?

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What Does “Radiofrequency Ablation” Mean? Radiofrequency Ablation, or RFA, goes by many names: Rhizotomy, Radiofrequency Neurotomy, or Lesioning. But, don’t let all of the fancy terminologies fool you. The procedure is actually quite simple. In fact, the gist of the procedure is embedded in the name. Ablation means to remove by means of intense heat…

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