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Neck Pain Relief

What is neck pain?

A pain in the neck can be caused by many things but are generally caused a result of an  injury such as whiplash, a muscular problem, a trapped nerve, poor posture or arthritis. Neck pain is very common and most people will experience it at some point within their life.  

Neck pain symptoms varies from a slight discomfort to a severe or chronic pain which can immobilise the suffer until treatment or pain relief has been given. The pain can also come on suddenly and be very intense, this is known as a crick in the neck and is usually a muscular problem such as a stiff neck or caused by arthritis.

What is the cause of neck pain

Neck pain can be triggered by many things such as:

  1. Stress
  2. Sleeping in an awkward position or using an uncomfortable pillow
  3. An injury such as slipped disc, trapped nerve, whiplash
  4. Sitting at a desk for prolonged periods of time
  5. rheumatoid arthritis

What can you do to help relieve the pain

Neck pain is very rarely caused by anything serious, and in most cases will disappear within a week or so. There are several things you can do to help relieve the pain, such as keeping active, by this we don’t mean going for your daily jog, but try to go to work, walk around the house, and move the neck without causing pain.

If you visit your health professional then they will carry out an examination which will involve testing the movement of the neck, checking for any trapped nerves, examination of the muscles, spine, joint and hands. Your health professional may well prescribe you will anti inflammatory drugs or pain killers.

An alternative to using prescribed drugs that you can use in the comfort of your own home is to use a tens machine. This will provide instant neck pain relief and will also encourage your body to produce more of its natural endorphins.

Should you be worried about a pain in the neck

In rare cases a neck pain can be caused by meningitis, usually the sufferer will also experience a rash or fever, therefore if you experience any other symptoms whilst suffering with neck pain its advisable to seek urgent medical assistance.

Furthermore if you are experiencing pain following a head injury you must also seek urgent medical assistance.

Long term neck pain

If the pain is being experienced for a longer period of time then it is advisable to see your GP. Who may advise that you see a chiropractor, physio or receive acupuncture.  

Further reading:-

Heading Off Neck Pain

Most of us have experienced neck pain at one time or another, especially if we spend a lot of time at the computer. 

The Hidden Cause of Neck Pain and Lower Back Pain By Stephen …

The Hidden Cause of Neck Pain and Lower Back Pain.

Overcoming Neck Pain, Back Pain, and Sciatica: Achieve Lasting …

It should be apparent to you by now that the primary and secondary curvatures of the spine play a central role in what I refer to as the back pain complex.

Treatment for Arthritis Neck Pain

The muscles in the neck support the weight of the head and aid in motion. The neck is more susceptible to injury and disorders that cause pain and restrict motion.

Can Chiropractic help with neck pain?

New article on the 5 factors leading to neck pain, back pain, and sciatica.

Arthritis pain relief

What is Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease which affects the joints in the body. There are many different forms of arthritis the most common being osteoarthritis, which generally affects people who are over 60 years of age. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive joint disorder which is more common in women between the ages of 25 to 50 but can also affect anyone.

Arthritis is caused by a inflammation of the bodies joints which causes pain, general 
stiffness. The pain caused by arthritis can be severe or chronic. Arthritis causes inflammation and damages the cartilage tissue between the joints. The cartilage tissue is what helps the joints to move smoothly. When the tissue is damage the joints are very painful and often the sufferer cannot move the joint without severe pain.

How to treat arthritis pain
 
There are a number of drugs available that can be prescribed by a doctor for arthritis pain, however they will not cure the condition.

There are a number of alternative treatments for arthritis pain, including the use of a 
transcutaneous electrical nerve machine or tens machine.

A tens machine basically works by blocking the pain signals that travel to the brain and can also encourage your body to produce more of its natural pain relieving  chemicals. A tens machines works by placing a seris of pads onto the area of pain, and  then a small electrical charge is send into the pad from a small device. This signal
basically stops the pain signals being sent to your brain. The results from using a tens pain machine are almost instant, and a tens machine can be used for as long as you need.

For more information regarding a tens machine, including how they work have a look 
here.

Tens Pain Relief

Further reading on Arthritis

Information About Natural Arthritis Pain Relief

Natural arthritis treatments offer an alternative for those who want to avoid the dangers of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra and other medications. 

Diet Changes to Improve Arthritis – NYTimes.com

Can the foods you eat make a difference in arthritis pain?

Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

You can live with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain

The pain known as sciatica (sometimes misspelled as “syatica” or “psyatica”) is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve (one on each side). The symptoms of sciatica usually start in the buttock and may extend partially or all the way down the leg. The sciatic nerves are each formed by nerve roots from the lower lumbar and sacral parts of the spinal cord. The individual nerve roots come together in the lower pelvis to form the sciatic nerves. Each sciatic nerve then runs from the pelvis down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve splits into two parts below the knee and the two halves run down the back of the lower leg to the foot.

While there are several possible causes of sciatica, by far the most common source of sciatic nerve irritation is a bulging or herniated disc in the lower lumbar spine. A damaged disc may bulge into the opening where one of the nerve roots exits the spine on it’s way to join other nerve roots as part of the sciatic nerve. The bulging disc may create direct nerve pressure, and/or may trigger inflammation and swelling, which can also cause pressure on the nerve. When this occurs, pain and other symptoms may be felt part along the course of the sciatic nerve, starting in the buttock area and possibly running down the leg, sometimes all the way to the foot.

Besides disc bulges, spinal openings for nerves may be narrowed by bone spurs or other bone formations related to spinal degeneration. In some cases, sciatica may result from direct trauma to the nerve after it exits the pelvis, such as what can happen if there is a direct impact or hard pressure applied in the lower buttock region. Rare sources of sciatica can include spinal tumors, which can compress sciatic nerve roots as they exit the spine. Another rare cause of sciatica is a cyst or tumor that compresses the sciatic nerve in the hip or knee area.

Not every buttock or leg pain that people think is sciatica is acutually sciatica. True sciatica (sciatic nerve irritation) is usually felt mostly in the back of the leg (not the front or side of the leg). The symptoms of true sciatica can take different forms and may be descibed as tingling, burning, stabbing, aching, electric shock, numbness, or heaviness. But even if symptoms seem like sciatica, they are not always due to actual irritation of the sciatic nerve.

One common condition that closely mimics sciatica is caused by knots of contraction called trigger points in a muscle called the piriformis. The piriformis muscles are
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located on either side of the lower buttock area, running from the upper thigh bone to the edge of the sacrum (the triangular pelvic bone that is at the base of the spine). In addition to causing symptoms that mimic sciatica, tightness in the piriformis muscle may also cause true sciatic irritation, because the sciatic nerve actually runs through the center of the piriformis muscle in some people, and can be compressed by excessive muscle contraction.

Trigger points in other muscles in the buttocks and upper thigh can cause referred pain in the side of the leg that may be mistaken for sciatica as well. It should be kept in mind that true sciatica and piriformis syndrome are associated with symptoms that are primarily felt in the back of the leg. If symptoms are in the front or side of the leg, there’s a good chance that the problem is not sciatica.

Treatment of sciatica is usually associated with treating a bulging disc. The first line of treatment is usually an attempt to reduce inflammation to reduce pressure on the nerve bymeans of oral medications. For more powerful anti-inflammatory effects, spinal injections with steroids like cortisone may be used. A variety of other types of treatment may also be used, such as physical therapy, massage, chiropractic or osteopathic spinal manipulation, acupuncture, or one of the newest forms of treatment, spinal decompression. In some situations, surgery may be recommended as a last resort.

In the majority of cases, an episode of sciatica will resolve even without any treatment within a period of several weeks, but due to the intensity of pain, most patients will not wait for it to go away on its own and seek out treatment. Unfortunately, due to misconceptions by doctors and patients alike regarding the nature of sciatica, the necessary steps to prevent a return of sciatica are usually not taken. So, even though most people do recover from a bout of sciatica, nearly all will eventually have problems again at some point. Even sciatica sufferers initially treated successfully with surgery will often have future problems with sciatica.

The good news is that with awareness of how to manage sciatica and a little bit of effort dedicated to prevention, most people can avoid ongoing long-term sciatica problems. The challenge is simply to making people aware of the necessity of a “management” versus “cure” approach to sciatica and getting them to follow-through with preventive exercises and other self-care techniques.

By: George Best

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Dr. George Best has been treating patients with sciatica and piriformis syndrome for over 15 years. To educate the public on the importance of the proper management of sciatica and how to prevent long-term pain and disability, Dr. Best has produced a free ebook and online video program on Sciatica and Sciatica Exercises. For more information, visit: www.SciaticaSelfCare.com.