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Back & Neck Pain: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Back pain doesn't always start in the back. And...
Referred back pain may be due to serious underlying health problems. Learn about the most common causes.
Are tight hip muscles making your back hurt?...
Lower back pain is sometimes either caused or complicated by tight outer hip muscles. Try a few release moves and stretches now.
Stretch and Release Your Groin Muscles - It's...
Groin muscles, when tight, may exert a pull on the pelvis that results in back pain. Find out how to release the inner thigh muscles to relax your back.
Challenge your butt muscles to some bridge!
Hip bridge is a staple exercise in the spine rehab world. Here's how to do the basic form - and a few variations to keep you challenged.
The 3 Most Common Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is a word that is not always used accurately. Clarify the definition of this back pain term with me.
Pain in the Neck? It Could Be This Degenerative...
Cervical spondylosis is basically arthritis of the neck. A common condition, cervical spondylosis affects a lot of people, especially older adults.
5 Causes of a Straight (or Reversed) Neck Curve
Loss of cervical curve is also called military neck, straight spine or cervical kyphosis. Is this condition the cause of your neck pain?
Lumbar and Cervical Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis, including lumbar spinal stenosis, is often due to age related changes in the spine. Learn about spinal stenosis, including treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. Find out when surgery is done for spinal stenosis, what the common symptoms are and what causes spinal stenosis.
Sciatica Symptoms - What's that Pain Going Down...
Sciatica symptoms can be awfully unpleasant. It helps if you know why you get these symptoms and and what to expect.
Did you injure your neck? Find out what it...
Neck injuries, also known as cervical spine injuries, vary in severity and type. Learn about the 11 most common types of neck injury.
How to Rule Out Meningitis as a Cause of Your...
Basic guidelines on ruling out meningitis as a cause of a stiff neck may save your life -- One symptom of meningitis is a stiff neck, but this type of stiff neck does not begin in the neck. The guidelines presented here will help you rule out meningitis as a cause of a stiff neck. If you have any doubt whatsoever as to whether you have meningitis or exposure to meningitis, seek medical attention immediately. Meningitis, especially bacterial meningitis is a very serious illness.
Meningitis Awareness Quiz
Meningitis Awareness Quiz Take the Meningitis Awareness Quiz to find out risks, symptoms and other information
Quick and Easy Exercises to Ease Back Tension
Release back muscle tension and pain with quick and easy exercises.
How Do I Know If It's a Herniated Disc?
Herniated disc symptoms are more than back pain or neck pain. Symptoms of herniated disk are called radiculopathy when the herniated disc presses on a spinal nerve root. Learn more about symptoms of herniated disc.
A Sharp Pain in Your Lower Back May Have a...
Sharp lower back pain may be one of a number of things. Learn more about sharp low back pain.
Discogenic Low Back Pain - What Can YOU Do?
Yoga therapy for spinal discs - what's the evidence?
Important Information About Aleve and Naproxen
Aleve is a very common pain killer used for back pain and spinal arthritis. The generic name for Aleve is naproxen. Naproxen is available over the counter in generic form and brand and by prescription. Learn more about taking Aleve and naproxen for back pain, neck pain or spinal arthritis.
What Is Radiculopathy?
Radiculopathy is most often caused by a herniated disc. Radiculopathy can cause neck pain and back pain. There can be cervical radiculopathy or lumbar radiculopathy. Learn more about radiculopathy - causes, symptoms, treatment, diagnosis and more.
10 Types of Spine Specialists
Spine doctors treat back problems from a number of perspectives - orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and rheumatologists use different approaches.
Are You Aware of the Symptoms of Meningitis?
Stiff neck is not the only meningitis symptoms. Check out this list for the rest of them.
Neck Pain? Try These Home Remedies to Help Ease...
Have you ever woken up with neck pain that hurt, but not enough to go see a doctor? Here are some ways you can give yourself back self therapy, for example massage, ice heat, OTC pain meds and more.
Get Facts about Sciatica
Sciatic facts: What is it, causes, symptoms treatment and more.
Tailbone Pain - No Laughing Matter When You...
Tail bone pain, aka coccygodynia, may be caused by a one-time fall on the bum, but it can lead to a lot of discomfort - for a long time.
Should My Mattress be Firm or Soft?
If you have a bad back, you may be wondering if you should shop for a firm mattress or a soft one. Find out what medical research studies say about mattress selection for people with bad backs.
How to Decide on an Over the Counter Pain...
There are two types of over-the-counter pain medication for back pain and neck pain -- NSAIDs and acetaminophen, or Tylenol. If your back or neck hurts enough for you to take something for it, over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications are probably what you reach for first.
What is Sciatica?
A pain, tingling or numbness caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve. It is caused by problems of the spine such as spinal stenosis or herniated disk.
Symptoms of Back Pain
Symptoms of back pain and neck pain may have you running to the doctor for treatment. Before the doctor can give you a treatment for your back pain or neck pain, she or he must understand what your symptoms are. It is very important to clearly and accurately communicate your back pain symptoms to your doctor.
How Do the Abdominal Muscles Work?
Abdominal muscles provide support for your back and may help you relieve pain. Learn more about the anatomy and function of your ab muscles.
How to Choose a Mattress for a Bad Back
If you have a bad back, making a mattress purchase requires some forethought. Here are some tips on how to buy a mattress for a bad back.
Decide on pain medications with skill.
Side effects for back and neck pain medication can be deal breakers-or not. The key is to weigh them against benefits of pain relief before deciding.
What's Really Behind a Crick in the Neck?
A crick in the neck is no easy thing to deal with. But what is it, exactly? Should you worry if you wake up with a neck kink?
Loss of Neck Curve - Cervical Kyphosis
Cervical kyphosis or loss of neck curve described.
Low Back Pain - Do You Have a Tilted Pelvis?
Tilted pelvis is a cause of low back pain that frequently causes low back pain sufferers to seek chiropractic care.
Pinched Nerve - What is a Pinched Nerve?
A short explanation of pinched nerve including symptoms and a definition. An example of a pinched nerve is given.
Water Exercise for Your Back - Water Exercise...
Water exercise can be great for your back. It strengthens muscles and increases joint range of motion. Here is a short, simple water exercise routine to get you started.
7 Practical Fixes for Stiff and Sore Necks
Stiff necks run the gamut from mild to serious. Here are 7 things you can stop doing in order to stop your stiff neck from taking over your life.
Ibuprofen Anti-Inflammatory Drug
If you need an over-the-counter medication for back pain or neck pain, you may think of ibuprofen. Ibuprofen comes in brand and generic form over the counter, and as a prescription, too. Common brands of ibuprofen include Motrin, Advil or Nuprin.
Neck Pain? How to Tell if It’s a Sprain
Neck sprains have several defining symptoms, none the least of which is neck pain, of course. Find out what the symptoms of neck sprain are. Neck sprain is a different injury then neck or back strain.
Does Your Back Pain Need Medical Attention?
Most of the time back pain, back aches and neck pain resolve on their own. But there some signs you should get them checked by a sign specialist or doctor. Your back pain, neck pain or back ache may be the sign of a red flag, or a serious problem. Examples are leg pain, back injury or radiating pain down legs or arms.
Back Muscle Spasm - What Works?
Back muscle spasm, while usually not serious, can seriously impact your quality of life.
Trapezius Muscle - Learn All About It
Trapezius muscles are the site of many a sore spot. Find out why in this quicky, and easy to understand anatomy lesson.
What is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis syndrome is a rare type of sciatica. Piriformis syndrome causes pain in the buttock area, as well as down the leg.
Facts About Your Herniated Disk
Herniated disk injury - facts, treatments, risk factors, symptoms and more.
What Are the Mechanics of the Breathing Process?
In breathing, the ventilation of lungs is the first thing to happen. Ventilation of the lungs brings oxygen into and out of the body by means of inhalation and exhalation. Page 2.
What Is Sacroiliitis?
Sacroiliitis is a painful condition of the sacroiliac joints. Learn what sacroiliitis is and more about sacroiliitis symptoms and sacroiliitis treatment.
All About Dural Tears and Cerebrospinal Fluid...
When cerebrospinal fluid leaks because of a dural tear, you may need another surgery. Just what is a dural tear and why don't hospitals like to admit them when they occur?
Myotomes relate to your spinal nerves. But do...
Myotomes and muscle weakness - find out how they play a role in your neck or back pain diagnosis.
Does your Spinal Stenosis Cause Leg Cramping?
Neurogenic claudication is a classic symptom of spinal stenosis. Find out how it relates to posture.
Should You Take Elavil for Your Chronic Back...
Amitriptyline, brand name Elavil for chronic back pain or neuropathic pain has a different dosage than amitriptyline and Elavil for depression. For chronic back pain and other neuropathic pain Elavil and other amitriptyline drugs are tricyclic antidepressants that be given effectively at a low dose.
Is Meningitis Contagious?
Meningitis is an infection that is contagious and spread through respiratory secretions.
Aspirin for Back and Neck Pain
Aspirin is often the first thing you reach for when you have a back ache or neck pain. Aspirin is an over-the-counter medication that helps with back muscle pain, spinal arthritis and minor injuries to the back or neck.
Spinal Rotation
Spinal rotation is one of the basic movements your back can make. Learn about spinal rotation, how it features in scoliosis, and how to preserve it as you age.
What is a Broken Neck?
Broken neck means different things to different people. A broken neck is the same thing as a spinal fracture in the cervical spine. If you fracture a bone in your neck, you have a broken neck. Broken necks can be mild, severe, catastrophic or fatal.
What Is Cervicalgia?
What is cervicalgia? Here is a definition of cervicalgia.
Should You Get a Spinal Epidural Injection for...
Spinal epidural injection is most often given for sciatica. Learn more about its effectiveness, and decide for yourself if it's worth the risk.
5 Scoliosis Treatments You Should Know About
Scoliosis treatment decisions are limited, especially in the United States. Learn about conventional medicine treatment, plus some alternatives.
How to Do A Pelvic Tilt
Pelvic tilt exercises are a great way to strengthen and stretch your lower back. Here's how to do the most basic pelvic tilt exercise.
What Is a Swayback Posture?
Swayback -- aka swayback posture -- is one of several types of posture problems. Learn more about swayback here.
Acute Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain is a backache that results from a back injury such as back strain, or a back condition. Learn about symptoms, causes, and treatments for acute low back pain.
5 Ways to Correct Your Posture with Exercise
Posture sagging? Check out these 5 training tips for correcting misalignments.
7 Simple Steps to Improve Your Posture
Sitting with good posture may help you avoid back pain, neck pain or other muscle pain. Learn how to sit with good posture.
What Is An Annular Tear?
What is an annular tear? How do you get a herniated disc? Annular tears, also known as annular fissures, may contribute to disc problems. Learn about annular tears and see a picture.
The Quadriceps and Back Health - How Do They...
The quadriceps and hamstrings work together to balance your pelvic position. The quadriceps need to stretch in order to work well with the hamstrings. Here is my take on quadriceps stretching for a healthy back.
Whiplash Causes and Symptoms
Whiplash is often, but not always caused by car accidents. Learn more about whiplash causes and symptoms.
Back Muscle Spasm - Why Me?
Muscle spasm occurs in large muscle groups after injury or strain to the back.
How to Perform a Wall Squat
Wall squats make for a great work break exercise. Learn how to perform them.
What's that Pain in Your Mid Back About?
Thoracic spine pain - while less common than neck or back pain - is still a significant problem. Learn what to do about mid or upper back pain.
Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is a postural alignment problem in the cervical spine that is often related to kyphosis. Here is information about exactly what forward head posture is, how it relates to kyphosis and more.
Build a strong core with the bridge exercise.
Lower back exercises are key for strengthening your lower back. Here are instructions for the abdominal bridge lower back exercise.
Sciatic Nerve and Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatic nerve pain is also called sciatica, and is caused by the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is responsible for leg pain in cases of sciatica. Learn more about the sciatic nerve and sciatica.
Shoulder Massage Technique You Can Do On Yourself
Trazpezius muscle pain can sometimes be addressed with this simple massage technique. The technique is so easy you can do it on yourself.
Spinal Epidural Injections, Trigger Point...
Injections for back pain are often grouped according to where the needle goes. Learn about 4 common types of spinal injections.
What is Meningitis and Spinal Meningitis?
Spinal meningitis affects the membranes and fluid of the brain. Meningitis can be bacterial meningitis or viral meningitis. Meningitis can be very serious, even fatal, or relatively easy, depending upon the cause of the infection.
Arthritis depriving you of sleep? Check out...
Sleep disorders in people with neck arthritis are common. But that does not mean they're welcome! Check out these tips from two physical therapists.
What is Bacterial Meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis must be taken very seriously and if not treated immediately and appropriately can result in death.
The Best Exercises for Helping Lower Back Pain
Back exercise may be the best thing you ever do for your pain. Exercise for back muscles may strengthen your back muscles and help you develop core strength. In this back exercise series, you'll find upper back exercises and lower back exercises to try.
Pelvic Floor Strengthening
Pelvic floor strengthening programs, such as Kegel exercises and other systems that contract the pelvic floor muscles, help the strengthen the back, enhance sex and reduce or eliminate the embarrassment of incontinence.
Spondylolysis
Spondylolysis is a back injury that causes back pain. Spondylolysis is common with young competitive athletes, for example gymnasts and ballerinas. Spondylolysis can lead to spondylolisthesis. Spondylolysis can also occur in adults, especially those with lordosis.
What is a Straight Leg Raise Test?
The straight leg raise test is used the see if you have a herniated back disc. Herniated disk symptoms include back pain and leg pain. The straight leg raise test may confirm that the back pain or leg pain is caused by a herniated back disk.
Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercise
Neck exercise can be tricky if your neck is sore or weak. Isometric exercise may be the best neck strengthening work you can do at first.
Central Canal Stenosis - Genetic or Arthritic?
Central canal stenosis may be genetic, but is often very much related to the way you live your life.
Yoga for Back Pain
Yoga is a mind/body exercise system that relieves back pain and neck pain and improves back and neck conditions. Chronic low back and neck injuries and pain can be helped with the right kind of yoga.
Is It Safe to Exercise with Back Pain or a Sore...
Is it safe to go to the gym and exercise when your back is sore? It depends in part on what gave you a back ache, stiff neck or the like in the first place.
Relieve pain with good spinal alignment
Posture without alignment can be the source of much back pain. Here are 10 ways to develop good posture and relieve some back pain in the process.
About Your Facet Joints
The facet joints are often the cause of spine pain. Learn about the anatomy of the facets and what kinds of problems typically cause facet joint pain.
Back Problems That May Land You on the...
Spine surgery is not a perfect art. Here are the most common reasons why you may need a re-operation on your back.
Neck Exercises for Arthritis Joint Pain
Neck exercises for arthritis joint pain can make or break your quality of life. Here are the basics of arthritis neck exercises, as well as a few tips for sleeping when your neck hurts
What is Viral Meningitis?
Viral meningitis, which is caused by the enterovirus and is also known as aseptic meningitis, is the easier of the two types of spinal meningitis.
Give it Some Skin
Superficial - Definition and examples for anatomy, back surgery and physical therapy.
The Lumbar Spine
The lumbar spine is the site of many back injuries. Some basic understanding about the structure and function of the lower back may help to interpret a doctor's diagnosis of low back pain.
Before You Do Yoga for Your Back
People with back pain have to be extra careful when trying out exercise and movement to help themselves. Yes, doing yoga for your back may give you the benefit of pain relief, but establishing a yoga for back pain practice that is safe and meaningful for your condition requires that you know more about why and how to do selected yoga poses than the average yoga student. It also means that you should know when not to do a pose, so that you can avoid making your back pain worse.
6 Types of Exercise to Relieve Back Pain
Doing back exercises can give you a healthy back. Find the right back exercise program for your condition. If you have a bad back, you may just need an exercise program to help strengthen and stretch your back muscles. There are many types of back strengthening exercises from aquatic therapy, Pilates, yoga, core support and core stabilization work to the Egoscue Method, McKenzie and more.
What Is Amitriptyline (Elavil)?
Amitriptyline, aka Elavil is sometimes given as an adjuvant pain medication to chronic back pain sufferers. Learn about amitriptyline - Elavil as a pain medication for back pain.
Compression Fractures in the Spine
Compression fractures in the spine affect people with osteoporosis especially. Learn more about this type of back injury.
Understanding Radiculopathy - Nerve Roots and...
Nerve pain, from pinched nerves, sciatica or other radiating pain often travels through the dermatomes. Dermatomes are like paths cut by the nerves which come from the spine and go out to the rest of the body. Learn about nerve roots, dermatomes and nerve pain.
What is Back Strain?
Back strain is the most common type of back injury. It is very easy to strain your back while lifting or other movements of the spine. Back strain is an injury to back and other muscles.
9 Approaches to Strength Exercises for Back Pain
Core strength training, including yoga core strength, Pilates core strength and core strength on the ball are big these days. Building core strength is a matter of finding the core strength workout or exercises that fit your lifestyle and personality. This article introduces core stability and core strengthening, and helps you get going on choosing a program that is right for you. So find those core muscles now.... your abdominal muscles are waiting!
Definition of a Bulging Disc
Bulging disc definition, including how it compares with herniated disc and prolapsed disc.
What is the Difference Between Myofascial Pain...
Myofascial pain and fibromyalgia share similarities such as tender points and muscle pain. But do you know what the differences are between fibro and myofascial pain? This article presents them.
Neuroforaminal Stenosis Defined
Neuralforaminal stenosis can cause pain and disrupt your daily activities. But what is it and what causes it?
Non-Surgical Low Back Herniated Disc Treatments
Back pain treatment for a spinal disc herniation in your low back may mean physical therapy and back pain exercises.
Benefits of Water Exercise
The special properties of water can provide you with excellent benefits if you are healing a back injury. Water exercise - aquatic therapy - can help strengthen back muscles, increase flexibility, improve joint range-of-motion and decrease back pain.
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a very common condition that is often caused by poor posture. Myofascial pain syndrome is sometimes confused with fibromyalgia because they both have tender points.
Is Your Office Chair Height Causing Your Low...
If sitting at your computer gives you low back pain, maybe your chair height is not right. The height of an office chair needs to establish the best possible hip joint angle if you want to sit without pain.
What to do When You Have Neck or Back Pain Quiz
Do you know what you are supposed to do when you get back pain? Should you go see a doctor, like a spine specialist? How do you record your symptoms so your doctor will know what you are talking about? Is it okay to treat back pain or neck pain yourself? Take the quiz and see if you know what to do about back pain or neck pain.
Neck Pain and Sleep Position - Neck Strain
Neck pain can be caused by too much pillowing or not enough. Without the right amount of pillowing it is easy to strain your neck during sleep times. Page 4.
Neuralforaminal Stenosis Treatment
Here are the main neuralforaminal stenosis treatment options. The good news is you may not need back surgery for this painful condition.
Spondylolysis Treatment
Spondylolysis treatment aims to reduce lordosis in the lower back. During the treatment the spine is kept from hyperextension.
Persistent Pain
If you have a chronic condition that has you in pain all the time, you probably have persistent pain.
Does Your Stenosis Give You Sciatica? Try...
Which sciatica exercises best relieve symptoms? Your diagnosis has something to do with it. Here are my tips for stenosis related sciatic exercise.
How Does Total Disc Replacement Stack Up...
Which is safer and better - the total disc replacement or a spinal fusion?
Why Is the SCM Muscle Important for Neck...
The SCM is a superficial neck muscle that divides the anterior triangle of the neck and the posterior triangle of the neck. Learn more about the sternocleiodmastoid muscle.
Parts of the Spine
Back pain diagnosis often includes the name of the part of the spine that is involved in causing the pain. Learn about the parts of the spine.
Minimize Spinal Cord Injury Risk with Your...
Spinal cord injury sometimes occurs when a person injures their neck. Be prepared for emergency situations by knowing first aid and CPR.
Do you have Cauda Equina Syndrome Symptoms? If...
Cauda equina syndrome symptoms are a sign that you need immediate medical attention. Learn more about these symptoms, and controversial treatments for cauda equina syndrome.
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that causes pain and is often preceded by spondylolysis. Treatment of spondylolisthesis is to reduce back pain and stabilize the spine. Learn more about spondylolisthhesis and spondylolisthesis treatment.
Neck Exercise for Forward Head Posture
Cervical retraction is a neck exercise often used for correcting forward head posture. For forward head posture correction, it may be one of the best neck exercises. Learn a forward neck posture exercise.
What is Pain Management?
Pain medicine, also called pain management, is a branch of medicine that deals with treating pain and helping people learn to cope with pain.
What is Neuropathic Pain?
Nerve pain is called neuropathic pain and is a nervous system problem in which a nerves are damaged or disrupted. If you have neck weakness, it's possible you may have neuropathic pain. Sciatic nerve pain is also common. Neuropathic pain is entirely different than acute, nocioceptive pain.
Nerves compressed? It may be neuralforaminal...
Neuralforaminal stenosis symptoms often arise from compression at the spinal nerve root. Find out what that means.
Exercise Your Neck Muscles with Cervical...
A neck exercise that feels great and helps strengthen neck muscles is cervical traction. Heres how to do it.
Who is at Risk for Sciatica?
Certain types of people are at a higher risk for sciatica than others. Find out if you are at a higher risk of sciatica.
Synovial Cyst
Learn more about synovial cysts, a relatively rare cause of back pain or spinal conditions.
What if your spinal fusion doesn't take?
Pseudoarthrosis aka non-union may be caused by a variety of things from bone grafts to type of fusion surgery and more. Learn more about your risk
Oh, those extra pounds and the things they do...
Obesity and back pain - it's just common sense that they are related. Here is a run down of the kinds of problems made worse by the state of being overweight.
Neck Pain and Sleep Position - Neck Strain 2
Sleeping positions that take the spine out of neutral alignment may cause back pain, as well as neck pain, in the morning. The neck and low back are vulnerable to strain from pressure in this sleeping position. Page 5.
Is a Spinal Fusion Commonly Given During...
Spinal fusion addresses disc problems by fusing the vertebrae together. But is spinal fusion necessary in all discectomies and back surgeries addressing disc problems?
3 Types of Skeletal Muscle Relaxers for Spasms
Muscle relaxers are used when muscle spasm gets in the way of treatment, especially when treatment involves doing exercises. Here are the common skeletal muscle relaxers.
Discectomy for Herniated Disc
Discectomy, such as microdiscectomy, is surgery for disc herniation. Learn about discectomy and microdiscectomy for disc herniation.
Tylenol for Neck and Back Pain Quiz
Tylenol for Neck and Back Pain Quiz Test Your Tylenol Knowledge Before You Take Tylenol for Back Pain
Myelopathy
Definition of myelopathy - a that affects the spinal cord is known as myelopathy.
Spinal Fusion for Degenerative Disc Disease -...
Spinal fusion for degenerative disc disease is not without its risks. Adjacent segment degeneration, or ASD, is one such risk. If you are planning a spinal fusion, check to see if you have any of these risk factors.
What is an HEP or Home Exercise Program?
What is a Home Exercise Program - aka HEP?
Stenosis Symptoms Bothering You?
Symptoms of central canal stenosis can be helped with core strengthening and body alignment. Learn more.
Yoga for Back Pain Awareness Quiz
Yoga can be an excellent form of prevention when it comes to back pain. But if you already have back
Vertebral Body
The vertebral body is a part of the vertebra or spine bone along with the pedicle lamina spinous process and transverse process.
Yoga for Back Pain - Pelvic Tilts
Pelvic tilts are basic moves that develop postural muscles in the pelvis. Pelvic tilts develop posture by developing core stabilization.
Strength Exercises for Low Back Spinal Arthritis
Strength exercises for arthritis may help you manage pain and symptoms.
Strengthen Your Neck Muscles
Strengthening neck muscles is one of the keys to reducing pain due to spinal arthritis. Here's why and which exercises can help you manage this type of neck pain.
I Have Sacroiliac Joint Instability. How Can I...
People with sacroiliac joint - si - instability or other si problems often have pain on one side of their spine only. The sacroiliac joint is right there where the sexual activity occurs but there are ways to modify basic sex positions to avoid exacerbating or aggravating si-related back pain during sex.
The Intervertebral Disk
Anatomy of a vertebra and intervertebral disks are described to show how the spinal bones support weight, absorb shock and require special care to remain nourished and healthy.
Neck Pain and Sleep Position - How Much...
Overpillowing can cause stress and strain to the neck, which in turn can cause neck pain. Choose your sleep position to avoid neck pain and back pain. Page 6.
What is Synovitis?
Synovitis is associated with spondylitis. Learn more about synovitis.
Low Back or Lumbar Spine
The low back is technically called the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine or low back is easily injured. Injuries and pain to the low back are among the most common of all medical problems. This short article defines and describes the lumbar spine.
Which is Better for My Back - Pilates or Yoga?
Pilates and yoga are both very popular options for addressing back and neck pain. But which makes the best choice for back problems - Pilates or Yoga?
Spinal traction - Can something that feels this...
Spinal traction is a largely unproven treatment sometimes given neck and back patients. Get the facts about how well it relieves pain.
Do You Know How to Identify Your Latissimus...
Here is what the Latissimus dorsi can do for you and how to locate them on your back.
Will Losing Weight Reduce My Back Pain?
Weight loss may help you reduce your back pain. Being obese puts pressure on the spine and on back muscles. Physical activity such as aerobics and strength training can help you fight that back ache!
Exercises for Neck Arthritis
A reader emailed me to ask about neck exercises for her arthritis. Here is my response - develop neck range of motion with these simple exercises.
Scar Tissue and Adhesions
Scar tissue and adhesions can cause and pain. Scar tissue formation may become so severe that scar tissue removal surgery is needed. But most of the time, working with a doctor and physical therapy to address scar tissue pain and pain due to inflammation will do the trick. Scar tissue massage using a cross fiber friction technique can be helpful, too.

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