Taking OTC Pain Relievers? Seek Medical Help

What’s Wrong with Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers? Most people assume that the over-the-counter (OTC) medications you can buy without a prescription are harmless. But according to the American Gastroenterological Association, these drugs are responsible for more than 100,000 hospital visits and have led to 16,500 deaths. OTC pain relievers can cause several serious health issues, such […]

What Sudden Back Pain May Mean

How Can I Tell What’s Causing My Back Pain? You can’t always know the source of sudden back pain. It can hit without warning, and it’s not always obvious what caused it. Back pain that comes on suddenly and lasts a long time is known as acute back pain. In many cases, it resolves with […]

Common Neck Injuries

How Common Are Neck Injuries? Neck injuries are very common and can happen suddenly or gradually. The damage done to this vulnerable area may be mild or severe. If you have neck pain from trauma, it may involve damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, discs or vertebrae. If you’ve experienced a neck injury, it […]

Osteoporosis and Your Back

Do Osteoporosis and Back Pain Always Go Together? Osteoporosis is a common condition in which bone mass decreases, causing bones to weaken and become brittle. It develops when your body isn’t creating new bone as quickly as it’s losing old bone. It affects both men and women, usually over the age of 50. While osteoporosis […]

Managing Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is defined as a persistent pain that affects your back for at least three months without improving or while getting progressively worse. This uncomfortable condition can seriously reduce your ability to function normally. Common everyday tasks — like getting in or out of a vehicle, carrying your groceries or even taking a […]

What Is a Pinched Nerve?

When a bone, cartilage, muscle or tendon press on a nerve, it causes pain, tingling, numbness or uncontrolled twitching. Pinched nerves can occur in your neck or back. Pinched nerve pain can radiate up or down your arms or legs. Sometimes, chest pain may be due to a pinched nerve. Always seek immediate medical help […]

First Signs of Back Problems

Back pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors encounter. Since it’s so common, many people tend to write it off and try home remedies when it first appears. If you begin a new exercise routine and feel sore the next day, rest and stretching may be all that’s required. But if you […]

What Are the Warning Signs of Knee Tendonitis?

Knee tendonitis, clinically called patellar tendonitis and more commonly known as jumper’s knee, is a tendon inflammation injury often caused by repetitive strain. Unless treated properly, knee tendonitis causes at least mild discomfort and at worst severe pain and immobility. Knee tendonitis is a common affliction that occurs for a variety of reasons. With the […]

5 Signs of Serious Back Problems

Back problems are common among Americans. In fact, about 80 percent of adults suffer from low back pain at some point. That means the odds are good you’ve had back pain already. Low back pain is the leading cause of job-related disabilities. Back pain symptoms most often aren’t acute, so you won’t experience a sudden […]

Determining Your Risks for Getting Osteoporosis

The likelihood of you getting osteoporosis is actually fairly high. Across America, 10 million people are suffering from the disease, while another 44 million have an increased chance of getting it later. So the earlier you get a checkup by a doctor to test your bone density, the better the chance of understanding osteoporosis and […]