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Best Stretches and Exercises for Degenerative Disc Disease

Best Stretches and Exercises for Degenerative Disc Disease

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?Simply put, degenerative disc disease refers to the breakdown of the rubbery discs between your vertebrae that results in chronic low-level pain with intermittent flare ups of more intense pain. It’s one of the most common causes of neck and back pain in young and older individuals alike. Despite its name, it’s […]

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Degenerative Disc Disease: Common, Yet Misunderstood

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most common causes of low back and neck pain, and also one of the most misunderstood conditions among people who suffer from it. Let’s take a closer look at the causes of degenerative disc disease, why it’s misunderstood, and how it can be treated.What is Degenerative Disc Disease? […]

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Dislocated Shoulder? What is it and how is it Treated?

The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It can move, turn, and swing in many directions. While that mobility is a huge advantage, it also means that the shoulder is susceptible to becoming dislocated.What is a Dislocated Shoulder? The top of your upper arm bone is shaped like a ball. This ball fits […]

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Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears: More Common than You Think

A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder injury that doesn’t always have obvious symptoms. Sometimes it might cause pain, but other times symptoms may present as weakness in the shoulder or poor shoulder mobility. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what this injury is and how to treat it before it turns into […]

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Pinched Nerves: More than a Pain in the Neck

Pinched Nerves: More than a Pain in the Neck

Although people tend to use the term “pinched nerve” as a generic catch-all to describe any sharp pain in their neck or back, a pinched nerve is actually a specific ailment that has a variety of symptoms, causes, and treatment options that you should be aware of.What is a Pinched Nerve?A pinched nerve occurs when […]

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Could You Have a Herniated Disc? Signs it’s Time to See a Pain Specialist

Could You Have a Herniated Disc? Signs it’s Time to See a Pain Specialist

If you have unexplained pain, weakness, or numbness in one of your arms or legs, then a herniated disc might be the cause. Although fairly common, most people don’t understand what a herniated disc is and why it might be the root cause of their pain. Let’s look at what a herniated disc is and […]

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spinal stenosis

Spinal Stenosis: What You Need to Know

What is Spinal Stenosis?Spinal stenosis is a condition where the space around the spinal cord and in between vertebrae narrows and puts pressure on the spine and nerves. It usually occurs in the lower back and can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the legs, buttocks, back, or arms. In more severe cases, […]

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What You Need to Know About Tennis Elbow

What You Need to Know About Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that develops on the outside of your elbow joint where the tendons in your forearm attach to bone. These tendons may become swollen and inflamed due to repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Left untreated, the pain may spread into your forearm and […]

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Sciatica Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Sciatica 101: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

What is Sciatica?Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. This nerve starts at your lower back and branches through the hips and buttocks and down each leg.What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?The symptoms of sciatica can vary and may include a […]

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What You Need to Know About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What You Need to Know About Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome may sound like a serious condition, but in fact, it’s quite common and easily treatable without surgery. The term is used to describe pain around the patella (i.e., kneecap). This type of pain often develops in runners and athletes because of the large amounts of stress they put on their knees. However, […]

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