How to Avoid Neck Pain When Commuting

Neck Pain During CommutesNo matter if you travel to and from work by car, train, bicycle, or some other mode of transportation, there will no doubt come a time when the stress of the commute becomes a literal pain in the neck. The stress factors are myriad: drivers who cut you off without an acknowledgement; commuter trains that show up late (or not at all), or sit idle on the track for no apparent reason; drivers oblivious to the clearly marked bike lanes.

A buildup of stress during morning and afternoon rush hour can create tension in the neck muscles, to the point that even nodding your head or turning to check your blind spot can be excruciating. Sometimes it hurts so bad, you might start considering laser spine surgery for neck pain relief. Read more

Contaminated Epidural Steroid Injections Lead to Deadly Fungal Meningitis

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Contaminated steroids used in epidural steroid injections for neck pain linked to fourteen fungal meningitis deaths so far.

The number of patients now thought exposed to the potentially contaminated methylprednisolone acetate causing an outbreak of deadly fungal meningitis has risen to some 14,000 according to the CDC. Around 12,000 individuals have so far been contacted to explain the risk after they received the potentially contaminated epidural steroid injections for neck pain or a steroid injection into a joint such as the knee, shoulder or ankle. Epidural steroid injections for cervical spinal stenosis are sometimes used to relieve inflammation in pain, although lumbar spinal stenosis injections are more common for back pain as such injections can be problematic at the best of times in the complex area of the cervical spine. Read more

Are Twitter and other Social Networks Reliable Sources of Information About Neck Pain?

Neck pain adviceThe growth of social media over the past five or six years has changed the way many people gather and share information about topics that range from sports to politics to laser spine surgery. It used to be that if you wanted to find out what your neighbors are thinking about a particular topic, you either had to wait until the next neighborhood gathering, call a bunch of them in succession, or go door to door and ask. Now, all you need to do is post a Facebook status update or write something on Twitter to start building a conversation with the people you know. Read more

Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment with Electrostimulation Device

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RINCE helped more than 75% of patients reduce or eliminate need for pain medications for fibromyalgia.

Researchers from Flint, Michigan, unveiled a new electrostimulation fibromyalgia treatment this week at the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 23rd Annual Clinical Meeting.

The study shows that this new, noninvasive cortical electrostimulation device is effective at reducing fibromyalgia symptoms, with researcher Jeffrey B. Hargrover, PhD, and colleagues explaining how neuroimaging studies to identify areas of abnormal pain processing in patients with fibromyalgia allowed the development of this targeted treatment. Significant benefits were found for those suffering from neck pain, generalized pain, fatigue, dysfunction and sleep disruption from the condition. Read more

Neck Pain, Numbness and Tingling in the Arms

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Localised nerve compression can cause neck pain and tingling in the arms.

Neck pain, numbness and tingling in the arms often go together and may be the result of a pinched nerve in the neck due to a herniated disc, cervical spinal arthritis, or other condition causing inflammation and spinal stenosis. Oftentimes, those with neck pain who also have weakness, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands do not connect the symptoms but such signs need early attention in order to address cervical spinal problems as soon as possible. Read more

Neck Pain and Golf

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Golfer Lee Westwood is plagued by neck pain during this year's Abu Dhabi Championship.

Padraig Harrington, three-time major winner, admitted that he nearly pulled out of The Masters last year because of neck pain from golfing. During his warm up he felt his neck click and then he found he could no longer turn to the right. He went on to play but had a disastrous first round and, whilst Masters success is not a consideration for most, many fellow golfers with neck pain will understand his plight.

Even regular golfers, however, may not realize that there are simple things that can drastically reduce the risk of neck pain when golfing. This year’s Abu Dhabi Championship is also raising concerns about neck pain in golfers as Lee Westwood reveals his agony from neck pain and radiating pain in his arms. Physical therapy is key according to Westwood who is determined to loosen up his neck and get back on course to win another title. Read more