Many more American states legalized the use of cannabis for medical concerns like chronic neck pain in 2014, but new research shows that in those states where medical marijuana is legal, visits to the emergency room for cannabis-related crises have increased. The same study also found an overall increase in the use and misuse of […]
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The outbreak of fungal meningitis related to contaminated epidural steroid injections has led to murder charges being brought against the pharmacists who produced the fatal products. Over 2012 and 2013, 751 patients are know to have been infected with fungal meningitis after receiving injections of contaminated steroids for neck pain and back pain. Of those […]
A study published in 2012 in the European Journal of Pharmacology suggests that pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), a naturally occurring antioxidant, may offer a nutritional approach to neck pain management after nerve injury. The authors of the study looked at the effects of PQQ on rats with sciatic nerve injury, testing the animals for response to […]
A new study has found that a blend of amino acids (which make up proteins) could be better than ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and relieving back pain. The research was carried out to determine the efficacy and safety of Theramine, a medical food that could be free from side effects, unlike the commonly used NSAID, […]
Malpractice lawsuits related to chronic pain management have increased significantly over the past thirty years, according to a recent report presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2014 Annual Meeting. The number of people qualified as pain management specialists (anesthesiologists) has also increased, but not enough to meet the needs of a growing group of […]
Looking for a stocking stuffer for a loved one with neck pain? Getting them a new pillow for Christmas might not seem the most exciting thing, but they’ll sure get a lot more benefits from a good night’s sleep than they will an expensive bottle of perfume or some comedy socks.
A study published in the Chinese medical journal Zhongguo zhen jiu (Chinese acupuncture & moxibustion) in May this year detailed a study which looked at the benefits of needle-knife therapy for neck stiffness and pain relief in cervical spondylosis. The trial compared this treatment with acupuncture-cupping therapy and found needle-knife therapy to be significantly better […]
Memantine is a drug typically used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, but a new study has found it can also help with pain relief in fibromyalgia, a condition that can be a cause of neck pain. Fibromyalgia is characterised by an increased sensitivity to pain, with specific tender points, in addition […]
The most common sites of bone spur formation in the neck are levels C6-C7 as this is the segment of the spine where the intervertebral discs tends to degenerate faster with age. A combination of shocks to the discs and the general wear and tear of compression can cause the disc to collapse, leading to […]
Turning back the clocks this fall might help you get an extra hour of sleep, which could help those suffering from neck pain to recover more quickly. New research, published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, found that people with poorer sleep quality are less likely to show improvements in neck pain, regardless of other […]