Shoulder and Neck Pain Relief with Botox in Myofascial Pain Syndrome

botox for shoulder and neck pain myofascial pain syndromeBotox injections have long been used to relax muscles that are associated with frown lines and deep wrinkles, and such injections have also been found helpful in treating neck pain, headaches, and other types of pain connected to underlying muscles tension.

Myofascial pain is a condition where muscle pain and stiffness are typically centred on certain trigger points, and a new study shows that directly injecting Botox into painful muscle groups can effectively relief myofascial pain in the neck and shoulder. Read more

Moxibustion Acupuncture for Chronic Neck Pain

moxibustion acupuncture for chronic neck painAcupuncture has long been a popular alternative therapy for neck pain relief but moxibustion acupuncture may be novel, and a tad scary, for even aficionados of acupuncture. The idea of setting fire to a substance (moxa) at the end of an acupuncture needle may strike some as a step too far, so why is this centuries’ old practice continued, and could moxibustion acupuncture help your neck pain? Read more

NSAIDs Double the Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots

nsaids mechanism neck pain relief side effects blood clotsUsing NSAIDs to manage chronic neck pain could almost double your risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), including deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, according to new research published in the journal Rheumatology. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a popular prescription and over-the-counter remedy for relief of inflammation and pain but these drugs are far from safe, especially when used for chronic conditions. Read more

Most Commonly Used Herbs to Combat Neck Pain – Do any of these remedies actually work?

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So many supplements! Do any of them really work for neck pain relief?

Chronic neck pain is big business, with thousands of companies worldwide selling herbal remedies for pain relief. In fact, chronic pain is the leading reason for people buying dietary supplements, but many of these remedies are of questionable merit, and some may be downright dangerous. Read more

Poor Quality Sleep Hinders Neck Pain Recovery

neck pain sleepA bad night’s sleep can certainly leave you feeling cranky and tired but it also has a significant effect on recovery from injury and illness. New research even suggests that neck pain is less likely to improve in people with poor quality of sleep, regardless of how they are being treated for neck pain. Read more

Medical Marijuana for Chronic Neck Pain – Reducing the Risk of Opioid Overdose

medical marijuana and neck pain opioid overdosesStates in the US that allow access to medical marijuana have lower rates of fatal opioid overdoses than those where cannabis is still illegal, according to new research looking at the use of the herb for chronic pain. Writing in the JAMA Internal Medicine, Marcus Bachhuber, MD, noted that many people report dissatisfaction with opioids for chronic pain but that medical marijuana is effective at relieving that pain. Read more

Dehydration and Neck Pain

dehydration and neck painAs neck pain remedies go, few are simpler than a glass of water. This is, however, a surefire way for many people to tackle both acute and chronic neck pain. Dehydration can affect the muscles, nerves, joints and spinal discs and yet is frequently overlooked as a potential cause of sudden neck pain and ongoing neck pain so how can you tell if you’re dehydrated and what should you do about it? Read more

New Cervical Disc Approved by FDA

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Medtronic's newly approved Prestige LP Cervical Disc.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new artificial cervical spinal disc in late July to be used in disc replacement surgery to treat radiculopathy and/or myelopathy. The Prestige LP Cervical Disc can replace one diseased disc in the neck and is a titanium-ceramic alloy that fits between the top and bottom of the cervical vertebrae. Read more

Natural Neck Pain Relief Within 30 Minutes – How Effective is Celadrin Cream for Arthritis and Myofascial Neck Pain Syndrome?

celadrin for neck pain relief naturalThere are few natural remedies for neck pain that are backed by a good amount of quality clinical trial data but Celadrin is one such product. This cetylated fatty acid supplement can be taken in capsule form or used topically and results from human studies suggest that it can start relieving pain within just 30 minutes of application, so what is Celadrin and how could it help your neck pain? Read more

Multiple Sclerosis and Cervical Spinal Stenosis – Does Neck Surgery Help?

cervical spinal stenosis mutliple sclerosis myelopathyDifferentiating multiple sclerosis and cervical spinal stenosis symptoms can be challenging and new research suggests that for patients with both conditions preoperative MRI results may not offer a clear indication of the likely success of spine surgery. Typically, people with cervical spinal stenosis can be given a pretty good idea of the benefits they could see after neck surgery, but evaluating patients with concurrent MS and cervical stenosis causing myelopathy appears to offer little indication of its usefulness. Read more