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Recovering from Whiplash – What Are Your Options?

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What's the best way to treat whiplash and neck pain after a car accident?

Chronic spinal degeneration, stress and muscle strain are not the only causes of neck pain: An acute injury, like a fall or a car accident, can cause whiplash and neck pain that takes weeks, months, or even years to recover from and which may, in some cases, cause permanent cervical spinal problems. Early treatment for whiplash can help prevent chronic problems but the difficulty is that symptoms sometimes do not arise in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Knowing if spine surgery is necessary for whiplash and neck pain or whether a less invasive treatment could be of benefit is difficult but recent reviews are gradually giving us a clearer picture of how best to improve outcome after such an injury. Read more

Stretching and Exercise as Cervical Bone Spur Treatment

Bone spur treatmentCervical bone spur treatment is a means to alleviate or manage symptoms associated with the growth of excess bone along the sides or edges of the vertebrae located within the neck region of the spine. Far more often than not, someone with bone spurs (osteophytes) within the spine never even realizes they are there. That’s because most bone spurs cause nothing more serious than a popping or cracking noise called crepitus, which can be heard occasionally when the head is turned.

Debilitating, chronic symptoms associated with spinal bone spurs can include pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the upper extremities. These symptoms are caused by spinal nerve compression.
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Treating Fibromyalgia-Related Neck Pain with SNRIs

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Is Cymbalta overprescribed for neck pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms?

Cymbalta and Savella offer only a small degree of pain relief for those suffering from fibromyalgia, according to a new meta-analysis. The Cochrane review’s authors suggest that advertisements for the drugs that show women becoming free of fibromyalgia symptoms are misleading and that physicians need to discuss realistic expectations with their patients. More than five million Americans are thought to suffer from fibromyalgia, with around 80% of patients women and many receiving one of these selective serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)as treatment. Read more

How to Treat Spinal Stenosis While You’re at Work

How to treat spinal stenosisLearning how to treat spinal stenosis can be difficult enough, and managing the symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that can travel through your spine and extremities is even more frustrating. So what do you do when you’re at work, are trying to be productive, but the nagging symptoms of spinal stenosis are distracting you? For most people with mild to moderate spinal stenosis, taking time off work when symptoms flare up simply isn’t an option, so it’s important to learn how you can manage symptoms while on the job.

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Nonsurgical Treatment Options for a Pinched Nerve in Your Neck

Pinched nerve in the neckWhile a pinched nerve in your neck can be a painful and frustrating condition, it is also a fairly common condition that can easily develop due to injuries or degenerative changes in the cervical spine. Anything from an inflamed ligament to a herniated disc to bone spurs can compress a cervical nerve root and give rise to symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the neck and upper extremities.

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Mice Fail as Models of Human Inflammation

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Leaving the mice alone and testing drugs on human cells appears preferable.

According to new research mouse models of inflammation do not reflect human patients’ experience, meaning that drugs tested on mice and then approved safe and effective for humans were approved on an unsound basis. This could explain why over 150 such drugs determined as effective in mice failed to adequately treat human sepsis patients. Read more

Neck Pain in Children – NSAIDs Linked to Acute Kidney Injury

kids and neck painMany kids suffer from neck pain but a new study suggests a serious risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in kids taking NSAIDs for pain, especially when they are also dehydrated. How can we safely treat neck pain in our kids and what can we do to reduce the risks if NSAIDs seem necessary? Read more

Bone Spur Treatments – Do Alternative Therapies Work?

Bone spur treatmentsIf you are exploring different bone spur treatments to try and relieve neck pain due to cervical osteophytes, there are a wide range of nonsurgical therapies out there that may be able to help. Once you have gotten a diagnosis of bone spurs in your upper spine from your doctor, he or she will likely suggest a course of conservative treatments. These may include prescription or over-the-counter pain medication, hot compresses, cold compresses, physical therapy, or behavior modification, among others.

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Fibromyalgia Underdiagnosed, Especially in Men, According to Mayo Clinic Study

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Are men, women, young and old all being offered the same diagnosis for fibromyalgia symptoms?

In a recent population study, the first of its kind, Mayo Clinic researchers found evidence that a possible cause of neck pain, fibromyalgia, may be more common than previously thought. Using the updated 2010 diagnostic criteria from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and comparing symptom prevalence to the prevalence of diagnosed fibromyalgia cases, the researchers found a vast difference suggestive of significant underdiagnosis, especially in male patients. Read more

FDA Approves Tofacitinib for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Xelijanz from Pfizer is the first approved oral medication for RA, but it has some serious side-effects.

A new drug, tofacitinib, is the first oral medication for Rheumatoid arthritis to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Tofacitinib will offer another option for those with moderate to severe active RA that has not responded to methotrexate treatment. Two new studies of the drug appear to show that the oral medication is helpful in quelling the immune system response that causes joint damage in the disease and which can cause neck pain, pinched nerves, cervical spine subluxation and spinal cord compression where severe. Read more