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Wryneck (torticollis): Causes, types, and treatments
Wryneck occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity, causing the head to tilt. The condition is also known as torticollis or loxia.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
A new type of nerve stimulation therapy could provide long-term relief for chronic back pain that has not responded to other treatments, including spinal cord stimulation. It could also help certain people who need a non-drug form of pain therapy.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
3 ways to make a homemade heating pad
Using a heating pad can help ease aches and pains, and reduce stiffness in the muscles and joints. This is one way to provide heat therapy, or thermotherapy.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
TENS unit: Benefits, side effects, and research
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Lumbar MRI scan: What can it diagnose and how is it done?
Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the inside of a body. Doctors can use them to examine a person s lower spine, or lumbar region, and the surrounding tissues.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain
Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain, explained William Elder, the study s principle investigator. Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse practitioners are not recommending massage therapy, said Elder. He s with the University of Kentucky ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study
Proponents of mindfulness-based stress reduction claim it can improve relationships, mental health, weight and more. But, one complaint it s unlikely to fix is lower back pain, researchers now say. Lower back pain doesn t respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened self-awareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies. Although short-term improvements were reported, no clinical significance was found in terms of overal ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early
Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn t take a toll on children s health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis, says Dr. Scott Sorenson, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Children s Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The condition usually occurs when kids reach their preteen years but it can happen in babies or toddlers. It s unclear wh ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Study Ties Some Migraines to Artery Tears in Neck, Raising Stroke Risk
Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that the probability that migraine sufferers would develop this condition -- called arterial dissection -- is still quite low. Overall, migraine is a benign condition in th ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Chiropractors Not Magicians When It Comes to Back Pain
Chiropractors can help ease some cases of low back pain, though their treatments may be no better than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, a new analysis finds. The review of 26 clinical trials found that manipulating the spine can bring modest relief to people with acute low back pain -- pain that has lasted no more than six weeks. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation, as do some doctors, physical therapists and other health professionals. Most ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Lower Back Pain: Study
Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found. Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said. This study provides the strongest evidence to date that chiropractic is safe, that it s effective and that it can be integrated into a multidisciplinary health care setting, ...
Healthday - Mon. Nov 26
Joint mobilization plus exercise can effectively treat knee osteoarthritis
An intervention combining passive joint mobilization to realign the patellar kneecap position, along with exercise to maintain it, can reduce pain and improve function and quality in life in patients with knee osteoarthritis. In a randomized clinical trial, 208 primary care patients with knee osteoarthritis were assigned to either a patella mobilization therapy intervention group or a waiting list control group. In the intervention group, physicians mobili ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Nov 26