We’ve all been there: You injure yourself and then agonize over whether or not to see a doctor. Some of us take the ultra-tough approach, convinced we can power through on our own; others run to the doctor’s office at the first sign of discomfort. Chances are, you’re somewhere in the middle.
Experts say that neck pain is one of the most commonly reported types of pain in the U.S As for what causes it, the biggest culprits can include everything from a herniated disc to a pinched nerve—but could your sleeping habits be making things worse? According to Harvard Medical School, tweaking your bedtime routine can sometimes be the best medicine.
When we think about migraines, our eating habits don’t generally come to mind. But experts say that what we eat may very well increase the likelihood of experiencing one of these debilitating headaches. Caffeine and processed foods are among the most likely culprits, according to a 2016 study out of the University of Cincinnati. Conversely, other foods are thought to keep migraines at bay.
Back pain is among the leading causes of disability in the United States. Low back pain is particularly on the rise—over 80 percent of Americans will experience a stint of low back pain at some point, according to a 2009 University of North Carolina study.
While medicinal treatment options like anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections can provide temporary relief of painful symptoms, they don’t have to be your go-to option. In fact, there are a number of easy self-care approaches that involve no medicine at all.
When it comes to improving sciatica, stretching is one of your greatest allies. Not surprisingly, a number of studies have found a link between yoga and sciatica relief. It’s little wonder so many patients are skipping the pharmacy and opting to stretch away their sciatica instead. Here are some effective stretches for taking pressure off the sciatic nerve.
The connection between diet and chronic disease is long-established. One of the most noteworthy, landmark statements on this fundamental health link came from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002. The WHO panel concluded that a poor diet was a major risk factor for a plethora of major diseases, from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer to osteoporosis, bone fractures, and dental diseases.
For those suffering from osteoarthritis (OA), it is wise to note how critical the diet is to strong health and to adjust their meals to include better foods (ones that are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, for instance). In so doing, OA patients can reduce their symptoms.
Are you experiencing abnormal sensations (such as numbness, tingling, or weakness) on the thumb side of your hand? You may have carpal tunnel syndrome; when confronted with this condition, it is natural to be worried about the possibility of a future surgery. However, there are do-it-yourself strategies you can use to relieve the pain.
Tennis is an exciting and fast paced sport, and while it’s not considered as “high impact” as other sports like football or soccer, the quick and forceful movements involved can definitely be taxing on the muscles, joints and bones in the body. Almost 18 million Americans play the game annually, and according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, up to 78,000 seek medical care for an injury sustained on the court. How can you work on your backhand without becoming a scratch for the season?
Catching your Zzz’s can be a difficult endeavor if you’re suffering from symptoms of sciatica, which can be experienced as prickling, burning, numbness, tingling, sharp, stabbing pain, or a throbbing ache when sitting, standing, walking, sneezing, coughing, or resting. A 2010 report published by Clinical Rheumatology estimates that 40% of people suffer from sciatica, depending on how the condition is defined. Read more