Archive for the ‘Wellness’ Category

December 30th, 2008 No comments
peterhutch asked:

Joint pain & body pain have been a matter of serious concern. One way or other most people of old age suffer from it. But not only have the old, even young people also experienced these pains. In younger people it is mostly the aftermath of any serious injury suffered earlier which reoccurs from time to time.

Human body function like a locomotive system comprises of the axial skeleton (spine) & the limbs (upper & lower) where two or more bones meet and a joint is formed. The particular surfaces are designed to provide movement. In the form of joints life starts with movement & movement continues throughout life. Ageing joint shows wear & tear and symptoms of pain appear. A systematic phase becomes symptomatic. Aging cannot be arrested or stopped. But it can be delayed and the pain can be cured.

Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention. But pain is actually hard to define because it’s a subjective sensation. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines it as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.

Joint pain can be caused by injury affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis) and infection, and can be a feature of tumors of the joint. Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia.

Symptoms of Joint Pains

No matter what the cause, joint pain can be quite bothersome. The intensity of the pain as well as its duration is variable, and may increase with use of the affected joint. Weakness, numbness, tingling, sleeping difficulties, lack of energy and depression may accompany the pain. If the pain lasts for more than six months, it is considered chronic.

More severe symptoms of joint pain, often related to chronic conditions, will require prescription NSAIDs to reduce pain, inflammation or swelling. Unfortunately, most of these over-the-counter and prescription medications have potentially harmful side effects which can increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack in patients.

Menopause symptoms joint pain has a very intriguing effect. When menopause starts it is almost confirmed that the lady would have joint pain also. Survey shows that today 2 out of 3 ladies have joint pain if they have their menopause.

Symptoms of joint pain are persistent joint pain, involuntary weight loss, severe, unexplained joint pain accompanied with other unexplained symptoms. Pain can also be felt due to joint inflammation (arthritis) and infection or due to tumors of the joint.

Joint pain is due to aging, but it’s not true wholly. Menopause can also be the cause. With the onset of the menopause the joint pain starts. Firstly menopause generally attacks the smaller joints and then comes the turn of hips, shoulders, knees in the later 60s.

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December 29th, 2008 No comments
Peter sams asked:

Back Pain

Back pain in the lower back or low back pain Low back pain is not a specific disease. Rather, it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. Back pain is common and the largest single cause of sickness absence in the UK. Although it can be very painful, it is normally not serious. Low back pain means a pain, or ache, anywhere on your back, in between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the legs. Pain in the lower back is a symptom of stress or damage to your ligaments, muscles, tendons or discs. In some cases the back pain can spread to the buttocks and thighs. Simple low back pain means that the pain is not due to any underlying disease that can be found. In some cases the cause may be a sprain (an over-stretch) of a ligament or muscle. In other cases the cause may be a minor problem with a disc between two vertebrae, or a minor problem with a small ‘facet’ joint between two vertebrae.

Symptoms of Back Pain

Pain may come on suddenly or gradually. It may vary from mild to severe, and it can be constant or it may come and go. It is usually sharp and burning and is made worse by sneezing, coughing, or straining to pass stools. Some people describe it as a shooting pain. The pain usually affects only one leg.

Aches, spasm and stiffness-You may have painful muscle spasms in your back. (Muscle spasms are when your muscles tighten on their own). These are very common, as your back has a network of muscles and nerves that can easily be strained or torn.1 The pain may be a constant dull ache, or it may be sharp and burn when you move around. Your back may be tender when you touch it.

Pain can also be made worse by activities that cause you to forcefully contract the core muscles of your trunk such as a cough, sneeze, or a difficult bowel movement, or if you hold your breath during an activity.

Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to nerve tissue. It is often felt as a burning or stabbing pain. One example of neuropathic pain is a “pinched nerve.


Heat Application

Applications of heat packs help ease much of the discomfort associated with muscle spasm causing low back pain. Patients can use heating pad, hot water bottles, or even a hot bath to help ease the muscle discomfort that often causes low back pain.


Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or in some cases, a muscle relaxant, to relieve mild to moderate back pain that doesn’t get better with over-the-counter pain relievers. Narcotics, such as codeine or hydrocodone, may be used for a short period of time with close supervision by your doctor.


Few people ever need surgery for back pain. There are no effective surgical techniques for muscle- and soft-tissue-related back pain. Surgery is usually reserved for pain caused by a herniated disk. If you have unrelenting pain or progressive muscle weakness caused by nerve compression, you may benefit from surgery.


Lower Back Massage Therapy

December 23rd, 2008 No comments
Blaise Breton asked:

Upper back pain, though the pattern it strikes is less frequent than lower back pain, can also intervene in our normal activities. The pain can be so excruciating that it can force a patient to stay in bed for a few number of days or even months. Thus, upper back pain like lower back pain should deserve proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Upper back pain is also widely known as middle back pain since the affected area is below the neck and just above the lumbar spine. Muscle strain, injury, and poor posture are among the most common causes of upper back pain. These identified causes can be prevented and can be responded to if early diagnosis and immediate upper back treatment are taken cared of. But, of course, some upper back complaints may be caused by more  serious conditions such as degeneration and herniation (bulging out) of your intervertebral discs, which calls for urgent attention because it could lead to impingement of the spinal nerves that could eventually lead to serious trouble.

Simple upper back pain treatment include massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, application of topical creams and ointments, exercise, or just by improvement of one’s posture. Before, cases of upper back pains triggered by pathological conditions were subjected to invasive surgical methods. However, science has brought in a new technology making possible to treat upper back pain without resorting to surgery.

Non-surgical spinal decompression as upper back treatment has gained some ground because the procedure is safe, non-invasive, and convenient. The methodology entails a gradual therapeutic elongation of the spine to release pressure on the compressed vertebral bones and discs. The procedure is very simple. The patient lies on the spinal decompression table and allows the machine to apply decompression forces. When patient feels uncomfortable, he or she may opt to stop the process through a safety switch attached to the table. 

Since the causes of upper back pain vary, it pays to identify correctly the specific target areas for treatment application. Back pain recovery with the help of a medical doctor depends highly on how the process of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment is undertaken.