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What are the most likely causes of upper back pain?

What are the most likely causes of upper back pain?

Pain in the upper back is usually the result of poor posture, muscle overuse, or injury. Treatment may include home remedies, such as rest and gentle exercises, or possibly seeing a physical therapist. The upper back is the area between the base of the neck and the bottom of the ribcage. There are 12 bones […]

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Low back pain: Pulsed radiofrequency may be the answer

Low back pain: Pulsed radiofrequency may be the answer

A new study reveals that pulsed radiofrequency may help patients with low back pain that has not responded to conservative therapy. Pulsed radiofrequency treatment may relieve low back pain. Low back pain affects millions of people worldwide. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the United States, about 80 percent of […]

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8 stretches for the middle back

8 stretches for the middle back

Mid back pain or stiffness can have a significant impact on daily life. However, certain stretches can help relieve pain and improve flexibility. Back pain, especially short-term pain, is one of the most common medical complaints in the United States. A variety of lifestyle factors, medical conditions, and injuries can lead to pain in the […]

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Second trimester pains: What to expect

Second trimester pains: What to expect

Although all pregnancies are different, certain symptoms tend to occur in each trimester. For some women, the second trimester means the end of morning sickness and fatigue, but it also means the onset of specific types of pain. Pregnancy consists of three trimesters. The second trimester lasts from weeks 13 to 28. In this article, […]

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What is a lumbar MRI scan?

What is a lumbar MRI scan?

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. The exam itself is very safe because it does not use ionizing […]

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What is a TENS unit and does it work?

What is a TENS unit and does it work?

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain. TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads to attach them to a person’s skin. These electrical impulses flood the nervous system, reducing its ability to transmit pain signals to the […]

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How to make a heating pad at home

How to make a heating pad at home

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. Many people use heating pads to reduce neck pain, back pain, muscle aches, symptoms of arthritis, and menstrual cramps. In this article, we describe three ways to […]

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New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain

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. Up to a quarter of people in America experience low-back pain every year. So, concludes […]

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How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?

How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?

Psoriatic arthritis tends to develop in the large joints, particularly in the hands and feet. However, it can also affect the spine, causing pain in the back and pelvic area. Psoriatic arthritis is most common in people with psoriasis or individuals with a family history of the disease. Around 30 percent of people with psoriasis […]

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How to strengthen the lower back

How to strengthen the lower back

Doing exercises to strengthen the lower back can help alleviate and prevent lower back pain. It can also strengthen the core, leg, and arm muscles. According to researchers, exercise also increases blood flow to the lower back area, which may reduce stiffness and speed up the healing process. Below, we explain how to do 10 […]