Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic connective tissue disorder. Common symptoms include widespread pain, fatigue and weakness. This disorder is characterized by tender points in specific locations on the neck, back, arms and legs. For those with fibromyalgia, even light pressure on these areas can cause pain. This pain often continues for weeks or months. Patients with fibromyalgia often report headaches or ...

Facial Pain

Facial Pain can be caused by any one of the many nerves or structures that make up the face. This type of pain can be caused by one of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. Each of the three branches affects a different aspect of the face. This nerve communicates sensory information to the brain. Inflammation or irritation of ...

Extruded Discs

An extruded disc is a disc that has herniated in a specific way. This condition may cause acute pain or stiffness in the back and may radiate down the legs. The lower back is the most common location for extruded discs because of the stress and strain put on this part of the spine throughout the day. However, this condition ...

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy involves the peripheral nervous system (PNS). While the central nervous system (CNS) includes your brain and spinal cord, the PNS includes all of the nerves that start in your spinal cord and innervate the rest of the body. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by vitamin deficiencies, alcoholism, autoimmune diseases, some medications, diabetes and other unknown causes. Damage to ...

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative Disc Disease is the formal name for the degeneration or normal wear on the intervertebral discs. Though each patient's level of pain will vary, degenerative disc disease (DDD) is frequently the cause of low back pain, especially in young adults. Painful disc degeneration is common in the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine). These areas ...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Formerly known as Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy (RSD), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain and sensory condition that mainly affects the arms and legs. Two types of CRPS exist: Type I is characterized by persistent pain and swelling caused by trauma to an area that produces vasomotor disorders and Type II is caused by a direct and specific ...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or chronic compression of the median nerve in the wrist, is a common cause for pain, tingling and numbness in the hand. These sensations are usually experienced on the palm and the palmar side of the fingers. Risk factors for CTS include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, wrist fracture and swelling, nerve dysfunctions. Another predisposing factor for the condition ...

Cancer Pain

Many cancer patients experience pain due to their condition at some point in their treatment. However, each patient experiences this pain differently, and descriptions of the pain can vary widely. According to Cancer Research UK, most cancer pain is caused by the tumour pressing on bones, nerves or other organs in your body. Sometimes pain is related to your cancer treatment. ...

Bulging Disc

The discs located between vertebrae create and form the spine, allow for movement and absorb weight placed on the spine. Discs are made up of a tough outer layer and a gel-like inner layer. When a disc is compressed, pressure builds up in the inner layer, causing the disc to bulge. Most bulging discs happen in the lower back, but ...

Spinal Pain

Chronic spinal pain affects one out of every five Americans, making it one of the most common health complaints in the country. Some of the most common causes include degeneration, muscle strain, mechanical problems and vertebral fractures from osteoporosis. Since the lower back carries most of the body’s weight, pain in that area is more common than in the upper back. ...