Below are links to articles posted in September, 2017
Arthritis, which is a broad category of joint diseases and conditions that cause joint pain, is the foremost cause of disability in the United States. Around 50 million adults, as well as 300,000 children, have some form of the condition.
The treatment for arthritis depends on the type of condition and the severity of the symptoms. Pain reducing and anti-inflammatory medications are often used to manage symptoms. Many people also try physical therapy, changes in diet and exercise habits and alternative therapies such as acupuncture. In cases where these less aggressive treatments don’t help, some people opt for surgeries such as joint repair, joint fusion and joint replacement.
Pain in the neck is a lot more than just an expression for many people. Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain. A National Institute of Health Statistics survey found that neck pain was one of the top four pain complaints, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. The four most common types of pain conditions include:
- Low back pain: 27 percent of people
- Neck pain: 15 percent of people
- Migraine: 15 percent of people
- Facial pain: 4 percent of people
Neck pain is so common that 30 to 50 percent of people will experience some type of discomfort in that area on an annual basis, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain. Pain in this area can be strong enough to limit activity for 11 percent to 14 percent of the population at least once a year.
You are not alone in suffering from neck pain, and you can take action to manage and alleviate it.