Pain Management and Chronic Pain - Causes

Texting Can Be a Pain in the Neck and Shoulders

Too much text messaging may increase the risk of neck or shoulder pain, a recent study shows.

Fibromyalgia and Allergies: Are They Related?

Perhaps you've tried all of the time and your body aches, but your doctor can't find anything specificly wrong with you. If this sounds all too familiar, you could have a chronic condition called fibromyalgia.

Understanding the Fibromyalgia-Diet Connection

Staying away from certain foods and adding others might help your fibromyalgia symptoms.

Joint Pain and Structural Abnormalities

Does one always mean the other? Chances are that the answer is "no".

Why Light Worsens Migraine Headaches

Study observing blind migraine patients explains why light worsens migraine headaches.

Referred Pain vs. Point Tender Pain

One of the key issues to understanding the cause of pain is whether the pain being experienced is referred pain or point tender pain. The difference lies in whether the tissue that is creating the pain signal is at the point where the pain is being experienced or whether it is located somewhere else. Referred pain can result from a nerve being affected or a strained muscle.

Should You Have Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Most people with carpal tunnel syndrome experience effective treatment with non-surgical methods, however if your symptoms are severe, long-lasting, and not responding to non-surgical treatments, surgery may be the right choice for you.

Back Pain and Osteoporosis

Back pain can be caused by a number of conditions, but one that is often overlooked in osteoporosis.

Running Shoes Linked to Joint Strain

A new study suggests that high-tech running shoes can cause joint strain.

Is Your Pain Caused By Structural or Muscular Abnormalities?

Physical therapist Mitchell Yass discusses the differences between structural and muscular causes of pain and how they should be treated.

Strengthen the "Core" for Back Pain? Think Again

There is a widely held belief that strengthening the core muscles is key to resolving lower back pain. The number of patients who have told me they were treated based on this premise at other therapy facilities before obtaining treatment with me is staggering.

Pros and Cons of Using a Back Brace

The use of a back brace can be helpful for some people for a short period of time. But using a brace long-term or for preventative reasons may land you in the situation that you were trying to avoid. Learn about the pros and cons of using a back brace.

How can back and joint pain be prevented in the first place?

Physical therapist Mitchell Yass answers readers' questions about back pain in our exclusive weekly series.

What causes back spasms and how can they be treated?

Physical Therapist Mitchell T. Yass answers a reader's question about treating his back spasms.

Is Sleep Causing Your Neck and Back Pain?

Research shows that if you are suffering from neck and back pain, improper sleep positioning may be the culprit. Find out how it can be prevented, decreased or even eliminated through proper sleep positioning and recommended exercises.

The Truth Behind Stress-Related Neck Pain

While stress typically starts out as mental and emotional stress, it quickly takes on a physical component, resulting in muscle tension in the body. For many Americans, this muscle tension is often felt as a stiff, uncomfortable and sometimes painful neck.

Back Pain and PMS

Back pain is one of the more common symptoms of PMS, and can range from a small ache to debilitating pain.

Understanding Referred Pain and Phantom Pain

The cause of chronic pain is not always obvious. In the case of a type of chronic pain, known as referred pain, the patient perceives pain in one part of the body, but the source of pain is elsewhere in the body. With phantom pain, the patient perceives pain in a body part that s no longer even there.

Trigger Point Therapy for Chronic Pain

Trigger point therapy may be a good option in treating chronic pain in some patients.

How to Prevent a Hernia from Recurring

A hernia is a result of part of an organ or tissue pushing through a weak area of muscle. If you have experienced a hernia already, there are some steps you can take to prevent a hernia from recurring.

How Painful is Passing a Kidney Stone?

Kidney stones are one of the most painful urinary problems one could have. Passing one is even compared to the pain of giving birth. Although not a guarantee, doctors recommend some measures to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Can Pain Be Triggered by Weather?

Have you noticed that your arthritis pain becomes worse in certain weather conditions? If so, you re not alone and it s not all in your head. There is an association between temperature, humidity and barometric pressure and joint pain.

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Heel Spur or Plantar Fasciitis

If you are suffering from pain at the bottom of your heel, you will probably see a podiatrist who will probably take an x-ray and inform you that you have a heel spur.

Muscle Soreness vs. Pain

When pain is a part of your everyday life, it may be hard to differentiate between normal soreness and pain. Read on to find out how.

Pain Management: Common Migraine Triggers

If you are suffering from migraine headaches, finding out what triggers them may be the best medicine.

Is Sciatica Caused by Herniated Discs?

Forty million people are estimated to suffer from sciatica. But is there a misconception about its cause?

Battling Chronic Lupus Complications

Here's how to reduce the risk of four common lupus complications miscarriage, kidney failure, infections, and heart disease.

Chronic Pain vs. Acute Pain

Find out why chronic pain is typically misdiagnosed as acute pain.

Neck Pain and Posture

You'd be surprised by the cause of your pain.