More than 1 in 5 American adults have received an arthritis diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Osteoarthritis being by far the most common form. While most people generally expect the “wear and tear” inflammatory joint condition to be one that affects those over age 65, a full 14% are diagnosed as early as 25 years old. What are the causes of early onset osteoarthritis, and does a diagnosis mean doom?
How do you know if what you’re experiencing is migraine pain?
Dr. Timothy Dembowski, the founder of Atlanta Medical Clinic, begins by drawing a parallel with back pain: Someone might feel a low-back twinge after a Saturday filled with yard work – or suffer a couple of days of agony for no apparent reason.
Unless chronic neck pain is caused by an injury, the chances are that it is caused by poor posture. Because of the neck’s placement on the body, neck strain can come from the curvature of the spine below, and/or the tilt of the head above. Poor posture not only causes neck pain, but it can also lead to joint degeneration in the spine.
The knees and hips are the largest joints in the body, supporting the body’s weight and working together to provide the mobility we typically take for granted. Unfortunately, these joints tend to experience a lot of wear and tear, and resulting issues like pain and inflammation can lead to joint instability and inactivity, and result in nearly 10 million doctor visits by women for knee pain annually.
Back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study. There are a variety of conditions that can prompt patients to seek back pain relief. For example, you could be suffering from a disc herniation, a strain, sprain, or spasm, or you could just be under stress, causing your back to tense up.
The Arthritis Foundation states that Arthritis is the number one cause for disability in the nation. There are over five million diagnosed cases, and, contrary to popular belief, it is not an age-discriminant ailment. In fact, there are over 300,000 babies and children that are suffering from arthritis pain.
September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month, an annual collaboration for spreading awareness of chronic pain and pain management issues that was established by the American Chronic Pain Association in 2001. According to the Institute of Medicine of National Academies, about 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and this epidemic not only compromises our physical abilities, but also our mental and emotional states.