Numbness

What is Numbness? Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body, but are often felt in your hands, feet, arms, or legs. Some other terms that are used to describe numbness are sensory loss, paresthesias, tingling, and loss of sensation. What are the Causes? Numbness and tingling have many different possible causes, including: Remaining in the same seated or standing position for a long time … [Read more...]

Headaches

What is a Headache? A headache happens when pain-sensitive nerve fibers (called nociceptors) are triggered in the network of nerves that extends over the scalp, face, and along the surface and the base of the brain. What are the Causes? Headaches have many causes including foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.), although 90% of all headaches … [Read more...]

Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia? FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons – the soft fibrous tissues in the body. How will it make Someone Feel? Most patients with FMS say that they ache all over. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes the muscles twitch and at other … [Read more...]

Chronic Pain

What is Chronic Pain? Pain plays an important role in overall health. Acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system which acts as an alarm system for the body. When tissue is injured, peripheral nerves in the area send a shrieking signal to the spinal cord and brain. The usual result is a reflex that is processed in the spinal cord: you pull your hand away from the stove; you shift your weight off of the broken bone. All pain … [Read more...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation, after being aggravated. The narrowed tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist pinches the nerves that reach the fingers and the muscles at the base of the thumb. The first symptoms usually appear at night. Symptoms range from a burning, tingling numbness in the fingers, especially the thumb and the … [Read more...]

Sciatica

What is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg and is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain. What Causes this Pain? Any condition that causes irritation or impingement on the sciatic nerve can cause the pain associated with sciatica. The most common cause is a lumbar herniated disc (also referred to as a ruptured disc, pinched nerve, slipped disc, … [Read more...]