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...]

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...]

Arthritis

What is Arthritis? Arthritis is a general term used for many conditions that result from the degenerative changes of the joint and its structures. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It may affect over 80% of people over the age of 60. In OA degeneration, changes describe a slow and progressive loss of the cartilage (a rubbery material between two bones) that acts as a barrier and a shock absorber between two bones, … [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...]

Whiplash

What is Whiplash? Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck, also called a neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following injury to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion. Whiplash commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present … [Read more...]