Chronic Pain

Arthritis is the nation’s most common chronic health problem and is the leading cause of disability among those over age fifteen. Technically speaking, the word arthritis means...
Not only do muscles help us move, they also support the skeleton. The greater the “support load” taken on by the muscles, the less stress the joints have to endure, which helps them last longer...
Man holding neck in pain
We have known for many years now that bed rest actually makes back pain worse, while research suggests that walking can be an effective way to reduce low back pain. For example, one study published in 2005 in the American Journal of Public Health followed several hundred patients with low back pain and found that those who walked three hours a week had less back pain than those who did specific low back exercises. In general, a stronger body...
Neuropathic pain refers to a major subtype of chronic pain caused by damage to a nerve, or a dysfunction within the nervous system. The word neuropathic means “pathology in the nerves.” Nerve pain can be described as burning, sharp, shooting, electrical, or pins and needles, depending on the circumstances and particular type of problem...
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome associated with inflammation of the connective tissue (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments), which brings about widespread musculoskeletal tenderness and an elevated sensitivity to pain. Symptoms include chronic pain, stiffness, fatigue, insomnia, and mood changes like depression. Basically, fibromyalgia sufferers feel like they ache all over.
Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint experienced by both amateur and professional golfers. In a study I conducted on professional golfers published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2004, one third of the professional golfers had experienced significant back pain that limited their golf performance. The study also showed that loss of motion in the hip led to greater risk for back pain.

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