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Neck Pain Causes

Neck pain usually occurs due to activities that necessitate a constant or prolonged movement of the neck’s ligaments, joints, bones, muscles, or tendons. They can give rise to neck joint inflammation, a strain, neck muscle spasms, or a sprain. Stress or strain from extreme concentration frequently leads to hurting, taut muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. Studies have shown that neck pain acupuncture works to ease the stress off our general neck area. While society is slowly learning to veer away from relying too much on over-the-counter remedies or prescription drugs, alternative forms of medicine are now becoming more popular. There are many ways to treat neck pain. can use at-home remedies,physical therapy or alternative treatments like seeing a chiropractor and acupuncturist.It is important to find a certified professional who can analyze the cause of your neck problem first. For severe acute neck pain resulting from an accident or injury, doctors usually recommend bed rest, a neck brace or collar, and cold treatment (such as an ice pack) for neck pain relief. Head and neck pain, whether, throbbing or stabbing, is known as headache. Sometimes it is not only confined to the head but also includes pain from the neck that is why it was termed as head and neck pain. There are three kinds of headaches: tension headache, migraine and cervigogenic headache. These are categorized as primary headaches. Diagnosis and treatment of neck pain conditions is the second largest sector of the chiropractic profession, bested only by low back pain. In much the same way as other spinal complaints, chronic neck pain has a tendency to be hard to diagnose and treat, making life a real challenge for anyone who can’t find lasting relief. prevent neck pain: 1-Using good posture while walking, sitting, and sleeping. Avoid slouching. 2-Exercise the neck muscles by using stretching exercises geared towards the neck. These can be done right at your desk. 3-It is very important to choose the right office chair for back and neck pain relief and truly productive working hours. 4-Avoid sitting for long periods of time without getting up or changing positions. Cause Neck Pain On another ocassion I found myself on the chiropractor’s table getting an adjustment because I had worked too long, sitting in a strained position, in front of my computer. Another time I discovered that my favorite handbag was the culprit. No longer do I carry a heavy purse on my shoulder. If you are experiencing neck pain, and have visited you medical for examinations, then you need to go ahead to exercise your neck for better and faster results. There are several neck exercises for you to learn and practise, but be careful to avoid mistakes since this can complicate the problem instead. Stress is associated with a myriad of symptoms and conditions to include neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. Stress is also responsible for many other disorders of the mind and the body. Hans Bruno Hugo Seyle (1907-1982) is credited by many with being the first to recognize and document the existence and impact of biological stressors. Neck-pain may also be caused by other problems such as slipped disc, osteoporosis or having brittle bones, scoliosis or having a deformed curve of the spine and very rarely tumors on the spine. Experiencing trauma in the affected area may also result in neck pain which may last for months.


How to get rid of heel pain

The most common cause of chronic heel pain is called Plantar Fasciitis (PF).  This is also the most common condition that presents to my office.

The plantar fascia is a very large ligament that attaches to the heel bone and runs all the way up to the ball of the foot. This ligament is the primary supporter of the foot’s natural arch. It acts like a rubber band that prevents the foot from over-flattening when your body weight is applied during standing, walking, and running. PF is inflammation of the plantar fascia due to small tears within the fascia.

People that are susceptible to PF include: 1) people with recent and/or rapid weight gain and/or people with a high body mass index; 2) people who run and walk for exercise; 3) people with occupations that require a lot of standing and/or walking; and 4) people who wear unsupportive or worn shoes. If your foot has too much weight/impact applied to it from any of the four reasons mentioned above, small tears will occur.

Most of the time, this condition develops slowly without any history of injury. The condition can also develop suddenly as a result of traumatic injury but that is rare. Many people first experience a dull ache that starts in the mid-arch. It has been described as feeling like a stone is in the shoe. As the condition worsens, it may move toward the heel.  Often patients say that it hurts most when walking or standing after periods of rest. In less severe cases, the pain may ease with some walking or running. Over time, this easing of symptoms takes longer and longer to occur and eventually it’s painful all the time.

Most cases of PF can be treated without the need for surgery. When patients initially present to my office with PF, the visit usually focuses on activity modification, shoe wear, and stretching advice. In addition, a medical grade arch support is usually dispensed. If this initial treatment fails, then we may consider a cortico-steroid injection, a night splint, and/or physical therapy. Custom orthotics are also an option. Surgery is a last resort. In my experience, surgery is only needed in about 1 of 50 cases.

Good shoes are a very important part of curing PF. A good shoe is one that combines cushioning and support. Running sneakers are generally the shoes that do this best. A supportive shoe is one that bends only in the toe box. The shoe should also resist an effort to twist from end to end. A cushioned shoe is one that employs some type of shock-absorbing midsole. For more information on shoes, see my previous article titled “What is the right athletic shoe for you?” Someone with PF should ideally wear a good running shoe for all periods of standing and walking until pain has subsided. There are supportive dress shoes but they are much harder to find. Higher end dress shoes have started making their shoes with a removable insole that comes with the shoe. This allows one to remove the stock insoles (which usually are not very supportive) and replace it with a medical grade arch support if needed. At a minimum, you should make sure that your dress shoes have readily removable insoles rather than glued insoles. Supportive dress shoes for women can be even harder to find because, more often than not, form trumps function in women’s shoe wear.

Barefoot walking should be avoided. When at home, if you don’t like to wear shoes when in the house I usually suggest my patients get a supportive pair of sandals. “

Brands that I have endorsed are Birkenstock, Abeo, Spenco, Vionic/Orthaheel, Sole, and Fitflops. A simple pair of slippers, flip flops or crocs Chiropractic will not be supportive enough and they are likely to make the situation worse. An effort should be made to stand and walk less while the heel is still painful.

While PF can be a very tricky condition to treat, following the steps discussed in this article and the advice of your doctor can get you up and running again, pain-free.

Dr. Crispell is a foot and ankle specialist at Riddle Hospital in Media, PA. He is a guest contributor to Sports Doc. 

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Published: March 9, 2016 — 4:00 AM EST

| Updated: March 9, 2016 — 4:45 AM EST