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BACK PAIN Back Pain Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the world. It is a leading reason why people visit a doctor and affects upwards of 80% of adults at some point in their lives. It can range from a muscle aching to a shooting, burning or stabbing sensation. In addition, the pain may radiate down your leg or worsen with bending, twisting, lifting, standing or walking. Your doctor can usually identify the cause with a test or an imaging study. Conditions commonly linked to back pain...

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ARTHRITIS Arthritis While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, all forms refer to an inflammation of the joints. The two most prevalent forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). Typically symptoms appear gradually as you age, though, in some cases, they can worsen suddenly. Though arthritis most often affects adults over the age of 65, the disease can also be found in children, teens and young adults.    What Causes Arthritis?    The firm but flexible...

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MUSCLE SPASMS Muscle Spasms Though they can be incredibly painful, muscle spasms, or muscle cramps, are usually temporary. Defined as when a muscle involuntarily contracts and cannot relax, a muscle cramp can affect any muscle at any time. Most commonly, cramps like these affect your calves, thighs, foot arches, arms, abdomen, hands and ribcage. Below we’ll discuss who gets muscle spasms, what causes these cramps and how to treat them.   Who is susceptible?  As a universal problem, muscle spasms can happen to...

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STRAINS Strains A muscle strain refers to an injury of the muscle or tendon, the fibrous tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. Commonly confused with sprains, which is an injury of a ligament–the tissue that connects bones to each other, strains are typically referred to as a “pulled muscle.” They most often occur in the hamstrings or back muscles, and can be debilitating and painful. Below we’ll walk through their symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment.  Symptoms Depending on the individual, as...

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SPRAINS Sprains Most commonly heard when discussing ankle pain, the term sprain refers to the stretching or tearing of a ligament. A ligament is a fibrous tissue that connects two bones together in a joint. Stretching or tearing a ligament can be painful, so below, we’ll talk about the common symptoms and causes of a sprain, as well as how they’re treated.  Symptoms Depending on the person and the type of injury, symptoms may vary between individuals. Common signs of a sprain include: Bruising Swelling Pain...

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