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  • What is the cause of back pain and shortness of breath?
    Back pain and shortness of breath may be a sign of many potential conditions. These may be mild or severe. Treatment depends on the underlying condition.
  • Chronic pain relief: Mindfulness may be just as good as CBT
    A new analysis compares the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy with those of mindfulness-based stress reduction for relieving chronic pain.
  • How to tell if contractions are real
    Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare the body for labor, but they are not real contractions. Real contractions are consistent and increasingly frequent. Learn more here.
  • Safe exercises for a herniated disk
    Exercises and stretches are important parts of recovery from a herniated or slipped disk. In this article, we look at 6 possible exercises that can help with neck and back pain, as well as what exercises to avoid.
  • What is the trapezius muscle?
    The trapezius is a muscle in the upper back that helps the neck, shoulders, and arms move. Learn more about its functions and the causes and treatment of trapezius pain.
  • What is the impact of back pain over time?
    Back pain affects most of the world's population. What is its impact over time, and what might this suggest about the best treatment approach?
  • What to know about a stiff neck
    The neck may grow stiff for many reasons. Some common causes include sleeping awkwardly, having bad posture, and slouching for long periods. Treatments can involve applying heat or ice and getting a massage. In this article, learn more about the causes and treatments for a stiff neck and when to see a doctor.
  • What to know about kyphosis
    Kyphosis is a condition that results in an abnormal curve in the spine. Often caused by developmental issues or poor posture, it usually affects adolescents and adults, although it can be present at birth. Learn more about what causes kyphosis, how to prevent it, and ways to treat it, including exercises.
  • Strong link found between back pain and mortality
    Back pain can significantly reduce people's quality of life. A recent study asks whether back pain might also reduce lifespan in older woman.
  • Prostate cancer and back pain
    Back pain is a common complaint with many possible causes. In some cases, chronic, unexplained back pain can occur with advanced prostate cancer. Learn more here.
  • What are the most likely causes of upper back pain?
    Causes of upper back pain include herniated discs, muscle overuse, osteoarthritis, and a pinched nerve. Learn more about these and other reasons for upper back pain, and how to prevent it, here.
  • Low back pain: Pulsed radiofrequency may be the answer
    Applying pulsed radiofrequency directly to the roots of the nerves near the spine can reduce inflammation and back pain, according to a recent study.
  • 8 stretches for the middle back
    Regularly stretching the middle back can loosen muscles, improve posture, and relieve or prevent back pain. We give step-by-step instructions for eight of the best mid back stretches.
  • Second trimester pains: What to expect
    While many women experience less morning sickness during the second semester, a variety of pains may arise. These can include round ligament pains, Braxton-Hicks contractions, symphysis pubis dysfunction, and back and leg pain. Here, learn about the causes and how to find relief.
  • What is a lumbar MRI scan?
    Doctors use a lumbar MRI scan to examine a person’s lower spine for problems. An MRI scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create an image of the inside of a person’s body. It is a painless and low-risk procedure. Learn more here.
  • What is a TENS unit and does it work?
    Some people use a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to treat pain. This device works by sending electrical impulses through the skin. It may give people relief from the painful symptoms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and other conditions. Learn more here.
  • How to make a heating pad at home
    Heating pads can relieve muscle aches and cramps, and help injuries heal. In this article, learn three ways to make a homemade heating pad.
  • New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
    A new stimulation therapy that specifically targets the nerves fibers involved could be an effective alternative to spinal cord stimulation, says study.
  • What is wryneck and how is it treated?
    Wryneck, also known as torticollis, is a condition where the neck tilts to one side. Babies can be born with it, or people can develop it for several reasons. While wryneck can be uncomfortable, there are several treatment options available for each type, ranging from stretching and therapy to surgery. Learn more here.
  • How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?
    Psoriatic arthritis can cause stiffness and pain in the spinal joints, but early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications. Here, learn more about how psoriatic arthritis affects the spine.
  • How to strengthen the lower back
    Lower back pain is common, but doing strengthening exercises can relieve symptoms. Here, learn how to perform a range of exercises and stretches for the lower back.
  • Could video games help treat chronic back pain?
    A recent study concludes that a special type of video game could be used to successfully reduce chronic low back pain at a patient's home.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and back pain
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the joints in the spine, including the cervical and lumbar vertebrae. This can cause pain and stiffness in the back. In this article, we look at how people can relieve pain associated with RA in the back. We also explore the causes and symptoms of RA back pain.
  • Treating pain with magnetic fields
    New research suggests that 'mechanoceuticals' may be the treatment of the future against chronic pain. Magnetic force can reduce pain signals in neurons.