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What is Degenerative Disc Disease? Q&A With Patient Kay J.

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What is Degenerative Disc Disease? Q&A With Patient Kay J.
We’re continuing our spotlight on chronic pain conditions this month with a look at degenerative disc disease, a condition where the discs between the vertebrae in the spine break down, causing pain and weakness. Nature’s “shock absorbers” for the bones of the spine, these discs help the back stay flexible and once they’re injured, they cannot be repaired. Regular pain and limited movement are very common for patients with the condition.

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How To Support Pain Awareness Month

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How To Support Pain Awareness Month
Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, together with many more millions across the globe. Most of our readers have chronic pain or are close to someone who does, so you likely know first-hand the stigma, shame and void of resources that surround this “invisible illness.”  We join others in the industry to help advocate for those in pain to receive the care they need and deserve.

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Common Types of Arthritis

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Common Types of Arthritis
You may be asking yourself; do I have arthritis?  And if so, how would I know? If you think you might have arthritis, you should see your healthcare practitioner, but there are some telltale signs that those aches and pains are probably arthritis.

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Common Causes of Neck Pain

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Common Causes of Neck Pain

Chances are that you’ve experienced neck pain at some point in your life or continue to deal with prolonged chronic pain. A survey published by SpineUniverse found that half of its more than 600 respondents have chronic neck pain, or neck pain that has lasted for more than three months, and other research estimates that nearly 75 percent of people worldwide suffer from neck pain. But what actually causes neck pain, and why is it ranked in the top 5 disorders in the United States? The short answer is that while it can be caused by an underlying disease, condition...

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The Causes of Arthritis and Three Tips for Relief

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The Causes of Arthritis and Three Tips for Relief

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints, and it is a common condition that affects over three million people in the United States every year (Mayo Clinic), comprised mostly of adults over the age of 65 and women more often than men. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness, which typically worsen with age (Healthline). Arthritis is caused by a reduction in the normal amount of cartilage in the body, which is a flexible connective tissue in joints. The breakdown of cartilage causes the symptoms of arthritis, including inflammation and pain (Healthline). The two most...

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