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Symptoms and Treatments of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Have you been plagued by chronic sharp, burning, or aching pain? If so, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine over 100 million Americans struggle with chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain is defined as pain persisting for 12 weeks or longer. Unfortunately, the root cause of many chronic pain conditions remains unknown. Amongst the many conditions that can cause chronic pain is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

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Symptoms and Treatments of Chronic Back Pain

How many times have you heard someone complain about their “bad back”? Back pain stops many people from performing and enjoying simple everyday activities; from sports, lifting groceries or grandchildren, to sleeping comfortably. “Bad backs” seem so ubiquitous, that many assume it’s just another side effect of getting old. While some amount of aches and pains can be expected with ageing, chronic back pain can seriously impact the quality of life in all ages.

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Symptoms and Treatments of Chronic Neck Pain

It can be hard to hold your head high when you constantly suffer from neck pain. A crick in the neck, or a stiff and aching neck can make your day miserable. If you suffer from chronic neck pain, it can seriously affect your work, free time, and everyday life.

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The Benefits of Getting a Good Night's Sleep

From counting sheep to extra cups of coffee—not getting a proper night’s sleep is a drag. We’ve all experienced a night of not enough or bad quality sleep. The next day tends to involve plenty of yawns, clouded thinking, a lack of motivation, and daydreams of returning to bed. In other words, you aren’t your best self when you’re tired, and science backs this up.

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8 Sports Safety Tips for Parents

While kids are learning important life skills through sports, remember to teach them to take care of their health. No matter if they are in middle school or high school, make their health a priority. Take a look at these tips to help you keep your kids safe while they’re on the court, field, track, and beyond!

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How To Tell if Your Wrist Pain is Serious

With days spent typing away at computers, scrolling through phones, and generally staying very busy, wrist pain seems to be more and more common. A painful wrist can make life very difficult.

If you have consistently achy, pained wrists you may have developed a chronic wrist condition. With many orthopaedic conditions, injury does not always result from an acute occurrence. Often, orthopaedic conditions are caused by repeated motion and wear and tear over time. If you’re experiencing wrist pain or discomfort, read on to see if your wrist pain is a cause to see a doctor about.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options

Achy and painful joints are unfortunately a common experience in many adults’ lives. These aches and pains are often the work of arthritis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the joints. Every joint in the body has cartilage and synovium (a soft tissue envelope that encases joints and releases fluid) that cushions the joints and allows for smooth movement. Arthritis in its various forms, is the breakdown of this vital cartilage and synovium. When cartilage and synovium are damaged or diminished, the bones of the joints grind together. This grinding results in pain, stiffness, swelling, and immobility. According to the CDC an estimated 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Of that 54.4 million, approximately 1.3 million suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

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