Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
Practically everyone experiences low back pain at some point in life. Some experience it more frequently than others. If you struggle with frequent episodes of low back pain, here are some tips to help you prevent it.
1. Think BEFORE You Lift : By thinking about how to lift properly, you can prevent 90 percent of the causes for a sudden, sharp pain in the back. Place your feet shoulder width apart, bend the knees and tighten up your abdominal wall; all of this is done before you lift.
2. Provide a Good Base of Support : Think as if you are a chair; one leg is pretty wobbly. Two legs are better than one, especially with the feet widely placed for extra support. Place a hand down on a counter top for even more support and now you are a three-legged chair. And both legs and arms in contact with something solid will give your spine the most stable base of support possible.
All it takes is a good whack to your knee, and the surrounding muscles may decide to stop doing their job. Your injury is called a patellar contusion--a blow to the kneecap. You will have pain and most likely weakness in the quadriceps (the big muscle on the front of your thigh). What is the best way to get your quadriceps strong again? That depends on whether the weakness is caused by quadriceps atrophy or inhibition. Atrophy means that the muscle is weak and shrunken. In this case, atrophy could happen because the pain in the knee causes you to use that leg less. Inhibition means that the muscle just can't engage when you try to move it. The pain and swelling are believed to throw the nervous system off, keeping the muscle from working. The difference between atrophy and inhibition is important, because the two conditions need to be treated differently. Atrophy is treated by strengthening the muscles. Inhibition requires that the muscle be "re-educated" using specialized therapy, suc...
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