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One of the best-studied musculoskeletal problems is chronic neck pain. The most common cause of chronic neck pain is facet joint disease. The facet joints are the small joints in the spine. They act as hinge joints, allowing flexion and resisting to an extent extension and rotation. Facet joints can become "diseased" by a variety of means. They are most commonly acutely injured in whiplash incidents. This can happen as a result of a motor vehicle accident, football injury, or other accident in which the neck is rapidly forced backwards. When this happens, before the muscles have a chance to react to the forces involved and try to protect the joints in the spine, the joints are thrust backwards because of the velocity of the accident. As a result, the facet joints can become injured. Another way that facet joints can become injured is through normal wear and tear of the spine. Facet joints are joints similar to any other mobile joint such as the knee...
Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
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