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Prostate cancer and back pain

Chronic back pain can sometimes be a symptom of advanced prostate cancer. However, there are many other possible causes of back pain.The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below the bladder and wraps around the urethra. This gland…

8 stretches for the middle back

Mid back pain or stiffness can have a significant impact on daily life. However, certain stretches can help relieve pain and improve flexibility.Back pain, especially short-term pain, is one of the most common medical complaints in the…

Second trimester pains: What to expect

Although all pregnancies are different, certain symptoms tend to occur in each trimester. For some women, the second trimester means the end of morning sickness and fatigue, but it also means the onset of specific types of pain.Pregnancy…

What is a lumbar MRI scan?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the inside of a body. Doctors can use them to examine a person's lower spine, or lumbar region, and the…

What is a TENS unit and does it work?

A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain.TENS units work by delivering small electrical impulses through electrodes that have adhesive pads to attach them to a…

What is wryneck and how is it treated?

Wryneck occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity, causing the head to tilt. The condition is also known as torticollis or loxia.Wryneck may develop over time. It can also occur after an injury to the area, or because…

How does psoriatic arthritis affect the spine?

Psoriatic arthritis tends to develop in the large joints, particularly in the hands and feet. However, it can also affect the spine, causing pain in the back and pelvic area.Psoriatic arthritis is most common in people with psoriasis or…

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