A sharp, shooting pain moves across your back and down into your leg. Or you feel a consistent, dull ache that causes the sensation of numbness to move through your thigh and into your calf. This is not a normal backache.
Peripheral neuropathy, often just referred to as “neuropathy,” affects 20,000,000 people in America. That’s 1 in 15 people. Those suffering from this disease are constantly aware of their pain. So this week—National Neuropathy Awareness Week—it’s time for us to become more aware.
If you gave the MVP award to a part of your body, what would it be? Would you choose your heart or your brain? Your eyes or your limbs? Would you consider nominating your spinal cord as the MVP? The spinal cord is an extremely crucial part of our body that often gets overlooked.
Headaches are something that everyone deals with throughout the course of their life, but not everyone endures a migraine headache. Migraines affect 37 million people in the United States, 70% of whom are women. This is not just a tension headache or a sinus headache that goes away with over-the-counter medication.
At NewSouth NeuroSpine, we understand how debilitating chronic back pain can be. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of compression fractures.
There is a big difference between the unwelcome pain that comes from an old sports injury or picking up a heavy box, in comparison to a condition involving the nerves. The bones, muscles, and nerves in your back are a complex system that support your entire body, and it’s always possible that they may become compromised and lead to a condition called lumbar radiculopathy.
Weighing about three pounds, the human brain serves as the command center for our nervous system. Every second, the neurons in our brain are making 500 trillion connections allowing us to have mental processes that affect our thinking, reasoning, perception, emotions, sensations, learning, and memory.
The average person doesn’t spend much time after high school graduation considering the remarkable system that is responsible for every thought, every movement, and every activity within the body. That is, until they experience pain, and then that is all they can think about. The specialists at NewSouth NeuroSpine treat conditions that involve the nervous system.
It’s fairly well known that large amounts of stress can cause a variety of health problems. Stress can affect your weight, sleep, eating habits, and ability to concentrate. Another lesser known risk of stress is that it can bring about intense physical pain, known as myofascial pain syndrome.
You hear people talking a lot about carpal tunnel syndrome in relation to those who play certain sports, work on some sort of assembly line, use a computer consistently for work, or play the piano. One might assume that the condition is caused by these activities, but it’s actually caused by the squeezing of a particular nerve that runs through your hand and forearm. While it can be a pretty simple task to identify the actual condition, identifying the exact cause of it can often be a challenge.