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What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

What happens when the facet joints in your low back hurt? Where are they located in your back?

Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate and limits extension and rotation of that spinal segment. You have facet joints at every level of your spine from your neck to your low back. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. ...Read more

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Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Yes: Either referred from the trigger of cervical spondylosis, or secondary to a more direct mechanism, irritation of the Greater Occipital Nerve. Both mechanisms can be readily treated effectively. Have your doctor sort this out and provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Back spasms in the middle of the back what can be done?

Back spasms in the middle of the back what can be done?

Stretch & strengthen: Back muscles spasm when they are asked to do something that are not capable of doing resulting in a strain of the muscles. There are many treatments available, from medications, manipulative therapy, physical therapy and home exercises. I generally recommend daily stretching and strengthening exercises. See my back pain/back strain healthtip under "superman" exercises. ...Read more

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What are the muscles in the neck?

What are the muscles in the neck?

Neck muscles: Go to Wikipedia and type in Cervical muscles ...Read more

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What are the causes of pain in the back and down the leg?

What are the causes of pain in the back and down the leg?

A pinched nerve: Decreased space for the nerves in the low back can results in low back pain that radiates into the lower extremities. This can be due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a variety of other reasons (including hip arthritis, poor circulation, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

Many symptoms...: While this could be a sign of a herniated disc, it sounds a little more like facet arthritis as it does not radiate to different areas and does not have a constant dull ache. That being said, a physical exam and imaging would be necessary to be sure. If you are concerned about an actual herniation, then I would recommend seeing a physician for an exam to be safe. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of pain in your thigh? The muscle area in the front to the point of limping.

Muscle cramp: would likely be the most common cause although could be a muscle strain or tendonitis as well depending on whether or not there was an injury mechanism or overuse such as bicycling long distances. difficult to say for sure without more history. ...Read more

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Is there any where apart from the back to get injections for sciatica pain n degenerative disc in the lower back?

Is there any where apart from the back to get injections for sciatica pain n degenerative disc in the lower back?

What is the source?: Sciatica is commonly caused by a disk protrusion in the lower back in a young person. There are other less common causes such as piriformis syndrome (hip area). While a lumbar epidural steroid injection in the lower back can help if a disk is pressing on the nerve there. It is not going to help if the cause of the sciatica is somewhere else. MRI and examination can help pin point the cause. ...Read more

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What are the causes of arthritis in your lower back?

Several types!: Spondylitis or degenerative disc disease which causes facet arthritis. Certainly there are many causes for lower back pain other than these two. The first is inflammatory, the other causes osteoarthritis of the facet joints! the former more likely affects younger people, the latter is more common with age! ...Read more

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What muscles are in the neck area?

What muscles are in the neck area?

Over 50 muscles: There are over 50 muscles in your neck and face area which, like the rest of the body, lose elasticity and flexibility with age. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in the entire LLQ, including deep into the cupped part of the hip, the groin, and even around to the left back up to the ribs?

What can cause pain in the entire LLQ, including deep  into the cupped part of the hip, the groin, and even around to the left back up to the ribs?

LLQ pain: Many things can cause pain there, you should seek an formal evaluation from your physician, a CT scan of your abdomen and pelvis may help find your answer. If you have fevers, chills, diarrhea, and progressive pain you should visit your nearest ER. Otherwise it can be inflammatory, infectious, or less likely ischemic at your age. Consider colitis. If you want a specialist seek a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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What major nerves are located in the front of the lower leg/ shin area?

What major nerves are located in the front of the lower leg/ shin area?

Leg anatomy: The anterior compartment of the leg is supplied by the deep fibular nerve (deep peroneal nerve), a branch of the common fibular nerve. The nerve contains axons from the L4, L5, and S1 spinal nerves. ...Read more

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Could the coccyx sit in the middle of your back?

Could the coccyx sit in the middle of your back?

NO: Coccyx is the tail bone and it is located at the bottom end of spine not in the middle. ...Read more

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Where are the other ligaments located in the left knee?

Where are the other ligaments located in the left knee?

Sides and internal: There are internal ligaments the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. There are also ligaments along the sides of the knee called the lateral and medial collateral ligaments. See this site for clear pictures. http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Ligaments-of-the-Knee.html ...Read more

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What are the stages of degeneration of the spine in your neck? I have completely lost the curve in my neck. What is the treatment?

What are the stages of degeneration of the spine in your neck? I have completely lost the curve in my neck. What is the treatment?

Varies: It is based on the cause of the loss. Sometimes spasm can cause loss of the normal lordosis of the neck and treating the cause of spasm can lead back to normal alignment. Others have a true structural issue in the neck that would not be reversible short of surgery. That is not to say they necessarily need surgery, but rather nothing short of that would change their malalignment. ...Read more

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