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Managing Piriformis Syndrome: Treatment Options and Prevention Tips

  For individuals experiencing piriformis syndrome. Can knowing the causes and what it feels like help in diagnosis and treatment? Managing Piriformis Syndrome Piriformis syndrome is where spasms occur in the piriformis muscle located in the buttocks. These muscle spasms can cause pain and numbness in the buttocks and the back of the leg. ( Cedars Sinai, 2022 ) What Is It? Piriformis syndrome is an irritation of the sciatic nerve from the piriformis muscle. Although the piriformis muscle is small compared to other muscles around the hip and thigh, it supports the hip joint's external rotation or turning out. The sciatic nerve supplies the lower extremities with motor and sensory functions. The piriformis tendon and sciatic nerve cross each other behind the hip joint in the deep buttock. Both are about one centimeter in diameter. The piriformis muscle spasms can irritate the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica symptoms. ( Cedars Sinai, 2022 ) Triggers A piriformis syndrome diagnosis mea

Annular Fissure: How to Manage Pain and Improve Mobility

  An annular fissure is caused by age-related changes to the spine, which often do not cause symptoms but can cause back pain. Can understanding the causes help individuals manage lower back pain and help healthcare providers develop an effective treatment program? Annular Fissure An annular fissure is a discogenic condition that affects the spine and can cause lower back pain. Also called an annular tear, it's usually a wear-and-tear condition that happens over time rather than a condition caused by trauma. It usually occurs when the fibers that make up the annulus or the tough outer covering of the intervertebral disc break or separate. To manage it, healthcare providers may recommend: Making lifestyle changes. Staying aware of how you go about daily activities and take steps to make adjustments, such as being mindful of unhealthy posture. Start doing exercises that help make the back stronger. Medical care if pain and other symptoms need to be managed. Symptoms Lower back pain m

The Amazing Benefits of Lemongrass: From Cooking to Healing

  Can incorporating lemongrass into a diet help individuals manage anxiety, colds, fever, inflammation, and insomnia? Lemongrass Lemongrass, or lemongrass or citronella, is a tall grass-like herb commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking. The lower stalks and bulbs of the plant have a fresh, clean, lemony scent that is sometimes added to marinades, teas, curries, and broths. In addition to its flavoring use, lemongrass's essential oils are used for medicinal purposes, supported by scientific evidence. Benefits  Lemongrass has been shown to help with common ailments, such as anxiety, colds, fever, inflammation, and insomnia. It can be eaten, rubbed on the skin, or inhaled as an aromatherapy treatment. When taken orally, it is often used to calm stomach discomfort and other gastrointestinal issues, including cramps and vomiting. ( DeFilipps, R. A. et al., 2018 ) When used as a tea, it protects the stomach lining by treating stomach ailments, indigestion, and gastric ulcers. ( Khan, Ni

Neurological Physical Therapy: A Key Component for Recovery and Independence

  Can neurological physical therapy help individuals diagnosed with a recently acquired or chronic neurological condition gain strength and functioning? Neurological Physical Therapy Neurological physical therapy can be extremely beneficial. It aims to restore functional mobility, strength, balance, and coordination in those with neurological conditions that affect their quality of life and ability to move around. It also helps recover from neurological injuries or prevent the progression and worsening of chronic neurological conditions. Depending on the severity of the condition, individuals may receive this therapy as an inpatient or outpatient. Exercise can help improve mobility, increase independence, and decrease the need for assistance, all of which can improve one's quality of life. Process Neurological physical therapy is geared toward treating individuals with conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson's disease, t

Understanding the Relationship Between Lupus and Sun Exposure

  Individuals with the autoimmune disease lupus may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Are there ways to help protect the skin? Lupus Sun Exposure Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the joints, muscles, and skin. Around 5 million individuals worldwide, and 1.5 million in the United States, have been diagnosed with lupus. The disease is most common in early to mid-adulthood, and 90% develop in women. ( Lupus Foundation of America, 2021 ) For some, the symptoms manifest as joint swelling or muscle soreness. Skin rashes, mottling or red or purple marbled skin, and sun sensitivity are common lupus symptoms. ( Medline Plus, 2024 ) While exposure to UV radiation from natural and artificial light can be damaging to everyone, minimal exposures can cause a flare-up for those with chronic lupus. UV Radiation Ultraviolet (UV) light is radiation emitted naturally by the sun. These rays have some health benefits, like the generation of vitamin D, but too much UV exp

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