If you’re one of many who have suffered from a herniated cervical disc, you know just how badly it can restrict your movement, not to mention your quality of life. Cervical discs are the cushions between the vertebrae in the upper back and neck. It becomes herniated when the gel-like center of the disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall, similar to the filling being squeezed out of a jelly doughnut.
“Stand up straight!” What child hasn’t heard that from a parent at one time or another? Indeed, having good posture helps promote overall health, and is made possible by a spine that is strong and aligned. But there are times when a certain deformity of the spine makes proper posture more difficult — a condition known as scoliosis.
Everyone is aware of the effects of arthritis – an inflammation of the joints that cause pain and making movement difficult. But did you know that there are more than 100 different types —the two most common being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While osteoarthritis is primarily caused by “wear and tear” on the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints.
There are many conditions that can affect the hand, and one of the most unusual is Dupuytren's contracture, where scar tissue starts forming in the palm of the hand. As the disease progresses, Dupuytren's contracture can cause one or more fingers (usually the ring and pinky fingers) to bend toward the palm. This can complicate everyday activities and can make it impossible to fully extend the fingers — resulting in a loss of normal grasping.