Entries by LMatthews

Swollen Lymph Nodes in the Neck

Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are a common source of neck pain. Most often they are a sign of infection and, once treated or resolved, the lymph nodes will return to normal and the neck pain symptoms will also disappear. Usually, it is difficult to feel the lymph nodes in the neck unless they […]

Can Statins Cause Neck Pain?

Millions of people worldwide take statins in an attempt to lower their cholesterol levels and reduce their risk of heart attack. The sad irony is that by blocking endogenous cholesterol production, which is how statin drugs work, these medications also block production of coenzyme Q10, a nutrient needed for the production of energy, especially in […]

Concussion and Cervicalgia Headaches

More than 1.7 million people in the US are affected annually by concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), and often concussion and cervicalgia headaches go hand in hand. Around 15% of people with concussion have symptoms that persist for three months or more, and sometimes patients don’t realize that neck and head […]

Decreasing the Risk of Infection After Cervical Spinal Surgery

Infection after cervical spinal surgery is just one possible complication of surgery to treat neck pain. Finding ways to reduce the risk of infection is important, especially as this complication can lead to failed back surgery syndrome, serious scarring, ongoing and worsening neck pain, and even paralysis or death, depending on how serious the infection […]

Occipital Neuralgia – What is it?

Head and neck pain could be caused by occipital neuralgia, a non-fatal condition that involves nerve irritation or injury from a variety of causes. The prefix ‘neuro’ means nerve and ‘algia’ means pain, while ‘occipital’ describes a region of the head running from the spinal column in the neck up to the scalp at the […]

TMJ, Ear and Neck Pain

Neck pain may occur in isolation, but often neck pain, ear pain and jaw pain co-exist, leading to pain when eating, speaking, moving the head, and even when lying down to sleep. Sometimes, this triad is a result of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), where the jaw joint and related bones, ligaments, and cartilage are typically […]

Top 10 Chiropractors in the World

As patients and potential patients we are pretty spoilt these days in terms of access to information about our health care professionals. Before we even step into the office of a family physician, orthopedic surgeon, or chiropractor, we can search online for details of their educational history, disciplinary hearings, board certification, and even reviews by […]

Neck Pain as a Heart Attack Symptom in Women

Men and women experience heart attacks differently, meaning that it is important to be able to recognize which symptoms of a heart attack you are likely to encounter. For women, neck pain can indicate a heart attack, but this symptom is often ignored or dismissed as a result of muscle strain.

Neck Pain and Nausea – Signs of Flu?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the 2014/15 flu season is especially bad, with about half of the US experiencing high flu activity. This is expected to increase over January and spread to states where flu has remained relatively less active. December to February is typically the worst time for flu cases […]