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Herniation her·ni·a·tion \ˈhər-nē-ˌā-shən\ noun Refers to a condition found in the intervertebral disc. Herniation occurs when part of the material making up the disc moves to a position that irritates the nearby nerve for that area of the spine.

Acute Back Pain

Acute Back Pain acute back pain \ə-ˈkyüt\ bak\ pān\ noun Relates to back pain that lasts for a relatively short period of time. If a patient suffers from this problem for more than three months, it is no longer deemed to be acute back pain.


Nerves nerves \ˈnərvz\ noun These are specialized cells that use chemical reactions to send impulses from body parts that directly contact the outside world to the spinal cord and brain.


Degeneration de·gen·er·a·tion \di-ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən\ noun Can be caused by wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is an example of degeneration, as the body’s joints wear out in what is also known as degenerative joint disease.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ Disorders T·M·J dis·or·ders \ˈtē-ˈem-ˈjā\ dis-ˈȯr-dərz\ noun Temporomandibular joint disorders are problems that affect the joint located between the lower jaw and base of the skull. Although TMJ dysfunction is not deemed to be a serious medical problem, it can have a major impact on people’s quality of life. A TMJ disorder can cause difficulty […]


Hypermobility hy·per·mo·bil·i·ty \ˈhī-pər-mō-bəl-itē\ noun Relates to the excess movement of the area of the spine. In joints, hypermobility can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms, including joint and back pain, soft tissue injuries, and dislocated joints.


Arthritis ar·thri·tis \är-ˈthrī-təs\ noun A generic term for the inflammation of the joints. There are a number of different forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

Neck and Head Pain

Neck and Head Pain neck and head pain \ˈnek\ ənd\ hed\ pān\ noun Though a stiff neck seems to be a sudden problem, it has probably been developing for a while. There are seven small bones that make up the neck; these bones are known as the cervical spine and support the 22 bones of […]