Can Neck Pain Cause Tingling (Nerve Pain) in Arms, Forearms and Hands?

Can Neck Pain Cause Tingling (Nerve Pain) in Arms, Forearms and Hands?
As an executive mum, juggling between work demands and family responsibilities, experiencing neck pain may not be uncommon. However, if you're also feeling tingling or numbness in your arms and hands, it could be more than just stress or fatigue. This sensation can stem from various underlying health issues, but one prevalent cause is nerve compression in the spine. In this blog, lets discuss how Neck Pain can cause tingling or nerve pain in arms, forearms and hands ....
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Can you have tennis and golfers elbow at the same time?

Can you have tennis and golfers elbow at the same time?
As a hard-working executive mum, you are no stranger to juggling multiple responsibilities. Whether you're leading boardroom meetings or cheering on the sidelines at your kids sports events, your lifestyle demands both physical and mental agility. But this dynamic routine also exposes you to the risk of repetitive strain injuries, such as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow.  In this blog lets discuss if it is possible to experience both conditions simultaneously, either in the same elbow or on different sides of the body ...
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Understanding the Difference Between Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow

Understanding the Difference Between Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow
As an executive mum balancing work, family, and personal commitments, dealing with persistent elbow pain can be a significant hindrance. Elbow pain might stem from Golfer's Elbow or Tennis Elbow, two common conditions that can affect anyone, regardless of their involvement in sports. These conditions are both responses to repetitive stress on the elbow, and understanding their differences is crucial for effective management and treatment. In this blog, lets discuss the main points that can help you differentiate between Golfers and Tennis Elbow. 
 
Both Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are overuse injuries, meaning they result from repetitive trauma to the elbow area. This repeated impact causes microscopic tears in the tendon tissue, leading to swelling, inflammation, and pain. Despite their names, you don't need to be a golfer or tennis player to develop these conditions. Any activity involving repetitive wrist and elbow movements, such as typing, lifting, or even certain household chores, can lead to these injuries.
 
Key Differences Between Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow
Location of Pain:
Golfer's Elbow: Pain is located on the inner side of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow: Pain is felt on the outer side of the elbow.
 
Affected Tendon:
Golfer's Elbow: This condition affects the tendon connected to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers, essential for gripping.
Tennis Elbow: This affects the tendon attached to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers, necessary for spreading the fingers and extending the wrist.
 
Symptoms:
Golfer's Elbow:
Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
Numbness or tingling, often radiating to the ring and little fingers
Aching pain during or after activity

Pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow
Wrist pain, especially during or after use
Numbness or tingling in the fingers
Dull ache during activity or rest
 
However there are some common symptoms of both conditions -
 
Weakness: Both conditions may cause weakness in the hands and wrists.
Stiffness: The elbow may feel stiff, causing discomfort when making a fist.
Shooting Pain: Sharp pain can occur during activities that engage the elbow.

Watch this video on 3 easy ways to prevent and/or manage tennis elbow to learn more about this condition:

 
If you suffer from elbow pain and are not sure if the source is Tennis Elbow HERE is a free guide to "What is the source of your Elbow Pain?"
 
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Can You Wear a Lumbar Belt While Sitting?

Can You Wear a Lumbar Belt While Sitting?
As an executive mums juggling the demands of career and family, back pain can be a common and frustrating challenge. As you explore solutions for alleviating discomfort, one option that often arises is wearing a lumbar belt, particularly during activities like driving or just sitting at work. But does it really help? In this blog lets discuss if lumbar belts are helpful with back pain relief when sitting ... 

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Can Back Pain Cause Tingling (Nerve Pain) in Legs and Feet?

Can Back Pain Cause Tingling (Nerve Pain) in Legs and Feet?
As an executive mum juggling the demands of work and family, the last thing you need is the added discomfort of back pain. But what if that discomfort extends beyond the back, causing tingling sensations in the legs and feet? Have you wondered if there a link between back pain and tingling in the lower extremities? In this blog, lets discuss this issue to understand if back pain can cause tingling in the legs and feet and how to know if these are related or two separate issues.
 
Tingling in the legs and feet can stem from various underlying issues, including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, water retention due to pregnancy, or medication side effects. However, one of the most common causes is related to the spine: pinched nerves.
 
Our spine is made up of vertebra stacked on top of one another with a disc in between every two vertebra. There are nerves exiting the spine on either side at the level of these vertebra. The nerves that exit the spine at the neck (cervical spine) supply the arms and hands and the nerves at the level of the lower back (lumbar spine) supply the bottom and legs, all the way up to the toes. If the lumbar nerves are compressed or irritated this can lead to a nerve pain in the legs and feet. A classic example of this is Sciatica, that is caused by the irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest nerve in the body. It originates in the lumbar spine and travels down the buttocks, back of the thighs and calf muscle, all the way to the feet. When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated, due to a disc bulge, spinal stenosis, arthritis, degeneration, etc, it can cause not only back pain but also nerve pain in its area of distribution. This can manifest as tingling, numbness, burning, heaviness or weakness in the bottom, back of the thigh and legs and even the toes. 
 
Watch this video to learn more about Nerve Pain:


To find out if your back and nerve pain are related, observe if the activities that aggravate your back pain such as poor postures or certain activities also flare up your nerve pain and the activities that relieve your back pain, such as hot and cold packs, stretches, etc are the ones that also give relief to your nerve pain.
 
HERE is a free guide on Quick Office Stretches for Nerve Pain Relief where you can get detailed information on how to identify which nerve is the cause of your pain and some simple solutions to manage this nerve pain.  

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