Headaches affect all ages, races and socioeconomic classes. The four most types of headaches are vascular – like a migraine; muscle contraction- also known as tension; traction- which results from conditions that affect the head, like tumors; and inflammatory. Treatments include medication, injections, meditation, injection, medication, massage and acupuncture.
If you haven’t experienced back pain, chances are good that you will. Back pain strikes eight of every 10 people at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), back pain can come on sharp and suddenly, or it can last for years as a dull ache. It can affect anywhere from just above your pelvis to the base of your neck. Treatments include exercise, weight loss, medication, injections, acupuncture, massage and surgery.
Neck pain typically increases with age. It often stems from such sources as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease but acute injuries- a car accident, for instance- can leave people with neck pain as well. The NIH notes that neck pain can also come from bending over a desk for long periods of time, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, sprain, arthritis, infection, and- though it’s rare- cancer of the spine. Treatment depends on the cause and may include xercise to keep the neck mobile, changing your desk position, medication, message, relaxation techniques, heat or ice.
Muscle aches (myalgia) are extremely common. Almost everyone has experienced discomfort in their muscles at some point.
Because there’s muscle tissue in nearly all parts of the body, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere. However, there’s no single cause for muscle aches and pains. While overuse or injury is common, there are other possible explanations for ongoing discomfort.