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Influenza

Influenza or flu is a common viral infection. There are so many different strains of the virus that we are not able to build up immunity to the flu and we all tend to get re-infected every so often. The virus spreads very easily through droplets that travel mostly through the air. But we can also pick it up from food, sharing cooking utensils, telephones or even shaking hands with an infected person. The flu virus is fought within the body.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain, Stress related conditions

Infection

There are two kinds of infection, bacterial and viral. They both spread primarily through the air or through contact with a carrier or an infected person. Sharing contaminated food utensils or other things (like phones) is the main way of getting infected. Many of these illnesses will result in muscular aches and pains and more specifically in back pain. As the kidneys are located near the lower back an infection here is a common cause of back pain.

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Tags: Whole Body, Back - Lower, Chest, Muscles, Back pain

Aortic Aneurysm

The aorta is the largest artery in the body and carries all the blood from the heart. Sometimes it can develop a weakness in the wall and this can cause the wall to bulge outwards. When this happens the aorta it is called an Aortic Aneurysm. Most people will have an aneurysm without being aware of it. The aneurysm can burst and if it does it causes excruciating pain in the abdomen and back. It is a medical emergency as there can be a devastating internal blood loss.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Abdomen, Back pain

Scheuermann’s Disease

Your spine is made up of 33 bones, 12 of them in the mid-back (thoracic spine). They are each about one inch high, stacked like poker chips one on top of the other. When the surfaces of these bones begin to crumble it is referred to as Scheuermann’s Disease. The crumbling will last for one or two years, usually your early teens and then it stops.

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Tags: Back - Upper, Back - Lower, Chest, Abdomen, Ligaments, Spine, Tendons, Muscles, Back pain, Scheuermann’s Disease

Sprain / Dislocation Acromioclavicular Joint

The shoulder joint is the most mobile of all joints. It is made of 3 bones and a complex series of muscles, tendons and ligaments. The AC joint, one of 3 in the shoulder, is a very shallow joint which only allows a small amount of movement. The joint relies solely on ligaments to hold it together. If these ligaments are torn fully, the joint is said to be “separated” or dislocated.

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Tags: Upper Body, Neck & Shoulder, Shoulder, Chest, Ligaments, Tendons

Sternoclavicular Sprain / Dislocation

The shoulder joint is the most mobile of all joints. It is made of 3 bones and a complex series of muscles, tendons and ligaments. The SC joint, one of 3 in the shoulder, is a very shallow joint which only allows a small amount of movement. The joint relies solely on ligaments to hold it together. If these ligaments are torn fully, the joint is said to be “separated” or dislocated.

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Tags: Upper Body, Chest, Joint strains

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