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neck

How the neck works

Your neck includes a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments that support your head and reach down to your shoulders and back. Your neck also includes the upper portion of the spine, which is made up of many small bones called vertebrae.

Minor Neck Pain

Minor Neck Pain is often caused by a sudden twisting of your neck or by staying in one position for a long period of time. Neck pain may result from poor posture when sleeping and is often referred to as a "kink" or "crick" in your neck. In addition to your neck pain, you may also feel pain and stiffness in your shoulders, upper back or arms. Neck pain may also cause headaches and limit your neck and head movement. Tension and stress can also cause neck pain. Symptoms commonly are a dull pain at the back of your neck and headaches. If you have Minor Neck Pain, it's important that you continue with your normal daily activities without over-doing it.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a serious neck injury that often occurs in a motor vehicle accident. Symptoms may include slow-building pain in your neck and shoulders, numbness in your arms and frequent headaches. Consult with your doctor immediately if you believe you have whiplash.

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back

How the back works

Your back includes the spine, which is made up of many small bones called vertebrae. These are separated by discs, which allow your spine to bend and twist. This structure of vertebrae and discs is supported along its length by muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Minor back Pain

Minor Back Pain is caused when you sprain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments in any area of your back, usually a result of lifting heavy objects. Back injuries commonly occur in the lower back or lumbar region. Minor Back Pain is generally felt at the point of injury. You may experience pain immediately or gradually over a few days. Usually, there is no permanent damage to the back with this kind of injury. If you have Minor Back Pain, it's important that you continue with your normal daily activities, without over-doing it.

spine-related back pain

Spine-Related Back Pain occurs when the spine is injured. Pain is usually caused when one of the discs in the spine moves from its normal position. This is called a "slipped" disc. With spine-related pain, you may have pain in your back and down one or both of your legs. This pain is also called sciatica because it follows the sciatic nerve running down each leg. You may also experience numbness. Consult with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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shoulder

How the shoulder works

The shoulder is a "ball-and-socket" joint that includes the collarbone, shoulder blade and a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments. The shoulder joint contains four "rotator cuff" tendons that stabilize the socket and allow a wide range of motion.

Minor Shoulder Pain

Minor Shoulder Pain is commonly caused by repetitive motion and strenuous physical activity, such as throwing a ball or lifting heavy objects. Minor Shoulder Pain also results when you strain muscles, tendons or ligaments. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and symptoms may also include stiffness and soreness. Most minor shoulder injuries will heal on their own and can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

arthritis

The shoulder is a common area to feel pain from arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Symptoms may include a dull ache, stiffness and limited range of motion. Icy Hot can temporarily relieve your arthritis pain and help keep you active.

Severe shoulder pain

Severe Shoulder Pain typically occurs when a tear develops in the muscles, tendons or ligaments, or when dislocation occurs due to a direct blow. This is called a "separated" shoulder and is commonly found in sports-related injuries. Pain is felt through the entire shoulder and the area may become immobile. Consult with your doctor when you are experiencing these symptoms.

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ARM

How the ARM works

The bones in your arms are supported by a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Major muscles include the biceps and triceps in your upper arms and forearm flexors in your lower arms.

Minor ARM Pain

Minor Arm Pain results when you strain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments in any area of your arm, usually when playing sports or other recreational activities. It may also result from overuse of a set of muscles in your arm. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and symptoms may also include swelling, bruising, cramping and soreness. Most minor arm injuries will heal on their own and can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Severe ARM pain

Severe Arm Pain may occur from a direct blow, or from twisting or bending the limb abnormally. Pain may be sudden and severe. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing severe pain, severe swelling or bleeding.

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elbow

How the elbow works

The elbow is a hinge joint formed by the meeting of the bones of the upper arm and forearm and is connected by a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Your "funny bone" is actually a nerve that runs through the inside portion of your elbow joint.

Minor elbow Pain

Minor Elbow Pain is commonly caused by repetitive motion and strenuous physical activity, such as throwing a ball or swinging a racquet. Minor Elbow Pain also results when you strain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and symptoms may also include swelling, stiffness and soreness. Most minor elbow injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Arthritis and Tendonitis

The elbow joint is a common area to feel pain from arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. People who play racquet sports are prone to injure tendons on the outside of the elbow, a condition commonly called "tennis elbow." Symptoms may include a dull ache, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion. Icy Hot can temporarily relieve your arthritis and tendonitis pain and help keep you active.

Severe Elbow Pain

Severe Elbow Pain results when you tear muscles, tendons or ligaments, or the joint becomes dislocated, usually from a direct blow or awkward twisting. These injuries are common with contact sports and can produce immediate sharp pain, bruising, swelling or immobility in the joint. Consult a health professional if you experience these symptoms.

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wrist

How the WRIST, HANDS, AND FINGERS WORK

The wrist, hand and fingers are made up of a series of small, short bones (carpal, metacarpal & phalanges), as well as a network of muscles, tendons and ligaments which interconnect to enable a wide range of movements. Fingers have the greatest flexibiblity and positioning capability within the human body.

Minor hand, wrist, and finger pain

Wrists, hands and fingers play a greater role in daily activities than most people realize. Minor pain in the wrist, hand and finger results when you strain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments in your joints. Bruising, swelling and stiffness often accompany injury.

Arthritis

The wrist joints are a common area to feel pain from arthritis and tendonitis. Hand and finger joints are also very susceptible to arthritis pain. Symptoms may include a dull ache, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion. Icy Hot can temporarily relieve your arthritis pain and help keep you active.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you may feel aching, burning, numbness, or tingling in your wrist, hand, fingers or arm. Many people feel these symptoms when performing activities such as typing on a computer keyboard. Consult with your doctor for more information.

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leg

How the leg works

The leg includes three long bones: femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and fibula (calf bone). These bones are supported by a network of muscles, including quadriceps (front thigh), hamstring (back thigh) and calf, as well as, tendons and ligaments.

Minor leg Pain

Minor Leg Pain results when you strain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments in any area of your leg. A muscle injury is often referred to as a "pulled" muscle, or "Charley Horse," and can result from playing sports or other recreational activities. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and symptoms may also include swelling, bruising, cramping and soreness. Most minor leg injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Severe leg Pain

Severe Leg Pain may occur from a direct blow, or from twisting or bending the limb abnormally. Pain may be sudden and severe. Consult with your doctor if you are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or are unable to put weight on your leg.

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KNEE

How the knee works

The knee is the largest joint in the body and is held together by muscles, tendons and several large ligaments. The surface of the bones inside the knee joint is covered by cartilage, which absorbs shock to the joint and provides for smooth joint movement.

Minor knee Pain

Minor Knee Pain is commonly caused by repetitive motion and strenuous physical activity, such as running, biking or skiing. Some people are more likely to develop knee problems than others. Minor Knee Pain also results when you strain muscles, or sprain tendons or ligaments from a minor fall or mild twisting of the joint. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and symptoms may also include swelling, stiffness and soreness. Most minor knee injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Arthritis

The knee joint is a common area to feel pain from arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Symptoms may include a dull ache, swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion. Icy Hot can temporarily relieve your arthritis pain and help keep you active.

Severe knee Pain

Severe Knee Pain results when you tear muscles, tendons or ligaments, or damage cartilage in the knee. This may occur from a direct blow or awkward twisting of the joint. These injuries are common with contact sports and can produce immediate sharp pain, bruising, or swelling. In severe injuries, the knee may feel unstable and walking may not be possible. You should consult a health professional if you experience Severe Knee Pain.

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ankle

How the ankle works

The ankle is a hinge joint that contains seven bones, as well as, ligaments, tendons and muscles. The body's largest tendon, the Achilles tendon, is located at the back of the ankle.

Minor ankle Pain

Minor Ankle Pain commonly results from a sprain (injury of tendons and ligaments) in the ankle, often from a misstep. In most instances of ankle sprain, the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward, causing tiny tears in the ligaments. Pain is usually felt at the point of injury and may include swelling, bruising and stiffness. It may be difficult to bear weight on the joint. Most minor ankle injuries can be treated at home using the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Arthritis

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Severe ankle Pain

Severe Ankle Pain can result from a major tear of a tendon or ligament, or dislocation of the joint. Symptoms are immediate pain, swelling and bruising. The ankle may feel unstable and walking may not be possible. Consult a health professional if you experience severe ankle pain.

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