Proper posture includes the training of the body to maintain appropriate positions during sleeping, standing, and sitting so that the least amount of strain is experienced by the supporting bone, muscles, and ligaments. Maintaining a proper posture prevents neck pain and stiffness, back problems, joint pain, muscle pain, and spine problems.
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I feel like the left side of my neck is not as straight as the right side. Why so?
Query: Hi doctor, I feel like my left side of the neck is not as straight as my right side. I had a neck ultrasound done in last year and they found absolutely nothing of concern and he did a very thorough investigation. I am concerned that my weight may be contributing to how it appear and I have really b... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, I have gone through your reports. Your neck looks perfectly normal as long as you do not have any shoulder pain, pain while moving arm or lifting anything or weakness. It is just bad posture and some weight which is making it look like somewha... Read Full »
I have back and shoulder pain when I drive my scooter or sit on a chair for a long time. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I am getting back and shoulder pain when I drive my scooter for a long time or sit on a chair for a long time. What should I do? Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This pain seems more like an upper back pain behind the shoulder, which also pains in the movement of the shoulder. So you need to take the following precautions: Avoid lifting heavy weights. Avoid arching your back, instead bend your knees to pick up something f... Read Full »
I am pregnant and have neck and shoulder pain, muscle knots, headache, and middle back pain. What medications can I take?
Query: Hi doctor, I am pregnant. I have neck and shoulder pain with muscle knots, headache, and middle back pain. I have poor postures in sleeping and sitting positions. Though I changed my pillow, I get a headache often. Since I am pregnant, can I take medications? Kindly suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Body aches, backaches, and tiredness are common symptoms of the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. Body posture is important because, after childbirth, nursing care requires proper posture. If you have a poor posture, then it should b... Read Full »
Could you tell me the underlying cause for sciatica?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been recently diagnosed with sciatica. I have some difficulty in walking. I am having Tramadol and Paracetamol for pain relief but they are not helping much. Could you tell me the underlying cause? Will I require a walking aid? Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. As you must be aware by now, sciatica is a term used when a person experiences radiating leg pain due to some pressure on the nerves. Assessment will include intensity of back pain, intensity of leg pain, the distance you walk without any requirement of analgesic and deta... Read Full »
How does spondylolisthesis affect pregnancy?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old dance fitness instructor. I came to know that I have grade 2 spondylolisthesis of L5-S1. I do not experience severe pain. But, in the case of heavy jerk or periods, it pains in the lower back. I have reduced my activity since I know the issue. Also, I am on regular thy... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your spondylolisthesis will not cause any significant problems for childbirth except pain. The pain that you experience will be slightly more as compared to normal individuals.Do not worry. Please do all heavy activities like dancing under utmost care, but do not lift hea... Read Full »
What is the treatment for the forward bend of the spine seen in my sister?
Query: Hi doctor, My sister is 14 years old. She cannot ultimately stand straight. Her spine bends forward a little near the upper back and shoulders. Could you please suggest me a remedy? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for using this platform. It sounds like your sister has a forward bend in her upper back when you look at her from her side. Is this correct? We give this forward bend a name called kyphosis. While kyphosis can have numerous causes, the most common in this age ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, About five weeks ago, I started feeling some weakness in my left leg. I have consulted my family doctor and a neurologist. All physical tests showed no actual weakness. There were no other clinical signs and the reflexes were also normal. There is no activity or movement that I cannot do.... Read Full »
Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The various symptoms you have described are due to L5-S1 moderate broad left paracentral disc protrusion mildly distorted the anterior aspect of the thecal sac and abutting without displacing the traversing nerve roots. When a disc prolapses and compresses the spinal c... Read Full »
Why is there pain below the shoulder?
Query: Hello doctor, My wife has had pain in the area below the left shoulder for the past week. The pain is there even when she deep breathes, moves her left hand, or does any movement. She is a feeding mother, has overweight, and had a cesarean delivery a year ago. She had a similar complaint but reduced... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I feel that the pain is coming from the neck, and this is a fairly common pain diagram for neck issues. She needs to look at her posture, and as she is feeding, this is even m... Read Full »
Is there a permanent cure for the shoulder pain caused due to computer usage?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been using the computer every day for ten years and have developed a right shoulder pain in the last three years. I spend seven to eight hours with the computer and use the right hand for the mouse and keyboard. Now, I have to use the mouse with my left hand due to frequ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. This does not seem like a localized pain to the hand and shoulder. I think the pain is neurogenic originating from the compression of a nerve in the neck. There is a possibility of frozen shoulder too which may also present with similar sy... Read Full »
I have consistent, sharp pain in my tailbone. How to resolve it?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 25 year old female, and I weigh 175 lbs and 5.7 feet tall. I have noticed for the past few months, that sitting is becoming increasingly uncomfortable. I get a sharp pain in my tailbone if I sit for even 30 minutes to an hour. The pain when I straighten up again can cause me to ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You describe a condition called coccydynia. I suggest you try doing the following. Avoid soft cushiony seats where one would sink into. Sitting on firm seats is more comfortable than soft ones. Sit forwards rather than back, and by this I mean that avoid slouching into... Read Full »