Where does it hurt? Very detailed guides to specific injuries & other painful problems
The main painful topics on PainScience.com are stubborn pain problems like trigger points (poorly named, but incredibly common, and often confused with muscle strain), neck pain and low back pain (of course), and common repetitive strain injury like plantar fasciitis, shin splints and the two kinds of runner’s knee, one of which I’ve had in spades (IT band syndrome) and the one lots of non-runners get (patellofemoral pain).
But that’s the tip of the iceberg.
Many articles and several book-length tutorials about specific painful problems are listed below, and there are dozens more about treatments and therapies, the nature of pain, and much more.
Head, neck & throat
Back & torso
Shoulders, elbows, wrists & hands
Legs, knees & feet
- Save Yourself from Muscle Strain! — Muscle strain (pulled muscle) and muscle pain explained and discussed in great detail, plus every imaginable treatment option (the thigh is the most common strain location)..
- Save Yourself from IT Band Syndrome! — All your treatment options for Iliotibial Band Syndrome reviewed in great detail, with clear explanations of recent scientific research supporting every key point.
- Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome! — Patellofemoral pain syndrome (aka runner’s knee) explained and discussed in great detail, including every imaginable self-treatment option and all the available scientific evidence.
- Sciatica Science & Solutions — A guide to buttock and leg pain (which may or may not involve the sciatic nerve).
- Save Yourself from Shin Splints! — Causes and treatment options for shin splints explained and discussed in great detail, especially shin pain caused by myofascial trigger points, compartment syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome, and stress fracture.
- Save Yourself from Plantar Fasciitis! — Plantar fasciitis explained in great detail, including every possible treatment option, and all supported by recent scientific research.
- The Runner’s Knee Diagnostic Stand-Off — How to tell the difference between the two most common kinds of runner’s knee: IT band syndrome versus patellofemoral pain.
Anywhere… or everywhere!
Problems that complicate pain (usually either more or less than people think)