It’s not easy being a woman. To work, provide, nurture, support and be the everyday superhero to families and children take so much strength and commitment. More than the emotional well-being of women, it is the physical aspect that is at continuous risk when it comes to dealing with everyday tasks. With a million and one roles to fulfill, it is almost inevitable that these take their toll on a woman’s body.
Health should always be a priority for women everywhere, but sometimes we're unsure who to see about our concerns. Here is a comprehensive guide to managing usual aches and pains women feel, their causes, and which medical specialist to see:
Pain location: lower back Type of pain: sharp, feels strained, improves with posture Possible causes: Strained muscles, bad posture, awkward sleeping position, carrying children or other heavy objects, lifting heavy objects, a sudden twist of spine in the lumbar area, a developing scoliosis See your: orthopedic doctor, chiropractor or masseuse
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Pain location: head Type of pain: throbbing or pulsating; can also be a nagging or persistent pain; may be tight and constricting, can also be deep and penetrating Possible causes: migraine due to work-related stress; lack of sleep or rest; poor eyesight; working in front of the computer, reading or watching TV for too long See your: neurologist or opthalmologist (for possible eye problems)
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Pain location: shoulder or neck Type of pain: sharp, tight and stiff, may be tingling or numbing; heavy pressure, intermittent, may have grinding sounds upon movement, limited ranges of stretches or movements Possible causes: Strained muscles; pinched nerves; sitting for too long (e.g., in the office), bad posture when sleeping; deformity of spine See your: orthopedic doctor; a doctor specializing in internal medicine; chiropractor; masseuse
Pain location: leg or knee Type of pain: sharp, intermittent Possible causes: Strained muscles or joints; standing or sitting too long; carrying children or heavy objects; overbending or squatting; excessive exercising; inadequate stretching; arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; gout; being overweight See your: orthopedic doctor, rheumatologist or physical therapist