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Nasal Polyp

Benign growths that develop on the inside of an individual’s nose or sinuses.

Causes
Although doctors have not found a direct cause of nasal polyps, certain factors like allergies, sinus infections and asthma are often linked to the development of a polyp.

Symptoms
Polyps that are smaller in size many not produce any syptoms, but bigger ones may block the air passage of the nose. Also, individuals with polyps may develop a runny nose, snoring habits or headaches.

Treatment Procedures
For smaller polyps, doctors can recommend certain medications, like nasal sprays, to treat this condition. If the growths need to be removed, then there are a couple of surgical procedures doctors can choose from:

  • Polypectomy—removal of nasal polyps
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery—removing the nasal polyps and opening the sinuses where the polyps form
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Navicular Fracture

An injury consisting of a break in the navicular bone of the foot, located on the top of the midfoot area.

Causes
A navicular fracture is generally caused by direct trauma to the bone, where it is put under an amount of pressure that causes it to break or splinter. Trauma to this bone can also be caused by falling on or twisting the foot.

Symptoms
A navicular fracture can cause aching or radiating pain along the top portion of the foot. Swelling, tenderness and bruising can also come about from this injury.

Treatment Procedures
For most navicular fractures, treatment consists of securing the foot in a cast until the bone heals on its own. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be needed to place metal plates and screws in the injured area to position and hold the bone in its proper place.

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Neck Fracture

A break in one or more of the cervical bones (vertebrae) that make up the neck. This type of fracture can be very serious, often leading to paralysis or death to the victim.

Causes
A break in one of the neck bones is typically caused by a direct blow, pressure or trauma to the neck area. For example, when a person is in a motorcycle accident or diving accident, he or she can experience extreme force to the bones in the neck, causing them to crack or break. Sudden twisting, falling or colliding with something can also cause a neck fracture.

Symptoms
An individual who has suffered a neck fracture can experience pain, swelling, a numbing sensation and even paralysis.

Treatment Procedures For a neck fracture, treatment depends on such things as the severity of the fracture, if there is an associated dislocation or instability and which cervical bones are broken. For many cases, the patient will often be immobilized by a neck brace or collar until the affected area heals properly.

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Neck Sprain

A medical conditions characterized by the stretching and/or tearing of the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the neck. Mild sprains may involve stretching of the ligaments whereas more severe sprains would involve partial tears.

Causes
A neck sprain can be cause by any experience or sudden movement that causes the neck to extend past its normal rotation. For example, a person may sprain his neck after being involved in a car accident. This is because many individuals suffere whiplash from auto accidents, which causes the head and neck to jerk back and forth in rapid movements.

Symptoms
People who suffer from a neck sprain may experience pain, swelling, tenderness to the area, immobility of the neck, headache and stiffness in the neck.

Treatment Procedures
For a neck sprain, many physicians will urge the patient to keep the neck immobilized by weraing a brace or collar, while taking medication for pain symptoms. Physical therapy exercises may also be given to help a patient strengthen the neck muscles.

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Neuropathic Pain

Also called nerve pain, this is a condition where individuals experience a painful due to damaged or poorly functioning nerves.

Causes
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to nerve fibers, either by physical damage, lack of nutrients to the nerve or infection.

Symptoms
Neuropathic pain typically causes sensations of burning, tingling or numbness in the affected area.

Treatment Procedures
To treat nerve pain, doctors may suggest a combination of medications, physical therapy, relaxation techniques and injections.

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