Pain awareness month: Pain in the neck, right rib cage, in palm, outside foot, sharp pain in ear

cervicalgiaSeptember has been designated pain awareness month. It is a time when various organizations work to inform the public about issues in pain management. We at Bel Marra want to do our part for this worthy cause and have taken the time to compile a list of our best articles on the subject. You will find information on pain in the neck, pain under the right rib cage, pain in the palm, outside foot pain, as well as why you may be having sharp pain in ear.

Cervicalgia (pain in the neck): Causes, symptoms, treatment, and exercise tips

If you have cervicalgia, then you have a pain in the neck that does not radiate outwards to upper extremities. While in many cases, cervicalgia neck pain can be minor and go away in a matter of days, there are those who suffer from constant discomfort with this condition.


The term cervicalgia comes from the Latin term “cervic,” which means neck, and the Greek word “algos,” which means pain. The neck is part of your cervical spine, and cervicalgia is a way to describe the intense pain and discomfort that comes with this type of pain in the neck. Research shows that for some reason, more women than men suffer from cervicalgia. Continue reading…

Pain under right rib cage: Causes, treatment, and diagnosis

Pain under the right rib cage can be minor or severe depending on the cause, and sharp pain under the right rib cage can be frightening. If you experience pain on the right under the rib cage, there could be a simple explanation such as an injury. It could also be related to a serious medical issue.

There are many vital organs protected by the right rib cage, so you shouldn’t ignore the pain. Getting a thorough physical exam is important to help determine the exact cause. Understanding pain right under the rib cage can give you a sense of relief as opposed to panic. For example, some people may simply be experiencing pain under the right rib cage due to postural changes. When some people have pain on the right side under the rib cage, they fear they are having a heart attack. While this is not entirely out of the question, it is rare that pain in this location is heart-related. Continue reading…

Pain in palm of hand: Palm pain causes and treatment

Having palm pain or pain in the palm of the hand can be the result of damage from acute injury to the bones, joints, or even nerves of the hand. Our hands serve as tools to interact with the rest of the world, so when we have a symptom like palm pain, it can affect everything we do.

Our palms are in constant contact with our environment and are naturally prone to being overused and exposed to various harms or injuries. The skin on our palms has adapted in this respect, being one of the areas of thickest skin on the human body. Continue reading…

Outside foot pain: Causes, symptoms, treatment, and exercise tips

Lateral foot pain (outside foot pain) can literally stop a person in their tracks. There are a lot of causes of outside foot pain. Whether you are a runner or simply like to get out and about, lateral foot pain is something that can be frustrating and very difficult to ignore.


Foot pain can occur on the inside of the foot, which is called medial foot pain, or on the outside, which is lateral foot pain. The outside of the foot is a common location for pain. It is made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and connective tissue. Various tissue types can be pain generators in the lateral foot area. The pain outside of the foot can be mild or severe. It can also appear gradually or come on suddenly in the form of a stabbing pain. Continue reading…

Common causes of sharp pain in ear and home remedies

Experiencing shape pain in the ear is a common problem that affects many people. It can be due to a problem within the ear itself or be part of neighboring structures.

The ear is composed of three parts: the external (outer), middle, and inner ear. The external ear is made up of the auricle (what we typically think of when we envision an ear), and the ear canal. The middle ear is the ear drum and various tiny bones responsible for conducting sound and sound transfer. Lastly, the inner ear is composed of the cochlea and semicircular canals, which are responsible for the actual process of hearing sounds to be sent to the brain for interpretation via the auditory nerve. Continue reading…