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22May, 2018

Causes of Low Back Pain

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 Low Back Pain The vast majority of low back pain is mechanical in nature. In many cases, low back pain is associated with spondylosis, a term that refers to the general degeneration of the spine associated with normal wear and tear that occurs in the joints, discs, and bones of the spine as people get older. Some examples of mechanical causes of low back pain include: Sprains and strains account for most acute back pain. Sprains are caused by overstretching or tearing ligaments, and strains are tears […]
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15Dec, 2017

Sciatica

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Sciatica Overview The spinal cord branches out to all parts of the body. The part of a nerve that connects to the spinal cord is called a nerve root. If one of these roots is injured or pinched, pain, weakness, numbness or tingling may be felt in the part of the body served by that nerve. Herniated Disc When a spinal disc ruptures, it may press on a nerve root. Spinal Stenosis The bones creating the spinal canal may grow inward, pinching a nerve root. Degenerative Disc Disease If a […]
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12Dec, 2017

8 Tips to Prevent Injury

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8 Tips to Prevent Injury 1. Warm Up It may seem simple, but warming up is really about preparing the muscles for work. Not only does warming up your muscles help prevent injury, it can also boost energy and performance. In the garden that means you can bend, lift, dig and water with ease. Try performing some stretches and walk briskly for a couple of minutes to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing. 2. Use the Proper Tools Using the right tools is important to protect your […]
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11Dec, 2017

The Benefits of Yoga and Stretching for Back Pain

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You may have read the recent article in the New York Times discussing new research indicating that the use of yoga and stretching were equally effective in easing chronic back pain. The study demonstrated that regular use of both yoga and stretching exercises helped participants ease chronic back pain, and it also helped improve function. Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. This study demonstrates the benefits of adding exercise to your weekly activities, and moreover, that you can help yourself prevent or reduce back pain. 5 Low-Impact […]
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13May, 2017

Failed Back Surgery Syndrom

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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Although some in the medical field take issue with the word “failed” in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, patients who continue to suffer with chronic pain after surgery really don’t care what you call it. They just want the pain to stop. The name Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is kind of a misnomer. Often times the surgeon is successful in restoring structural stability, alignment, or nerve decompression through procedures like spinal fusion, laminectomy or discectomy. The problem arises, however, when the level of pain occurring after surgery exceeds […]
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19Apr, 2017

Back Pain

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Back Pain Who Is Affected By Back Pain? Back pain is an extremely common musculoskeletal condition that can affect any area of the spine; however, it most commonly affects the lumbar spine. Back pain is either classified as acute or chronic in nature, depending on the duration of pain. Often back pain can be worsened with certain movements such as lifting, bending, and twisting, and it may also be worsened with prolonged positions and walking. Some patients may experience pain or numbness and tingling in the upper and lower extremities […]
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3Mar, 2017

Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal Stenosis Symptoms: Spinal stenosis is a condition involving any type of narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve-root canals. The narrowing of the spinal canal results in compression of spinal nerves and nerve roots, causing a number of symptoms, including lower back pain, feelings of cramping or weakness in the back and lower extremity pain. Causes: The most common form of spinal stenosis is from degeneration of the spine leading to stenosis. Degenerative spinal stenosis effects virtually the entire adult population as a result of the natural process of […]
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22Feb, 2017

Do I Need Back Surgery?

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People suffering from severe back pain may often wonder, “Do I need back surgery?” In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no. Most people can reduce their back pain through a combination of medication management, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and/or injection therapy. In fact, “99 percent of patients with severe back pain, including those with herniated disks and sciatica, can have their pain managed without surgery. There are many procedures available that can minimize or cure the pain, improving the patient’s quality of life.” To find the appropriate […]
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8Feb, 2017

Fast MD 4 You Video: Disc Protrusion

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Your spine is made up of a series of bones separated by small cushions called discs.  If a disc is strained beyond its limit, it can bulge or rupture and put pressure on one of the spinal nerves. This painful condition is called disc protrusion. This animation shows how disc protrusion can develop. If you are having back pain and are concerned about it, visit Fast MD 4 You as soon as possible.
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