Many folks will tell you they were doing the most inane thing, like tying their shoes, when they suddenly couldn’t move. Their lower back felt like it had been hit by a train. If you suffer from lower back pain, no doubt something like this has happened to you too. This could be one of the signs you may be suffering from a herniated disc.
We all experience some type of back pain in our lives. We could have strained a muscle working in the garden, maybe attempting to play touch football like we were still eighteen, or sometimes just putting your socks on can cause back pain and ruin your day. Most of the time we apply heat or cold to the area, rest, and take OTC anti-inflammatory meds, and the pain will usually subside. But what about severe back pain that doesn’t go away? If that happens, don’t wait to see a doctor.
Arthritis can affect your back, most commonly in the lower neck and back. Pain and stiffness are the main symptoms, although the exact cause may not be known. If you suffer from arthritis in your back, it may be difficult to decide when to seek treatment. Keep reading for some clarification.
Many of us suffer from back pain and there are lots of reasons why. Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine, and although it is mostly a childhood condition, you can be diagnosed with adult scoliosis. This can happen if someone’s childhood curve was not corrected, or it’s also possible it could be newly diagnosed. Could your back pain be adult scoliosis?
Back surgery is surely a serious undertaking, and anyone would naturally be nervous about going through it. It’s just common sense. Like anything else frightening you must do, proper prep and a positive mindset are essential. Let’s set the stage for how to mentally prepare yourself for spine surgery.
Most of us give little thought to our spine unless we have chronic lower back or neck pain. Even then, many of us just take OTC medications, use heating pads, and hope it will just go away. It usually does not, so when is it time to seek a spine evaluation? The answer is sooner rather than later and here’s why.
A fall can happen anywhere and at any time, but sadly, according to the CDC an older adult dies every twenty minutes from a fall, and they mostly happen in the home. Since September 22 – 28 is Fall Prevention Awareness Week, it’s the perfect time to inventory your own home and those of loved ones. Preventing falls in the fall and every other season just takes some thoughtful evaluation and a few adjustments.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, two thirds of Americans have lower back pain sometime during their lives. It’s what to do with and about that pain that matters. Should you exercise through lower back pain? The common sense answer to you now may be: if “it hurts when you do this,” then don’t do it.
All joking aside, chronic lower back pain can result in a lot of adults losing time at work, and it can interfere with normal day to day activities. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate the injury and increase the pain.
Did you know that more than 130,000 people were treated for a golf-related injury in 2015? Even though this sport is a low-impact activity with minimal risk, injury is still always possible.
The dog days of summer are approaching with warm weather and vacation plans. Well, us in New York hope so anyway!
Perhaps you have a road trip nearing that you’ve been planning for months. Maybe you just want to have a “staycation” this year and do some gardening and chores around the house. Whatever form your relaxation takes, always be aware of your spine. No one wants to arrive at their destination or come home with back pain.
Let’s look at some warm weather snafus that can ruin your summer fun.