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January 13th, 2009 No comments
Obinna Heche asked:

Truely, back pain also known dorsalgia, is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain is one of humanitys most frequent complaints. It can be a sign of a serious medical problem, although this is not most frequently the underlying cause. Typical warning signs of a potentially life threatening problem are bowel or bladder incontinence or progressive weakness in the legs. The back pain that occurs after a trauma, such as a car accident or fall may indicate a bone fracture or other injury. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

Pain

However, pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain, it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. The pain may be felt in the neck and might radiate into the arm and hand, in the upper back, or in the low back and might radiate into the leg or foot and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling. Nevertheless, a few observational studies suggest that two conditions to which back pain is often attributed, lumbar disc herniation and degenerative disc disease may not be more prevalent among those in pain than among the general population and that the mechanisms by which these conditions might cause pain are not known.

Spine

Meanwhile, the spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities. The relationship between the magnetic resonance imaging appearance of the lumbar spine and low back pain, age and occupation in males. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine in people without back pain. However, arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the small joints of the spine. Arthritis of the spine can cause back pain with movement. If the spine becomes unstable enough, back pain can become a problem.

Treatment

However, treatment of acute back pain is short term and usually successful. Treatment is then based on avoiding postures or movements that aggravate symptoms, as well as performing or adhering to postures to assist in symptom reduction. Once you have a diagnosis for your back pain or radiating leg pain, you should carefully review your treatment options. Not all treatments work for all conditions or for all individuals with the same condition and many find that they need to try several treatment options to determine what works best for them. The present stage of the condition acute or chronic is also a determining factor in the choice of treatment.

Generally, some form of consistent stretching and exercise is believed to be an essential component of most back treatment programs. The treatments with uncertain or doubtful benefit Injections, such as epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections may be effective when the cause of the pain is accurately localized to particular sites. The treatment of acute low back pain is bed rest, exercises, or ordinary activity. This is important to know because different treatments work better for each type of pain. With physical therapy, follow up treatment and prevention practices, these patients typically return to full functionality in a few weeks. Though, they may occassionally reinjure themselves and have to return for a short course of treatment.

Acupressure is closely related to acupuncture but without the needles. The idea of acupressure is to put pressure on specific points in the body, using only hands and fingers to restore balance and thus relieve pain. Herbs have been used to relieve pain for thousands of years. Todays pain relieving medications are mostly synthetic reproductions of these long used and natural herbs. The main difference is that the synthetic reproductions often produce a lot of side effects but the natural herbs they are based upon do not. Chiropractors have been manipulating spines for many years. Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases. Chiropractic medicine as we recognize it today was not actually established until 1895. The AMA was established in 1847, so they do have a jump on chiropractors as such.

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 9 out of 12 people at some point during their lives. No conclusions can be drawn about the use of cold for lowback pain. Bed rest is rarely recommended as it can exacerbate symptoms and when necessary is usually limited to one or two days. Chronic back pain tends to last a long time and is not relieved by standard types of medical management. However, acute back pain is commonly described as a very sharp pain or a dull ache, usually felt deep in the lowerpart of the back and can be more severe in one area, such as the right side, left side, center, or the lower part of the back.

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January 13th, 2009 No comments
Aniruddha Badola asked:

Lower Back Pain, affects both those unaccustomed to physical activity and regular exercisers.

The first step to understanding the various causes of low back pain is learning about the normal design anatomy of the tissues of this area. Important structures of the low back that can be related to symptoms there include the bony lumbar spine vertebrae, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area. Many muscle groups that are responsible for flexing, extending, and rotating the waist, as well as moving the lower extremities, attach to the lumbar spine through tendon insertions.

Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions. Most low back pain follows injury or trauma to the back, but pain may also be caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis or disc disease, osteoporosis or other bone diseases, viral infections, irritation to joints and discs, or congenital abnormalities in the spine. Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position also may contribute to low back pain. Occasionally, low back pain may indicate a more serious medical problem.

Nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. The risk of experiencing low back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age. Low back pain unrelated to injury or other known cause is unusual in pre-teen children.

A variety of diagnostic methods are available to confirm the cause of low back pain:. Discography involves the injection of a special contrast dye into a spinal disc thought to be causing low back pain. Computerized tomography CT is a quick and painless process used when disc rupture, spinal stenosis, or damage to vertebrae is suspected as a cause of low back pain. Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Musculoskeletal pain syndromes that produce low back pain include myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia. Other skeletal causes of low back pain include osteomyelitis orsacroiliitis infections of the bones of the spine.

Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. When low back pain strikes, we become acutely aware of just how much we rely on a flexible, strong back. The causes of low back pain tend to be interrelated. Most people have at least one episode of recurrent low back pain. The term “low back pain” is used to describe a spectrum of symptoms. Depending on the cause, low back pain may be dull, burning, or sharp, covering a broad area or confined to a single point. Leg symptoms can be caused by lower spine problems that place pressure on a nerve to the leg; they can occur on their own or along with low back pain. Your health professional can assess acute low back pain by talking to you about your medical history and your work and physical activities, and doing a simple physical examination. However, some episodes of low back pain are signs of more serious conditions. Low back pain can result from something simple, like cleaning house or lifting a heavy box, or it can be caused by a diagnosable spine condition like a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease.

Effective pain relief may involve a combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies including BioFreeze. Some type of Lumbar Support is also important for constant support for low back pain. Wonder-Roll which is a self inflating lumbar support pillow is a good solution that you can take anywhere with you.

The vast majority of lower back pain conditions will get better with time and can be addressed with non-surgical treatments, such as osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, pain medications, etc.. Low back pain responds very well to appropriate conservative treatment such as physical therapy and proper medication which can be prescribed by your physician.

Author: Donna Nocero

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Lower Back Massage Therapy

December 23rd, 2008 No comments
Blaise Breton asked:

Upper back pain, though the pattern it strikes is less frequent than lower back pain, can also intervene in our normal activities. The pain can be so excruciating that it can force a patient to stay in bed for a few number of days or even months. Thus, upper back pain like lower back pain should deserve proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Upper back pain is also widely known as middle back pain since the affected area is below the neck and just above the lumbar spine. Muscle strain, injury, and poor posture are among the most common causes of upper back pain. These identified causes can be prevented and can be responded to if early diagnosis and immediate upper back treatment are taken cared of. But, of course, some upper back complaints may be caused by more  serious conditions such as degeneration and herniation (bulging out) of your intervertebral discs, which calls for urgent attention because it could lead to impingement of the spinal nerves that could eventually lead to serious trouble.

Simple upper back pain treatment include massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, application of topical creams and ointments, exercise, or just by improvement of one’s posture. Before, cases of upper back pains triggered by pathological conditions were subjected to invasive surgical methods. However, science has brought in a new technology making possible to treat upper back pain without resorting to surgery.

Non-surgical spinal decompression as upper back treatment has gained some ground because the procedure is safe, non-invasive, and convenient. The methodology entails a gradual therapeutic elongation of the spine to release pressure on the compressed vertebral bones and discs. The procedure is very simple. The patient lies on the spinal decompression table and allows the machine to apply decompression forces. When patient feels uncomfortable, he or she may opt to stop the process through a safety switch attached to the table. 

Since the causes of upper back pain vary, it pays to identify correctly the specific target areas for treatment application. Back pain recovery with the help of a medical doctor depends highly on how the process of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment is undertaken.

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