ACPA@theacpa.org Print the entire contents of article From Back Pain to Better Functioning Intervertebral disc degeneration is one of the most common mechanical causes of low back pain, and it occurs when the usually rubbery discs lose integrity as a normal process of aging. In a healthy back, intervertebral discs provide height and allow bending, flexion, and torsion of the lower back. As the discs deteriorate, they lose their cushioning ability.
Guidelines That covers strengthening and stretching, now here’s my personal favorite lower back pain treatment method. Given the prevalence of back pain, you would think we'd have treatment for it down pat. Not even close. "The challenge is that you can't see injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles the way you can bone fractures and herniated disks," says Jeffrey Katz, MD, a professor of medicine and orthopedic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the author of Heal Your Aching Back. Despite diagnostic advances, doctors can't pinpoint an exact cause for as many as 85 percent of back problems, which makes them tricky to treat. Spinal manipulation, for example, is controversial — some docs say it does more harm than good — but it's the only remedy that got me off the couch and back on my bike. "Chiropractic care is not without concerns; then again, neither is traditional medicine, particularly when you're dealing with a problem like back pain, which has no easy, one-size-fits-all fix," says Mark Moyad, MD, a FITNESS advisory board member and the director of preventive and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
“Patients should avoid more than three days of bed rest,” says Mike Flippin, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in back and spine care at San Diego Medical Center. “I encourage my patients to get moving as quickly as possible.”
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Readers Comments 44 2.13 “Out of nowhere”: seemingly random episodes of low back pain The treatment of a herniated disc is based on pushing back the inner layer of the intervertebral disc back into place. When this happens the pressure on the nerve reduces and the intervertebral disc can recover.
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Questions & Answers activewear bottoms High Blood Pressure According to the American Pregnancy Association, between 50 and 70 percent of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. But just because it's common -- and usually not a sign of anything worrisome -- it doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to nine months of misery. Although medication is generally off the table as a method of treatment, there are myriad remedies that doctors, doulas, and holistic health practitioners recommend to help ease back pain, or even relieve it completely. Here are 10 you can try to keep your body as comfortable as possible while it does the most important work it's ever done -- growing your baby.
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The McKenzie method extends the spine through building core muscle strength, reducing pain caused by compressed spinal structures such as a herniated disc caused by a compressed disc space.
Weight Loss Tips How old is your bed? You may be surprised to learn that the average life span of a mattress is less than 10 years. "There's no hard-and-fast rule," says Sean Mackey, chief of the division of pain medicine at Stanford University, "but if your mattress is sagging significantly or is more than 6 to 8 years old, I'd think about getting a new one. Something else to consider: a firm mattress may not do your back any favors, says Carmen R. Green, a physician at the University of Michigan Back & Pain Center. A number of studies over the years suggest that people with lower back pain who sleep on medium-firm mattresses do better than those with firm beds.
See all 3 formats and editions Become a Doctor Member Cheer Cards Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging "The best estimate we have from previous studies is that corticosteroid injections reduce sciatica (leg pain associated with back pain) by only five points on a 100-point scale compared to placebo in the short term, with no long term benefit," Associate Professor Hancock said.
Big Kid My opinion is that people should not go longer than 30 minutes in a chair without standing, deep breathing, walking and stretching. If you think I am crazy for asking that much of you, then I suggest you not go longer than 20 minutes."