Archive for January 2010

When Your Lower Back Starts to Hurt

Every year, many Americans are faced with the problem of lower back pain. It is usually caused by some type of accident, whether recreational or work related, though sometimes back injuries can occur just by overdoing it for a few short hours. For some unknown reason, our bodies sometimes stop working. If this is true for you, then you may want to look at some other causes such as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, menopause, or arthritis.

As we get older, the strength in our bones and our muscle flexibility will decrease. That’s just nature. In our skeletons, the amount of fluid and flexibility near our discs lessens, and therefore we cannot recover from daily activities the way we used to. A ruptured or herniated disc can be caused by something as simple as muscle pain from lifting something. A movement resulting in flattened nerve endings will usually become apparent with lower back pain indications.

Lower back pain can be caused by something as natural as deterioration of our muscles, nerves, and bones. In this way, your body can be compared to a machine. There are body parts that will need to be replaced or altered to be able to keep it running normally throughout the years. Fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, arthritis, viruses, being overweight, and built up scar tissue can all take a toll on our bodies, just as the most gigantic and powerful mountains can be made weaker due to erosion.

If you have lower back pain, you need to try and get up, as staying in bed is not the best thing to do. A study done in Finland in 1996 shows that people with back pain who performed their regular daily duties did better than those who stayed in bed. You can help your muscles and help to relieve the pain if you try Yoga. If you cannot move there are medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, ointments, antidepressants, and narcotic drugs that could possibly help you. Painkillers can be addictive, so make sure you take them only as a last resort!

Robert Covillien

Can Epidural Steroid Injections Help My Lower Back Pain?

Lower back pain is an all-too-common condition that many of us will experience at some point in our lives. Although many of us may be able to control this pain through over-the-counter painkillers or perhaps some light physical therapy and bed rest, there are going to be some of us that have back pain to the extent where we need to seek medical attention.

A common type of back pain or pinched nerve pain is a result of a slipped or herniated disc. These discs are gel filled material that exist between the vertebrae of our spine and allow the vertebrae to move independently of each other and also protect it from damage. Should these happen to crack or slip out of place, the pain that we experience can be extremely severe. Back pain sufferers have many choices of treatment. Options include physical therapy, bed rest, traction, spinal decompression, painkillers, surgery and natural forms of treatment.

There may be times, however, whenever an epidural steroid injection is prescribed. What exactly is an epidural steroid injection, how is it administered and what can it do for you?

An epidural generally refers to an injection which goes into the epidural space in the spinal column. The epidural space is in the outermost part of the spinal canal and it lies outside of the dura matter which encases the spinal column. The injected steroids mimic cortisone and hydrocortisone which can reduce the inflammation that surround the affected nerves. This can give almost immediate relief to the pain that is experienced in this area and can help to keep the inflammation down for a considerable amount of time in order to allow for more effective pain management.

Unfortunately, relief from epidural steroid injections is usually temporary. Also, the steroids that are injected can have side effects which may include weakened muscles, a decrease in bone density, and possible lowering of the steroids that your body produces naturally.

Be sure to discuss with your personal physician the pros and cons of epidural steroid injections for providing back pain and pinched nerve pain relief.

Dan Raymond

Cervical Disc Replacement

Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute will broadcast a cervical disc replacement procedure on the Internet. Sabatino Bianco, MD, Trinity Clinic Neurosurgeon and Director of the Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute, will perform an FDA approved cervical disc arthroplasty and will be available via email to answer questions. Victor Williams, MD, a Trinity Clinic neurosurgeon, will serve as moderator.

“The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc, was the first artificial disc approved for the cervical spine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and it is an exciting option for patients,” said Dr. Bianco. “The disc is inserted into the neck using a similar procedure to the technique surgeons use when performing a spinal fusion and is used in a procedure called cervical disc arthroplasty. At 24 months post-operative, this procedure was statistically superior in neurological success and overall success in a clinical trial that compared the clinical outcomes of cervical artificial disc replacement (PRESTIGE Cervical Disc) to anterior cervical discectomy and spinal fusion procedures.

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L-5 Disc Herniation Treatment

Sam Visnic talks about how to select the right treatment for disc herniations. Doing the wrong movements for a disc bulge can be a disaster!

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Slipped Disc Records

A documentary about a local record store, Slipped Disc, in Valley Stream, NY. A look at how a mom & pop record store can survive through the changing music scene. BFP makes a documentary.

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