Archive for April 2012

End back Pain

Three exercises from Chen Taiji that solved my chronic back aches.

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Cervical Spine Pathology Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease orthopaedic movies Cervical Spine Pathology Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease orthopaedic movies. Shows a lateral view of a normal and a degenerate C6-7 segment during flexion–extension. Also shows a superior view of C6-7 disc and C7 vertebra during the natural progress of degenerative disc disease — nucleus degeneration, vertebral body lipping, ligamentum flava hypertrophy/kinking, facet joint cartilage degeneration and osteophytes, spinal canal stenosis and nerve root radiculopathy. Cervical Spine Pathology Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease orthopaedic movies.
When you sit, stand up, bend or twist, large compressive forces are applied to your spine. There are several factors that determine the ability of your inter-vertebral discs to handle these forces:
your inherited make-up
disc health – worsened by smoking, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, weak muscles, and obesity
poor posture – while sitting, standing and lifting
heavy loads during home, work or sporting activities.
When the forces applied to your neck exceed the strength of your discs, minor injuries to the disc can occur. It is important to note these injuries may or may not hurt at the time they occur.

As the continuous stresses and repeated injuries accumulate, they cause wear and tear on the spine’s discs and joints. Some people are more susceptible to this degeneration, for reasons that are unclear.
Often the annulus of the inter-vertebral disc is the first area injured. Small tears occur that heal with weaker scar tissue. As more scar tissue accumulates, the annulus becomes weaker overall. Cervical Spine Pathology Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease orthopaedic movies.

This damages the inner nucleus, which loses it cushioning water content, and begins to dry up and stiffen. It changes from a jelly-like consistency, to more like crab meat. As it dries up, the height of the disc collapses. The decreased cushioning ability of the drier, weaker nucleus leads to even more stress on the annulus, and further annulus damage and nucleus collapse.

The attachment of the disc to the vertebra is placed under a lot of stress by this disc collapse, and the vertebra reacts by growing more bone in an attempt to get stronger. This can be seen as vertebral lipping (osteophytes, spurs) at the edges of the vertebral body and the unco-vertebral joints. This lipping can encroach on the spinal canal and adjacent nerves.
The alignment of the facet joints at the back of the spine alters to accommodate the disc collapse. This changes the way in which the facets slide over each other, causing increased wear of the cartilage on the joint surface. The cartilage frays, and is ground down to the underlying bone. When this facet joint arthritis occurs, the bone around the facet joint is irritated, and grows in an attempt to stop the excess motion.

These facet joint bone spurs, or osteophytes enlarge, and can grow into the intervertebral foramen or spinal canal, where they can compress the spinal nerve and the adjacent spinal cord.
The ligamentum flavum runs along the back of the spinal canal from one vertebra to the next. As the disc height collapses, and the adjacent vertebra move closer together, the ligamentum flavum thickens and buckles into the spinal canal, placing additional pressure on the spinal cord.

So spondylosis is a degenerative process that involves disc collapse and bulging, vertebral body and unco-vertebral joint lipping, facet joint osteophytes, thickening of the ligamentum flavum, and the slipping of the adjacent vertebra. This disease can put pressure on the spinal cord and adjacent nerves, and can cause pain.

Although this process can not be reversed, there are things that you can do to slow it down and control any pain.

The safest and most effective treatments for spondylosis include :
Stop smoking
Physical therapies – correct posture, activity modification (avoiding excess neck movements, physical activities above shoulder level), low impact and flexibility, strength and endurance exercises, hydrotherapy, physical therapy modalities such as heat, ice, massage, and manipulation or mobilization
Medications – early aggressive use of medication to reduce pain, inflammation, muscle spasm and sleep disturbance
Other treatments – ie acupuncture, ultrasound, laser, short-wave diathermy. Cervical Spine Pathology Intervertebral Degenerative Disc Disease orthopaedic movies.

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How To Heal a Herniated Disc Guide (Part 1) – Reducing Chronic Pain (WEBSITE) (TWITTER) (FACEBOOK)

Hi, this video is straight to business explaining your different choices to reduce the pain you’re experiencing with your herniated disc and the different pros and cons of each approach.

This video accompanies and article on my site which can be found here

Resting correctly 0:52

Intro on Medication 2:21
-Anti Inflammatories 3:20
-Corticosteroids 4:37
-Muscle Relaxants 6:10
-Pain Killers 8:05

Heat Therapy 8:38

Having Good Posture 10:20

Spinal Decompression 11:53

Physiotherapy 14:10

Mobility & Soft Tissue Work 15:10

On Surgery 18:37

Hope this helps you in some way and look out for my follow up videos detailing the next steps I took during my recovery process featuring the exercises, stretches and massage techniques that I found to be useful.

All the best.


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Benny Goodman Sextet – Slipped Disc

Artist: Benny Goodman Sextet
Title: “Slipped Disc” (by Goodman)

Label: Columbia
Cat No: 36817
Release Year: 1945
Country: USA
Format: 10″ Shellac Record

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Back and Leg Pain, Numbness, Cramping in leg, butt, Disc Protrusions

Recorded on September 19, 2011 using a Flip Video camcorder.

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