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Back Pain

Effective Ways to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is considered a universal human experience. In other words, it is safe to assume that many people the world over have experienced it at one point or another. The condition is considered a primary cause of disability and is considered one of the primary reasons people miss work or visit a back pain specialist.

Fortunately, certain measures can be observed to help ensure the condition is kept at bay. If prevention fails, simple home care and proper body posture and mechanics can help heal the condition in a few weeks, at least in minor cases.

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Sore Back

Sore Back? It Might Be Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (SA) is a type of chronic inflammation of the sacroiliac joints and the spine. Chronic inflammation in those areas can result to stiffness in and around the spine including the middle and lower back, the neck, and the buttocks.

Over time, spondylitis (chronic inflammation of the spine) can result in fusion of the vertebrae. This fusion is referred to as ankylosis. In some cases, ankylosis may lead to spine mobility loss. Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease. In other words, it not only affects the spine but also other tissues throughout the body.

The condition shares several features with other arthritic conditions like reactive and psoriatic arthritis. The condition is more common among men than in women. It also affects all age groups, even children. In children, the condition is referred to as juvenile ankylosing spondylitis. The condition is also known as Bechterew’s disease.

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Scoliosis

Spine Curvature Disorders: What are the Different Types?

The backbone (or the spine), is comprised of vertebrae (small bones) that are stacked one on top of another.

Viewed from the side, a healthy spine has gentle curves on it.

These curves work by helping the spine absorb stress from gravity and body movement.

Ideally, when viewed from the back, the spine should run straight down the middle of the back.

However, when spine abnormalities occur, the natural curvatures become exaggerated or misaligned in certain areas, as evident in the 3 different types of spine curvature disorders—kyphosis, scoliosis, and lordosis.

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Spinal Stenosis

Symptoms and Pain Management of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is characterized by the narrowing of the open spaces within the spine.

This narrowing can result to pressure on the spinal cord and on the nerves that pass through the spine to the legs and arms.

The condition often occurs in the neck and the lower back.

In some people, spinal stenosis will not manifest any symptoms.

However, others may experience numbness, pain, muscle weakness, tingling, and issues with bowel or bladder function.

The condition is often caused by wear-and-tear changes in the spine secondary to osteoarthritis.

In cases that are severe, surgery may be recommended in order to create additional space for the nerves or the spinal cord.

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Back Pain

The Lowdown on Low Back Pain

Low back pain is so common that almost everyone has experienced it at some point in their lives or another. The pain can vary from mild to severe, and it can also be short-lived or can linger for many months. Back pain can differ from one person to another. It can appear all of a sudden or it can have a slow onset. The pain can also be constant or intermittent.

Unfortunately, even if short-lived, low back pain can make carrying out daily activities challenging.

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Back Pain

What Could Be Causing My Back Pain?

Do you experience back pain occasionally? If you do, you are not alone. Back pain is a very common complaint. Approximately 80% of us will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime.

Back pain affects almost everyone at any age, it is significantly more common among adults aged between 35 and 55 years old. Pain in the lower back may be linked to the lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles or surround organs & tissues. Pain in the upper back on the other hand may be due to tumors in the chest and lungs, spine inflammation and disorders of the aorta and heart.

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