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Back Pain and Difference in Leg Length

leg length discrepancy back pain

Leg length inequalities are quite common and are an often-overlooked source of back pain. Spinal stenosis may also occur as a result of differences in leg length. This is likely due to the effect of chronic torsion and postural deviation, such as a tilted pelvis, which can cause the body to attempt to stabilize the spine through new bone creation, calcified ligaments, or thicker musculature. Unfortunately, the spinal nerves may be collateral damage in this process as the small spinal spaces through which they travel can be further restricted by such changes. Continue reading “Back Pain and Difference in Leg Length” »

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Arthritis Treatment with Photochemotherapy

photochemotherapy arthritis treatment UVA lightA paper published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology last month details the case of a patient with ankylosing spondylitis successfully treated with photochemotherapy (Akay, et al, 2011). The authors of the paper suggest that this anti-cancer therapy may be of benefit to other types of autoimmune arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to the effect of such treatment on the immune system. Continue reading “Arthritis Treatment with Photochemotherapy” »

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McKenzie Exercise and Back Pain

McKenzie method and back painBack pain patients are frequently prescribed physical therapy for their spinal stenosis symptoms and, increasingly, the McKenzie Method for back pain is being recognized as particularly effective in correcting postural problems, easing chronic and acute back pain, and improving function. The McKenzie Method is also known as ‘mechanical diagnosis and therapy’ (MDT) and is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education whereby the patient learns to manage their pain themselves and to self-treat in some regards. Continue reading “McKenzie Exercise and Back Pain” »