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Gardening with Spinal Stenosis and Back Pain

garden seat for back painThe onset of warmer weather not only brings forth blooming flowers but also burgeoning back pain. Gardeners beware as a sudden burst of activity can easily lead to muscle aches and strains, especially if you have a condition such as spinal stenosis. How can you reduce your risk of pain and discomfort? Read on for five top tips for gardening without back pain. Continue reading “Gardening with Spinal Stenosis and Back Pain” »

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What is Swayback?

swayback and other spinal posturesNormal spinal curves create an s-shape when viewed from the side but many people suffer from swayback, a condition where the lower spine’s lordotic curve is exaggerated. Although many people do not pay much attention to this kind of abnormal spinal curve while they are young it can lead to significant problems later in life as the weight of the body is not optimally balanced and spinal stenosis may develop.

Those who are obese, who suffer from osteoporosis and spondylolisthesis, or achondroplasia, discitis or kyphosis of the upper spine are all at an increased risk of swayback, although the condition may occur at any age and to different degrees. Continue reading “What is Swayback?” »

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How to Manage Spinal Stenosis Symptoms at Work

Spinal stenosis symptomsIf you have spinal stenosis, going to work and sitting at a computer for hours or standing behind a cash register all day can seem like agony. But taking time off work for neck or back pain isn’t a realistic option for most people, so what’s to be done? The first step should be to talk with your doctor about a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. He or she can suggest ways in which you can manage your day-to-day activities while treating your spinal stenosis symptoms. Continue reading “How to Manage Spinal Stenosis Symptoms at Work” »

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Minimally Invasive Spinal Stenosis Treatment – What Are My Options?

Spinal stenosis treatmentSpinal stenosis treatment in the form of an endoscopic procedure may be an option for people who have attempted several months of conservative (nonsurgical) treatments without finding sufficient relief from their symptoms. Minimally invasive procedures performed through an endoscope offer a variety of benefits over highly invasive open spine surgeries, including the fact that they can be performed on an outpatient basis (no hospitalization). Endoscopic spine surgeries also involve fewer risks and require a much shorter and less painful recovery period than that of an open spine surgery. Continue reading “Minimally Invasive Spinal Stenosis Treatment – What Are My Options?” »

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What Is Stenosis? Abnormal Narrowing in the Spine

What is stenosisIf you have been suffering from neck or back pain that does not seem to be going away after a few days, there may be something more serious than a strained muscle or sprained ligament in your spine. You may have developed a chronic or degenerative condition that requires the attention of a doctor. One possible cause of pain in your neck or back is spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing (“stenosis”) of the spinal canal. Continue reading “What Is Stenosis? Abnormal Narrowing in the Spine” »

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Lower Back Injury in a Car Accident

lower back injury car crash spinal stenosisWhen you think of injuries incurred in a fender bender you’ll likely imagine whiplash and neck pain, maybe a bruised knee or two, but probably not low back pain.

Lumbar spine trauma is, however, a common occurrence in car accidents, especially given the rotation of the upper body that happens because of the asymmetrical seat belt set-up in most cars. If you were involved in a traffic collision and have found that your lower back is causing you pain then it may be that some damage was done that was overlooked in the immediate aftermath of your accident. Continue reading “Lower Back Injury in a Car Accident” »