Spinal Stenosis Causes Depression – True or False?

Spinal stenosis causesThe question of whether spinal stenosis causes depression is a tricky one. On the one hand, it is not a direct or absolute cause – obviously, not everyone with spinal stenosis or other degenerative spine conditions has depression. However, there is a very definite link between physical ailments and psychological conditions like depression or anxiety. In fact, studies repeatedly show that individuals who suffer from chronic back pain are more prone to developing feelings of sadness, fatigue, and isolation. More recent research even suggests that depression can actually lead to some forms of back pain. But what is the exact link between psychological and physical ailments, and what separates depression from a normal case of the blues?

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Prolotherapy for Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

Spinal stenosis symptomsIf you suffer from spinal stenosis symptoms and have already tried a broad range of conservative treatments like over-the-counter pain medication and stretching, you may be ready for more targeted treatments. Prolotherapy, also called regenerative injection therapy, is a form of nonsurgical treatment that is often used to treat spinal narrowing and nerve compression caused by lax ligaments or degenerated intervertebral discs. The injections are usually administered over the course of several months and may help damaged or weakened tissue to heal and strengthen. On average, treatment involves between five and seven injections. Continue reading “Prolotherapy for Spinal Stenosis Symptoms” »

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Managing Spinal Stenosis Symptoms While Travelling

Travelling with Spinal StenosisIf you struggle with symptoms of cervical or lumbar spinal stenosis, the thought of travelling may seem like a nightmare to you. Hours in a car or on a plane; a hotel mattress that may or may not offer you the back support you need; missing your normal exercise and stretching routine – these are just a few of the many ways in which travelling can disturb your day-to-day treatment regimen. However, spinal stenosis or no spinal stenosis, you have to live your life. Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure, you can still have a productive, enjoyable trip if you plan ahead and implement a spinal stenosis treatment plan suitable for travelling.


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Back Pain Relief Medications and Erectile Dysfunction

sexual dysfunction back pain opioid useMen using opioids long-term for back pain relief are around 50% more likely to fill out a prescription for erectile dysfunction medications or testosterone than non-opioid users, according to a new study. The actual rate of sexual dysfunction in patients taking opioid medications may be even higher, considering the likely reticence of many to seek medical attention for the condition and the possibility that patients with pain put a decreased libido down to their back condition itself. Continue reading “Back Pain Relief Medications and Erectile Dysfunction” »

Can Gastric Bypass Surgery Cause Osteoporosis and Spinal Stenosis?

gastric bypass osteoporosisGastric bypass surgery has become popular in recent years as a way of overcoming unhealthy eating and excessive weight gain. Unfortunately, along with the risks of surgery and the potential for the treatment to fail to aid long-term weight management goals, there is concern that gastric bypass surgery may cause a loss of bone density due to nutritional deficiencies occurring with reduced food intake and malabsorption. A new study published this month found no evidence of increased risk of osteoporosis in morbidly obese women who had had gastric bypass surgery, compared to their pre-surgery peers, but earlier research has noted a loss of bone density. Does gastric bypass surgery promote osteoporosis and, therefore, spinal stenosis, or are other factors at work? Continue reading “Can Gastric Bypass Surgery Cause Osteoporosis and Spinal Stenosis?” »

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This is (a) Spinal Tap

Lumbar puncture spinal tap spinal stenosisLumbar punctures, spinal taps, cerebrospinal fluid collection – what are these medical procedures and why do patients with back pain sometimes need them? This is a spinal tap overview to let you know what one is, what it’s for, and how likely it is you will need one if you have symptoms of spinal stenosis. Continue reading “This is (a) Spinal Tap” »