Back Pain – Why Fear of Pain (not the pain itself) May be Holding You Back at Work

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If work is demanding make some demands of your own!

Start off the new year with a resolution to not let yourself be limited by your back pain. If you found yourself saying no to lots of exciting work opportunities these last twelve months because of back pain then it could be that fear-avoidance is your biggest issue, not the pain itself. Of course, back pain from spinal stenosis and other conditions can place limits on activity but sometimes arbitrary restrictions actually sabotage health and happiness further. Continue reading “Back Pain – Why Fear of Pain (not the pain itself) May be Holding You Back at Work” »

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Osteoporosis and Magnesium – Reducing Spinal Fracture Risk Through Diet

osteoporosis and spinal stenosis magnesium deficiencyOsteoporosis can increase the risk of spinal fracture and vertebral collapse, leading to symptoms of spinal stenosis, such as back pain, leg pain, paraesthesia and weakness and numbness in the legs. So, what if some simple changes to your diet could significantly decrease your risk of this cause of spinal stenosis and have additional benefits for your general health and well being? As it turns out, magnesium deficiency could dramatically increase your chances of having weak bones while adequate intake of this mineral could cut your risk of osteoporosis. Continue reading “Osteoporosis and Magnesium – Reducing Spinal Fracture Risk Through Diet” »

Schober’s Test for Back Pain – What Is Your Doctor Doing? (VIDEO included)

schober's test for lumbar spinal stenosis ankylosing spondylitisVisits to the doctor can be a bit of a mystery sometimes as they prod and poke you and ask you to do all kinds of seemingly odd things. We promise, it’s not for their own amusement. Many tests exist to rule in or out specific causes of your symptoms, while others, such as Schober’s test, can determine the extent of spinal degeneration. Continue reading “Schober’s Test for Back Pain – What Is Your Doctor Doing? (VIDEO included)” »

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Non-Specific Low Back Pain – Why Your Doc Says to Stay Active

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Mall walking can be a great way to stay active when you have non-specific low back pain.

When your back hurts and you suspect that you hurt it by playing squash or golfing or doing some other physical activity it can seem pretty counter-intuitive when your physician says to stay active. So, why do doctors advise staying active for back pain and what does this actually mean? It’s not because they’re being vindictive, honestly. Continue reading “Non-Specific Low Back Pain – Why Your Doc Says to Stay Active” »

Back Pain Diagnosis – What is the Straight Leg Test?

straight leg test spinal stenosis sciatic nerve root compressionWhen you’re suffering from back pain your doctor might ask you to do a variety of seemingly bizarre tests in order to figure out what’s going on in your spine. One of these tests is the ‘straight leg test’ which can be highly suggestive of nerve root pain from conditions such as spinal stenosis. A slight extension of this simple test can also be used to determine if you may have a prolapsed intervertebral disc. Continue reading “Back Pain Diagnosis – What is the Straight Leg Test?” »

Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis and Social Security Disability Benefits

spinal stenosis social security Disability-Benefits-PosterSpinal stenosis occurs when the open spaces in the spine become narrow. This can impact the spinal cord and the nerves that travel throughout the spine resulting in numbness, pain, and muscle weakness. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and can no longer work as a result, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Continue reading “Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis and Social Security Disability Benefits” »