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)” »


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

spinal stenosis staying active for nonspecific low back pain

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” »


Back Pain and Cancer (Part Two)

back pain is it cancerIn our last blog post we looked at how pancreatic cancer and back pain from spinal stenosis may cause confusion during diagnosis. This time around we’re looking at the other types of cancer that may trigger back pain, helping you spot signs of trouble early on so that you have a better chance of beating cancer. Continue reading “Back Pain and Cancer (Part Two)” »


Back Pain and Cancer – How Worried Should You Be?

back pain cancerSometimes back pain is just back pain, but other times it can belie a more serious condition, even cancer. If you have niggling back pain, other aches and pains, particularly abdominal pain, and are losing weight then it’s definitely time to talk to your physician as these kinds of symptoms can mean that it’s not just muscle strain causing that back pain, it’s cancer. Continue reading “Back Pain and Cancer – How Worried Should You Be?” »

Spinal Shock – Symptoms, Phases, and Recovery

spinal shock and spinal stenosisSpinal shock was a term first coined in the 18th Century to describe the symptoms of acute spinal cord injury. These symptoms include a loss of sensation accompanied by motor paralysis and loss of reflexes which usually recover to some degree over time.

In those with spinal shock, reflexes in the spinal cord caudal (below the site of injury) are usually depressed or entirely absent; these states are known as hyporeflexia and areflexia, respectively. Rostral reflexes (above the site of SCI) are, however, usually unaffected by spinal shock. Continue reading “Spinal Shock – Symptoms, Phases, and Recovery” »

The Spine and Sport

spine and sport spinal stenosis causes exerciseThe human body has some pretty advanced features but, unfortunately, evolution hasn’t quite caught up with many of our modern daily habits such as spending most of the day sitting in an office drinking coffee and then heading to the gym after work. What this means is that sometimes the spine and sport do not mix well, leading to injuries and back pain and even to early onset of degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Continue reading “The Spine and Sport” »