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Nerve Pain and Quantum Theory – How a New Pain Management Protocol Could Revolutionise Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

peripheral neuropathy and quantum theory for pain reliefWhat could quantum theory have to do with nerve pain? Well, according to a presentation given at the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) 25th Annual Clinical Meeting, quite a lot, actually. Whether this new direction for pain management will end up benefiting those with pain resulting from spinal stenosis remains to be seen, but it sure looks promising as a way of kicking the painkillers. Continue reading “Nerve Pain and Quantum Theory – How a New Pain Management Protocol Could Revolutionise Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment” »

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Chiropractic Treatment Benefits Back-Related Leg Pain

chiropractic for spinal stenosis back and leg painAn article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine this month concluded that home exercise and advice was more effective when combined with spinal manipulation for leg pain related to spinal problems. The study, which took place in Minnesota and Iowa, involved 192 patients with back-related leg pain, a common symptom of spinal stenosis, that had lasted for at least 4 weeks. Continue reading “Chiropractic Treatment Benefits Back-Related Leg Pain” »

Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?

sciatica spinal stenosis obesity and overweightCarrying a lot of body weight can put immense pressure on the joints, including those in the spine, so it may come as no surprise to many that obesity is a risk factor for sciatica, a condition often caused by spinal stenosis. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, an overweight person is 12% more likely to be diagnosed with sciatica, and an obese person 31% more likely than someone who classes as being of normal weight. Continue reading “Obesity and Sciatica – Is There a Link?” »

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?” »

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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)” »

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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?” »

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Back Pain and Hip Pain

hip pain and back pain and spinal stenosisPain in the back is often accompanied by hip pain but the connection between the two is anything but straightforward. Does one cause the other, or are hip pain and back pain both symptoms of spinal stenosis? How can you tell if your hip pain is really stemming from your spine? Continue reading “Back Pain and Hip Pain” »

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Epidural Steroid Injections Increase Spinal Fracture Risk

epidural steroid injections and spinal fracture riskEpidural injections for back pain may increase the risk of spinal fracture according to a new analysis of over fifty thousand patients. Just one lumbar epidural steroid injection used for lower back pain from conditions such as spinal stenosis increased the likelihood of spinal fracture by more than a fifth (21%), providing the first hard evidence of what has long been suspected by physicians and orthopedic surgeons: epidural steroids weaken the bones. Continue reading “Epidural Steroid Injections Increase Spinal Fracture Risk” »

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What to Expect After a Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis

Spinal Stenosis DiagnosisThe first reaction once you have received a spinal stenosis diagnosis from your physician or spine specialist might just be: “I have what, now?” That’s understandable, because “stenosis” is not a word you hear every day. Or, really, ever – unless you are among the unfortunate few who develop debilitating back or neck pain from this condition. Spinal stenosis, as you are likely to know by now if you have found this post, is a narrowing of the nerve channels within the spine. That means the spinal canal or the openings (foramina) where nerve roots pass to and from the spinal cord have become constricted either because of a degenerative spine condition or some other cause.

If you suspect that you might have this problem, or if you have already received your diagnosis, read on for details about what to expect moving forward. Continue reading “What to Expect After a Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis” »

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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” »