Your spine is subjected to immense wear and tear over your lifetime. Fortunately, it comes with its own inbuilt shock absorption system—one that’s designed to counter the forces placed on it by the motion involved in day-to-day life, as well as physical exercise and (often improper) body mechanics. This shock
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Minimally invasive back surgery.
Recent findings from a seven-year study of 304 patients who received minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion—a low back surgery—have better outcomes than patients who have more invasive surgery, according a new study. The procedure joins two or more vertebral bones to prevent abnormal movements. It reduces
“Dowager’s hump” is a term commonly used to describe an abnormal outward curvature of the spine in the upper back (hyperkyphosis). A curved back shifts your center of gravity forward, making it difficult to balance and increasing your fall risk, according to Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS, USAT, Clinical
Of all the classic osteoporosis symptoms of the spine, the possibility of “hunchback” should motivate you to a prevention strategy. No matter your age or bone density, there’s much you can do now…
When I first started writing about health issues, I would casually mention how some people find their sleep disturbed by pain, but I didn’t really think much about it, or what the effects can be. Today I find myself in that category due to a lifelong problem that used to
If you have had pain in your lower back, you’ve got plenty of company: As many as 80 percent of Americans will have an episode of back pain in their lives, and back pain is the second most common reason for doctor visits. But, there is good news: You can
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition for many over the age of 60. Yet, for some the condition is genetic, making it unavoidable.
Dawn Fuller of Cleveland, Ohio, understands how heredity plays a role in her joint health. With a brother who underwent two total hip replacements in his early 40s,
“Dowager’s hump” is a colloquial term commonly used to describe an abnormal outward curvature of the spine in the upper back (hyperkyphosis) that affects anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of women and men over age 55. In addition to looking unsightly, a curved back shifts your center of gravity