One warm day last fall, my son begged me to play soccer with him in the backyard. More often than not, I have to say “no” to these daily requests because my body won’t let me join in the fun. That day, though, I was feeling pretty good. The daily
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and a leading cause of chronic pain and disability, affecting approximately 30 million people in the United States alone. It is a degenerative disease that begins with deterioration of the cartilage in synovial joints. Cartilage serves as a protective pad between
Low back pain is extremely common and affects most people at some point in their lifetime. Estimates show that up to 36 percent of us will suffer from a new or recurrent episode of low back pain in a given year. Much of it originates in the lumbar area. If
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What is spinal stenosis? It’s a condition in which the spinal canal narrows due to:
A herniated disc that encroaches on the spinal canal from the front
Thickened ligaments that encroach on the canal from both sides.
A narrowed spinal canal impedes the blood supply to the nerves, causing pain. Bending forward increases
A shooting pain that takes your breath away. A throbbing ache that won’t let up. Tingling fingers and toes. Nerve pain comes in various forms and can be debilitating in many ways—depression, anxiety, and infections, for example.
Our bodies contain billions of nerves that send billions of messages to our
Almost any list of the most commonly reported pain conditions places back pain at or near the top. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey regarding the most common types of pain, 27 percent of the respondents mentioned back pain first.
Risk Factors for Back Pain
Back pain does not discriminate.
A pinched nerve is a nerve under abnormal pressure—a compressed nerve. The pressure can come from adjacent bones or soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, or cartilage. When that happens, the brain sends a signal that causes pain, weakness, or a numb feeling. But what are the most common
Back pain has a wide range of presentations and causes. Pain differs widely from person to person for reasons that are puzzling. This makes back pain one of the most challenging conditions for both the patient and healthcare provider.
Some individuals feel a constant ache across their lower back when
Low Back Pain: Leading Cause of Disability
Have you ever felt discomfort in the lower part of your back? Maybe you can trace the start of your back pain to a specific mo-ment—moving a couch, for example, or lifting weights at the gym. Or maybe you’ve had a dull ache at