For patients with spinal stenosis, operative treatment is associated with a lower risk of death and lower costs over two years, compared with nonoperative treatment, suggests a study in the February issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Among the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery are less damage to muscles and soft tissue, less pain after surgery, shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery and return to daily activities. Types of surgeries that can be performed include spinal fusion for disk disease, spinal tumor removal, deformity correction, and lumber spinal stenosis repair.
Because osteoporosis is a “silent” disease, meaning that there are typically no symptoms until a fracture occurs, it is not uncommon for someone with back pain to be unaware of the fact that he or she has actually fractured a vertebra (or multiple vertebrae) in their spine.
The two types of spinal stenosis are lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis. Lumbar spinal stenosis is the more common of the two, but cervical spinal stenosis is often more dangerous since it involves compression of the spinal cord.
Posture issues are incredibly common and unfortunately, can also be incredibly painful. If your poor posture is causing you physical discomfort, there are steps you can take to straighten your spine and mitigate your pain. Follow these steps to correct your weak posture.
The sciatic nerve extends from your lower back down to your feet. If you have sciatica, something such as a disc or bone spur compresses your sciatic nerve. This compression can cause pain, inflammation, and a feeling of numbness. If it impacts your mobility, sciatica pain can feel rather scary.
The brain is a vital organ. Your brain controls all of your thoughts, memories, and feelings. It also manages and synchronizes all of your physical actions and reactions. If the health of your brain deteriorates because of a disease or health condition, you will not seem like yourself to the people who know and love you, and your quality of life will suffer.
Yes, you’ve heard this before, but it needs repeating. Drink about eight glasses of water a day. Proper hydration can help to relieve swelling in your back, providing significant relief. In fact, many types of pain that are related to swelling can be relieved by drinking more water.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), is a condition that causes pain; swelling; changes in skin color, texture, temperature, and other symptoms. It usually affects your extremities – an arm, leg, hand, or foot – but can affect any part of your body.