Month: July 2008

Going to the source: How back pain begins

Knowledge is power!  The more you know about back pain, the better you can manage it.  In this article, you will learn: The three major categories of back pain The most common causes of back pain The symptoms used to diagnose the source of your pain. A closer look at the spine Your back extends… Read more »

Breakthrough pain: Finding the right balance

The term “breakthrough pain” was originally coined by anesthesiologists. After surgery, patients are almost always given some type of post-operative pain medication. Sometimes, however, pain “breaks through” the medication’s ability to control pain. In recent years, breakthrough pain has come to mean any pain that occurs despite pain medication. The meaning of the term is… Read more »

Back spasms: What they are, what to do

To understand back muscle spasms, start by reviewing what you know about the different parts of the spine.  You can think of the spine as a framework or scaffolding holding up the body.  The spine is a collection of bony rings, called vertebrae, whose major function is to provide support for the body and protection… Read more »

Back in the game: Sports injuries

When you work hard at playing sports, you can injure your back.  As the body’s center of gravity, the back is particularly prone to injuries.  Pounding the pavement while running places considerable stress on the lower back.  Tennis shots rotate the trunk and twist the spine which can strain back muscles. Up to twenty percent… Read more »

Safe surfing: Finding online pain support

Online support When you have a chronic back problem, no one understands how you feel like other people who share your condition.  By using the Internet, it’s possible to find literally thousands of people with similar problems.  Just as there are countless health information websites online, there is now a wealth of health boards, forums… Read more »

Raising the Red Flag: When to Get Help — Now

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain people experience.  Most episodes of back pain are due to strains or sprains and often get better with common sense approaches and self-care.  If the condition is not serious, it will improve in a few days and gradually go away in a few weeks.  However,… Read more »

That aching back: What helps, what harms

The standard treatment for back pain used to be bed rest and pain relievers.  Today, back specialists advise doing physical activity as soon as your pain and back condition allow. When you don’t move, you lose flexibility, strength and endurance.  Physical activity can reduce pain and help speed recovery. Guidelines for treatment of new acute back… Read more »