Tag: back pain

Epidural injections for back pain are no more effective than placebo according to recent study.

Epidural injections for back pain are no more effective than placebo according to recent study. Back problems are a result in dysfunctions in movement and movement patterns as was discussed in the Annals of Internal Medicine.   A recent study also published in this same journal is now suggesting the Epidural Injections for back pain may be no more effective that placebo, as published in a recent NY Times article. The idea of epidural steroid injections for radiculopathy and problems due to spinal stenosis has been used for many years by pain management specialists and patients who have been in motor vehicle Read More »

Spinal fusion; costly yes, effective ??? Here’s what data suggests you should do first for back pain.

Spinal fusion; costly yes, effective ???  Here’s what data suggests you should do first for back pain. After experiencing lower back pain for weeks, an MRI is ordered and indicates that you have a badly herniated disc.  Your next visit consists of your doctor suggesting you will need a spinal fusion.  What should you do? Spinal fusion surgery is performed in the USA and in Australia at rates that doubled from 2000 through 2009.   The idea behind a fusion is that by fusing the segments that are problematic, it will solve your problem. The truth is that there is little evidence to support Read More »

How to Prevent Back Pain in Bed, a guest post

How to Prevent Back Pain in Bed It’s a problem many of us are all too familiar with: you settle down to a restful night’s sleep only to be plagued by aches and pains in your lower back. Unfortunately, back pain at night is a common complaint. However, you may be surprised to learn that your bed (and the way you sleep in it) can make an existing back problem far worse and even cause problems with your back if you didn’t have them before. On the other hand, the right bed and healthy sleeping habits can work wonders when Read More »

What are the 6 most common reasons for back spasms and who should you see first?

What are the 6 most common reasons for back spasms and who should you see first? A back spasm can leave you feeling helpless and in pain. If you have experienced back spasms, it can be from a number of causes including Improper lifting – Twisting in combination with lifting can cause the lower back joints to sprain and the muscles and fascia surrounding it to strain.   It is important when lifting to bend at the knees instead of the lower back, and avoid twisting when lifting which can place undue stress on the lower back joints and the muscles that Read More »

The two healthiest sleeping positions that relieve lower back pain, and why the right mattress can help too.

The two healthiest sleeping positions that relieve lower back pain, and why the right mattress can help too. Ask any chiropractor which position is the worst for your lower back and neck, they will tell you that stomach sleeping is the worst because it hyperextends the lower back while twisting the neck.  Apparently, many experts now agree with this assertion, although their explanations may differ somewhat. There are two sleeping positions that relieve lower back pain you need to know about. Back pain is an often searched for symptom on the internet, and the most current medical literature suggests conservative measures Read More »