Tag: lower back pain

4 common reasons for lower back spasms.

4 common reasons for lower back spasms.  If you have ever experienced back pain, lower back spasms are often described by many patients as one of their symptoms.  Sometimes these lower back spasms can be debilitating and prevent you from getting out of a chair, getting off the floor or even putting your socks on without debilitating pain. Not all lower back spasms are the same, and a trip to the emergency room is usually the wrong thing to do, unless the pain came on from the passage of a kidney stone.  Sometimes, what seems like spasms are not back spasms at Read More »

Alternative treatments for back pain; over 80 studies and Consumer Reports suggest you see a chiropractor first.

Alternative treatments for back pain; over 80 studies and Consumer Reports suggest you see a chiropractor first. Mainstream medicine has poor record of treatment and management for lower back pain, leading  to the steady growth of alternative health care providers.   Consumer Reports and Men’s health have endorsed alternative approaches such as chiropractic for their effectiveness and safety with back pain, yet most medical providers do not regularly refer to these types of providers. The medical approach for back pain has caused many people to suffer from chronic back problems, failed surgeries as well as opioid addictions that were avoidable.  The idea of managing Read More »

Is running good for your back? Check out this NY Times article.

Is running good for your back?  Check out this NY Times article. As we age, our body goes through changes including the joints in the spine.   Over time, the spinal discs dry out and we lose mobility over time. Those who run may have an edge against this phenomenon, according to a new study that the NY Times just reported on. According to Scientific Reports this past April, researchers at Deakin University in Australia and other institutions decided to examine the backs of people who run and others who do not. According to the data, the runners’ discs were larger and contained Read More »

Tylenol overpromises and under delivers for back pain and other types of pain says The British Medical Journal

Tylenol (paracetamol) overpromises and under delivers for back pain and other types of joint pain says The British Medical Journal Tylenol (paracetamol) has been used for years for fever and joint pain, with back pain being one of the most common uses. According to a new paper in The British Medical Journal entitled “Efficacy and safety of paracetamol for spinal pain and osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled trials“, this once wonder drug may not be so wonderful. Many people take Tylenol for chronic pain relief, and often believe it helps. Apparently, some of the relief may Read More »

Reduce your risk for lower back pain by eliminating these four things.

Reduce your risk for lower back pain by eliminating these four things. Lower back pain is expensive, interrupts your lifestyle and costs our society billions, yet many of the treatments and cures fail to help reduce risk or eliminate the problem. From the chiropractic perspective, most people do improve with chiropractic manipulation and rehab protocols, and making lifestyle changes such as wearing foot orthotics and being physically fit with a strong stable core certainly reduces risk. Many of the treatments that include physical therapy, standard medical care, lower back surgery and epidural injections are not as successful in treating lower Read More »