Back pain caused by backpacks

Avoiding Back Pain Caused by Backpacks

Backpacks are an incredibly convenient way for both children and adults to carry the things they need throughout every day. Unfortunately, carrying all these items, while convenient, can place increased stress on your spine, especially if you’re carrying too much and not maintaining proper posture while wearing your backpack. This added stress, especially when placed upon the spine repetitively, can damage your spinal discs, leading to back pain, among other issues.

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What Causes Asymptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a disease. Asymptomatic degenerative disc disease seen in the MRI scans of patients confirms this. In fact, studies have shown that degenerative disc disease as seen in MRI scans isn’t a painful condition. In imaging scans of patients with no back pain, degenerative discs have frequently been found, and the frequency with which degenerative discs are found increases with the patient’s age. So if degenerative disc disease isn’t actually a disease and many people with degenerated discs have no back pain, what causes symptomatic degenerative disc disease?  Asymptomatic Degenerative Disc Disease Studies show that degenerative

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How Alcohol Affects Degenerative Disc Disease

Many people wonder if their alcohol consumption could be worsening their back pain. If you believe that alcohol consumption may be causing your back pain to worsen, continue reading to learn more about the effect that alcohol may have on your back pain.

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Annular Tears, Explained

Spine surgeons finally understand the importance of annular tears, because annular tears cause most disc problems. Annular tears are often the root of spine pain for many patients, and that’s why researchers worldwide feverishly seek to repair annular tears.

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Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

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Back pain

Treating Back Pain – Annulograms vs. Discograms

If you suffer from back pain, a discogram may have been recommended by your doctor. However, considering that discograms have been known to do more harm than good to spinal discs, it’s worth researching the facts before trusting your doctor’s recommendation at face value.

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smoking and chronic back pain

How Chronic Back Pain is Affected by Smoking

Some people who suffer from chronic back pain tend to turn to nicotine for pain relief, but studies show that smoking actually seems to worsen pain over time. In fact, smokers have been shown to be up to three times as likely to get lower back pain compared to non-smokers.

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chiropractic manipulation

Chiropractic Manipulation for Back Pain

Chiropractic manipulation is one of the most common health procedures undergone by adults and children in the United States, according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey.3 It’s a well-known treatment for back pain, and is commonly recommended as an option for alleviating pain. However, many treatments are popular without any real evidence of effectiveness, making it important to be aware of what research shows about this treatment.

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working from home back pain

Protecting Your Neck & Back When Working From Home

As working from home becomes more commonplace, understanding how to maintain proper ergonomics when sitting for eight hours day is also becoming increasingly important. Not only will improper posture lead to pain in areas such as your neck and back, it can also cause long term issues such as degenerative disc disease in the long run. It’s imperative to know how your primary workspace should be set up, what posture you should maintain, and how to properly stretch in order to keep your muscles from building up too much tension.

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How to Protect Your Back When Exercising At Home

Watching your weight and sleeping well are two of the most recommended ways to keep your spine healthy. However, when you’re in the middle of a health crisis and feeling forced to spend all your time in your home, you might start to experience stress and anxiety that may prevent you from sleeping well or lead to unhealthy habits that could cause weight gain. Because of this, exercising will be a very important part of your stay-at-home routine, and you should implement this if it’s not already part of your daily schedule. Of course, it’s also important for you to be aware of the ways you can potentially hurt your back and spine, as well as strengthening exercises, in order to keep yourself safe and in good shape.

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Back pain caused by backpacks

Avoiding Back Pain Caused by Backpacks

Backpacks are an incredibly convenient way for both children and adults to carry the things they need throughout every day. Unfortunately, carrying all these items, while convenient, can place increased stress on your spine, especially if you’re carrying too much and not maintaining proper posture while wearing your backpack. This added stress, especially when placed upon the spine repetitively, can damage your spinal discs, leading to back pain, among other issues.

Read More »

How Alcohol Affects Degenerative Disc Disease

Many people wonder if their alcohol consumption could be worsening their back pain. If you believe that alcohol consumption may be causing your back pain to worsen, continue reading to learn more about the effect that alcohol may have on your back pain.

Read More »

Annular Tears, Explained

Spine surgeons finally understand the importance of annular tears, because annular tears cause most disc problems. Annular tears are often the root of spine pain for many patients, and that’s why researchers worldwide feverishly seek to repair annular tears.

Read More »

Reasons Facet Joint Injections Fail

Doctors are treating facet joints at explosively increasing rates; so much so that the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) initiated an inquiry. The OIG-DHHS stated there was often a lack of medical necessity or indication for facet joint injections and other facet joint treatments. So what’s behind this growing trend of repetitive facet joint treatments? And why don’t these facet joint treatments work?

Read More »
Back pain

Treating Back Pain – Annulograms vs. Discograms

If you suffer from back pain, a discogram may have been recommended by your doctor. However, considering that discograms have been known to do more harm than good to spinal discs, it’s worth researching the facts before trusting your doctor’s recommendation at face value.

Read More »
smoking and chronic back pain

How Chronic Back Pain is Affected by Smoking

Some people who suffer from chronic back pain tend to turn to nicotine for pain relief, but studies show that smoking actually seems to worsen pain over time. In fact, smokers have been shown to be up to three times as likely to get lower back pain compared to non-smokers.

Read More »
chiropractic manipulation

Chiropractic Manipulation for Back Pain

Chiropractic manipulation is one of the most common health procedures undergone by adults and children in the United States, according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey.3 It’s a well-known treatment for back pain, and is commonly recommended as an option for alleviating pain. However, many treatments are popular without any real evidence of effectiveness, making it important to be aware of what research shows about this treatment.

Read More »
working from home back pain

Protecting Your Neck & Back When Working From Home

As working from home becomes more commonplace, understanding how to maintain proper ergonomics when sitting for eight hours day is also becoming increasingly important. Not only will improper posture lead to pain in areas such as your neck and back, it can also cause long term issues such as degenerative disc disease in the long run. It’s imperative to know how your primary workspace should be set up, what posture you should maintain, and how to properly stretch in order to keep your muscles from building up too much tension.

Read More »

How to Protect Your Back When Exercising At Home

Watching your weight and sleeping well are two of the most recommended ways to keep your spine healthy. However, when you’re in the middle of a health crisis and feeling forced to spend all your time in your home, you might start to experience stress and anxiety that may prevent you from sleeping well or lead to unhealthy habits that could cause weight gain. Because of this, exercising will be a very important part of your stay-at-home routine, and you should implement this if it’s not already part of your daily schedule. Of course, it’s also important for you to be aware of the ways you can potentially hurt your back and spine, as well as strengthening exercises, in order to keep yourself safe and in good shape.

Read More »