The Low Back Curvature, Back Pain, and Herniated Discs

Looking at someone’s lower back from the side view, there should be a forward curve.  This forward curve is referred to a a lordosis.  This curve can be too much, normal, or not curved enough. This study shows a relationship between the loss of this curvature with back pain, disc herniation and disc degeneration. The…

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US Army phasing out sit-ups due to spine injuries

Finally, the Army is seeing a big problem that has been going on for some time now.  The way they do traditional sit-ups is causing back injuries in our Troops.  Here’s an article that reports on this issue.  If you want to learn now to do a save crunch style sit-up, go to this page…

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Spinal Manipulation Therapy – A Sham Procedure? A study says it actually might not be [Video]

You can watch Dr. Wilson’s comments on video HERE. Analyst: F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE by MedPage Today Staff April 11, 2017 Proponents have proclaimed a slew of benefits of spinal manipulation therapy, but most data is anecdotal. In this 150-Second analysis, F. Perry Wilson, MD, discusses a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of the…

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BACK SURGERY:  Two Articles About A Professional Basketball Coach

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been dealing with off-and-on painful symptoms since he underwent back surgery in July 2015, and he is urging anyone with back issues to avoid making the same mistake he made. Read story 1 here, and story 2 here. If you know of someone who still has back…

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Leg Length Discrepancy and Degenerative Changes in the Hip Joint and Lumbar Spine

There is an article that shows an association (not a cause) between leg length inequality and developing arthritis in the hips and the low back. Some articles in the past have said that you need over 20 mm difference to cause problems, but this articles says anything over 5 mm difference can start to cause problems,…

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Rx for Pain Patients Who Are Obese: Recommend the Mediterranean Diet

Written by Robert Bonakdar MD, FAAFP, FACN We often see pain patients in our clinic who are obese. Many of them did not start their pain journey this way, and there is emerging evidence that pain, in addition to changing activity, can also change dietary patterns. In addition, the stress of chronic pain combined with…

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If you have low back pain try these steps first

POSTED APRIL 03, 2017, 10:00 AM Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor Low back pain, the scourge of mankind: it is the second leading cause of disability here in the United States, and the fourth worldwide. It’s also one of the top five medical problems for which people see doctors. Almost every day that I see…

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Stretching Exercises vs Celebrex (anti-inflammatory) For Chronic Back Pain

This study shows that stretching exercises were almost the equivalent to that of taking the anti-inflammatory, Celebrex for chronic back pain. Therapeutic efficacy of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy versus exercise therapy in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a prospective study Naoto Takahashi FUKUSHIMA JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Vol. 63 (2017) No. 1 p. 8-15…

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Bed rest for back pain? A little bit will do you

  Published: February, 2015 Bed rest, once a key part of treating back pain, has a limited role in healing sore backs. In very small doses, bed rest can give you a break when standing or sitting causes severe pain. Too much may make back pain worse. Here is how to do bed rest “right.”…

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Can staying active help to prevent chronic pain?

The more it hurts, the less we move to try to protect it, but if we move more, it will hurt less. Kind of ironic, isn’t it. The article below describes a study that found that light to moderate activity helps to prevent or reduce chronic pain in arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia. Date: February…

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