80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. It may come from work issues, playing sports, or just putting on their shoes. Sciatica and sacroiliitis are common among these. Dull ache vs shooting pain is just one difference between the two conditions.
Smokers and non-smokers alike are aware that smoking negatively affects someone’s overall health. What you might not know is how smoking affects if and how you heal after any surgery. Having surgery on your spine portends some specific issues if you are a smoker.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”… sang Andy Williams decades ago, but it still plays on those radio stations that start holiday music at Halloween. Maybe they do it just to give you a head start on stress.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, two-thirds of Americans have lower back pain sometime during their lives. It’s what to do with and about that pain that matters. Should you exercise through lower back pain? The common sense answer to you now may be: if “it hurts when you do this,” then don’t do it.
Young athletes are frequently affected by the conditions spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis. Although we won’t try saying those conditions five times fast, we will try explaining the difference between them.
You’re sitting quietly at a meeting or at dinner and you suddenly get up. At that moment you are hit with a crippling back cramp. You grab your back and wonder what the heck happened. It was probably a back spasm.
Frequently whiplash is the result of a car accident, sometimes it can be a fall, or even playing certain sports. It will hurt the first day or so, but if the pain is relieved by over-the-counter medications, you may be tempted to do nothing further.
Most everyone deals with back pain at some point in their life. If it becomes chronic and is diagnosed as a serious condition, a doctor might recommend surgery to treat the pain. There is a monumental difference between traditional open surgery and one which is minimally invasive.
When you experience back pain, sometimes you don’t even know what you did to cause it. Skip the suffering and discover how you can prevent it from happening again. Even if you’re not an avid athlete, you can probably use an athlete’s guide to back injury prevention.
Undergoing back surgery is no walk in the park, and you want to find relief as quickly as possible. The best thing you can do is take steps to ensure you have a safe recovery. Let us provide guidelines and advice about some spine surgery do’s and don’ts.