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Back pain affects people of all ages, lifestyles, and occupations. It affects an estimated 50 to 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives.
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People with back pain need to focus not only on the physical aspects of their back pain, but also on their total health.
Although back pain is common, the fix isn#x19;t.Take Back Your Backshows you how to diagnose and manage your particular back pain and alerts you to red flags and often-misdiagnosed issues that may worsen your condition.
-Do you have non-radiating pain on one side of the spine? Your issue may beMuscle Injury, and you need to control inflammation.
-Does your pain shoot down the leg? You may have aSlipped Discthat requires physical therapy and possibly surgery.
-Does your pain worsen with sitting and ease off with walking? You may haveSciatic Nerve Compressionand need special stretching exercises.
Leading back pain expert Beth Murinson, M.D., director of pain education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, brings together the latest science on back pain diagnosis and treatment from medications and surgical procedures to traditional physical therapy to alternative modalities such as acupuncture, meditation, and water and inversion therapies that are showing promise.
For each condition and procedure, you#x19;ll learn what to expect in the hospital or the doctor's office, what self-therapy solutions you can do on your own, and when to seek out intervention. Detailed illustrations and easy-to-understand descriptions help you select the best treatment options to improve your unique type of back pain and live a back-healthy life.
Some back pain may be attributed to a specific anatomical problem or defect, such as a ruptured disc, a bone spur, a crushed vertebra, or another reason. However, it my also be related to stress, tension, or other factors in their lives.
Back pain can often be treated successfully by doctors and surgeons. A doctor should be consulted to make a diagnosis. Medical history, physical exam, psychological tests, and medical tests such as x-rays, imaging tests, computerized tomography (CT or CAT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and bone scans may be used.
Today research is being conducted to increase knowledge about the causes of back pain and to devise effective treatments.
Exercises that that make the muscles in your back, stomach, hips and thighs strong and flexible may help relieve back pain.
People can take steps to prevent back pain. Proper exercise, along with correct standing and sitting techniques, can avoid or minimize back problems.
Healing back pain naturally is another option to consider, after consulting with your doctor. One method is meditation. Meditation can calm the mind, sooth and relax the nervous system, reduce muscle tension in your back, and promote mental tranquility.
It is important to understand that your body is not a machine, or an inanimate object, but a dynamic, living part. People need to consider following a healthy lifestyle to be strong. Exercise, diet, and peace of mind will all help you focus on reducing back pain.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff