Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Exercises To Cure Back Pain


For many years the accepted way to treat a bad back was rest. However we now know that rest and/or inactivity is actually the worst thing you can do. Although right after an injury resting for a few days is a good idea, it is important to begin a program of exercises" as soon as possible.

Why? Because studies have shown that proper exercises will strengthen the back and correct muscle imbalance". As my physical therapist says you need to retrain weak muscles. Strong muscles support the spine, keep in alignment and help prevent injury. but what exercises are the best? Here's a short list.

1. Walking: Find a comfortable pair of shoes and walk. I find that finding a level hard surface is better than walking on grass or a rough surface with bumps and dips.

2. Swimming: The great thing about swimming is that the water gives full support to your body, taking the pressure of your spine. Just don't go off the diving board or try out for the Olympics. easy does it!

3. Stretching: Be sure to get some expert advice and guidance to ensure the proper stretching exercises and procedures. Find a program or system of exercise designed specifically for a person with muscle imbalance problems

Monday, June 29, 2009

Too Much Back Surgery?

There is an ongoing debate among medical professional. The debate is centered around the question: "Is there too much back surgery being perform?" More to the point: How effective is the surgery. According to a report in USA Today many are questioning how much unnecessary back operation are being conducted in this country.

With the high costs of surgery (Medicare paid an average of $16,842 per operation in 2004) it's important to look deeper into this question. Most people suffering from back pain recover without surgery, medication, physical therapy, exercise helps most people get relief without an operation. For the rest who undergo surgery there's no promise of relief. In my own case I qualified for an operation because my back problem was the result of an accident. However after the procedure I still experienced pain, had to undergo several weeks of physical therapy and miss eight weeks of work.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Physical Therapy: The Sixth Week

Well Monday, June 29th I begin my sixth week of physical therapy. I was only scheduled for four weeks. But the insurance company agreed to six more. Making progress trying to walk more and each therapy session they add a new exercise. Still on pain medication and spend more time lying down than upright, but need to be patient.

My main focus now is to strenghten weak muscles and eliminate muscle imbalance. Much of what I'm doing is similar to the Lose The Back Pain System. If insurance wasn't covering the therapy. I would have to pay. One session would cost several times the price of the Lose The Back Pain System.

Friday, June 26, 2009

What's Is Sciatica?

If you have suffered from lower back pain like I have, you have probably heard about Sciatica and the Sciatic nerve. When this nerve is irritated by a bulging disc the pain can be very intense. But what exactly is Sciatica what are the symptoms and the cause of this painful condition?

According to Wikipedia Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself.

When these nerves are "pinched the pain can radiate from your lower back and buttock all the way down your leg to your feet. In my case I had pain travel ling right to my toes. Sometimes my feet felt numb, sometimes there was a burning sensation, sometimes cold. This was accompanied by pain; which believe me can be can be excruciating.

There are several causes: herniated disc, spinal stenosis, lifestyle, piriformis, trigger points and pregnancy. I will go into more detail on each of these causes in other articles. The important thing to remember is if your lower back pain is traveling down your leg and this pain persists you need to see your doctor.

But how do you prevent and or cure lower back pain? How do you lose the pain and get on with your life? Well the answer is to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. One of the top rated programs is called the Lose The Back Pain System developed by therapists and doctors of the Healthy Back Institute. This program has helped thousands by strengthening muscles and eliminating muscles imbalance.

As someone who has suffered with a bad back and who has endured months of physical therapy and an operation, I can tell you there are solutions for your discomfort.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spinal Degeneration

The spine and spinal cord are wonderful and complex systems providing support for our bodies and serving as a conduit protecting the major nerves of ht e body. Unfortunately like all of our body parts the spine is subject to aging and degeneration. This degeneration is a major cause of lower back pain.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Survey Says: Back Pain Survey

Most of us have or will suffer from an aching back? We all probably know several friends who have suffered with back pain. In fact this is the most common complaint that doctors hear. It is also the most difficult to treat.
CBS Health Watch reported on a survey conducted by Consumer Reports. According to this study most people find relief from their discomfort with "hands-on" treatments. The three top treatments were as chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture.

According to Dr. Jennifer Ashton who reported on this for CBS many people want fast relief from their pain and turn to pain relieving drugs. However drugs are not the answer they are only a bandage covering up the real solution/treatment which is prevention.

Also Dr. Ashton stated that surgery is not always successful and that in the past was performed more than necessary. Proper exercise that strengthens the core muscles are the key to preventing back problems. Proper exercise along with good posture and a good mattress were cited as three positive things a person could do that were non-invasive with no side effects.

This survey although not scientific non the less show that the most effective treatment is alo the most simple and long lasted. Another side benefit of these hands on treatment is cost. With health care cost spiral ling out of control prevention and non-invasive treatments are critical to keeping cost down. It also allows people to take control of their health care.

One such treatment program is "The Lose The Back Pain System" developed by the Healthy Back Institute. This system has helped thousands. Best of all it is non-invasive, can be done at home and has no side affects. In most cases this program costs less that a couple of doctor co-pays. This is a proven method of hands on treatment for more info visit Lose The Back Pain!

Monday, June 22, 2009

How To Tell If Your Back Pain Is Serious?

Okay you have a pain in the back, but is it serious. Most back pain is caused by overworked muscles. The good news is the pain will usually go away with rest, ice packs and Tylenol. If you are still worried that your aching back may be more than just muscles try this test: lay on your back, try to raise your leg 90 degrees.If the pain goes down your leg you need to call your doctor. For more FREE Info on how to Lose The Back Pain! Click on the photo on the left.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Back Pain: Getting Better

Well I'm into my second week of PT and feeling better. MYy therapist has increased the exercises and I seem to be handling well. Even started driving to my sessions!

Also trying to cutback and/or eliminate the pain pills. Hopefully I can live without them because they're giving me the worst case of constipation I've ever had.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Back Pain: Is Vinegar A Cure?

For thousands of years apple cider vinegar has been regarded as a cure for any number of diseases. From the flu to stomachache,scholera, diphtheria, high fever, dysentery, urinary infections and more. But can it also cure back pain? A lot of people believe it can.

Many people report relief from their back pain by taking apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Most report relief in 3-5 days. Some even feel a lessening in their pain after 2-3 glasses. Now most of these stories are anecdotal. For what's it's worth here's my story.

Aunt Izzy died at 95 not form cancer or heart attack but unfortunately from an accident. Right up to her death she drank apple cider in a glass of water every day. Her mind was sharp. She could carry on a conservation about current events or some event in her life from 80 years ago. She rarely even took an aspirin, lived on her own in her home of 55 years. When ever some one was feeling sick her response was try some vinegar.

Recently dealing with severe back pain, surgery and physical therapy I been looking for natural non-invasive treatments. Would apple cider work? research online reveal a number of sites claiming vinegar might work. I started taking a tablespoon in a glass of water. The taste was pretty strong so I added a tablespoon of honey. The next day the pain was less despite an intensive physical therapy session. After three days the pain although still present is much better. Will it work for you? I don't know but vinegar is a cheap,simple home remedy with no side affects.

There is no science behind apple cider vinegar as a cure, but maybe worth a try.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Physical Therapy The First Week

Since my last post things have improved. Thank God! The doctor prescribed another pain medication which brought the pain down to a mangeable level. I'm sleeping and able to move around without much discomfort.

Last week really was Hell. The pain in my right legs was worst than anytime before or after my surgery. The doc said that the pain was do to swelling cause by the surgery and should calm down after a while. Seems like this is not unusual and can occur weeks after surgery.

I was looking forward to getting out of the house and taking walks around the lake with my wife. But those plans have been put on hold. Makes me wish I had known about the Lose The Back Pain System before I had surgery.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Back To Bed!

It's been 3 weeks since my back operation and here I am back in bed! About 5 days ago the pain in my right leg started to come back the last couple of days it's been sheer agony. Can't get comfortable, can't sleep and just feel miserable.

My doctor says this happens as the nerve is still very sensitive. I thought I was making progress but now I'm back to square one! Having pain after back surgery is so common it's even has a name "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome".

If you have back pain and are considering surgery. Consider non-invasive treatment first. There's still a lot of controversy surrounding the effectiveness of back surgery. Remember once they cut into you there's no turning back. Pardon the pun.