One of the most common problems seen in a primary care medical practice is low back pain. It accounts for more discomfort, lost work and productivity, and frustration for many patients than any other malady. Some think it is the price we, as humans, pay for walking upright. The lower back is a complex structure made of bone, muscles, connective tissue and nerves that, along with our legs, hold us erect, allow us to bend, run, twist, catch a football, or just lay down and rest. However, once a problem arises, the complexity of its structure makes pain in the lower back difficult to diagnose and treat. The lower back consists of a spinal column from the lumbar region of the mid-back down to the tail bone or coccyx. The spinal column consists of 5 lumbar vertebrae which are cylindrical bony structures with a ring like component behind the cylinder also made of bone. In between the vertebrae are disc shaped cushions filled with a gelatinous central core known as the nucleus pulposis
Back pain happens. Even though the pain is constant, sometimes life just has to move on. Because life is an Olympic event , staying fit is the best way to stay healthy. But how does one safely exercise with a pain in the back? Some may say that such a feat is impossible without causing further injury or worsening pain. Others have found that by following some simple rules, exercising despite chronic low back pain is possible.
Here are ten rules for developing a workout with back pain.
1) All the movement should come from the hips not the back. When exercising on a treadmill, stationary bike or other equipment that uses the legs, one should be mindful to keep the back still while the hip joints do the work. If the lumbar spine gets too involved in the movement of the legs, this is called lumbar compensatory movement because the low back is trying to compensate for the inadequate action in the lower legs. Learning to separate the movement of the lower extremities from...
The local weather forecast calls for pain increasing over the next five days and tapering off towards the end of the week. Sound familiar? Many people who have arthritis are very familiar this forecast and know that weather effects pain severity. In fact, many people know what the weather is doing just by how a joint feels. Pain, stiffness and swelling can be as accurate at forecasting the weather as a meteorologist. And those who live in certain climates know exactly how painful some climates can be. What do scientists have to say about this weather phenomenon? Are the rumors true? Does joint pain forecast the weather?
Ouch, it's cold outside. Just looking at temperature, one can easily conclude that l ow temperatures increase pain not only in a joint, but everywhere. Knee pain , rheumatoid pain, and osteoarthritis pain all show consistent increases in severity has the mercury plunges. The reason for this phenomenon probably has something to do with nerve conduction slowing in t...
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