Traveling can really be a pain in the back. Besides the bad hotel beds or uncomfortable car rides, lugging all that stuff from one destination to the next can really be the straw that breaks the back. When it comes to lugging stuff, one really has to think about the best choices in luggage for the spine. A trip to the airport baggage claim tells a lot about the good, bad and ugly choices. Some try to overcome poor choices by using the curbside service or luggage carts. In reality, the baggage has to be handled at some point and it is at that point when spine pain can really ruin a trip. Three key aspects of luggage should be considered before the trip of a lifetime: weight, mobility, and features. By getting the best of all three components, baggage does not have to be a drag.
A sore spine is very sensitive to load. Carrying too much weight can stress the ligaments, the discs, and the spine joints . Some have heard that backpacks should not weigh more than 10% of the body weight...
A fragile fracture of the spine can go undetected for a long period of time. These fractures lack the drama of a broken leg or broken arm. Furthermore, these fractures are not usually caused by a life-altering trauma or incident. No, these fractures are more the quiet-types sitting in the corner of someone’s life. You can detect a fracture of the spine if you look for these five signs.
Pain with breathing, coughing or laughing: Because osteoporosis-related fractures often involves the thoracic spine, a portion of the spine that joins with the chest wall, sudden chest wall movements like deep breathes, sudden coughs or bursts of laughter will aggravate this area of the spine that may have been fractured.
Pain with bending or lifting: Compression fractures of the spine occur in the front of the spinal column. This area is under the greatest amount of stress when bending forward or lifting; thus, pain during these activities is a reliable sign that the ...
A lumbosacral spine MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the structures that make up the spine, the spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebrae, through which the nerves travel.
Conventional radiography and computed tomographic ( CT ) imaging use potentially harmful radiation (x-rays) that passes through a patient to generate images. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is based on the magnetic properties of atoms, and there is no exposure to the same type of radiation used in x-rays and CT scans.
A powerful magnet generates a magnetic field roughly 10,000 times stronger than the Earth's. A very small percentage of hydrogen atoms within the body will align with this field. Radio wave pulses are broadcast towards the aligned hydrogen atoms in tissues of interest, returning a signal of their own. The slight differences of those signals from different tissues enables MRI to tell the difference between various organs, and potentially, prov...
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