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Sometimes even just picking up a piece of paper will cause a “pop” as a spinal disc herniates. The spinal discs are the shock absorbers layered between the spine bones that are stacked like blocks. When a disc herniates, it has bulged outside of its normal boundaries. The result is very painful and can also be very debilitating for months if not years. Here are some facts and solutions to keep in mind about spinal disc herniations.
v Disc Herniations Occur When the Disc Pressure is High: Bending over to pick up a piece of paper does not sound strenuous, but it can be detrimental to a weakened disc. Disc pressure increases anytime the spine is flexed. Eventually, the pressure may get high enough to overcome the resistance of the perimeter barrier that keeps the disc material contained. When the barrier fails, a disc herniation happens. Some people actually feel the “pop”.
Effectively relieving the pain of a disc herniation can be done b...
Almost every Sunday morning, I wake up early so I can turn on CBS Sunday Morning, which airs informative stories that often last for 6-7 minutes (as opposed to the snapshot you get from watching the evening news). During yesterday’s show, CBS correspondent Martha Teichner reported that eight out of 10 Americans will have debilitating back pain during their lifetime, causing them to have difficulty walking, bending over or even lying down.
This back pain often is called by problems with the disc. One possibility is that the disc is worn out and arthritic; however some people experience a herniated disc, which means the fluid between the discs is squeezed out, thus placing pressure on nerves. "You need to make sure the patient doesn't have tumor or infection, but once you rule those out, you can be confident that you're not going to harm the patient by saying, 'OK, give yourself four to six weeks.'" Harvard Medical School Professor Augustus White told Teichner. The st...
The holidays are here!! I don’t know about you, but I’m right smack dab in the middle of activities and my head is somewhat spinning. In fact, today I am traveling to spend the week with family back home. (As a result, I won’t be around here quite as much as usual.)
While planning on how to make these days special for everybody else and in search of the perfect gift, sometimes it is too easy to forget to take care of oneself. We shouldn’t forget to put our own needs high up on the holiday to-do list.
Do your friends, family members, or loved ones ever ask what you might like to have for Christmas? Do you usually have specific requests? Do you have a “list”?
Often I don’t know what to say because the things which I truly want, deep down, aren’t items which can be bought. They are not even things which someone else could do for me, although helping to clean my house is always a...
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