Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
The common wisdom is that text messaging, e-mails, and video games are among the culprits that drive our sedentary society. We sit while we text one another, we sit while we send e-mails, and we sit while we play video games. We stand for a moment to stretch the tightness out of our legs from all that sitting, and then we sit some more.
Many of those who sit and research the effects of all this sitting believe that text messaging, e-mailing, and playing video games are as responsible as television for the downgrade in our general health and the expansion of our waistlines. If you doubt this, then pull up a chair this evening and look it up on the Internet.
If your research has confirmed the contentions about text messaging, e-mails, and video games, then you might also like to know that cell phones can do all of those.
Cell Phone Trouble and How to Get Into It Researchers began to take interest in the connection between cell phone use and genera...
Are you 55 years old or older and still pain free? Chances are you have osteoarthritis and don't know it. X-rays show arthritic changes in eight out of every 10 adults age 55 and older. Knees, hips, and spines are affected most, in that order. Older adults with leg pain may have arthritic changes in both the hip and spine. They sometimes have a total hip replacement (THR) only to develop groin and buttock pain next. Or suddenly they have muscle weakness that isn't related to the THR. In these cases, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) may be the problem. LSS occurs when age-related changes narrow the canal where the spinal cord and nerves travel. Bone spurs, thickened ligaments, and worn-down joints are just some of the changes leading to LSS. These doctors from Baylor College of Medicine offer other orthopedic surgeons some guidance. They say that when a patient with a recent THR has severe pain after the operation, look for infection, an unstable implant, or LSS. Location of the pain is a key...
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