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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...
Much to my dismay, it was necessary to return to the U.S. from my volunteer work in Africa much sooner than I had hoped. The increasing pain and deterioration of my low back (compliments of osteoarthritis, of course), made my life pretty miserable. As much as I love my work in Africa, good medical help is fairly non-existent, so I had to bite the proverbial bullet and return to the States for help. At the recommendation of my primary care physician, I was referred to a Pain Clinic, who insisted I take narcotic pain meds as well as injections into my low back. The pills made me crazier than usual, and, against my neurologist’s advice (who gave me no viable alternative), I quit taking all pain meds. I found the injections to be scary as well as incredibly expensive. One treatment was over $1,700 and wasn’t entirely covered by my health insurance; unfortunately, these also seemed to do little to ease the pain. After talking to some ed...
“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
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