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 lumbosacral spine CT is a computed tomography scan of the lower spine and surrounding tissues.
Spinal CT; CT - lumbosacral spine
How the test is performed
You will be asked to lie on a narrow table that slides into the center of the CT scanner. You will need to lie on your back for this test.
Once inside the scanner, the machine's x-ray beam rotates around you. (Modern "spiral" scanners can perform the exam in one continuous motion.)
Small detectors inside the scanner measure the amount of x-rays that make it through the part of the body being studied. A computer takes this information and uses it to create several individual images, called slices. These images can be stored, viewed on a monitor, or printed on film. Three-dimensional models of organs can be created by stacking the individual slices together.
You must be still during the exam, because movement causes blurred images. You may be told to hold your br...
Symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome may include:
Pain, numbness, and tingling in the pinky and ring fingers, and the inner forearm
Pain and tingling in the neck and shoulders (carrying something heavy may make the pain worse)
Signs of poor circulation in the hand or forearm (a bluish color, cold hands, or a swollen arm)
Weakness of the muscles in the hand
Signs and tests
When you lift something, the arm may look pale due to pressure on the blood vessels.
The diagnosis is typically made after the doctor takes a careful history and performs a physical examination. Sometimes the following tests are done to confirm the diagnosis:
Nerve conduction velocity
Tests are also done to make sure that there are no other problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a damaged nerve due to problems in the cervical (neck) spi...
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